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Pahrump woman dies of injuries in head-on highway crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol says a 58-year-old Nye County woman died of injuries she received as the wrong-way driver in a crash on State Highway 160 west of Las Vegas.

NHP Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel says Julia Shoup of Pahrump died Saturday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Investigators say Shoup was driving a Toyota Tacoma on Wednesday night toward Pahrump when the pickup crossed the center line of the road and struck a Saturn sedan heading toward Las Vegas.

Troopers say the Saturn also collided with a Chevrolet Malibu.

Stuenkel says the Saturn driver, 23-year-old William Nettles of Texas, was treated for minor injuries.

Neither the Malibu driver, 34-year-old Jeremy Salewsky of Michigan, nor his passenger were reported to be injured.

Woman enters 'not guilty' plea in deadly hit-and-run

Galina Kilova

 LAS VEGAS -- The woman accused of hitting and killing a grandfather who was pushing his granddaughter's stroller entered a plea Monday in Clark County District Court.

Galina Kilova, 29, pleaded not guilty to two felony hit-and-run charges during her arraignment hearing and waived her right to a speedy trial. Kilova's attorney made a motion to reduce her bail from $100,000, but it was denied.

The deadly hit-and-run crash happened on Nov. 24 near Rainbow Boulevard and Warm Springs Road. Police say Kilova was driving on the shoulder of the road to pass traffic when she struck and killed 63-year-old Michael Grubbs. His 18-month-old granddaughter was injured. Kilova waited a week to turn herself in to police.

Coroner ID's couple in murder-suicide

LAS VEGAS — The Clark County Coroner identified Noelia Norton, 46, and husband Joseph Norton, 50, on Friday as the couple who died in a murder-suicide earlier in the week.

Metro Police responded shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday to a home on Glimmering Light Avenue near Wigwam Avenue and Jones Boulevard.

Police say 911 received a call from the home and the operator heard screaming and gunshots in the background.

Police arrived at the home and SWAT officers eventually entered. Once inside, the bodies were found.

The coroner ruled Noelia was shot several times before Joseph turned the gun on himself.

Police: Man shot wife, turned gun on himself

LAS VEGAS -- Two people are dead from an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday night, police said.

According to Metro, officers responded shortly after 10 p.m. to a home on Glimmering Light Avenue near Wigwam Avenue and Jones Boulevard.

Police say 911 received a call from the home and the operator heard screaming and gunshots in the background.

Police and SWAT officers responded to the home. Once inside, they discovered the bodies of a 46-year-old woman and 50-year-old man. Both had apparent gunshot wounds and are believed to be husband and wife. Police say a preliminary investigation shows the husband shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

Investigators are still determining the circumstances surrounding this incident. The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the victims once next of kin have been notified.

Lower gas prices could boost economy

LAS VEGAS -- Gas prices continue to drop. According to AAA, a year ago today, the average price for a regular unleaded in Nevada was $3.27. Last month prices dropped to $3.05 and now they are around $2.68.

One economist says this will also help our local economy in general, especially when it comes to creating new jobs. It's always a good feeling when you pull up to a gas station and see that prices are lower than the week before.

A new report shows the trend will likely continue and the good news is spreading beyond the pump.

"My pockets are going to be happy," said LaTonya Andrews, a driver.

UNLV economics professor Dr. Stephen Brown says the lower gas prices will be sticking around for now.

"I don't see us returning to $4 gasoline anytime soon."

He says a recent increase in global oil production is a big reason for the price drop in the U.S. 

Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

Teen hit by van hours after Metro holds pedestrian safety event

LAS VEGAS -- Hours after Metro Police held a pedestrian safety event, a teen was hit by a van and seriously hurt Wednesday night.

Police said the teen was "jaywalking" when he was hit at the intersection of W. Charleston Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard around 5 p.m.

Officers said the 17-year-old, whose name wasn't released, got off of a bus and tried to run across the street when he was struck by a van. Traffic detectives said he was thrown 150 feet from where he was hit and he wasn't in a crosswalk.

"It's unacceptable; it's unnerving to me sometimes that we get called out on so many auto pedestrian collisions," Sgt. Richard Strader, Metro Police.

The importance of walking in crosswalks was a key point touched on at the LVMPD Pedestrian Safety Demonstration.  They said it's also important for pedestrians to stay away from dark clothing and wear bright colored clothes, or reflectors at night.