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Ex-convict sentenced for sexually assault of schoolgirl

LAS VEGAS -- A 48-year-old ex-convict from California was sentenced to two life terms in prison with the possibility of parole for attacking a Las Vegas schoolgirl.

A judge sentenced Richard Martin Schlacta to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years for sexually assaulting a minor under 14 years old. He also received a life sentence with the possibility of parole in five years for first-degree kidnapping.

He will be eligible for parole when he is 88 years old. If Schlacta is released on parole, he will be under a life-time supervision and will have to register as a sex offender.

In August 2013, Schlacta grabbed the girl as she was locking up her bicycle at a school bus stop at Woodbury Middle School, near Sandhill Road and Harmon Avenue.

Duckling in drain pipe rescued

LAS VEGAS -- A duckling rescued from a Las Vegas storm drain will eventually live at the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary.

The Clark County Fire Department used special rescue equipment Tuesday to retrieve the duckling. Firefighters were alerted to the situation when some women walked into the lobby of the fire department building to say they had witnessed a mother duck and her two ducklings walk over a storm drain on Flamingo Road and the two little ones fell through the grate.

The drop was about 15 feet and there was a foot of water in the storm sewer complicating the rescue. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue sent its Confined Space Rescue Team to assist in the rescue. The rescuer was able to locate and capture one of the ducklings. There was no sign of the other baby duck.

The duckling was taken to Paradise Pet Hospital.

Coroner IDs man killed in officer-involved shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot and killed by Metro Police officers as 46-year-old Herbert Earl Green of Henderson.

The cause and manner of death are still pending. Green died Tuesday afternoon at Sunrise Hospital after he was shot by officers.
The officer-involved shooting happened outside a home on Palm Street in a neighborhood near Sandhill Road and Tropicana Avenue.

According to police, the incident started at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, when Green called dispatchers to say that he was going to be killed that day. An officer responded and was able to talk to Green on the phone for some time.

Police officers surrounded the home, and the suspect came out several times, but he was never armed. Finally, Green came out of the home armed with a handgun, police said.

Police say Green started shooting at officers, who returned fire hitting the suspect.

UMC closing four Quick Care centers

LAS VEGAS - University Medical Center is closing four of its Quick Care centers in southern Nevada due to budget issues. The four locations are listed below:

  • 5412 Boulder Highway
  • Total Life Care Center, 2231 West Charleston

  • Laughlin Quick Care

The Craig Quick Care, 2202 W. Craig Rd., closed several months ago.

McCarran Airport sees increase in passengers in March

LAS VEGAS - The number of passengers traveling through McCarran International Airport rose in March.

More than 3.7 million people passed through the airport last month. That represents an increase of 2.8 percent from last year. McCarran has hosted more than 10.1 million travelers in 2014. That compares with 9.8 million through March of last year.

The largest growth last month occurred with international travelers.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.

Fire damages apartments near Maryland & Hacienda

Courtesy: Thomas Aley

LAS VEGAS -- Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire at an apartment complex near Maryland Parkway and Hacienda on Sunday.
The Clark County Fire Department says the blaze started in a garbage can on the east side of the building.

A total of five units were affected by smoke and water damage. The Red Cross is assisting one person from one of the units.
Arson investigators are looking into the cause, but say there's nothing suspicious about the fire at this time.

Coroner IDs man killed in crash at Pecos and Hacienda

Francisco Contreras-DeJesus

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the motorcycle rider who was killed Monday night as 40-year-old Ian Arche of Las Vegas.

Metro Police say Arche was riding his Honda motorcycle southbound on Pecos Road near Hacienda Avenue, when a Ford Explorer turned in front of him.

Arche lost control of his bike. He was separated from the motorcycle, which then crashed into the truck.

Emergency crews took him to Sunrise Hospital, where he died.

Police arrested the driver of the Ford, 41-year-old Francisco Contreras-DeJesus, on one count of felony DUI-death. According to the arrest report, Contreras-DeJesus admitted to police that he had had two beers in the hour before the wreck.

The arresting officer also said that the suspect failed the field sobriety tests he was given following the crash.