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LVCVA Discusses Name Change at McCarran

LVCVA Discusses Name Change at McCarran

LAS VEGAS -- Discussion popped up Tuesday about a possible name change at McCarran Airport at a meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors.

Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross brought up the idea of a name change, asking if McCarran International Airport is a name visitors readily associate with Las Vegas. The airport is named after former U.S. Senator Pat McCarran, who represented Nevada for two decades. Among discussed ideas for a different name is Las Vegas International Airport.

The item will return for discussion at the board's August meeting, but any change ultimately would need to be proposed through and approved by the Clark County Commission, as the airport is operated and maintained by the county.

Doctor: Lack of Sleep Prompted Pilot's Breakdown

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A psychologist said a JetBlue Airways pilot who screamed about religion and terrorists during a flight had "a brief psychotic disorder" due to lack of sleep.

The psychologist testified during Clayton Osbon's trial in Texas. A court transcript of the testimony was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The judge presiding over the brief trial July 3 ruled that Osbon was not guilty by reason of insanity for his behavior on a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas. He was charged with interference with a flight crew.

Passengers said they wrestled Osbon to the floor after he ran through the plane's cabin yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida. The plane was diverted to Texas.

Osbon is now at a mental health facility for further examination.

Police Look for Man in Attempted Sexual Assault of Children

Police Look for Man in Attempted Sexual Assault of Children

Metro Police are looking for help in identifying and tracking down a man they say tried to sexually abuse two young children.

The incident happened June 20 near Tropicana Avenue and Maryland Parkway. Police say the man lured the two children, ages 3 and 6, to an apartment. Investigators say he exposed himself to the children and touched one of them. A parent found the man and the children, and he left the apartment.

The subject police are looking for is described as a black man between 20 and 25 years old. He is 5-foot-7 with a slender build. He uses the name Deandre.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Metro’s Sexual Assault Section at 828-3421, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

 

Cooling Station Locations in Las Vegas Valley

Cooling Station Locations in Las Vegas Valley

As temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 110 degrees on Tuesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 11, cooling stations will be open to the public in an effort to move the homeless and other individuals out of the heat and keep them hydrated.

The cooling stations are in addition to the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's Inclement Weather Shelter Program, which provides seasonal shelter on an as-needed basis. The program also provides funding for long-term day shelters during the summer.

Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army serve as our summer day-shelters and are open during the hours listed below, seven days a week throughout the summer.

Neighbors Concerned After Deadly Accident on Boulder Highway

LAS VEGAS -- A 25-year-old man is dead and four people are in the hospital after a five-car crash Saturday night on Boulder Highway.

This makes the 64th fatality this year in Clark County. 8 News NOW researched accidents and learned there have been as many as 10 fatalities on Boulder Highway in 2012.

In January and March, two different people were killed crossing Boulder Highway outside a crosswalk. In April, a 7-year-old girl died after a car crash and another person was killed in what, police say,  may have been a suicide.  In May, there were four crashes that claimed four more lives and another deadly hit and run in July.

The Saturday night accident claimed the life of a 25-year-old.

The multitude of crashes makes some people, like Sarah Buckingham, afraid to drive anywhere.

Citizenship and Immigration Services Moving to New Location

 

An important government office is moving to a new location, which means it will be closed now through July 10.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office is moving to 5650 West Badura Avenue, near Jones Boulevard and the southern beltway. The new office will open July 11. Until the office opens, the service will only offer emergency services. Those services will be available on July 5 and 6 at the offices on 3373 Pepper Lane, near Pecos Road and Patrick Lane. July 9 and 10, emergency services will be available at the Badura Avenue offices.

The new offices will include immigration services, fingerprinting and naturalization. It will be a one-stop facility for people looking for citizenship and immigration information. 

Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run Accident on Boulder Highway

LAS VEGAS -- A 50-year-old Reno man is dead after being struck by a vehicle, which fled the scene, along Boulder Highway near Harmon Avenue Tuesday night.

According to Metro police, just before 11:00pm the victim was crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk near Eastside Cannery when he was struck by a 2004 Nissan Sentra. The victim was transported to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim's girlfriend has identified him as Frank Martini.

The driver of the Sentra, 44-year-old David Nieto, drove away from the scene but was later located by police. He was arrested for DUI and Hit and Run. 

Metro police had Boulder Highway shut down in both directions during their investigation, but they reopened all lanes just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

This is the 63rd traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction in 2012.