Record rainfall drenched the valley Wednesday, snarling traffic, delaying flights out of McCarran International Airport and turning flood channels into raging – and in one case deadly – rivers.
Green Valley High School senior William Mootz, 17, drowned in the fast-moving Pittman Wash in Henderson late Wednesday morning. His body was recovered Friday more than three miles away.
The valley’s official weather station at McCarran International Airport logged 1.65 inches of rainfall, a record for the date, but some areas saw much heavier downpours.
So much water flowed down the Las Vegas Wash and into Lake Las Vegas that it triggered the spillway there, creating the rare sight of a 100-foot waterfall below the man-made lake.
Before Wednesday’s storm, about 1 inch of rain had been recorded in Las Vegas all year.
Man with sword shot
New details emerged in the case of a sword-wielding robber who was shot dead by a clerk at a Dairy Queen.
According to a police report on Sunday’s incident, 36-year-old Bongkuk Pak unsheathed a samurai sword in front of the clerk and used it to slash the cash register several times.
That’s when the clerk’s brother emerged from the back with a handgun and shot Pak.
The former UNLV football player was found in the parking lot next to his sword. He died later at the hospital.
Too close to call
President Barack Obama holds a slim lead over Mitt Romney in Nevada, according to a new poll from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV 8 NewsNow.
Obama leads Romney 47 percent to 45 percent, according to the survey of 869 likely voters unveiled just as the president arrived in Reno for a two-day campaign swing through the Silver State.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
Obama back to school
On his 13th trip to Nevada as president, Barack Obama fired up an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,700 supporters at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas.
Obama’s campaign topic was education, but his message was an election-year plea to get out the vote as he faces a tight contest with GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney.
"We need you!" Obama told the crowd. "If you’re willing to stand with me and knock on some doors with me, and make some phone calls with me, this November we will win Nevada. We will win this election."
Collins gives up gun
The cowboy commissioner has surrendered his sidearm.
Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins forfeited a handgun and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace and livestock at large following separate disturbances at his North Las Vegas home.
Collins paid $2,274 in fines and handed over a .40-caliber semi-automatic Sig Sauer, but he avoided any jail time.
The no contest pleas are not an admission of guilty but acknowledge that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove its case.
Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion will not face criminal charges on allegations she tried to extort millions of dollars from ex-boyfriend Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
Sisolak accused Vermillion in January of trying to shake him down for $3.9 million. He also claimed his political career was threatened at a meeting with her then-lawyer Robert Martin and public relations handler Mark Fierro.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson called the behavior "certainly troubling" but decided criminal charges could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.NUMBERS
The official rainfall total for Las Vegas on Wednesday, beating the old record for the date set in 1949.
Las Vegas’ official rain total for the year before Wednesday’s storm.
Miles of flood channels and underground storm drains that have been built by the Regional Flood Control District since the late 1980s.
Number of people killed in Clark County floods – or in a flood channel – since 1960, including a 17-year-old boy who drowned Wednesday in Pittman Wash.
"To those who traded their oath to their Vegas brethren, Harry among them, for a few bucks, we deplore you."
Twitter post from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which is trying to market the city and its inescapable "What Happens Here" slogan using leaked pictures of Britain’s Prince Harry partying naked in Las vegas.
"You can’t compete with some rich guy writing a $10 million check."
President Barack Obama, warning supporters at a rally in North Las Vegas Thursday to expect a barrage of campaign ads attacking him. He appeared to be making a winking reference to Republican donor and Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.
"He was my best friend and colleague and associate, so it’s like I lost three people at once."
Mike Clauretie, UNLV finance professor, talking about Nasser Daneshvary, director of the university’s Lied Institute for Real Estate, who died on Aug. 18. He was 62.
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