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Deadly Accidents Spark Open Forum on Safety

Deadly Accidents Spark Open Forum on Safety

A string of deadly pedestrian accidents has people around the community talking about what needs to be done to make roads safer.

Safe Community Partnership and the Transportation Research Center at UNLV are planning an open forum on the issue Wednesday, November 16. Representatives from law enforcement agencies, engineers, elected officials and safety advocates are all going to be on the panel. They will be there to answer questions and lead a discussion about solutions.

The main goal is to form a group composed of several agencies representing several jurisdictions to address pedestrian safety now and in the future. The forum is open to anyone interested in the issue. It is set for 6:30 p.m., at the UNLV Science and Engineering Building Auditorium.

Two Killed in Vehicle Accident Sunday Morning

LAS VEGAS -- Two people were killed Sunday morning in a multiple vehicle accident in the area of Marlyand Pkwy. and Harmon Ave.

According to Metro, evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate that a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by 28-year-old Jonathan Syverson of Las Vegas, was traveling was on Harmon Ave. at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes and failed to stop at the red light at Maryland Pkwy.

The Ford struck a 1996 Dodge Stratus, driven by a 69-year-old man from Las Vegas, which was traveling north on Maryland Pkwy. at Harmon and going through the intersection on a green light.

The Ford struck the Dodge pushing both vehicles across the intersection and onto UNLV property.

Syverson was transported to Sunrise Hospital with moderate to serious injuries and the driver  of the Dodge and a 64-year-old female passenger, also from Las Vegas, were pronounced dead at the scene.  

Metro Names Most Dangerous Intersections

LAS VEGAS -- The recent rash of pedestrian deaths has led many to question the safety of crosswalks and intersections.

Metro Police reports the five most dangerous intersections combined account for 67 injury accidents in the past six months. Since the end of April, 17 accidents have occurred at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road, making it the most dangerous according to Metro's Traffic Bureau.

With only three of the four streets at that intersection with painted crosswalks, pedestrians say they have had close calls.

"A month ago, a lady was on her cell phone texting and she almost hit me," pedestrian Eric Handy said.

Justin Bieber Will Donate $100,000 to Las Vegas School

LAS VEGAS -- Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber is pledging to donate $100,000 to an east Las Vegas elementary school that's gained publicity for services it provides for low-income families.

The 17-year-old singer announced the gift for Whitney Elementary School on Monday during a taping of "The Ellen Degeneres Show." The episode is set to air Tuesday afternoon.

Bieber also said he would perform for the students in December.

Whitney Elementary was featured on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" in September. The episode highlighted how the school provides a food pantry, clothes closet, free haircuts and literacy training for students' families.

Bieber's gift matches a $100,000 donation from Target that was announced in September.

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Man Found Dead in Mushroom Grow House

LAS VEGAS -- An early morning 911 call led Las Vegas police to a dead body in an apartment, but during the investigation they made another disturbing discovery inside -- a mushroom growing operation.

Police say they responded to 840 King Richard Avenue in the southeast valley around 1 a.m. after they received a call from the dead man's roommate. Police seized 15 large plants and two ounces of the drug ready to sell. The approximate street value of the drugs was around $400.

Neighbors say they had no clue what was happening close by them. They have kids and they are concerned of what other dangers maybe living next door.

Police believe the 45-year-old victim died of natural causes.

"I've got to find me somewhere to live. I can't live here. I mean, what's next? These kids walk out here see some drugs, they pick it up and what's going to happen?" said neighbor Gloria Wallace.

Police Search for Drunk Drivers During Halloween Weekend

Police Search for Drunk Drivers During Halloween Weekend

Police agencies from around southern Nevada will be out in force this weekend looking for impaired drivers.

Metro Police will be setting up a Sobriety Checkpoint near Valley View Boulevard and Desert Inn Road. The checkpoint will be from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by a Joining Forces Grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. The grant will pay for the DUI van to be at the checkpoint. The van allows officers to speed up the processing of DUI cases.

Metro Police will also be conducting a saturation patrol in the area of Desert Inn Road and Paradise Road starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday. There will not be a checkpoint but more officers will be in the area looking for impaired drivers. Metro says from April through September of this year there have been 61 calls for service related to drunk drivers in that area.

Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect After Brief Pursuit

LAS VEGAS -- A suspected car thief led police officers on a brief pursuit Thursday morning which ended in a crash in an East Las Vegas neighborhood.

Metro Police say the incident started around 7 a.m. near Russell Rd. and Stephanie St. when the suspect stole a truck after stabbing the truck's owner.

Police say the suspect dropped his identification at the stabbing scene which allowed police to locate his home address. Police called off their pursuit and sent up their helicopter to look for the suspect. A Metro helicopter pilot located the suspect near his home at Harmon Ave. and Mountain Vista St. where he had crashed into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle is expected to be okay.

The stabbing victim and suspect were both transported to Sunrise Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.