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Driving You Crazy: Traffic at Buffalo and Badura

LAS VEGAS - Dale says traffic is terrible at the intersection of Buffalo Drive and Badura Avenue. New apartments are under construction in the area, and Dale says a stop sign or traffic light is needed.

Clark County officials say they plan to set up a study in the area once the apartments are finished and occupied.

Engineers will then evaluate the intersection and determine the best form of traffic control, whether it's a stop sign or traffic light. Anyone can contact the county and request a traffic study by calling the county at 702-455-6000.

Clark County Public Works suggests drivers do not attempt the left turn from Badura and, instead, use Durango Drive as an alternate. Drivers can also go south on Cimarron Road to Warm Springs Road and make a left onto Buffalo at the intersection of Buffalo and Warm Springs.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

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Coroner IDs woman killed in apartment fire in SW Las Vegas

Credit: Christina Lombardi

 LAS VEGAS -- The woman found dead Monday morning inside of an apartment that was on fire has been identified as 42-year-old Marrie Stewart, according to the Clark County Coroner's office.

The fire was called in around 6:30 a.m. and it involved an apartment unit located at 10175 Spring Mountain Road near Hualapai Way. The flames were contained to the one apartment.

A man was, who hasn't been identified by police was treated for cuts and burns after firefighters responded to the blaze in the southwest part of the valley.

Police say a domestic dispute may have occurred in the apartment prior to the fire. A stepdaughter, also inside the apartment, escaped unharmed.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate whether or not foul play was involved in Stewart's death. The cause of death of Stewart has yet to be determined by the Clark County coroner.

7-hour police standoff results in arrest of sexual offender

LAS VEGAS -- More details are emerging about a sexual assault suspect who was arrested Tuesday following a standoff with police.

The standoff unfolded in a southwest valley neighborhood when police tried to make contact with a man with a lengthy criminal history.

Police were looking for Agustin Baranda, 38, following allegations of sexual assault against a child. The child reported the alleged abuse to a family member.

The seven-hour standoff created disruption in the neighborhood off of Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue. More than two dozen officers, including SWAT, responded to the neighborhood. 





Man barricades himself, gets bit by K-9 in sex assault case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man sought in a sex assault investigation barricaded himself inside a Las Vegas home for five hours and was bit by a police dog before being arrested on more than a dozen child sex abuse charges.

Las Vegas police said 38-year-old Agustin Baranda was arrested Wednesday as part of a sex assault investigation.

He now faces more than a dozen charges, including sex assault against a child under 14- and under 16-years-old, sex assault and lewdness with a child under 14-years-old.

Police said a SWAT team was called to a home in the southwest valley around 3 p.m. and homes nearby were evacuated when Baranda refused to come out.

He was arrested after being bit by a K-9 unit and taken to the hospital for his injuries

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Construction beginning on southwest Las Vegas aquatic center

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials are marking the start of construction of a new indoor aquatic center southwest of Las Vegas.

County Commissioner Susan Brager and Howard Hughes Corporation executives are due to take part in a ceremony Monday at the Summerlin Aquatic Center, next to the Wet n' Wild commercial water park on Fort Apache Road.

The corporation is building the facility to turn it over to the county when it's complete.

The nearly 25,000-square-foot project has been on the boards for 10 years, but was stalled during the recession.

It'll have a 25-meter-by-25-yard lap pool with 10 racing lanes, and a 9-foot deep section for scuba classes.

Another pool with a handicap access ramp will be for water aerobics, swimming lessons, physical therapy and other uses.

Southwest condo complex suffers multiple mailbox break-ins

LAS VEGAS -- One valley housing community is on high alert after two brazen mail thefts in just one week.

Security video shows three men working together, breaking into mailboxes inside the Tuscano Condo Complex near Sunset Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Security footage captured two crimes in action on different dates. The first theft occurred on April 1 and the other just five days later.

The men stole mail and packages and have the Tuscano community on edge.

"It just makes you so angry," said HOA Director Ian Akeson. "One time is one thing, but they came back within the same week. It's pretty brazen."

Metro police say more of these thefts could happen at this time of year, especially during tax season.

"That's scary 'cause that is identity theft. They get a hold of certain things and it can mess up everything up for you," said resident Michael Huntoon.

Huntoon says he's not sure if his mail was taken.













IKEA to bring economic boost to valley

LAS VEGAS - A touch of Sweden is coming to Las Vegas. Popular furniture retailer IKEA is breaking ground Thursday on a new store in the valley.

Along with furniture, the company says it will deliver hundreds of jobs.

The 26-acre lot near 215 and South Durango Drive will host a 351,000 square-foot store.

It won't be complete until 2016, but the site will be busy with construction until opening day.

The company says nearly 500 construction workers from the valley will work on this project. Clark County officials say putting these people back to work is huge for our economy.

The store also plans to hire an additional 300 workers when construction is finished.