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Acts of Kindness: Haunted house raises money for charity

LAS VEGAS - The haunted house in the parking lot of Southern Hills Hospital is not to be missed. Not only will visitors get a good scare, but the entrance fee goes to a good cause.

Money raised will benefit the Public Education Foundation, the Shade Tree Shelter and an orphanage in Taiwan.

Twenty-six-year-old Jacob Bailey is the brains and architect behind the haunted house. His volunteers include a special group of students from Molasky Junior High School.

Sixteen-year-old Andrew Hernandez says he loved building the attraction.

“It gives me a satisfaction to get up every morning and go to work,” he said.

Construction started eight months ago. Hernandez and 14-year-old Ezra Alvarez-Key did the majority of the work.

“We usually stayed up till 1 a.m., building eight foot walls, gelling them together, trying to stand them up. That was probably the hardest work,” he said.

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Truck hits, critically injures woman on Blue Diamond Rd.

LAS VEGAS -- A woman is in critical condition after being hit by a truck along Blue Diamond Road Thursday morning.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, a pickup truck was heading eastbound on Blue Diamond Road and hit the victim near the junction with I-15 at around 9:30 a.m.

The driver of the truck kept going east to Las Vegas Boulevard, where Metro Police stopped him. Eastbound Blue Diamond is down to one lane for the investigation.

The driver is suspected of driving under the influence, police said.



Driving You Crazy: Construction near Rainbow and Russell

LAS VEGAS - Marlene asks why there are so many traffic cones and blocked lanes near Russell Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Subcontractors for the county are preparing Rainbow from Russell to Sunset Road for the Flamingo Diversion-Rainbow Branch Storm Drain project.

The county estimates it will cost the Regional Flood Control District $8 million. The project will improve storm drain capacity along Rainbow to prepare for 100-year flood flows like the ones valley residents saw last month.

Once finished, the drain will be able to transport 1,148 cubic feet of water per second from that stretch of Rainbow to the Flamingo Diversion Channel.

Construction starts next year. The preparation work that is going on now should finish by November 20.

Crews have also switched their work hours; they will work overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Kirk Bills pleads guilty in Las Vegas puppy store fire case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 28-year-old fledgling boxer plead guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty for setting fire to a pet store where 27 puppies were rescued earlier this year.

Attorney Roger Bailey says Kirk Bills took a plea deal Wednesday to avoid trial on a total of 31 felonies.

Store owner Gloria Lee pleaded guilty last week to arson, attempted animal cruelty and insurance fraud in an agreement that could get her up to 24 years in prison.

The 35-year-old Lee is due for sentencing Feb. 25.

Bailey says Bills could face up to 15 years on the arson conviction, but hopes for less. He's been in jail since Feb. 7.

Prosecutors say Lee and Bills were videotaped setting fire Jan. 27 to the Prince and Princess pet shop.

Bills will be sentenced on March 2.

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Metro looking for man who robbed store

Metro looking for man who robbed store

Metro Police are looking for a man who robbed a store near Desert Inn Road and Durango Drive.

According to police, the man walked into the business at around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30. He kicked the employee in the chest, grabbed some merchandise and ran from the business, police said.

The man is described as a Hispanic man about 26 years old. He is between 5 foot 8 and 6 foot with a heavy build. He was wearing a red T-shirt and purple shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro’s Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Metro Police for young men who robbed store

Metro Police for young men who robbed store

Metro Police are looking for two young men who robbed a store back in August.

According to police, the two young men walked into the store at Flamingo Road and Arville Street around 3:15 p.m. August 19. They pretended to be customers and waited for other customers to leave the business.

While one of the boys acted as a lookout, the other boy demanded money from the clerk. The young man then took the cash drawer from the counter and tried to run away with it. It dropped it on the way out. The boys grabbed the cash and left.

The first young man police are looking for is described as a white or Hispanic male between 15 and 18 years old. He is about 5 foot 6 and 140 pounds with brown hair and a mustache. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt and dark shorts

Acts of Kindness: Leora Senior

LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas woman is using her love of knitting to provide comfort for those who need it.

“When my husband died, I got to thinking. I can't sit here by myself, so I went to doing something for somebody else,” Leora Senior said.

That was 18 years ago. For the past two decades, Senior turned a hobby into an activity that benefits others.

“It relaxes me,” she said.

She volunteers her time at the West Flamingo Senior Center, teaching knitting and crochet classes.

“I feel, this way, if I am doing it at my age, maybe somebody else can say, ‘I can do that,'” she said.

8 News NOW received some lovely letters from women who praise Senior's many good deeds. The letters also mention that Senior is on a limited income, but that doesn't stop her from buying all the yarn and materials to benefit others.