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Vegas Memorials Planned for Dead Red Rock Hiker

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A brother of an avid hiker found dead in March at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area says a public memorial is scheduled this week in Las Vegas.

Darrell Kirk tells The Associated Press the 5 p.m. Saturday ceremony in a plaza near the Student Union building at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will mark Ronald Kirk's involvement in the university history program.

It'll also provide a forum to thank rescuers and volunteers who spent several weekends looking for Ronald Kirk after he was reported missing Jan. 22.

Kirk's body was found March 10 after a fall of several hundred feet in rugged terrain at the popular hiking area about 20 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Clark County coroner ruled the death an accident.

Cause of Death Released for Little Leaguer

Cause of Death Released for Little Leaguer

The Clark County Coroner’s Office released Spencer Melvin’s cause of death Wednesday afternoon.

He died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the heart muscle. It is a condition that is usually inherited. The 8-year-old Little Leaguer suddenly collapsed died on his way to a baseball game April 10.

Melvin's family was honored by the UNLV baseball team Wednesday afternoon. The family was on hand as Spencer's brother, Sam, threw out the first pitch at the UNLV game. They said the tribute was very touching.

“It is unbelievable. These guys who memorialized our son ... we're a baseball family, so this meant everything to us,” Bob Melvin, Spencer's father, said.

The UNLV baseball team also wore memorial patches on their uniforms. The patches are being sold to support the family.

 

Police Look for Vehicle Used in Vault Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have released photos of a vehicle they say may be involved in the robbery of the 24/7 Private Vaults on Sunset Road near Pecos.

Police say on April 14, three masked men walked in to the business, restrained the employee, opened safe deposit boxes and stole the valuables inside. Metro is struggling to find leads because of the unique nature of 24/7 Private Vaults.

"Due to the business model, allowing people to use the facility and remain anonymous, there's a lack of records that help us to readily identify victims that use the facility," said Metro Police Lt. Ron Fox.

Metro is asking potential victims to come forward. The suspects are described as follows:

Firefighters Respond to House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County firefighters have extinguished a house fire in east Las Vegas.

The fire started around 8 a.m. near Harmon Avenue and Mountain Vista Street. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze. One person was in the home and was not injured.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire or the extent of damage.

Las Vegas Airport Traffic up 2.5 percent in March

Las Vegas Airport Traffic up 2.5 percent in March

Airport officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled nearly 3.7 million passengers in March.

That's up 2.5 percent compared with the same month one year ago. McCarran officials said Thursday that traffic at the primary airport servicing Las Vegas is up 3 percent through the first three months of the year.

Allegiant Air posted the largest year-over-year increase by percentage. Nearly 30 percent more passengers used the airline in Las Vegas in March compared with the same month last year.

Traffic for Southwest Airlines was flat. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier. Traffic on US Airways flights was down more than 15 percent. Officials say the airport handled 9.9 million passengers, combined, between January and March

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Swarm of Bees Sends 2 to Hospital, Closes Road

LAS VEGAS -- Two people were transported to the hospital and Metro police closed a road Thursday afternoon because of a large bee swarm in the area.

The hive was discovered by two landscapers who were chopping down a tree and disturbed the hive. Both were stung and went to the hospital. One of them was said to be in critical condition.

"My guys got attacked," homeowner Mariam Eagles said. The bee hive was in her backyard. The County Fire Department asked residents to stay in their homes and police did close a portion of Hacienda Avenue, just west of Topaz Street while they waited for an exterminator to help remove the bees.

"The bees aren't going to go out and try to attack everybody but where they were disturbed , they're going to attack those in that area," said fire battalion Chief Richard Reid, Clark County Fire Department.

Police Investigate Shooting, Looking for Suspects

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place in an east Las Vegas neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police say the 7 a.m. shooting may have been the result of a robbery. The victim was found in the street on Vista Del Monte Drive near Desert Inn Road and Nellis Boulevard. 

"I was working on my fence and I heard a gunshot and I turned and looked and I saw the fella dropping. I saw the two guys running to the car and they got in a drove away," neighbor Philip Mangone said.

Police are looking for two men and one woman in a blue Toyota sedan with right front damage and the license plate number 367 XBJ.