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Hawaii fugitive Alexander Nebre arrested in Las Vegas

Alexander Nebre

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- U.S. marshals say a 48-year-old fugitive sought in Honolulu in a home contractor theft case has been arrested in Las Vegas.

The marshal service identified Alexander Nebre as a "most wanted" fugitive in Hawaii, and said he was arrested Tuesday on felony warrants issued after he failed to appear for a Jan. 15 trial readiness hearing in Honolulu.

Officials in Honolulu say Nebre is accused of identifying himself as a licensed contractor but failing from 2012 to 2014 to complete three home contracting jobs.

Deputy Marshal Melinda Kormos says members of a joint local and federal task force found Nebre a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Records show Nebre is being held at the Clark County jail pending an extradition hearing on Thursday.

IKEA Las Vegas to break ground in April

LAS VEGAS — IKEA announced Tuesday it will break ground on its Las Vegas store on April 9.

The 351,000 square foot store is expected to open next summer along the northern side of the southern 215 Beltway at Durango Drive.

Construction is expected to create about 1,000 jobs. Once complete, the store will employ around 300 people.

It will be the 42nd IKEA in the U.S. The current nearest store is 215 miles away in Covina, Calif.

2 Fresh & Easy stores to close in valley

LAS VEGAS — Fresh & Easy is closing about 50 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada in the coming weeks as the grocery chain pursues a new business model.

The stores at Tropicana and Jones in Las Vegas and Centennial and Simmons in North Las Vegas will close, the company announced Monday.

The company said by selling the stores, it can invest in new fresh food convenience stores.

Los Angeles-based The Yucaipa Cos. bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013 from British retailer Tesco.

Since that time, the company gradually changed the stores' look and introduced a new "click and collect" service in Las Vegas that allows shoppers to buy online and pick up the purchased items at the store.

Fresh & Easy said the service will serve as a test for a wider rollout.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Muslim cemetery moves forward despite neighborhood appeal

 LAS VEGAS -- A Muslim cemetery and funeral home is closer to becoming a reality, despite the objections of some neighbors.

Clark County commissioners Wednesday denied the appeal by residents who wanted to stop the cemetery from being built near their homes. 

The private cemetery for Muslims will be located on a two-acre lot at the southeast corner of Maudlin Avenue near Bermuda and E. Robindale roads near Warm Springs and Bermuda roads.

Wet 'n' Wild closer to selling alcohol

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Zoning Commission unanimously approved Wet 'n' Wild's request for a conditional use permit that will allow the water park to apply for a liquor license.

The park wants to sell beer and wine and that has some residents in the area upset. They say the park was supposed to be a place for families.

Wet 'n' Wild plans to have conditions including a two drink limit per person. Alcohol sales would only take place in a restricted 50-foot square area of the park and alcohol would also not be sold on days that the adjacent school is open.

Wet 'n' Wild can now apply for an alcohol license.

Nevada State Spelling Bee Champion crowned

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada State Spelling Bee at Bishop Gorman High School took place Saturday.

13-year-old 8th grader Daniel Taylor of Douglas County won the spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “boson”. Daniel's family was on hand at Bishop Gorman High School to witness the victory.

He will be representing the state of Nevada at the National Spelling Bee in May in Washington DC.

Bail set at $4 million in alleged DUI crash that killed teen girls

Kamesha Gilmore and Gabriell Thomas

LAS VEGAS -- The man accused of killing two teens in an alleged DUI crash had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit and he was speeding at 11mphhp at the time of crash, according to the Clark County District Attorney's office.

Seong Lee, 22, appeared in Las Vegas Justice court for his arraignment Friday. He faces two felony DUI charges in the March 5 deaths of 18-year-old Gabriell "Gabby" Thomas and 16-year-old Kamesha "Mesha" Gilmore. Lee's car crashed into the teens' vehicle near Boulder Highway and Russell Road.

Prosecutors say the airbag module in Lee's Mercedes had the car traveling at 103 mph five seconds before he hit the girls' car. They say when the cars collided, his car was going 117 mph, implying that he never hit the brakes and was accelerating as he approached the red light at the intersection.