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Gas leak has been cleared at UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- People are being allowed back into three buildings at UNLV that were evacuated because of a natural gas leak.

According to Southwest Gas, at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a third-party contractor hit a two-inch gas line, causing the leak.

The leak was repaired and the area has been cleared.

Mom hit by car while trying to get help for dying baby

Ryannae Brown

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released new details about a child found dead on Friday and the child’s mother, who was hit by a car shortly before.

According to police, officers were called to the intersection of University Avenue and Pecos Road at about 7:10 p.m. Friday on a report of a woman who had been hit by a car.

When police arrived, they found the injured woman, Ryannae Brown, and she told police that her baby was dead inside a nearby home. Officers went inside the home and found an unresponsive 3-month-old baby.

Brown and the baby were taken to Sunrise Hospital, where medical personnel pronounced the infant dead.

Brown talked to 8 News NOW about what happened. She says she took an afternoon nap with her child and woke up to find her face down on a pillow, not breathing.

She told 8 News NOW she ran outside for help when she spotted a Las Vegas resident by the name of Cameo Chappelle, who was after her.

One person critically hurt in crash

LAS VEGAS -- One person was critically injured in a crash along Russell Road near Sandhill Road, according to Metro Police.

Police say the car was heading westbound on Russell Road at around 4:20 p.m. Monday, when the driver left the roadway and hit a light pole. All three people in the car suffered serious to critical injuries. A 60-year-old male passenger was taken to the Sunrise Hospital Trauma with life-threatening injuries.

Westbound Russell Road re-opened at 10 p.m. Monday night. 



Plane returns to Las Vegas after engine problem

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Allegiant Airlines officials say a plane having engine problems turned around and returned to Las Vegas.

Allegiant spokesman Justin Ralenkotter says Flight 225 to Bellingham, Washington, departed McCarran International Airport at 7:10 p.m. Sunday before crew members noticed an oil temperature problem in one of the plane's two engines.

The MD-80 aircraft arrived back in Las Vegas at 7:48 p.m.

Ralenkotter says passengers haven't reported problems during the short ride, and the plane is designed to continue operating on a single engine.

The 140 passengers on board will receive a full refund as well as a $100 voucher for future travel and a hotel room if they live further than 50 miles away.

Another flight to Bellingham was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Neighborhood fears flooding, waits for flood channel upgrades

LAS VEGAS -- The monsoon season is now underway and that means potentially deadly flooding that could hit anywhere in the valley at any time.

One of the worst cases recently was in Sept. 2012 when two people lost their lives. In one of the hardest hit areas, near the Desert Rose Golf Course, trapped drivers had to be rescued from their cars, parts of the UNLV campus flooded and people in one neighborhood had to evacuate after floodwaters and mud flowed through their homes.

Nearly two years later, some people who live in that neighborhood say they still feel unsafe and unprotected from flooding.

The neighborhood near the Hard Rock Hotel at Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue.





UNLV football team now eligible to play in postseason

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV announced Thursday the football team is eligible to play in the postseason this year.

In April, the NCAA had banned the university from post-season play because its Academic Progress Rate, otherwise known as APR score, was below the minimum standard.

However, the NCAA informed UNLV that it had accepted an updated APR score that now makes the school eligible. When it was first rejected, the score was 925, the newly revised score for a four-year period is 930, which meets the standard.

The score measures the academic progress of the entire football team over four years. Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy says she has made the APR process a top priority.

Man charged with murder in strangulation death

LAS VEGAS -- A homeless man is facing murder charges after Metro Police say he strangled another homeless man for groping a woman.

Police arrested 46-year-old James Hahn on murder charges Tuesday in connection the incident that happened June 6.

According to the police report, the victim, identified by police as Paul Pillat, was taken to Sunrise Hospital June 8, complaining of neck and back pain. He died three days later. An autopsy determined he died from strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives talked to friends of the victim. They said the day before Pillat went to the hospital, they noticed his neck was swollen and his eyes were bloody and appeared to be “popping out of his head.”

Pillat told his friends that he was having trouble eating, drinking and breathing. They also said he was struggling to speak.