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Man Commits Suicide After Barricade in Mobile Home

LAS  VEGAS -- A man who barricaded himself inside his mobile home and threatened to shoot police killed himself instead. Police say the man ended the standoff Monday evening, when he shot himself in the head. It took place in the Valley Vista mobile home park near Nellis and Desert Inn.

Police say the 37-year-old man lived alone, suffered from cancer, and recently lost his job.

Police say marshals tried to serve the homeowner an eviction notice last week. When they came back, police say there were notes all over the front of the trailer threatening them with gunfire.

Police arrived on the scene at about 10 a.m. and evacuated about 30 homes while the SWAT team tried to talk him out of the house. The neighbors were allowed to return to their homes shortly after the man committed suicide.

Car Crashes into a Sinkhole

LAS VEGAS -- A large sinkhole in the middle of a Las Vegas street sent one woman to the hospital and shut down water in nearby neighborhoods for several hours. The sinkhole opened at around 6pm Friday near Nellis and Desert Inn.

Officials say a 24 inch water line running under the intersection of Desert Inn and Nellis developed a leak. Workers were dispatched to the area. They turned the water off to fix it, but then realized they needed parts, so they turned the water back on. They called for a crew to come and shut down the lane. Before it could be shut down, however, a woman drove over the asphalt, and it gave way.

Memorial for 2 Nellis Airmen Killed in Afghanistan

NELLIS AFB -- The lives of two Nellis airmen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week were honored Friday morning.

Approximately 1,000 people paid their respects to 1st Lt. Joel Gentz and Staff Sgt. David Smith at a memorial service on the base. Gentz, was a combat rescue officer with the 58th Rescue Squadron.

"When I think of Joel Gentz, the definition of hero comes to mind, he was a man who stood out around his peers, always challenging himself and others to be their best," said SSgt. David Farfan.

Smith, was a flight engineer assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron. 

"Staff Sgt. David Smith is a man I'm proud to have served with. He was intelligent, funny, dependable, honest, humble and tough," said MSgt. Kristopher Angone.

Nellis Airmen Killed and Injured in Afghanistan Crash

NELLIS AFB -- Nellis Air Force Base officials say two Nellis airmen were among the four killed in a helicopter crash in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The Nellis airmen are identified as 25-year-old 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz of Grass Lake, Michigan, who was assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron at Nellis AFB, and 26-year-old Staff Sgt. David C. Smith of Eight Mile, Alabama who was assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis AFB. Three other airmen, all from Nellis, were injured in the crash. The two other airmen killed were from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

The airmen were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and were responsible for casualty evacuation.

"Our hearts go out to the families of these brave Americans, and we express our deepest condolences to them," said Col. Gary Henderson, 23rd Wing commander.

Designated Drivers Hopes for Help from Bars

LAS VEGAS -- Julie Siordia at Lucky's Bar knows a drunk when she see's one.

"You have to really reason with them. They get stubborn, they don't want to listen, they think they know what's right," she said.

Bars like Lucky's pays for a service to take customers who have had too much to drink home safely. For years, Billie Smith's Designated Drivers service offered free rides home. But their grant money ran out, forcing them to charge at least $55 for two people to come and take you and your car home safely.

Once callers heard they now charged, most just hung up. "Over 200 people called us asking for free rides that we weren't able to provide. Those 200 people probably got out on the road and drove," he said.

Largest DUI Sweep in History Set for This Weekend

LAS VEGAS -- History will be made this Memorial Day weekend as Las Vegas police launch the largest, most concentrated DUI crackdown in the nation. An unprecedented five separate checkpoints will be executed over the next four nights at intersections notorious for DUI arrests and crashes.

The effort will involve 250 officers and civilians armed with an arsenal of equipment and expertise. All with the goal of preventing other families from having to experience the pain and suffering so many southern Nevadans already have.

Lettie Quintana awoke from a two-week coma to learn her 8-year-old son Erik was killed in a DUI crash that so severely injured her, she couldn't even attend his funeral.

"Til this day, I still ask him to forgive me because it is a mother's job to be there for her children," she said.

But Quintana has been there for Eric everyday since that 1999 crash, dedicating his memory and her life to the fight against DUI.

Despite Criticism, Analysts Say Las Vegas Will Recover

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas continues to be portrayed as the poster child for the recession. Some financial experts say things have gotten so bad, we will never recover. But local economists say that's not true, but it will take time.

A report by 24/7 Wall Street named 13 cities in the U.S. that will never recover because of the housing market and unemployment rate. Las Vegas was one of them. 

Ironically, the report came out at the same time the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce's new president takes the reigns. He's a man with experience in economic recovery.

The doom and gloom in Las Vegas is slowly starting to lift. Tourism has increased 1.5-percent this year and Jeremy Aguero with Applied Analysis says homes are selling.

"A year and a half ago there were almost 30,000 housing units for sale. Today, that number is roughly 10,000," he said.