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Task force tackles issue of deadly streets

Hit-and-run crash on Wed. Jan. 14 at Tropicana and Jones.

LAS VEGAS -- The new year is barely one month old and already five people have been killed in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.

 Four of those deaths were pedestrians. 

A task force, the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Committee, shared ideas Tuesday which included tough new penalties to stop the death and destruction on the roads. The committee is made up law enforcement, business leaders and victim advocates.

Just last week, a 27-year-old man was hit by a car near Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard. His body was tossed into nearby bushes. It was two hours after the crash before he was discovered.

Police are still searching for the driver.

Lawmakers want to stiffen penalties to stop people from fleeing the scenes of crashes.

"It's a simple message, drive safe, buckle up, obey the limits, obey the street signs," said Lt.











Coroner ID's couple in murder-suicide

LAS VEGAS -- An incident, in which two people were found dead at a home near S. Fort Apache and W. Pebble Road Thursday, is being called a murder-suicide by Metro Police.

Officers said when their detectives arrived on the scene in the 8900 block of Veneroso Street, medical personnel told them two adults, a male and a female were found dead inside of the garage.

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man as 26-year-old Won Jae Lee of Las Vegas. He died from gunshot wounds to the head and neck. The woman was identified as 23-year-old Jiyeon Lee who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

The preliminary investigation indicates the man and woman, who were dating, were in a physical altercation before the shooting. The argument between the two somehow moved to the garage, and that's where officers said the woman shot and killed the man before taking her own life.

Man killed in crash at I-15 and Silverado Ranch ID'd

LAS VEGAS - The man killed in a crash I-15 and Silverado Ranch Boulevard has been identified by the coroner as 29-year-old Justin Michael Delossantos of Las Vegas.

The crash happened at approximately 2 a.m. Nevada Highway Patrol says a vehicle was traveling southbound from I-15 to the Silverado Ranch off-ramp.

The 29-year-old driver lost control and crashed into a light pole. He died at the scene of the accident. Troopers say he was wearing a seatbelt, but they are still determining if he was impaired. NHP says speed was a factor in the crash.

NHP closed the area near I-15 and Silverado Ranch during its investigation for several hours and reopened the roads shortly after 6 a.m.

Suspicious package found, car dealership evacuated

LAS VEGAS -- A valley car dealership was evacuated Saturday due to a suspicious package found near Sahara Avenue and Lindell Road, according to law enforcement.

It's happened near the Findlay Kia car dealership located at 5325 W. Sahara Avenue.  Metro Police said the call about the suspicious package came in around 2:30 p.m. 

Findlay Kia was immediately evacuated.  The entire area of Sahara between Lindell and Decatur was initially blocked off, but in the end, there wasn't any threat.  

A manager at the dealership told 8 News NOW the suspicious packaged turned out to be an item left in a car that was traded in.

Police: Man found dead in bushes is hit-and-run victim

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say the man who was found dead Wednesday morning in west Las Vegas was the victim or a hit-and-run.

According to police, the man's body was found just after 6 a.m. near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard in the bushes at a gas station. Police say the 26-year-old man was jaywalking in the westbound lanes of Tropicana when he was struck.

"I was like, 'oh man, that's Chuck,'" said Glen Morris.



He can't believe his friend is gone.

"He would do anything for you, he was just, he was a great guy," Morris said.

His friends say he's homeless and they only know him only as "Chuck."

Morris found out shortly after 6 a.m. he was dead.

PD: Mother accidentally backs into child, 3

LAS VEGAS — Police say a mother leaving for work was unaware her three-year-old had gotten out of their home and accidentally backed into the child.

The incident happened just before 9:30 a.m. in a mobile home park near Tropicana Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive.

Police say the child was "alert and talking" and complained of its head hurting. The child, whose gender is not known, was taken to University Medical Center as a precaution.

Officers said they were investigating this as an accident.

Health District: 2nd TB case not a concern

LAS VEGAS -- A possible second tuberculosis case at a local high school is causing concern for some parents, but the health district insists there is nothing to worry about.

Parents of students were notified last week about the first case at Desert Oasis High School. The latest potential case involves a student at the school whose mother went ahead and had him tested after hearing about the first case. She showed 8 News NOW the test results. Although her son tested positive, he is not showing any symptoms.

Health officials say, at this time, they are only investigating the initial case and don't plan to expand the testing.

"Once we get the results back from the first phase of the investigation, if we find any more people who are active with tuberculosis, by that I mean that they're infectious to others, that would trigger a greater expansion," said Dr. Joe Iser, chief health officer of Southern Nevada Health District.