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I-Team: UNLV geologists ordered to keep quiet over asbestos

LAS VEGAS -- Two UNLV professors say they were intimidated by state health officials who ordered them to keep quiet about evidence of a possible threat to public health.

The initial discovery was made almost five years ago.

A research team that included two UNLV geologists found hints that asbestos deposits might be making people sick, but the findings were kept quiet after state officials threatened to drop the hammer on the researchers.

Was it scientific censorship? 

The I-Team put that question to state health officials as part of a week-long project, Nevada's Toxic Threat.

What was uncovered by these researchers could represent a major threat to public health. The evidence, so far, is preliminary but it is being taken seriously by other government entities.

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Teen's death at Coronado High School ruled suicide

HENDERSON, Nev. — A teen's body was discovered Sunday afternoon on the athletic field at Coronado High School in Henderson.

The teen has been identified by the Clark County Coroner as 14-year-old Megan Buckley.

Her death has been ruled a suicide.

Clark County School District released a letter sent to students and their families on Monday. You can view that here.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Driving You Crazy: Holes at Wagon Wheel and Boulder

HENDERSON, Nev. - Jim says there are three huge holes at the intersection of Wagon Wheel Drive and Boulder Highway. He says most drivers go to the other lane to avoid them and dart back to get on the freeway.

Traffic8 reached out to the City of Henderson. City representatives say Southwest Gas is repairing a gas line in the area and reporting to the Nevada Department of Transportation for the project.

NDOT sent maintenance crews to investigate. The state notified Southwest Gas the road patches were insufficient and required immediate attention.

Crews began fixing the problem last week.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Barricade situation ends peacefully in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A section of a Henderson neighborhood was closed briefly for a barricade situation on Wednesday.

Police and SWAT were called to a home in the 2300 block of Richard Dr. just before noon. Police said the person, who has not been identified, surrendered peacefully around 3 p.m.

No other details were available.

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Mental evaluation being sought in Las Vegas roommate death case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A defense lawyer is seeking a mental health evaluation for a 40-year-old man accused of beating a 51-year-old woman to death, then spending several days with her corpse before turning himself in to Las Vegas police.

Deputy Clark County Public Defender Scott Coffee said Monday he's investigating whether Tobey Michael Gibeson is competent to face criminal charges in the April 17 slaying of Gail J. Stepien.

A judge on Friday scheduled a May 29 preliminary hearing for Gibeson on a felony murder charge.

Stepien's body was discovered last Wednesday, two weeks after moving with Gibeson into an apartment near Boulder Highway casinos.

Gibeon told police he attacked Stepien with a whiskey bottle and stomped on her head early April 17, and later wrapped her body in a deflated water bed.

Coroner: Henderson man died from gunshot wounds

HENDERSON, Nev. – Police are investigating the shooting death of a Henderson man who was found in his home Saturday morning.

The Clark County Coroners office has unidentified the man as Charles Schroeder, 66, of Henderson. He died from gunshot wounds to his torso.

Schroeder was found dead in his home in the 2800 block of Hartwick Pines Drive around 11 a.m. Police said his family requested a welfare check of his home when they could not reach him by phone.

Police say they do not know when the man died.

Police are urging anyone with information on this death to call the Henderson Police Department at (702)267-4750. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.

Motorcyclist killed in crash at Boulder and Sunset identified

HENDERSON, Nev. – A motorcycle rider died Friday evening after he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a light pole.

Jesus Munguia, 23, was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle east bound on Sunset Road past Boulder Highway around 5:45 p.m. when he lost control. Authorities say the motorcycle missed a curve, veered too far left and struck the curb of the center median. Munguia, who was the sole occupant, was separated from the motorcycle and struck a light pole. He died from his injuries at the scene.

Police say that a high rate of speed and reckless riding appear to be factors in the crash. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol are a factor in this incident. The roadway was closed for about three hours while fatal accident investigators conducted their investigation.

Munguia's death was the fifth traffic-related fatality in Henderson this year.