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Home damaged by lightning during thunderstorm

Officials say a Las Vegas-area home was damaged by a lightning strike and fire during an intense overnight thunderstorm, but no injuries were reported.

Henderson city spokeswoman Kathleen Richards says a woman and dog escaped the house before firefighters extinguished the fire about 4 a.m. Thursday in the Madeira Canyon community.

Firefighters reported the roof and attic were damaged, and estimated the loss at $75,000.

Police and fire officials in Las Vegas and Clark County didn't immediately report serious incidents or injuries due to the storm.

The National Weather Service says some desert areas south and east of Las Vegas received more than an inch of rain, but there were no reports of widespread flooding.

The official weather station at McCarran International Airport logged a fraction of an inch of rain... Read More

NV Energy files proposal with PUCN to grandfather in private rooftop solar customers

NV Energy filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) a proposal Wednesday to grandfather-in eligible private rooftop solar customers.

In its filing, NV Energy requests that customers who had installed a private system prior to December 31, 2015, remain on the previously approved net metering rates for 20 years. The company also asks that customers who had an active and approved application to interconnect a system pending on December 31, 2015, remain on previous net metering rates. ... Read More

Police: 3 men stole guns in home robbery

Police are investigating reports of a home robbery Monday morning in a neighborhood near Sunset Park.

The robbery occurred around 4 a.m. in the 2100 block of Sierra Stone Lane.

According to police, the resident told police two of the three men were armed with guns when they entered the home and took property from the home which included guns.

Police are still searching for the men... Read More

House fire kills rapper's caracal, causes significant damage

A caracal belonging to rapper Mally Mall is dead after a house fire in southeast Las Vegas, according to Clark County Fire and Rescue.

Fire officials said they responded shortly after 1 p.m. to the fire on East Oquendo Road near Russell Road and Mountain Vista Street.

Four engines, one truck, one rescue squad, and two battalion chiefs were called to the scene to battle the blaze. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with large amounts of smoke and flames. The home belongs to Mall, whose real name is Jamal Rashid.

He was not home at the time.

Spencer Lazara is a friend of Mall's. "He called me to come check on things and see what was happening," Lazara said.

He says the rapper-producer is torn after learning his beloved pet Nyla died of smoke inhalation. "He's obviously stressed out about the situation in general, and then to lose his cat is even worse," Lazara said... Read More

Stabbing caps off deadly Friday

For first responders anywhere in the world, there is no such thing as normal days because as a first responder, every day can be hectic in its own way. Especially a day like Friday the 13th.

We're not saying we're superstitious, but May 13 has been a pretty sad and crazy day for the Las Vegas valley. Between fires, accidents, and acts of violence, it's safe to say Friday has been a trying day for first responders.

It all started around 4 a.m. when flames burned through an apartment complex near Rainbow and Charleston. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Shirlena Rutherford intentionally started the fire.

Neighbors say they heard a domestic dispute fright before they saw the flames.

"The next thing we know the neighbor's coming out screaming, 'she started the fire'," said Markeish Wilson, a resident... Read More

Stabbing caps off deadly Friday

For first responders anywhere in the world, there is no such thing as normal days because as a first responder, every day can be hectic in its own way. Especially a day like Friday the 13th.

We're not saying we're superstitious, but May 13 has been a pretty sad and crazy day for the Las Vegas valley. Between fires, accidents, and acts of violence, it's safe to say Friday has been a trying day for first responders.

It all started around 4 a.m. when flames burned through an apartment complex near Rainbow and Charleston. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Shirlena Rutherford intentionally started the fire.

Neighbors say they heard a domestic dispute fright before they saw the flames.

"The next thing we know the neighbor's coming out screaming, 'she started the fire'," said Markeish Wilson, a resident... Read More

Protecting your home from scorpions, insects and other creepy-crawlies

They're creepy; they crawl, and they can wiggle their way into your home. Around this time, summer bugs and critters such as scorpions, cockroaches and spiders come out of their hiding place to look for a cool, dry place to set up shop.

"We had one scorpion; my son found him right on the wall," said homeowner, Floyd Denstaedt.

Denstaedt said he also had a close encounter with a black widow.

"I picked up a trash can, it was underneath the rim, and it bit me on the finger," Denstaedt said.

It's also that time of year when rats also look for food and shelter. Experts say rodents like to use washes, to get around unnoticed.

However, there are ways to keep unwanted guests out of your home... Read More