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Actor Tony Curtis Dies at Las Vegas Area Home

LAS VEGAS -- One of the last golden-age Hollywood greats is gone. Eighty-five-year-old Tony Curtis died from cardiac arrest Wednesday night at his Henderson home. He leaves behind a legacy on the silver screen and in the Las Vegas community.

His close friends who fondly remembered the Hollywood icon. They say Curtis has been in and out of the hospital for some time, but losing their old friend is still a shock.

His career spanned six decades and included more than 100 films. But friends say he wasn't after fame, his focus was just making people happy.

Former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt-Bono met Curtis when she was a little girl, swimming at the Sands.

"He was drinking one of these fancy Polynesian drinks that had those little paper umbrellas in the drink and he gave me the paper umbrella and I took it home to my parents and I was so excited. And I said, 'I met Houdini,'" she said.

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UNLV Basketball Player Pleads No Contest

HENDERSON -- A UNLV basketball player pleaded no contest after being accused of choking his girlfriend.

Trevon Willis entered his plea Tuesday to domestic battery with strangulation, coercion and grand larceny. It incident happened in June when Willis' girlfriend called police claiming he got angry with her and began choking her.

Willis was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, pay a $340 fine, go to counseling for six months and have no contact with the victim.

Parents Use GPS Tracking Device for Children

LAS VEGAS -- A sad ending for a Henderson family. Search crews found the body of their son, 16-year-old Shane McNeil Tuesday morning.

McNeil was found near Boy Scout Canyon, just south of Hoover Dam. He had left for a hike alone on Saturday and never met up with his mother at the area they designated on Saturday evening.

His body was found at the bottom of a ravine, about a mile off the trail he had been on.

The Foothill High School sophomore just moved to Henderson from the east coast this summer and was used to different terrain.

A GPS tracking device might have helped searchers reach McNeil sooner. Parents all across the country are using a new device that lets them know just where their kids are at any given moment.

Body of Missing Henderson Teen Found

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- What started out to be a hopeful day for family and friends of Shane McNeil turned tragic when the teen's body was discovered after he disappeared while hiking.

The Henderson teen's body was discovered around 11:30 a.m. near Boy Scout Canyon near Lake Mead. McNeil was reported missing late Saturday night after he went for a hike south of Hoover Dam along the Colorado River.

Earlier in the day, search crews had reported that they found tracks believed to belong to McNeil within one mile of where he sent his last text message. His family remained hopeful he would be found alive.

"You can only imagine the personal torment this woman has gone through having her young son out there," said Shane McNeil, Shane's uncle.

McNeil had moved to Nevada from the East Coast in July and was used to hiking but not in Nevada terrain.

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Henderson Man Arrested on Murder Charges

HENDERSON -- A 19-year-old is under arrest for murder after two teens contacted police to say they helped the man dispose of a body.

Russell Sean Hultgren was booked into the Henderson Detention Center early Tuesday morning after locating the victim's body in a desert area off East Horizon Ridge Parkway.

Police say an 18-year-old and 17-year-old told them they went with Hultgren to buy drugs last Thursday. The teens told police they heard three shots after Hultgren approached another man's vehicle.

Police say Hultgren had the teens help him move the body to where it was discovered and drive the victim's truck to Pahrump where it was set on fire.

The name of the victim has yet to be released.

 

Henderson 16-Year-Old Missing Since Saturday

BOULDER CITY, Nev.  -- An intense search is underway for a missing 16-year-old who was last seen Saturday when he was hiking at Lake Mead. Rescuers are concerned about the triple-digit heat in the area.

"You may be fit but this weather 100 or 110 degrees is hotter than it is in town. You will go down with dehydration," said Tiege Downs, Lake Mead Fire & Rescue.

Rescuers are looking for Henderson teen Shane McNeil. They are looking in the area south of Hoover Dam along the Colorado River.

McNeil's mother reported him missing at about 10 p.m. Saturday. She had received a text message from him just after 7 p.m. saying he could see the Colorado River as he neared the Hoover dam. But when she went to pick him up at the Hoover Dam Visitor's Center, authorities say, he didn't show.

Henderson Plans National Trails Day Celebration

HENDERSON -- The city of Henderson is planning a National Trails Day celebration Oct. 9 to teach people about local and regional trails in the Las Vegas area.

Officials say the event will include giveaways, trail tours, bike maintenance checks and seminars on outdoors topics.

Officials say they'll give away a family camping package as part of the festivities. 

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