Central valley shooting kills one, hurts another

One person was killed and another injured on Sunday in a shooting in a central valley neighborhood.

Las Vegas police said the victims had been in an argument with several black males between the ages of 16 and 22 on the 1000 block of Weaver Drive, near Lake Mead Boulevard and H Street.

One of the suspects produced a handgun and shot a victim in the chest and pelvis. The group then fled north and may have gone into an adjacent apartment complex, police said.

Another person was also shot. Both were taken to University Medical Center, where one of them was pronounced dead.

Anybody with information on the shooting is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.


Man, 31, dies in crash in North Las Vegas

A 31-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning after he lost control of his car in North Las Vegas.

North Las Vegas police said the man was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Carey Avenue near Pecos Road when, for reasons unknown, he lost control of the black 2000 Honda Civic he was driving.

The car spun and struck a legally parked Chevrolet pickup on the north side of the road about 1:30 a.m.

The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said speed and failure to wear a seat belt contributed to his death.


Horse, boy hurt after horse runs into traffic

A horse was hit by a vehicle after it ran into traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard near Windmill Lane on Sunday.

Las Vegas police said a juvenile was riding the horse when it became spooked and ran into the roadway. The rider, who was not identified, was thrown from the horse. The juvenile was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

The horse received minor injuries and will recover, police said.


California helicopter crash kills three men

Authorities say the three men killed in a fiery helicopter crash in San Bernardino County in California were headed for an air show, one of the few places their vintage aircraft was allowed to fly.

Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the 1951 Piasecki PV-18 was classified as "experimental," meaning it could fly only in limited circumstances.

Organizers say the helicopter was headed for display at an annual air and classic car show in Rubidoux.

Authorities say the men’s badly burned bodies could take several days to identify.


Trail construction forces rerouting of mule rides

Mule rides at the Grand Canyon are being rerouted, in part, to allow for construction of a major trail.

Instead of a seven-hour ride deep into the canyon to Plateau Point, the park’s largest concessionaire is offering a three-hour ride from Grand Canyon Village to the edge of the 3,000-foot drop called The Abyss.

The rerouting comes as the National Park Service weighs what to do with mule traffic into the canyon and whether to close, limit or reroute mules heading down major trails into the canyon.

Park administrators say the cost of repairing trails used by mules exceeds their budget.

The Park Service is expected to issue a preliminary opinion this winter on the subject.


Weather service: Twister causes destruction

The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was a tornado that tore through a coastal area of Lincoln City over the weekend and packed winds that reached 85 mph.

The tornado’s destruction path was 150 yards long by 80 yards wide, and a report from the National Weather Service said 11 homes, three cars and three decks were damaged.

Pacific Power representatives said almost 350 homes were without electricity. The power has been restored. No injuries were reported from the tornado.

Large waves continued to crash against the beach Saturday evening as a high surf warning remained in effect.

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