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Investigators Say Construction Fire in Mountains Edge Suspicious

Fire investigators are still piecing together the details of what started a massive Monday morning blaze in the southwest part of the valley near Fort Apache and Gomer. The fire forced some families in the area to evacuate their homes.

Investigators from the Clark County Fire Department are still on the scene combing through the charred wooden frames of three houses that were under construction. They have ruled out an electric short as the cause because there is no power running to the construction site. Fire investigators say the blaze looks suspicious.

Fire officials say they're relieved there were no injuries, but they say this could have been a lot worse because right across the street there are even more homes under construction. If the wind had been blowing to the south, the outcome could have been very different.

Town Hall Debate Gets Volatile

The healthcare reform debate came to Las Vegas Friday night with a fiery town hall hosted by a conservative radio talk show host. It was standing room only for close to 1,000 people at Stoney's Bar on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Most of the crowd was opposed to the Democrats' proposed reform, but there were a handful of supporters. "From what I can see, anything can be better than what we have. The current system is sick," said Dr. Arezo Fathie.

"Costs have escalated so much but it doesn't need to be taken over by the government," said health care reform opponent Pamela Pilger.

A heated discussion was caught on tape after Eyewitness News interviewed Pilger. She shouted "Heil Hitler" to Samuel Blum, a Jewish man in favor of reform.

Horses Attacked by Pit Bulls

It was a tragic start for the owner of two horses when two pit bulls got free and went on the attack. One of the horses was mauled to death and another critically injured.

It happened early Wednesday morning near windmill and Las Vegas Boulevard. The property owner says the dogs slipped under a fence and cornered the horses. The dogs are now with animal control.

They along with Metro are investigating the attack.

Public Meeting Focuses on Railroad Tracks Near School

Some kids walking to and from school are being hit with a $300 fine for crossing the railroad tracks. But the kids' parents say there's no other safe choice.

It's happening near Desert Oasis High School in the far southwest part of the valley, near Rainbow and Cactus. The kids are walking from a community on one side of the tracks to get to the high school on the other side.

Parents say a road or railroad crossing needs to be put in before someone gets hurt or even killed. At sixty miles per hour the strength of train is undeniable.

"Why would the school district build a school and not give the kids access along all sides? That was insane," said parent Sandra Andrews.

Andrews and her husband Stormie say their son, along with other students, are easily tempted to cross the tracks because it's the shortest distance from school to home. They know it's not safe but say the alternative is worse.

Student Arrested After Rifle Found in Car

A Spring Valley High School student was arrested for having a BB gun and rifle at school. Clark County School Police Officers were doing a routine check in the student parking lot when they found the two guns inside the student's car.

The 17-year-old male was taken into custody and is facing charges of possession of a deadly weapon or school property. He could be expelled from school.

School police officials don't believe there was a threat to any students because the guns were never taken into the school building and they weren't shown to anyone.

"It happens at all the schools. It's going to happen no matter how good the schools. We usually don't have problems but our police are really good," said parent Yvette White.

Police say the young man had the BB gun and a rifle in the car because he goes target shooting. Although there was never any danger, hearing the news was enough to shake up students.

Metro Reacts Quickly After Call of Copper Theft

Metro police caught two copper thieves in the act of stealing wires from light poles Thursday morning. It happened in the extreme southwest at Rainbow and Starr.

One of them sits in the Clark County Detention Center -- the other got away.

This is a new development in the extreme southwest. The thieves figured they could just steal whatever they wanted and get away with it in this isolated area. They never realized how the neighbors pay attention there.

In the new development, light poles go up as fast as the thieves target them for a copper heist. People in this area are tired of the streets being dark because someone decided to steal the cooper wires from the light poles.

"They cost us all money," said Jane Gorcica. She is the reason police were able to catch the cooper thieves in the act.

"At two o'clock in the morning, when we went to bed, about 15 minutes later the lights went out. We saw two suspects," said Gorcica.

Growing Southwest Gets New Metro Substation

Police say an increase in crime is another sign of the times. One area significantly feeling the growing pains is the booming southwest part of the valley. Metro police are stepping up their efforts to keep people who live there safe.

Their newest weapon -- a new state of the art police substation that will help cut response times.

This new station is necessary because Metro simply outgrew the old substation. Over the years, more and more officers have been needed to serve the fast-growing southwest area.

Officers needed not only more space but a new location to bring them closer to the majority of residents they are now serving.

"That is the new Southwest branch police station." You don't need to tell Scott Skopel about Metro's new enterprise area command. From his bedroom window, he's watched it being built.