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Power outage affected 9,800 Las Vegas area customers

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- NV Energy says failure of equipment in the agency's substation is to blame for a morning power outage affecting about 9,800 customers at one time, including many in southwest Las Vegas.

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday the agency's website showed fewer than 100 customers were still lacking power.

Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Schuricht said that at about 9:45 a.m. the number of outages had reached 9,800. Within a couple hours, the number had been cut by two-thirds.

The power outages appeared to be concentrated near the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Russell Road west of Interstate 15.

Woman killed in fatal crash at Rainbow, Hacienda ID'd

LAS VEGAS -- The woman killed in a Monday afternoon crash has been identified as Mary Cantrell, 73, of Las Vegas.

The 2:30 p.m. crash at the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Hacienda Avenue caused major traffic delays due to road closures that lasted about five hours. 

Officers said a Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by a 68-year-old man, was traveling southbound on Rainbow Boulevard and turned left at the intersection of Hacienda Avenue colliding with an Audi S5 traveling northbound through the intersection. 

Cantrell was a passenger in the Mercury. She was taken to University Medical Center where she died.

The drivers of both cars were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

This is the 40th traffic related fatality in LVMPD's jurisdiction for 2015.

2 public pools closed after Staph bacteria discovered

 LAS VEGAS -- Clark County officials have closed two public pools after elevated levels of staph bacteria was found in the water.

The Desert Breeze Acquatic Center's pool was closed on April 27 and the pool at the West Flamingo adult facility was closed on May 6.

'Friendly' suspects target elderly with landscaping ruse

LAS VEGAS -- Some suspects are using a daring move to gain entrance into homes so they can distract the homeowner and steal cash or jewelry, police said.

Metro Police have investigated three incidents in the past week near Jones Boulevard and Desert Inn Road.

The men posed as landscapers to distract the homeowners and seemed to target older people, police said.

Peggy Jager has lived at her home for 10 years.

"My neighbors, there's four of us here, and we watch out for each other," she said.

Her neighbors are also senior citizens.

Recently she had to help one out when someone tried breaking in.

"They broke her window on the side of the house and she heard it," Jager said.

Although Jager has a home security system, she does worry about someone coming to her front door.

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One dead in crash near Flamingo and Rainbow

LAS VEGAS -  A 71-year-old man is dead following a crash near Rainbow Boulevard and Flamingo Road Tuesday, Metro Police said.

Metro Police says the crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. in southbound Rainbow just north of Flamingo and involved three vehicles.

One witness reported it appeared the man suffered a medical episode prior to the crash.

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.

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.