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Officer Identified in Shooting Near the Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The Las Vegas Metro police officer who fired his weapon during a traffic stop Friday night on Las Vegas Boulevard as been identified as 28-year-old Jesse Gerstal.

Metro says Gerstal has been with their police department since April 2006 and is currently assigned to the Convention Center Area Command.

According to a spokesperson with Metro, Gerstal shot at a SUV after 27-year-old Eric Perez attempted to run over the officer.

Police say two bike officers stopped Perez at Sands Avenue and Manhattan Street. The officers and Perez exchanged words and then Perez tried to take off.

According to Metro, Gerstal fired his weapon four times.

Perez and another suspect were pulled over a short while later and Perez arrested for battery on a police officer and resisting a police officer.

Businesses Suffer Through Road Closure

LAS VEGAS, NV -- There is one road construction project along the Las Vegas Strip that is causing major problems for local businesses including one well-known resort.

During the first week of August, construction crews swooped in and started tearing up Harmon Road at Las Vegas Boulevard. The road has been closed to accommodate county public works projects as well as private projects for CityCenter. The closure has created a big problem for businesses.

"One day they just showed up and said 'by the way we are going to tear up the front of your building starting next week,'" said Jerry Raftis, general manager of the Harley-Davidson Cafe.

Police Seek Witnesses in Hit-and-Run Death

Las Vegas police are seeking witnesses in the hit-and-run death of a 40-year-old pedestrian Saturday night on Boulder Highway.

Police say the man wasn't in a crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle about 9:45 p.m. between Sahara Avenue and Desert Inn Road. His name hasn't been made public yet. The car kept driving north, toward downtown Las Vegas.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Marathon to Feature Run-Through Weddings

This December thousands of runners will take part in the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon and once again some of them will have the unique opportunity to tie the knot while they're running.

For the third year, Pastor Jamie Firzlaff will run alongside the couples and will perform the ceremonies. This year, organizers have chosen a new location for the runners' nuptials which is right in front of the beautiful fountains at Paris Las Vegas. That's three-and-a-half miles into the race.

Police Make Drug Bust at Rehab Pool Party

LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Detectives made several arrests after an undercover operation at the Rehab Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. This summer, police have cited several clubs for drug activity and prostitution.

Police say they were investigating crimes in an ongoing undercover investigation at Las Vegas pool parties. Eight people were arrested Sunday.

SLIDESHOW: See mugshots of the arrested suspects.

"Any sort of illegal activities going on in the club, we want to make sure they are adhering to the rules," said Capt.

Harrah's Offers $720 Million in New Note to Repay Debt

Casino giant Harrah's Entertainment says it'll offer $720 million in new secured notes to give it more time to repay lenders.

The private Las Vegas-based company said Tuesday that the new notes will be due 2017, while the funds will repay debt due much sooner.

Harrah's had $19.3 billion in long-term debt as of June 30. A Securities and Exchange Commission filing in August showed the company owed $661.2 million by the end of 2011. Harrah's used similar swaps during the second quarter, including a swap of $5.4 billion in debt for $3.6 billion in new notes due 2018.

It also paid off $1.3 billion through tender offers or open market purchases and issued $1.4 billion in new notes due 2017.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

John S. Park Elementary Evacuation Over

Students and teachers at John S. Park Elementary School are being allowed back in the school following a morning evacuation.

Reports of a gas like smell in the area of 930 Franklin Street, near Charleston and Maryland led to the evacuation of the school. Southwest Gas says the odor is not natural gas the source of the smell is still being investigated.