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Hundreds Line Up For Free Tax Assistance

LAS VEGAS -- The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC event Saturday, which took place at the Heinrich YMCA on Meadows Lane right across from the Meadows Mall, had lines wrapping around the building as people waited for free help in filing their taxes.

By mid afternoon there were already 200 families who were served. The focus of the event, which was co-hosted by Channel 8, was making sure taxpayers were aware of the changes made to the earned income tax credit.

What is it comes down to is if you earned $49,000 or less in 2009, you can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an EITC refund of up to $5,657. The EITC works to help low-income, working taxpayers get more money back when they file their federal income tax forms but most people are unaware of this tax credit.

Fashion Show Helps Raises Money and Awareness for Local Shelter

Leaving in the middle of the night from an abusive relationship, many women and children don't take many belongings looking for somewhere to turn.

The Shade Tree is that place and now Southern Nevada's largest battered women's shelter says it is witnessing a new level of violence. So Saturday night charities teamed up to give these women one thing many of us takes for granted.

Models worked the runway Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel, showing off their creative shoes.

They're raising money for Shade Tree. On any one night, 300 women and children seek shelter there. Many of them are victims of violent physical abuse.

Metro Investigating Early Morning Homicide

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives are investigating an early morning shooting Saturday that resulted in one person's death.

Shortly before 6 a.m., Metro was called to the 5000 block of Pine Mountain St., which is near Decatur and Windmill for reports of shots being fired in the area.

When Metro officers arrived they discovered one African American male who had been shot multiple times. The victim was transported to UMC where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that there was an argument between the victim and several other people.

Anyone with information on this murder is asked to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

State Warns of Census Scams

LAS VEGAS -- State officials are warning Nevadans to be on the look out for scams involving the 2010 Census.

Secretary of State Ross Miller and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto issued a consumer advisory Wednesday morning.

They say the scams include official looking requests for personal financial information and they may come in the form of a direct mail, email or even someone visiting your home.

"Nevadans must know that the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking only demographic information and would not ask for personal information like social security, bank account of credit card numbers," Masto said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census forms will be mailed out to people starting in early March. Workers will begin knocking on the doors of single family households around May 1, 2010 if they didn't get the form mailed back to them.

 

Salvation Army Sees Drop in Donations

LAS VEGAS --  The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada relies on the proceeds from its seven thrift stores to fund many of the programs and services it provides to members of the community. But right now, thrift shop donations are down significantly because of the economy.

One look at these sparse clothing racks and the problem is easy to see.

"When the economy is bad like this, people cannot go out and buy that new couch, so we don't get the old one," said Charles Desideiro, Salvation Army of So. Nevada.

The Salvation Army says donations to their thrift shops around the valley are down by 35 to 40 percent.

"All the merchandise that does come in is rushed right off to the stores so our trucks are making extra trips which also means more gas and more labor hours,"said Desideiro.

Las Vegas Police, Schools Hosting Parent Gang Workshop

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas-area school officials and police are hosting a workshop for parents, teachers and social workers to talk about children, gangs and warning signs of gang activity.

The meeting, titled "Our Children and Gangs," is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Desert Breeze Community Center in southwest Las Vegas.

Clark County Commission member Susan Brager says it's important for parents and adults who work with children to be aware of warning signs of gang activity and involvement. A presentation in one room will be for middle and high school students.

A session in the gym will be for parents and guardians, school teachers and administrators, counselors, social workers, law enforcers and community social organization members.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas Woman Victim of Foreclosure Mistake

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas woman says she was the victim of a horrible mistake that left her with an empty condominium and a lot of questions.

Nilly Mauck lived in her condominium for two years and said she never had problem until a series of strange events eventually led to a company coming into her home and throwing away everything she owned.

As Mauck walks around her now empty condo, she can't help but remember how things used to look. Every room in the home is empty and Mauck says the reason is a mistake of address numbers. Her address is 1157, which is right next to 1156, a condo that is in foreclosure.

SLIDESHOW: Pictures from inside the condo before the trash out