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More Homeowners Falling Delinquent on Mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- The number of Southern Nevada homeowners delinquent on their mortgage payments has climbed steadily for the past several months. In some cases, it's people just willing to walk away from their homes, and in other cases, homeowners are holding out hope that they will get a loan modification.

In any given neighborhood, chances are good that a homeowner is the process of walking away from their mortgage. In the past, five months was typically the longest a homeowner could stay in their home until the bank would come knocking. But that is no longer the case.

Nick Nolf with The Nolf Group has been in the real estate business through the boom, the bust, and now the slow turn-around.

Las Vegas Metro Officer Involved In Shooting Has Been Identified

Las Vegas metro police officer involved in recent shooting has been identified. The officer involved in the March 23rd, 2010, officer involved shooting, in which Officer Madland was seriously injured has been identified as Officer Christopher Le Blanc. Officer Le Blanc has been with the L.V.M.P.D. since November of 2001 and is currently assigned to Patrol Services, Saturation Team.

Police Urge Vigilance Over Spring Break

LAS VEGAS -- For a second year in a row, Las Vegas has been named the number one spring break destination for both families and college students. That's according to a survey by the online travel company Orbitz.

Over the next few weeks, college students and families will descend upon Las Vegas for their very different versions of spring break fun in the sun.

But given the recent spike in teen violence in the Las Vegas valley, Metro Police are urging parents to be on guard to prevent potential trouble from escalating out of control.

Spring break has already started on the Las Vegas Strip, where Metro plans to enforce the nightly 10 p.m. curfew for anyone under 18 not with an adult.

But police also say they'll focus more resources this year on spring break parties involving unsupervised teens at homes across the valley. Two teenage girls have been shot and killed at juvenile parties in the past three weeks.

Woman Shot At by Police Near Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Two Metro officers opened fire Monday morning near the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. The shooting happened near Baltimore and Tam.

Police say several people called 911 to report that they had seen a woman driving a car erratically. Every time police tried to catch up to the woman, the car was gone. Around 7:00 a.m., police spotted the car near Baltimore and Tam. Officers ordered the woman out of the car but she attempted to leave the area.

Police say she attempted to back up but was blocked. Police say she then drove forward and straight for an officer. The officer fired his weapon and the woman veered in a different direction, heading for another officer. The second officer also fired his weapon. The woman then crashed and took off running.

A third officer was able to capture her and take her into custody. There were no injuries to the officers or the suspect.

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested at Las Vegas Airport

LAS VEGAS -- A convicted sex offender is facing federal charges after attempting to meet with a young girl at the Las Vegas airport.

Investigators say 42-year-old Darryl Owen Walizer of Las Vegas used the Internet to solicit sex from a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl. In fact, he was corresponding with an undercover officer in Texas. Federal agents say when Walizer showed up at the airport to meet the girl, he was arrested.

Walizer has prior convictions for soliciting a juvenile in other states. He is scheduled to appear in federal court on March 26, 2010. He is charged with coercion and enticement of a minor and commission of a felony sex offense by an individual required to register as a sex offender.

 

Infant Laid to Rest 2 Years After His Murder

LAS VEGAS -- An infant was laid to rest Friday nearly two years after the baby boy was found in a restroom trash can at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Even though the infant was never identified, members of the community still wanted to make sure the baby was given a proper burial.

No one who attended the somber service at Bunker's Woodlawn Memorial Park ever knew the infant. He has only been known as Baby Boy Excalibur. But they say the tragic circumstances surrounding his short life is something they'll never forget.

The small gravesite gathering consisted only of a few Woodlawn employees. They came to pay their respects to the infant whose real name remains a mystery to homicide detectives still working this case.

"Certainly with a child, no one wants to see this. But it's even more difficult and painful when it involves an infant," said James Millikin with Bunker's Woodlawn.

Process Server Linked to Second Murder Case

LAS VEGAS -- A process server who was arrested in the murder and attempted murder of a Las Vegas couple is now facing more charges.

Police say Gregory Hover will be charged with the kidnapping and murder of  21-year-old Prisma Contreras. Her burned body was found in her Jeep in a desert area near U.S. 95 and the Nelson Landing Road south of Boulder City on Jan. 15th. Contreras had been reported missing the day before. She was a waitress at Hooters Hotel and Casino.

Richard Freeman, who police say is an accomplice, is also facing charges.

Captain Randy Montandan with Metro said that these two men abducted Contreras from her from her place of employment, kept her for a substantial period of time, and subjected her to horrific events before strangling and stabbing her to death.