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Dancer gets 5 to 15 years in deadly DUI case

Shauna Miller

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 28-year-old former Las Vegas strip club dancer was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in state prison for felony driving under the influence in an after-work crash that killed a man and injured the man's 18-month-old son.

Shauna Diane Miller apologized during sentencing Tuesday in Clark County District Court and sought forgiveness from the family of 33-year-old James J. White.

Family members including the boy's mother, Rachel Sidor, told Judge Valorie Vega they'll never forgive Miller.

Miller was driving her boyfriend's Hummer home from the Spearmint Rhino in March 2013 when it slammed into a Ford Escort, killing White.

The boy was in a car seat and survived the crash.

A prosecutor says Miller had marijuana in her system and a blood-alcohol percentage almost 2 1/2 times the legal limit.

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2 women dead in crash while following relatives

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified two women who died after the car they were riding in crashed while they followed relatives on a Las Vegas highway.

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say a Toyota Camry that was following a Mercedes hit the back of the vehicle about 7 p.m. Saturday on the 215 beltway. The Mercedes stopped in the shoulder after the impact, but the Camry continued onto an off-ramp, across traffic on Decatur Boulevard and into a block wall.

Troopers say the Camry vaulted into the air and then partially caught on fire.

Twenty-one-year-old passenger Miriah Ashley Weaver of Black Creek, Wisconsin died at the scene, while 58-year-old passenger Patricia Tucker of Las Vegas died of her injuries at University Medical Center.

The 25-year-old male driver from Wisconsin was hospitalized.

 

 

Metro busts pot grow house and ID theft operation

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have busted a marijuana grow operation and identity theft lab near Rainbow Boulevard and Hacienda Avenue.

According to police, they found about 100 marijuana plants and some cocaine were found in the home.

"It's just unexpected. We woke up and undercovers, and the trucks here and they're clearing stuff out, it's pretty crazy, and it's pretty scary," Frank Gonzales a resident said.

Frank has lived near the area of the bust for about four years now and he said he didn't associate with the people who recently moved in on the corner.

"It just goes to show you, people, you can't judge a book by it's cover. Some of my mistakes are scars that show, but it's how to present yourself and some of these people present themselves as professionals, and they're not," Frank Gonzales said.


Metro Police holding Coffee with a Cop event

Metro Police holding Coffee with a Cop event

Metro Police is partnering with McDonald’s to offer three Coffee with a Cop events next week.

The Coffee with a Cop will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at three different McDonald’s locations around southern Nevada. People will get a chance to talk with law enforcement officers and get a free small cup of McDonald’s McCafe coffee.

  • 6990 South Rainbow Blvd.
  • 2550 East Sunset Road
  • 4075 South Buffalo

Metro would like to break down barriers and allow for relaxed, one-on-one conversation with the citizens they protect.

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Judge rescinds travel permission for Gloria Lee

LAS VEGAS -- A judge has rescinded permission to travel for the woman accused of lighting her pet store on fire with puppies still inside.

The judge took away Gloria Lee's travel privileges during a court hearing Thursday. The judge had agreed to let Lee leave the state to attend a ceremony for her late father.

Lee and her co-defendant Kirk Bills are accused of starting a fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Boutique in January. There were still 27 puppies inside the store at the time.

The sprinklers put out the fire before any of the animals were hurt. The puppies were adopted out several months later.

Bills and Lee are facing several animal cruelty and insurance fraud charges. Lee was released on bail earlier this year.

Grand jury indicts man for gas station killing

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury indicted Steve Norwood on charges of murder with use of a deadly weapon and two counts of dissuading witnesses to testify in connection with a June 17 shooting at a gas station on Tropicana and Valley View.

Norwood is accused of shooting victim Santiago Flanders in the face, and Flanders died at the scene. A stray bullet also allegedly landed in a car passing by the scene.

While in custody, Norwood allegedly sent letters to a woman, instructing her to contact witnesses to dissuade them from testifying against him.

Norwood remains in custody on no bail at the Clark County Detention Center. He is due in court Sept. 10. He also faces sexual trafficking charges in a separate case, according to prosecutors.

Driving You Crazy: Cactus Interchange opens 2 months early

LAS VEGAS - Several valley residents have been asking about progress on the Cactus Road Interchange.

The good news is the interchange is now open. The Nevada Department of Transportation opened the road August 29.

This interchange was built to ease traffic as the valley expands south and west with additional homes and businesses. Drivers can now access I-15 from Cactus Road.

NDOT officials say they hope these improvements will relieve traffic delays along Blue Diamond Road, St. Rose Parkway and Silverado Ranch Boulevard. The interchange gives drivers another option for accessing I-15.

Crews broke ground on this project in April 2013. Las Vegas Paving was able to finish construction two months early. The Cactus Road Interchange cost $52 million.

Although the road is open, NDOT says crews will still be in the area for incidental items and clean-up through September.