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Coroner IDs motorcyclist killed; police, experts offer safety tips

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified Mark Brusewitz as the motorcyclist who died in a serious crash on Las Vegas Boulevard early Sunday morning.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said the 53-year-old was riding his Harley on Las Vegas Boulevard 13 miles north of the California border when he came up on a curve. Troopers said he was going too fast and failed to negotiate the curve.

Another driver reported the crash to police, but Brusewitz died at the scene. The latest crash has motorcycle riding experts speaking out about valley roads.

"Las Vegas is one of the worst places in the world for motorcycle riders,” said Mike Bullard, Those Guys Motorcycle Repair.

Bullard said Las Vegas is the worst because “drivers “don't care” about those on two wheels.

Bullard said things have gotten so bad on valley roads he refuses to sell a motorcycle to anyone who can't prove they're qualified to ride it.

2 men indicted in death of 20-year-old Henderson man

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Two men accused of being connected to a homicide in which a 20-year-old Henderson man was killed were indicted Friday.

Edward Zavalza, 21, and Jose Valle are accused of robbing and killing 20-year-old Walter Wu on Dec. 23. Henderson Police said Wu was discovered by Henderson firefighters in a home on Holly Tree Court.

Authorities said the home was set on fire while Wu was in it. He had been robbed and stabbed, police said.

Wu was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital where he died from multiple stab wounds and asphyxia.

In early January, officers arrested Zavalza and Valle, 21, for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and arson in connection with Wu's death.

Zavalza is charged with one count conspiracy, multiple counts of robbery, one count of murder and use of a deadly weapon and one count of arson.

Gas outage continues for 5K in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Southwest Gas is experiencing a gas outage that is affecting around 5,000 customers in Henderson.

The outage is in the area of Old Vegas Trail (Boulder Highway) and Wagon Wheel Drive. Service had to be cut Tuesday evening when Southwest Gas discovered a leak in a 4-inch gas pipe.

On Wednesday, the company said crews were going to door-to-door to turn back on natural gas. As a reminder, it said all employees will have Southwest Gas ID and workers can only enter a home if someone at least 18 years old is there.

"We will make several attempts to safely restore service," the company said. "After the last attempt, we will leave a door tag with a phone number to call to have service restored."

Southwest Gas officials say repairs are underway and will continue through the night, but it may take several days to restore service. Another update was expected later Wednesday.

Police: Armed suspects rob sportsbook at Henderson Casino

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Two suspects armed with handguns robbed a Henderson casino sportsbook Wednesday night, according to police.

Henderson Police said the two men entered The M Resort, located at 12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd., around 9:45 p.m. and went straight to the sportsbook, which closes at 10 p.m. Officers said the suspects approached two employees, pulled out handguns and jumped behind the counter, ordering the employees to get on the ground.

Police said one of the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawers, before both of the suspects ran out of the building and jumped in a black four-door sedan.  No one was injured during the robbery. 

The suspects are described as white males in their early to mid-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. Henderson Police said they weighed about 185 pounds each, and one of the suspects was wearing tan colored pants, a gray coat, and a dark baseball cap. 

Driving You Crazy: Limited access to Zephyr Ridge community

HENDERSON, Nev. - Chris says there is only one way into the Zephyr Ridge neighborhood near Gibson Road and Horizon Ridge Parkway. He says a more direct entrance is needed.

Drivers can not turn left into the neighborhood when traveling south on Gibson. U-turns are illegal at the Gibson/Horizon Ridge intersection.

To get home, Chris says he has to go out of the way and drive through the entire community.

Henderson has a plan. In mid-summer, crews will start repairing Gibson between 215 and Horizon Ridge. Additionally, they will construct a left-turn lane from southbound Gibson to Monte Amara Way, which will create direct access to Zephyr Ridge.

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

CCSD draws attention to teacher shortage using Slotzilla

LAS VEGAS -- The superintendent of the Clark County School District took a daring ride on the Slotzilla Wednesday. It was to draw attention to the biggest teacher shortage in the district's history.

There are more than 600 open positions in Clark County, but CCSD says it hopes to hire more than 2,600 new teachers to ease overcrowding.

The district's plan to add teachers to growing classrooms in the valley involves recruiting locally and from across the country. The first way they plan to do this is through their Alternative Route to Licensure course.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said with special training anyone with a Bachelor's degree is eligible to become a teacher.

“We will help them change their career and change their life in the process,” Skorkowsky said.

Teachers say it's a constant struggle to make sure each student is getting one-on-one attention.

Motorist's death in Nov. crash added to 2014 Vegas tally

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities said this week they're counting the death of a 91-year-old motorist a week after a November crash as the 93rd traffic fatality in Las Vegas in 2014.

Las Vegas police on Tuesday cited newly released coroner's reports attributing the Dec. 2 death of Lewis Kaplan to multiple injuries he received in the Nov. 25 wreck.

Las Vegas police say Kaplan was mortally injured when the Lexus SC 400 sedan he was driving collided with a Toyota Prius at Patrick Lane and McLeod Drive.

The driver of the Prius, 31-year-old Cody Phillips, did not report any injuries.

Police say it appeared Kaplan failed to yield before turning left into the path of the Prius.