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NORTHWEST VALLEY

Pickup truck driver dies after accident

A male driver died at a hospital after being thrown from his pickup in an accident in the northwest valley, a spokesman for the Nevada Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

The name and age of the driver were not available.

Trooper Kevin Honea said the accident occurred about 11:05 p.m. Tuesday near Rancho Drive and the northbound onramp for U.S. Highway 95 and Ann Road.

Honea said the driver was on Rancho when he lost control of the pickup, went through a dirt median and struck a Hyundai sedan on the northbound onramp on Ann for U.S. 95.

The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the pickup. He was transported to the University Medical Center, where he died, Honea said.

A passenger in the pickup was taken to UMC with non-life threatening injuries. A woman driving the Hyundai was not injured, Honea said.

FORECLOSED HOUSE

Fire may have been caused by copper thief

Investigators believe a fire that gutted a vacant house near Pecos Road and Owens Avenue on Tuesday was sparked by equipment used by a copper thief.

Las Vegas Fire Department officials said they didn’t know who started the blaze but believe heat from a torch commonly used to disconnect copper piping ignited the house around 2 a.m.

Aside from about $15,000 in fire damage, the Guinevere Avenue house was ransacked and stripped of copper wiring and piping, said department spokesman Tim Szymanski.

Investigators said the house was in foreclosure and unoccupied.

Szymanski said he has not seen an increase in copper theft in vacant houses lately but urged residents to report suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhoods.

HENDERSON DEATH

Charred body ID’d as 26-year-old man

A charred body found by Henderson police off Las Vegas Boulevard at the southern end of the valley last month was identified Wednesday by the Clark County coroner’s office as 26-year-old Jeffrey Anderson Jr.

Neither Anderson’s hometown nor the cause and manner of his death have been determined by the coroner’s office.

Anderson’s body was found about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21 near Larson Lane, south of St. Rose Parkway.

After the discovery, police on horseback searched the remote desert south of the Henderson Executive Airport for clues. A motorcycle was found a few hundred yards from the body.

Identifying Anderson as the victim brought police closer to making any arrests in connection to his slaying, police spokesman Keith Paul said. He said police had no additional information to release on the incident.

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

Body of LV student found in dorm room

A Northern Arizona University student from Las Vegas has been found dead in his dormitory room.

Tom Bauer, spokesman for the Flagstaff campus, said Wednesday that university police didn’t suspect foul play in the death of 18-year-old Eric R. Glusman.

The body of the freshman computer science major was found by a roommate Monday night.

The Coconino County medical examiner will do an autopsy this week to determine the cause of death. Results could take more than a month to complete.

 

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