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Lawmakers examine bill to create prescription drug use database

State lawmakers are considering a new legislation that will try to put a stop to prescription drug abuse.  Senate Bill 114 was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday. It requires pharmacists in Nevada to develop a comprehensive database to keep track of prescription meds given to patients.

Should it get passed, Senate Bill 114 would also give physicians better access to a patient's information in regards to their prescription drug history. Legislatures believe this could help keep doctors from overprescribing.

Recovering prescription drug addict, Angie Johnson said she couldn't make it through the day without the help of pain meds for nearly 10 years.

"I was on Methadone, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax all at the same time, and I was getting the maximum dose,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were all prescribed to her by her doctor. However, she said it was also a doctor who got her help after noticing she was abusing drugs.

Passenger killed in van rollover crash ID'd

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say a 48-year-old Las Vegas woman died when the van she was riding in lost control and flipped late Sunday night on an onramp heading west on Interstate 215.

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers said the van had been carrying 10 people on their way home from a trip to California when the crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday where Interstates 215 and 15 meet near Las Vegas. Troopers say the van's driver was driving too fast during the rainy conditions and lost control of the vehicle.

Authorities say Sheila Williams had been sitting in the second row behind the driver and wearing her seatbelt. She died at the scene.

Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel says the other passengers including the driver were taken to UMC hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Snow tires, chains required on S.R. 160 to/from Pahrump

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Department of Transportation said Monday afternoon snow tires or chains were required for those traveling on State Road 160 to or from Pahrump.

It's unclear how long the rule could be in affect.

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UPDATE: Feds, local police bust large scale marijuana operation

LAS VEGAS -- A large task force made up of local and federal agencies busted three houses in connection to a large illegal marijuana operation.

The task force, which included the DEA, ICE, the Department of Homeland Security, Metro Police and Henderson Police, arrested two suspects at the first house, located at 9660 Grouse Grove Avenue near W. Sunset Road and S. Grand Canyon Drive.

37-year-old Zhiwen Lin and 63-year-old Jiango Han were found trying to flee the area on foot and by car as authorities arrived to the scene.

Officers say it is estimated that there were more than 550 plants inside of the 4,000 square feet home. Nearly every room of the five bedroom rental home was converted to grow marijuana.

The house also contained cash and over 5 pounds of ready-to-sell marijuana.

Bicyclists fear for safety on Las Vegas roads

LAS VEGAS -- Only six weeks into 2015 and police say almost two people are dying on local roads per week. Some are pedestrians, while others are bicyclists.

The majestic beauty of the Las Vegas desert and miles of open road beckons thousands of people looking to take a recreational bike ride. However, cars and cyclists must share the roads as they both plan to carefully navigate into the Red Rock scenic loop and back.

Greg Fasano, a cyclist for 15 years, says while mechanical failures make up a portion of bicycle accidents, the biggest concern lies with motorists.

"Every component has a safety aspect to it, whether it be the pedals, the brakes, the wheels, and things ought to be inspected at every ride", he says. “Motor vehicles are probably the biggest danger to a cyclist."

Fasano has had -- not one but two -- brushes with death. He collided head on with a vehicle and escaped with minor injuries in his first accident.







Frustrations rise with long lines at DMV

LAS VEGAS -- If you're planning to go to the DMV anytime soon, expect a long wait for your service.

According to Nevada DMV's website, the typical waiting time for most locations in southern Nevada is around three hours.

In some cases, the frustration has turned to violence. 

On Saturday, a man tried to enter the DMV office on Sahara Avenue and broke the glass front door after he realized the door was locked because the office was officially closed.





Implosion causes Gramercy to successfully crumble to ground

LAS VEGAS -- Reduced to nothing but dust and rubble, the implosion of the structure known as the Gramercy went off without a hitch Sunday morning.

Demolition crews imploded the nine-story unfinished concrete condominium structure around 8:05 a.m. in front of a crowd of media and residents.

PHOTOS: Gramercy Implodes on Feb. 15, 2014