21-year-old man killed in shooting identified

A 21-year-old man fatally shot last week at an apartment complex on Sahara Avenue near Boulder Highway was identified Wednesday as Julio Cesar Gonzalez-Hernandez of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police said Gonzalez-Hernandez was shot at 12:52 p.m. Friday at the Sahara Glen Apartments, 3655 E. Sahara Avenue.

Gonzalez-Hernandez later died at University Medical Center.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said 29-year-old Ruben Arroyo was arrested shortly afterward on a murder with a deadly weapon charge.

Arroyo remained held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday.

Roberts said the motive for the slaying was that Arroyo’s ex-girlfriend was dating Gonzalez-Hernandez.

“It was a love triangle,” Roberts said. “We see these things all the time.”


Apartment, vehicles damaged in valley fire

A fire caused $200,000 in damage to multiple cars and an apartment near Lamb Boulevard and Owens Avenue early Wednesday morning, Las Vegas fire officials said.

A fire in a car sparked blazes in three other cars parked under a Vegas Green Townhouses carport about 3:09 a.m. before spreading to a nearby building. The fire spread to the living room and attic of the townhouse.

Five people were home at the time of the fire, but all escaped without injury, fire officials said.

The displaced family of the townhouse, at 4305 Maneilly Drive, is being assisted by the American Red Cross.


Solar project planned at middle school

The Nevada Test Site’s prime contractor has awarded a $10,000 grant for Desert Research Institute to install a solar energy project at Bridger Middle School.

The project, part of DRI’s GreenPower educational program, will feature a solar-powered marquee for announcing school information, in addition to a weather station, solar panels and hands-on teaching kits.


Man hit, killed by truck on freeway interchange

A man walking on a freeway interchange was struck and killed by a cement truck Wednesday morning, a Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The man was not identified.

Trooper Kevin Honea said the incident occurred about 3:10 a.m. when a truck driver traveling from northbound Interstate 15 to the Las Vegas Beltway westbound lanes hit the man, who possibly jumped in front of the truck.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, Honea said. The driver of the truck wasn’t identified.

Honea said the driver called 911 to report the accident and cooperated with authorities.

Honea also said the truck driver was not charged or cited. Honea said walking or hitchhiking on state freeways is illegal.

He said suicide could not be ruled out.

“One of the things we’re looking at is whether this was an intentional act,” he said.


Reno man found guilty of murdering professor

A man who said he helped arrange the killing of a university professor last year but denied carrying out the slaying was found guilty of murder Wednesday.

Mohamed Kamaludeen was convicted of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon of a person older than 60, and solicitation to commit murder in the death of Judy Calder, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The verdict could put Kamaludeen in prison for life without parole. The same nine-man, three-woman jury was to hear testimony at a hearing sentencing today.

Kamaludeen, who also went by the name Rickey Barge, admitted he helped plan the killing but claimed that Calder’s husband financed the crime and another man stabbed the 64-year-old university professor.

He claimed Jim Calder paid for the killing because of a dispute over the couple’s will and that another man stabbed her at Kamaludeen’s Reno printing business on Aug. 18, 2007.

Jim Calder denied it and has not been charged.

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