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Las Vegas airport traffic up 1.9 percent in July

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has climbed up 1.9 percent compared with a year earlier.

Data released Wednesday show more than 3.7 million people arrived and departed from the Las Vegas airport in July.

The number of passengers flying domestically was up 1.7 percent, while international traffic was up 10.4 percent for the month. Domestic flights account for the vast majority of traffic.

Total airport traffic is up 2.2 percent so far this year compared with the same period in 2013.

McCarran ranks as the ninth-busiest airport nationally. Southwest is by far its largest carrier, while United, Delta, American and Allegiant round out the top five.

Second shooting victim from home invasion crime spree dies

LAS VEGAS -- The woman who was shot in a home invasion crime spree last month is dead, according to Metro Police.

Terri Ham had been hospitalized since the shooting more than three weeks ago. Her boyfriend told 8 News NOW, she passed away Thursday evening after undergoing 10 surgeries.

"She fought for 23 days," he said.

The crime spree took place on the morning of July 29 and involved a carjacking, home invasions and shootings in a southeast neighborhood. Metro Police shot and killed suspect Cody Winters, 27, and arrested his alleged accomplice, Natasha Jackson, 35.

According to police, Winters and Jackson stole a Nevada Department of Transportation work van and forced its driver to drop them off in a neighborhood near Tropicana and Sandhill avenues.







Airline mechanic steps in to help wounded warrior

LAS VEGAS -- A touching moment was captured at McCarran International Airport.

The lead mechanic for American Airlines and US Airways in Las Vegas is being called hero for helping one of our country's heroes.

Mechanic Keith Duffner says he was just doing his job. Normally he fixes planes, but on this particular occasion he was called into a McCarran terminal to help a Navy bomb specialist.

Taylor Morris lost both his arms and legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2012.

The Iowa native was in Las Vegas waiting for a flight when he twisted his prosthetic leg out of place. The special wrench he uses was in his checked luggage.

Duffner heard about the situation and used a similar-style wrench to put the crooked knee back into place.

He even saluted him before the work.

1 hurt in rollover crash at Russell and Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash near Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell Road.

According to police, the crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night. Police say a truck that was carrying multiple passengers rolled. The accident ejected the driver. Emergency crews transported him to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. None of the other passengers sustained significant injuries.

Police say they suspect alcohol played a factor in the accident.

Woman enters 'not guilty' plea in home invasion case

LAS VEGAS -- Natasha Jackson, the woman police identified as an accomplice in a crime spree that left two people dead, entered a not guilty plea in court.

Jackson, 35, appeared in Clark County District Court Monday morning for her arraignment. She faces murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, home invasion and robbery charges for her alleged role in a crime spree on July 29 that left a southeast neighborhood terrorized.

According to police, Jackson and Cody Winters, who was eventually shot and killed by police, stole a Nevada Department of Transportation vehicle and then forced their way into homes, shooting and killing homeowner Richard Ramos and severely injuring another woman in another home.

I-Team: Topless club lawyers in court again to try to reopen club

LAS VEGAS --  Lawyers for Club Paradise were back in court Wednesday, asking a judge to force Metro Police to turn over documents and videos that can help the club re-open.

The I-Team has been following the legal battle between police and the topless lounge, which started after at least one patron alleged he was drugged and had bogus charges added to his credit card.

The club was closed down in early June after Metro Police served search warrants looking for evidence of alleged credit card fraud by some of the entertainers or employees.

On Wednesday, transactions from one of the alleged victims in the case were introduced by lawyers for the club to help show the judge why records seized by police are needed for the club to dispute allegations of fraud.

The documents showed charges from a man named Jeff Yeagley, who was named as a victim in the search warrant.

Crash victim's family wants drivers to watch for motorcycles

LAS VEGAS -- A family is preparing to bury their loved one after he was killed on his motorcycle Monday near Russell Road and Annie Oakley Drive.

Accidents involving motorcycles are on the rise this year. Now, the family of John Thomas Strunk is issuing a plea to the public.

All over the valley roads are all marked up with bright spray paint from traffic investigators.