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TROPICANA AVENUE

Las Vegas man killed in hit-and-run

A 36-year-old Las Vegas man who witnesses said may have been crouching in the road died Wednesday in a hit-and-run on Tropicana Avenue, a Nevada Highway Patrol official said.

The incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. when a blue pickup truck traveling west on Tropicana struck the man. He died at the scene, directly under the U.S. Highway 95 overpass, said Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Kevin Honea.

Witnesses told authorities that they saw the man sitting in the road. As the pickup drew near, they said, the man lowered his head, Honea said.

The driver of the truck fled the scene.

The victim has not yet been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Nevada Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

Anyone with information on the case can contact the highway patrol at 432-5205.

AMBER ALERT CASE

Six-month-old boy returned to mother

The Nye County infant whose disappearance resulted in an 11-state Amber Alert was returned safely to his mother Wednesday morning.

Six-month-old Juliun Alarid was left on the doorstep of his mother’s home, ending a 24-hour search for him.

The boy went missing around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, and Nye County Sheriff’s officials believe he was with his father, Stephen Alarid, who disappeared after a dispute with the baby’s mother.

Officials said Alarid is still at large. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has tattoos of a snake on a stake and a swimming dolphin on his left arm. On his right arm, he has a "USMC" bulldog tattoo. He might be traveling in a 1998 Toyota Camry with a Nevada Professional Firefighters license plate, number 0839.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

SOUTHWEST LAS VEGAS

Four displaced after two-alarm fire

A fire at a southwest Las Vegas apartment complex Wednesday morning displaced four people and caused about $200,000 in damage.

A cat died and two people were treated for smoke inhalation as a result of the two-alarm fire at the Alexis Heights apartments, near Jones Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

The fire is under investigation. The displaced residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

NEAR ST. ROSE PARKWAY

Woman dies in crash on Interstate 15

A woman died Tuesday night when the driver of a compact car she was a passenger in lost control and rolled the vehicle on Interstate 15 near St. Rose Parkway, officials said.

The woman, in her 20s and believed to be from California, was thrown from the car when the crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Kevin Honea said.

Three other people were taken to University Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

Honea said there was no evidence drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

FALLON NATIVE

Flags at half-staff for soldier killed in Iraq

Gov. Jim Gibbons on Wednesday ordered flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff for a Nevada soldier killed in Iraq.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Humphreys of Fallon died Saturday when his OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul.

The Defense Department said Humphreys, 28, was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force 49, U.S. Army Alaska, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

In a statement, Gibbons thanked Humphreys’ family and friends for their sacrifice.

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