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Police Make Arrest in 12-Year-Old's Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested 38-year-old Monica Martinez for the murder of Derecia Newman and the shooting of Newman's 12-year-old daughter Devonia.

Police say Martinez drove three other people to Newman's home to rob her of drugs and money. According to the arrest report, another man shot Newman and her daughter before fleeing the area.

Devonia was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Derecia died at the scene.

12-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- An east Las Vegas apartment complex is the scene of a homicide investigation. The incident happened just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning near Lake Mead Blvd. and Christy Lane.

"We know our suspects possibly came to this residence with two other people, knocked on the door of the residence and, when the victim answered the door, the shooting started," Metro Police Lt. Lew Roberts said.

The victim who opened the door died when bullets struck her in the head. The bullets also hit the woman's 12-year-old daughter.

"She underwent surgery and is in very critical condition," Lt. Roberts said Saturday evening.

Lieutenant Roberts says Metro is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. "We don't have a motive at this time as to why this shooting occurred," Lt. Roberts said. "We have been able to piece a few things together."

Residents in Fear Over Immigration Raids

LAS VEGAS -- Some members of the Hispanic community in Las Vegas say they've had enough, claiming they were harassed by federal agents. Thirty one people were arrested at transportation businesses across the valley. The raids taking place on the same day Arizona's immigration law went into effect.

The owner of Las Vegas Shuttles say the agents came in last Thursday and started asking everyone for their documents. Out of 40 people, only one person was in the country illegally. Now, these community members say they feel like they were unfairly targeted.

"I am a U.S. citizen and it feels bad. It's not right," said Las Vegas Shuttles owner Emmanuel Corrales. 

Corrales wants answers after his business was swarmed with federal border agents on Thursday. They demanded documentation from everyone to see if they were in the country illegally.

Man Arrested in Cold Case Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have solved a cold case murder from 1983. Police say 59-year-old Jorge Lima-Jorge was arrested in Florida for the murder of William Banks. Banks was killed on March 15th, 1983.

Police say homicide detectives identified Lima-Jorge as a suspect in the original investigation and that an arrest warrant was issued for him. But he fled and changed his identity.

Lima-Jorge alluded arrest for 27 years before being taken into custody in Hialeah, Florida. He is now awaiting extradition to Las Vegas to face murder charges.

Las Vegas police say this is the oldest cold case they have ever solved.

Border Patrol Raids Las Vegas Bus Station, Arrests Illegal Immigrants

LAS VEGAS -- A number of alleged illegal immigrants were arrested in Las Vegas by border security officials.

A bus filled with nearly 60 people was parked in front of the American Lion and Tufesa bus station. It was headed through Arizona and Mexico. At 8:30 a.m., several unmarked vans and vehicles pulled up and officers in plain clothes boarded the bus.

Rogelio Gaytan, the bus station owner, saw the raid. "They started asking for documents from the people and the people who couldn't prove they had legal papers to be in the U.S. were taken away," he said.

Gaytan approached the officers and asked for their identification and they refused to comply. Sixteen people were escorted into vans and taken away.

Michael Flores, with Progressive Now, heard of the raid and arrived on scene. It was then that the officers identified themselves as agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency out of Yuma, Arizona.

Police Look for Possible Victims of Sex Assault Suspect

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested 34-year-old Celso Castaneda for sexual assault with a victim under 14. The arrest happened on July 7th.

Police say Castaneda's alleged crimes occurred when he worked as a maintenance man at a Las Vegas area apartment complex. Police say Castaneda was arrested for "criminal activity" that began in the Summer of 2009 and lasted through May of 2010.

Castaneda also worked at other apartment complex's in the Las Vegas area. Police are looking for any possible victims or witnesses of Castaneda's sexual misconduct involving children or adults.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sexual Abuse Section of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702)828-3421. Detective Craig Jex is the lead investigator on this case.

Reid Declines Vote on Illegal Worker Plan

LAS VEGAS -- In this election season, Senator Harry Reid's campaign events often include claims of how many stimulus funded jobs he's created. But how many of these construction jobs are going to workers in the country illegally?

E-Verify is a computer program many employers use to determine if job applicants are U.S. citizens. Construction companies are not forced to use the official E-Verify system to determine if construction job applicants are in this country legally.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment in 2009 that would have made E-Verify permanent and mandatory for all construction companies. Senator Reid did not allow the idea to come up for a vote.

"The reason: we need to do comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot do it piecemeal," said Reid.