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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.

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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.