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Street Racing Up on Valley Roads

LAS VEGAS -- Street racing is increasing on Las Vegas valley roads and police said it can be dangerous to other drivers.

Enforcement agencies from all across the valley say this is a county-wide problem. While there are places to legally race -- such as the Las Vegas Motor Speedway --  officers say they are constantly fighting the allure of illegal street racing.

Police say drugs, alcohol and speed were factors in the car crash that killed 18-year-old Jessie Hill. He and his 16-year-old girlfriend were struck by a car as they walked on a sidewalk on New Year's Day. North Las Vegas Police won't say the crash was caused by speed racing but Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say the reckless driving by 19-year-old Cristian Ivan Diaz is consistent with what they fight on valley roads every day.

"They are driving way above the speed limit, generally they're making multiple lane changes," said NHP Trooper Loy Hixson.

Father of Child Killed in Fire Arrested on Murder Charges

Shane Gouailhardou, 22

LAS VEGAS -- The father of one of the three children who died in a mobile home fire in June has been arrested, according to Clark County Detention Center records.

Shane Gouailhardou, 22, was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of second degree murder, according to jail records. He and the mother of the two other children, 26-year-old Amy Hatzenpiller, were indicted last week on the murder charges child abuse, neglect or endangerment with substantial bodily harm in connection with the deaths of the three children.

According to the indictment, Hatzenpiller and Gouailhardou were high on methamphetamine at the time of the fire.

David Gouailhardou, 2, Skylar Lafia, 2 and Aryana Lafia, 1, died during the fire at a trailer park near Las Vegas Boulevard North and Lamb Boulevard.

Both Hatzenpiller and Gouailhardou escaped the fire.

Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 200,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 7 percent are recycled. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

8 News Now's Living Green 'Super Recycling' Day offers Christmas Tree recycling on Jan. 11. For more details, click here.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (corner of Sixth and Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

Fire Displaces 2 People

Fire Displaces 2 People


Two people have been displaced after a fire in a duplex early Friday morning.

The Clark County Fire Department was called to the complex near Craig Road and Nellis Boulevard at about 1:05 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found a two-story, four-unit apartment complex on fire. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the first floor apartment.

Firefighters found the blaze had started in the first floor bedroom and traveled through the ventilation system into the attic.

The resident of the apartment was not there at the time, and no one was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

NV Energy Driver Gets Jail Time in Fatal Crash

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 48-year-old driver pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 60 days in jail in an NV Energy truck crash that killed the wife of a Nellis Air Force Base airman and injured two other women.

Police Officer Chrissie Coon said Mark Parker took a plea deal Wednesday in North Las Vegas Municipal Court.

Parker also pleaded guilty to failure to obey a traffic-control device and failure to use due care. He was fined $3,000 and given an additional 120 days' house arrest.

Authorities said 20-year-old Tayler Council died when the 40-ton NV Energy utility vehicle ran a red light and hit her sedan in November 2011 at Centennial Parkway and Losee Road.

It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday if Parker is still an NV Energy employee.

Thunderbird Sonic Boom Caused $22K in Damages

Thunderbird Sonic Boom Caused $22K in Damages

The Air Force has paid out claims connected to an error by a Thunderbird pilot this past spring.

A Thunderbird pilot from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., who was practicing for a weekend air show over downtown Tucson on the afternoon of April 13 created a sonic boom that shattered windows when he surpassed the speed of sound for several seconds.

Read more in the Air Force Times.

House, Senate Reach Agreement on Defense Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a $633 billion defense bill that includes a 1.7 percent pay raise for military personnel.

Top members of the Armed Services committees announced the completion of the bill at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday.

The House is expected to vote on the measure Thursday and the Senate later in the week before sending it to President Barack Obama.

The White House had threatened a veto, but Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin said lawmakers addressed a number of administration concerns. He said he didn't see anything in the final bill that would warrant a veto.

It would also tighten sanctions on Iran and give the Pentagon some leeway in developing alternative fuels.