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Police: Suspect Shot After Attempting to Rob Las Vegas Tavern

LAS VEGAS –- It looks like an armed man picked the wrong bar to try to rob. A man allegedly tried to rob The Lodge in southwest Las Vegas and an employee shot him.

Business is back to normal at The Lodge, but it was anything but normal at around 6 a.m. when a lone gunman walked through that front door and demanded money.

"As he retrieved the goods and making his way out, one of the employees decided to come and get the vehicle description, at which point he confronted the suspect," said Metro Lt. Clint Nichols.

That employee was also armed. A gunfight ensued where the suspect was shot in the chest multiple times. He was then transported to the hospital there he is now listed in critical condition.

Local Home Sales Up in December

LAS VEGAS -- Although home prices decreased from November to December, more homes were sold, according the Greater Association of Realtors.

Their latest report shows the median price of a southern Nevada home is down 3 percent from one year ago. "At least this slight decrease is better than the 33 percent and 22 percent declines we saw in 2008 and 2009," said Paul Bell, GLVAR president.

In December, 25 percent of all homes sold in southern Nevada were short sales and about half of all sales involved bank-owned homes.

The year 2010 was the third best sales year on record with 43,877 homes being sold. The best year ever was 2004 during the boom when nearly 72,000 homes were sold.

I-15 Re-Opens After Fatal Crash

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Highway Patrol has re-opened southbound lanes of Interstate 15 that were closed for several hours while troopers investigated a fatal three-car hit-and-run crash.

All southbound traffic was diverted off the freeway at Blue Diamond Road after the chain-reaction crash happened about 2 a.m.

The scene made the morning commute a mess south of the Las Vegas Strip. Fackrell says a female driver of a BMW sedan is sought after her vehicle hit a pickup truck from behind, causing it to crash, and then hit a sport utility vehicle.

A woman driving the SUV was fatally injured when she was thrown from her vehicle in the crash. A man driving the pickup truck was hospitalized with minor injuries. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

BREAKING NEWS: Teen Pedestrian Struck by a Car

Metro Police are investigating an accident involving an automobile and a 16-year-old pedestrian. Police say the car struck the victim on West Arby Avenue near Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive. The teen was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition. More details, as they develop, on 8 News NOW and 8NewsNOW.com.

Las Vegas Pharmacy Owner Testifies in Jackson Death Trial

LOS ANGELES  -- A Las Vegas pharmacist says the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death bought 255 vials of a powerful anesthetic in the three months before the singer died.

Tim Lopez testified Monday at a preliminary hearing that Dr. Conrad Murray purchased four shipments of propofol between April 6 and June 10, 2009.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say he gave the singer a lethal dose of propofol mixed with other sedatives on June 25, 2009.

Lopez says Murray bought 130 vials of propofol in 100 milliliter doses and another 125 vials of the anesthetic in the smaller dose of 20 milliliters.

Lopez is the owner of Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, where Murray has a clinic. The pharmacy is located on S. Fort Apache Rd. near W. Russell Rd.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Minor Injuries in Bus Crash

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating an accident involving a school bus near the Tropicana Avenue and Harmon. Police say several vehicles were involved in the crash.

Four students and two people from other cars have been transported to the hospital with very minor injuries.

All injuries are non-life threatening.

I-Team: Innocent Claim Draws Attention of National Groups

LAS VEGAS -- A young woman convicted not once, but twice for the same crime is again trying to convince the court she is not a killer. Kirstin Blaise Lobato is behind bars for the 2001 murder and sexual mutilation of a homeless man. Yet Lobato insists she didn't do it and she may get another chance to prove it.

Lobato is not without her supporters. Those who think she's innocent spend countless hours recruiting resources to help to her prove it. Most recently, they have attracted the interest of two groups dedicated to freeing the wrongly convicted. With the court's permission, they will examine what may be key pieces of evidence Lobato hopes will identify who she calls "the real killers."

In 2001, Lobato was a scared 18-year-old, accused of the murder and sexual mutilation of Duran Bailey, a homeless man she claims she never met. Despite a lack of physical evidence, jurors convicted Lobato twice for the crime.