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Manhunt Continues for Suspect in Year Old Murder

One year ago, a Henderson woman named Mariela Moreno was murdered and her body dumped in the desert. The 20-year-old was missing for two months before her body was found.

Her boyfriend emerged as a suspect. Now there's an international manhunt for Isidro Munoz, and he may be connected to another killing.

Her smile and beauty captivated the valley's attention for months. Mariela Moreno came to Las Vegas from Mexico. She loved her family, had a fun-loving spirit, but her life would have a tragic ending. It is still painful for Mariela's sister to talk about. She shares her sorrow, hoping for justice.

Police say Mariela was beaten to death at the hands of Isidro Garduno Munoz, her boyfriend who became obsessive.

"He visited Mariela around four times a day. There was something strange, you know," said Mariela's sister Monica Moreno-Kongsrud.

Moreno celebrated the New Year at Firefly near the Strip.

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Smoke Detector Alerts Family of Fire

The Henderson Fire Department responded to a house fire at the 2100 block Tour Edition Dr. in the Green Valley area of Henderson at 11:19pm Friday night.

Upon arriving firefighters found four of the residents who had evacuated the home, thanks in part to the smoke detectors alerting them to the fire, standing in the front yard. The residents informed the firefighters that the fire was in the master bedroom on the 2nd floor of the house.

Firefighters were able to get water on the fire quickly and had it extinguished shortly after their arrival. The fire was believed to be accidental in nature but the cause is still be investigated. The total amount of damage to the house was estimated to be $100,000. 

Reward Offered for Information of Missing St. George Man

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information that could lead to clues to the whereabouts of a St. George, Utah man last seen in Henderson in mid-December.

Steven Kosher's car was found abandoned in a Sun City Anthem Cul-de-sac on December 13, 2009. He was last seen on surveillance video walking away from his car.

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Koecher's family held a press conference Friday on the steps of Henderson's City Hall to announce the reward and offer updates on the investigation.

"We ask for a week of vigilance here in Las Vegas. If people keep their eyes out, they might find him or see someone who looks like him. We appreciate all clues," said Steven's father Rolf Koecher.

Man Linked to Unsolved Murder Arrested on Prostitution-Related Charges

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested 33-year-old Solomon Barron on several prostitution-related charges, including pandering and living off the earnings of a prostitute.

According to the arrest report, Barron transported several women from the east coast to work for him as prostitutes in Las Vegas. One of the girls contacted police after she decided she no longer wanted to work as a prostitute.

Barron rented multiple apartments near Flamingo and Valley View where several prostitutes lived and worked, according to police. Detectives raided those apartments in January of 2010 and found evidence that Barron was running a prostitution-related operation.

Barron talks to America's Most Wanted about Lindsay Harris

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Teen Drug Use on the Rise

LAS VEGAS -- A new study by the Partnership for a Drug Free America says teen marijuana and alcohol use is on the rise. But while many are sticking to marijuana and alcohol, in Las Vegas, many teens are making the leap to heroin.

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What most teens don't realize is how quickly experimentation turns into addiction.

"Heroin was always associated to the IV, the homeless, the person on the street corner. Now it's kind of like Middle America," said Kevin Morss, Community Involvement Center Director for Westcare.

Morss deals with teens suffering from substance abuse. He says in the last year, he's seen a 30 to 40-percent increase in heroin use.

Fire Captain Faces Federal Sex Charges

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County Fire Department captain has been indicted on federal charges of enticing a minor for sex.

Authorities say 55-year-old Martin Vohwinkel surrendered to U.S. marshals on Wednesday and is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden says that Vohwinkel is accused of using a computer to coerce and entice a person under 18 to engage in sexual activity. The indictment was handed down this week. 

Vohwinkel is already facing a state charge of using technology to lure a child after he allegedly tried to use the Internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He was really conversing with a Henderson police detective.

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Henderson Private School to Close

HENDERSON, Nev. -- During tough times, private schools don't do too well. Henderson International School is closing their high school. That leaves hundreds of parents scrambling to find new schools for their teenagers.

Henderson International is a group of three campuses. The high school is closing and the two remaining K-8 campuses are merging into one. That leaves Findlay Prep, one of the nation's top high school basketball teams, without a home.

Laurie Stoveken is now looking for a new school for her ninth grade son, Chris.

"I'm feeling what my kid is feeling right now -- he's lost. He's been here since third grade. This isn't a school, this is a home to him," she said.

The recession forced the high school to run at a $1 million loss last year. Many parents can't pay the $15,000 to $20,000 a year tuition private schools charge.