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Victims of Strip Assault Testify in Assailant's Trial

LAS VEGAS - Twenty-two-year-old Luke Shawley is on trial for battery. Surveillance video shows the Navy SEAL went on a rampage in March 2010, brutally beating almost anyone in his path on the Las Vegas Strip with a pipe.

"This is the item," Deputy District Attorney Michael Staudaher said as he held up the pipe in court. "Now, this item here is the item that was used to bludgeon multiple people that night. It's hard."

Shawley struck innocent people on a pedestrian walkway and at Tao Nightclub, where he had been drinking. Before the vicious attack was over, Shawley injured eight people, including 67-year-old Delia Rivera.

She became emotional on the stand.

"I didn't see anything. I didn't see him. It happened so fast," she said.

"Did he even say anything before he struck you?" the prosecutor asked.

"No," she replied.

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Commissioners Look for Solutions to Cleaning Up the Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Getting a handle on street performers, handbillers and illegal vendors on the Las Vegas Strip was a touchy topic at Tuesday's Clark County Commission meeting.

County leaders are looking for ways to regulate the Strip, but it might be difficult to do without encroaching on a person's First Amendment rights.

Commissioner Steve Sisolak wants to create a work group made up of casino reps, vendors, police, and county departments. The goal is to come up with some sort of Strip standard to control what Sisolak says is a nuisance.

"I've got people selling CD's, water, T-shirts, then I've had some set up a box in front of casino and had three games going on out front, and if we don't get a handle on it now I'm afraid it is going to mushroom out of control," he said.

Construction Starts on Sunset Park

Construction has started on improvements to Sunset Park.

Crews shut down access roads Tuesday in preparation for the overhaul project. The first phase of the construction will go through September 15. Access to park’s northern-most entrance on Eastern Avenue will be restricted. Other entrances will be open.

Crews are working on improving 75 acres of the 325 acre park. They’ll be adding new lighting along the lake’s edge. They’ll also be improving fishing and wildlife viewing amenities. New trees, turf and shrubs will be added along with new playground equipment and shaded areas.

Most of the park will be open during the project but access roads and some amenities will have to be closed to allow for work.

The $11.7 million project is being funded by the sale of federal lands.  

Casting Crowns to Perform at Henderson Pavilion

Casting Crowns to Perform at Henderson Pavilion

The Henderson Pavilion will host a major Christian music act this fall.

Award-winning group Casting Crowns will appear for the first time at the Henderson Pavilion and play new music from their upcoming album at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 25.

As part of the 40-city Come To The Well Tour, Casting Crowns will be joined by special guests Sanctus Real and The Afters, as well as new artist, Lindsay McCaul. Tickets are $21, $29 and $46, plus service fee, and are on sale now.

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Police Look for Witnesses to Weekend Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are looking for witnesses to a murder that happened sometime Saturday evening.

Police say they responded to an anonymous call at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday to Highland Drive under the Sahara overpass and found a man dead from unknown injuries.

Police say they have no suspects and detectives are looking for witnesses.

The victim has not be identified by the Clark County Coroner.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Metro's Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521 or to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Sewer Project Expected to Cause Traffic Tie-ups

A project to improve sewer service will force lanes along Decatur Boulevard to be restricted.

The restrictions started Saturday and will last at least through the end of September. The southbound travel lanes on Decatur between Sirius Avenue and Edna Avenue will be moved into the northbound side of the street. Other lane restrictions in the area and side streets are expected while crews work on the sewer lines. Sewer service will not be interrupted but traffic will be.

The work starts at 6 a.m. and goes on until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Clark County Water Reclamation District is working on the project.

Town Square Hosts National Night Out Event

Town Square Hosts National Night Out Event

 

A National Night Out celebration will be held Tuesday at Town Square.

The Las Vegas community is invited to join the South Central Area Command of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on August 2 to celebrate National Night Out at Town Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. National Night Out will take place in Town Square Park and is free.

National Night Out is a nationwide effort to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for local anti crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Guests can enjoy free food, soda and water (while supplies last), as well as live music, vehicle tours, free child finger-printing & I.D., free vehicle VIN etching, watch your car program/neighborhood watch registration and more.