Man struck by suspected drunk driver dies

A 44-year-old landscaper who was struck by a suspected drunk driver while working on Green Valley Parkway near Paseo Verde Parkway died Monday at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Henderson police said the man, whose name they withheld, was getting out of a parked dump truck on a paved shoulder about 1 p.m. May 8 when he was hit by a car that was being driven south on Green Valley Parkway by 39-year-old Jason Gordon.

Police said the victim was wearing a fluorescent yellow safety vest, and there were safety cones around the dump truck.

Gordon initially was charged with driving under the influence involving substantial bodily harm. The charges are being amended to driving under the influence involving a death and manslaughter, according to police.


Authorities identify two shooting victims

Two men found shot to death in a North Las Vegas apartment Thursday have been identified as Jaime Calderon and Javier Curiel-Velazquez.

Calderon, 29, and Curiel-Velazquez, 38, were killed about 1:30 a.m. in the apartment on the 2000 block of Harvard Street, near Lake Mead Boulevard and Fifth Street, police said.

Police were called to the duplex after a report of shots being fired and found the men inside.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.


Two killed in accident on I-15 identified

Two people killed in a Friday wreck on Interstate 15 were identified as Salvador Mejia, 14, and Maria Guadalupe Vieyra, 71.

They were traveling south in a Chevrolet Suburban when a tire blew out and sent the SUV into a roll about 20 miles north of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway about 5 p.m., according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Five other passengers were hurt, three critically.


Apartment building fire forces 29 from homes

Nearly 30 people were forced from their homes late Sunday after their Henderson apartment building caught fire.

The fire started about 11:50 p.m. in a 16-unit apartment building at 11000 S. Eastern Ave., at the intersection of Sunridge Heights, according to the Henderson Fire Department.

Firefighters battled the flames for about 15 minutes before gaining the upper hand on the blaze, which started in a ground-floor apartment. A person living in the apartment escaped without injuries.

Residents living on the second floor had to pass through flames to escape down the stairs, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and damage was estimated at $150,000.

The American Red Cross helped find shelter for 29 people who couldn’t return to their apartments because of smoke and fire damage.


Arizona man killed in single-vehicle crash

A northern Arizona resident was killed in a Saturday traffic accident 35 miles south of Hoover Dam. The Department of Public Safety identified the victim as Cody Bravo, 24, of Peach Springs, Ariz.

Officials said Bravo was heading south on U.S. Highway 93 when he lost control of his pickup at 12:41 a.m. The vehicle struck a guardrail before traveling down a steep ravine.

The agency said Bravo was not wearing a seat belt, and he was thrown from the pickup as it rolled several times.


Two teens suspected in homicide arrested

Two Arizona teenagers wanted in connection with a homicide in their hometown of Golden Valley have been arrested in Bend, Ore. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said Travis Smith, 17, and Cody Simons, 14, were arrested Thursday on first-degree murder charges.

Spokeswoman Trish Carter said case details are being withheld as detectives continue their investigation of the shooting death of Mark Hall, 60.

Hall was found dead in his home in Golden Valley May 5.


Transient jumps into river to avoid arrest

A transient with ties to Arizona and Ohio is missing and presumed drowned after jumping into the Colorado River near the Laughlin Bridge to avoid arrest Saturday.

Mohave County Park Ranger Sonny O’Hara said he responded to a disturbance at Davis Camp on the northern edge of Bullhead City at about 8:20 p.m.

O’Hara said he began questioning people at the campsite after a license plate check hit on a report of a stolen van. O’Hara said he placed one man in custody for questioning and was planning to arrest another when the second suspect dove into the river.

O’Hara said the man disappeared from sight as he tried to swim to the Nevada side. "Unfortunately, the river current was swift, the water level was up, and he was intoxicated too," O’Hara said.

Authorities were unable to locate the suspect’s body, and the search was suspended Sunday.

The first suspect was released after questioning.

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