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Riders worried after another deadly bus stop crash

Leonardo Ruesga

LAS VEGAS -- Bus riders are calling for more safety improvements after a grandmother and her granddaughter were killed while waiting for a bus.

Metro Police say Leonardo Ruesga, 20, was behind the wheel when he drifted onto a sidewalk Monday and hit three people at Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

The Sahara bus is one of the busiest lines in the valley.

According to police, seven people were waiting at the bus stop when Ruesga's car came up onto the sidewalk. Three people were hit

Riders call the crash ridiculous and tragic.

Grandmother Carrie Jones visited the scene of the crash to pay her respects.

"It's sad to see someone die, over someone drunk and driving," Jones said.

She dropped off flowers like many others have down since the crash.

Police markings on the pavement are a painful reminder of what happened.

Coroner identifies grandmother, child killed in crash

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the victims of Monday's bus stop crash at Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway as 58-year-old Maria Garcia and her granddaughter 6-year-old Alyssa Aisa, both of Las Vegas.

Metro Police say an impaired driver struck the victims at the bus stop at approximately 2:30 p.m. Seven people were standing near the bus shelter when the crash happened. An 18-month-old girl also suffered minor injuries.

Investigators say the driver, Leonardo Ruesga, 20, drifted off the road and into the people standing near the bus stop.

Garcia and Aisa were taken to University Medical Center where they died. The 18-month-old girl was taken to Sunrise Hospital and later released.

Police say neither Ruesga nor his 15-year-old passenger suffered injuries. Police say both left the scene of the accident.

Authorities said a witness followed the car to an apartment, where Ruesga and his passenger were hiding.

Celine Dion returns to Las Vegas Strip in August

LAS VEGAS — Celine Dion is coming back! In a YouTube video posted Tuesday evening, the superstar said she will return to the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Aug. 27.

Her show has been on hiatus since August 2014 to take care of her husband and his health issues.

“I am excited to finally tell my fans I am coming back to Caesars Palace," said Dion. “It was Rene's wish that I come back. While my family will always be my priority, my fans are just as important to me. I look forward to performing again for all of you starting August 27th, and more importantly having Rene there with me. Thank you for giving me this time I needed to spend with my family.”

Dion announced 40 shows scheduled from Aug. 27 through Jan. 17, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Saturday at 10 a.m.

Below are scheduled performances:

Rich get richer: Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The richest fight in boxing history is getting even richer. And that's before the first ticket has even been sold.

New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up.

The money is staggering, though not exactly unexpected. Five years of waiting seem to have only piqued the public's demand for the one fight even casual fans of the sport want to see.

Just what the two fighters earn won't be known until the pay-per-view is sold. But the May 2 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is shaping up to be very lucrative.

Big changes for north end of Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- A lot of changes are happening on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and more are on the way.

Last year, the SLS Las Vegas Hotel opened its doors at the former Sahara hotel location.

In May, the 60-year-old Riviera plans to close its doors to make way for more convention space for the Las Vegas convention center.

The very next day, on May 5, there is a groundbreaking planned across the street as construction for the Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas gets underway.

That following weekend, the Rock in Rio will open with the biggest rock concert of the year on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

With all of the upcoming changes happening at the north end of the Strip, some are wonder









Groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas set for May

LAS VEGAS -- A date has been set for construction workers to start building Resorts World Las Vegas. A Malaysian conglomerate hopes to break ground on the $4 billion Asian-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip on May 5.

Resorts World which will be housed where the Stardust once stood, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Convention Center Drive, will incorporate 80 to 85 percent of the buildings in the stalled Echelon project on the tourism corridor's less-traveled north end.

The front facade of Resorts World will be designed to look like a Chinese village, and it'll have 6,500 rooms.

Resorts World Las Vegas will include intricate gardens that will feature entertainment. A large aquarium, sky casino, and observation deck are also in the works on the 87-acre site.





Las Vegas police plan ticket blitz on busy Maryland Parkway

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police plan to blanket a major north-south thoroughfare to strictly enforce traffic and pedestrian laws and raise awareness of safety issues.

UNLV Vulnerable Road Users Project chief Erin Breen says the Friday afternoon ticket blitz on Maryland Parkway will have officers looking for pedestrians failing to use crosswalks and motorists failing to yield to those who do.

Breen says there've been 14 pedestrian fatalities so far this year on Las Vegas-area roads -- more than twice the number by this time last year. Three bicyclists have also died.

Breen notes the speed limit is 30 mph on Maryland Parkway from Tropicana Avenue near UNLV to Owens Avenue near Rancho High School.

That includes near several other schools, Boulevard Mall, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Huntridge Circle Park.