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Coroner ID's man dead in desert area in south Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 25-year-old man found shot dead in a desert area in south Las Vegas earlier this week.

Clark County coroner's officials say Las Vegas resident Rashard Felipe Acuna died of a gunshot wound to the back before being found Monday evening not far from the Henderson Executive Airport.

Authorities say gunshots were reported about 7:30 p.m. Monday near La Cienega Street and Neal Avenue. Acuna was found about 100 feet off the road and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the Acuna had been having a conversation with two people near a dark-colored vehicle just before shots rang out.

Authorities haven't identified any suspects, and say a motive is unclear.

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Henderson Firefly restaurant closing

Henderson, Nev. -- The Henderson Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar on Eastern Avenue and St. Rose Parkway is closed, according to the owners.

The restaurant closed Monday night and everyone has been laid off. The owners said they decided to close this location to focus on their other restaurants.

The owners say they are trying to re-hire as many employees as they can at their other restaurants.

On March 31, the same restaurant received 38 demerits from the health district for violating safe food handling codes. It was given a C grade. The restaurant's A grade was restored after a re-inspection April 4.

Last year, the health district closed the Firefly on Paradise because of poor food handling practices that led to an outbreak of salmonella that sickened hundreds of people.

Firefly on Paradise reopened at another location several weeks later.

Police investigate man found dead in street

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting that's left one man dead at the intersection of East Neal Avenue and La Cienega Street, which is near St. Rose Parkway and Bermuda Road.

According to police, the man was found shortly before 7:20 p.m. Monday.

Metro's Violent Crimes division and homicide detectives are investigating.

"At this point we are canvassing the neighborhood, as you can see behind me it's kind of a desolate area, more of a custom home tract out here and right now we are talking to residents and neighbors out in the area," Lt. Ray Steiber of Metro Police said.

Neighbors heard several gunshots in the area. Witnesses said they saw a man running through a desert area and then collapse.

There is no word yet on what led to the shooting. 


Henderson’s new-parks push puts pressure on maintenance costs

The city of Henderson wants to open more parks and open space around the city, but finances could get in the way of that plan.

Henderson officials are looking at new ways to cover park maintenance after opening more than a dozen new parks during the recession.

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Henderson encourages people to Stroll 'n Roll at weekend event

The Stroll 'n Roll event is returning to Henderson this weekend.

The event encourages people to walk, bike, skate and play along a one-mile section of Paseo Verde Parkway from Valle Verde Drive to the Henderson Multigenerational Center. The area will be blocked off from vehicle traffic.

The road runs next two parks, Paseo Verde Park and Discovery Park, which people are also encouraged to enjoy. The Henderson Multigenerational Center will also be offering free exercise classes, children's activities and food trucks.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Henderson officials take budgetary bad news to the community

North Las Vegas isn't the only southern Nevada city facing major financial woes. Henderson is also in trouble.

The news out of Henderson has been seemingly good for a long time, but city officials are now delivering news that is not so pleasant.

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Tuberculosis testing underway at Liberty High School

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District confirms testing for tuberculosis is underway at Liberty High School.

School District officials confirmed last month one active case of tuberculosis at the school.

CCSD Spokesperson Melinda Malone said in a statement last month:

"The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has informed CCSD that an individual at Liberty High School was diagnosed with an active case of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). The district has been in continuous communication with SNHD and is cooperating with the health district as it oversees the response to this incident. A letter addressed to parents was sent home with students today and a ParentLink message will also be sent out to keep our community informed of this situation. Additional letters will be sent home with students as those who are in need of testing are identified."