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Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Arizona

LAS VEGAS -- Henderson Police say kidnapping suspect Matthew Hayward has been arrested near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Hayward took 7-year-old Kayla Proctor from a Henderson apartment and drove off. After his car broke down on US-95 near Russell, police say Hayward and the little girl walked about a quarter mile to a Sinclair gas station.

Hayward called an Ace cab and once inside, pulled a knife on the driver, forcing him to drive to Barstow, California. Once in Barstow, Hayward ordered the cab driver and the girl out of the vehicle and took off.

Video from inside the cab was released by police.

"The public is really the eyes and ears of the police department. Someone will happen to see him wandering around walking around doing whatever, they'll be like, 'Hey, that guy looks like the suspect in this case,' and they'll contact the police," said Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul.

NOVA science series presents Japan’s Killer Quake March 30 on Vegas PBS

NOVA science series presents Japan’s Killer Quake March 30 on Vegas PBS

NOVA science series presents Japan’s Killer Quake, an original one-hour documentary at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 on Vegas PBS. The program takes viewers moment by moment through Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The program gives scientific context to the chain of events responsible for one of the most destructive disasters in recorded history with first-person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists currently on the scene.

Japan’s March 11 earthquake was the world’s fourth largest earthquake since record keeping began in 1900. The tsunami rushed Japan’s coast with 30-foot waves and traveled six miles inland, wiping out entire towns in minutes.

Local Pet Rescue Group Faces Foreclosure

Local Pet Rescue Group Faces Foreclosure

One of Nevada's largest animal rescue shelters might have to close if it cannot raise sufficient money to avoid foreclosure on its Amargosa Valley dog sanctuary.

Adopt A Rescue Pet (ARP) has less than 45 days to raise $70,000 to pay off the pending balloon payment for its five-acre dog sanctuary in Amargosa Valley. Private foundation grant funding was to have provided the money in January, but when the foundation suddenly went defunct, the non-profit pet rescue organization found itself in trouble.

"We are deeply concerned about the future of pets in the Las Vegas area if we are not able to secure the funding necessary to keep our doors open," ARP Founder Elizabeth Rubin said.

Children's Literacy Nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada Receives Largest-Ever Grant

Children's Literacy Nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada Receives Largest-Ever Grant

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit, the largest ever in its 10-year history.

The $100,000 grant was provided by Windsong Trust, a charitable trust based in Los Angeles, California.

This grant coincides with Spread the Word Nevada's 10-year anniversary. During its decade-long effort, Spread the Word Nevada has provided literacy programs to more than 187,000 low-income children and their families within the Clark County School District and Las Vegas Valley.

The Windsong Trust was established by an American businessman, the late philanthropist Martin Crowley, to support the education of children under the age of 18.

Transit service extended to Henderson seniors in Anthem and Seven Hills

Transit service extended to Henderson seniors in Anthem and Seven Hills

Starting this Wednesday, March 16th, door-to-door transportation services will be available to seniors and paratransit-eligible customers who live in the Anthem and Seven Hills communities. Being April 7th, the service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week! The program is made possible by a partnership between the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), Easter Seals Southern Nevada and ITNLasVegasValley. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.

Grant Sawyer Middle School Students Raise Funds For Red Rock Canyon

Grant Sawyer Middle School Students Raise Funds For Red Rock Canyon

The students at Grant Sawyer Middle School are quite an extraordinary bunch. When they heard about the graffiti that was painted over ancient Native American Art at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, they didn't just get upset- they decided to do something about it. The students, with faculty advisor Lynn Zepeda, organized a fundraiser to help with the cost of removing the graffiti. This Friday, the students will be presenting the money raised to the Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

“We are very appreciative and proud of the efforts of the Grant Sawyer students.” said Mark Beauchamp, president of Friends of Red Rock Canyon. “Their hard work and commitment to value and preserve our past will certainly help us in our work to protect Red Rock Canyon for future generations to enjoy.”

 

Teachers and Staff to Weigh in on Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County school teachers and staff are being asked to weigh in on budget cuts in the district.

A nearly 600-seat auditorium at Green Valley High School was filled to capacity Monday night as around 1,000 people showed up to get their point across to lawmakers. They voiced their concerns about the $275 million in budget cuts the school district is facing.

There will be town hall meetings on the budget cuts on Tuesday, March 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following schools.

  • Chaparral High School
  • Mojave High School
  • Cimarron Memorial High School
  • Sierra Vista High School

"We heard loud and clear from the teachers and the community what these cuts would do their children in the classroom," said Ruben Murillo, president of the Clark County Education Association and a teacher.