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Kitten Killing Case Delayed Again

LAS VEGAS -- The plea hearing for two 11-year-old boys who are facing charges of animal cruelty in juvenile court was delayed Tuesday afternoon.

The boys were arrested on animal cruelty charges after neighbors told police they saw the two juveniles throwing rocks against a building Oct. 9 in the 9600 block of W. Russell Road.

It was later discovered the boys were throwing the rocks at a cat giving birth. Animal Control officers took the kittens to an animal hospital but none survived their injuries.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Watson said the hearing was delay because the boys' mental health evaluation reports had just arrived and the judge had not had a chance to review them.

The boys face seven counts each of animal cruelty that could get them up to 30 days of detention.

New Bistro Opens at Palms Casino Resort

New Bistro Opens at Palms Casino Resort


There is a new place to grab a sweet treat at the Palms Casino Resort.

The Chocolat Bistro opened recently at the resort. It features crepes, homemade gelatos, desserts, savory croissants and flatbreads. They also offer an array of espresso beverages.

The new bistro is part of the $50 million first phase the resort’s transformation plans. The Chocolat Bistro chain is originally from Italy. Its first location in the U.S. was in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. This is the first location in Las Vegas.

No Schoolchildren Aboard Bus That Hit Building

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police say it doesn't appear any passengers were aboard a Clark County School District bus that hit a car and struck a building in Las Vegas.

Police say first responders were called to the scene after the crash about 9:15 a.m. Thursday on Tropicana Avenue, near Cameron Street. The driver was injured and transported to University Medical Center. Her condition is unknown but she was alert and talking to rescuers after the crash.

CCSD officials said the bus was coming from Batterman Elementary School, which is located in the southwest part of the valley.

The crash involved a car and the bus. The bus also struck the wall of a restaurant.

Town Square Celebrating 5 Years

LAS VEGAS -- Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Town Square has become a popular shopping destination for Las Vegans and tourists alike.

The outdoor shopping mall opened in the midst of the recession, but has managed to grow over the years.

When Town Square opened just before the holidays in 2007, fewer than 40 businesses took a chance. Today, the number of businesses open at Town Square has more than tripled, with 120 businesses and 15 restaurants.

Town Square general manager Mike Wethington said success hasn't always come easy with many businesses reluctant to open up shop during a tough economy.

"The whole combination of it makes it a very successful property," he said.

Competitive leasing rates soon brought in more clients and the mall's central location drew in the customers.

Police Search for Woman Who Tried to Rob Bank

Police Search for Woman Who Tried to Rob Bank

Metro Police are looking for a woman who tried to rob a bank in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

According to police, the woman walked into a bank near Rainbow Boulevard and Warm Springs Road just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The woman gave a note to the teller demanding money, police said. The teller activated the robbery alarm, and the woman left the bank without any money.

The would-be robber is described as an African-American woman in her 40s. She is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-7 with a medium build. She has shoulder length black hair. At the time of the robbery, she was wearing glasses, a blue shirt and blue jean shorts.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Metro’s Robbery Section at 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Coroner IDs Woman Found Dead in Apartment Fire

LAS VEGAS -- The woman who was found dead in an apartment fire Saturday has been identified as Deborah Whitt, 61, of Las Vegas.

The two-alarm fire broke out about 7 p.m. in a home on Tropicana Avenue near Jones Boulevard. Neighbors said the woman was disabled.

Two apartments were damaged in the fire. The damage is estimated at $100,000.

The Clark County Coroner's Office, which released the woman's name, said her cause of death was not yet known.

Metro Police Bust Marijuana Grow House

Metro Police Bust Marijuana Grow House

Two people are under arrest after Metro Police busted a marijuana grow house Monday morning.

Police say they arrested David Garretson and Derek Parker, which they say are both ex-felons.

The raid happened at a house near Bermuda and Pebble Roads. According to police, officers found marijuana with a street value of $600,000 along with several firearms in the home.