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Police make arrest in child sexual assault case from 1995

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- DNA helped Las Vegas police identify and arrest a sexual assault suspect in a case that went cold decades ago.

Matthew Laycock was arrested May 3 and is facing two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 and is currently in the Clark County Detention Center.

According to his arrest report, he is accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 16 on Nov. 29, 1995. The girl was on her way home from school when the suspect allegedly grabbed her from behind and directed her into the breeze way of a nearby church. The girl told police the man said, "If you do anything stupid, I'll kill you."

At the a time of the attack, evidence was collected but there wasn't a break in the case until May 2019 when police got a match in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The DNA matched Laycock, the report said.

The case was reopened but detectives could not locate Laycock who was reported to be a transient... Read More

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Housing prices hit record high; 30% are cash sales

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Southern Nevada home prices set another record. The average cost of an existing home in April was $375,000 which is the highest it's ever been.

The Las Vegas REALTORS released its April report and said "local home prices have never been higher while the local housing supply has rarely, if ever, been lower."

The average sales price is 21% higher than it was a year ago.

Prices for condos and townhomes also increased, selling for a median price of $202,450 which is up 12.3% from last year.

"Homebuyers should stay persistent, because our numbers show that over 20% of accepted offers
get cold feet and those homes are then awarded to the second, third and even fourth buyer in line,"
said 2021 LVR President Aldo Martinez. "Last month, our MLS reported 8,056 times when a property went from active to under contract, and 1,644 of those went back into active status again."... Read More

'National Teacher of the Year' honored at her Las Vegas school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey was honored at a celebration at Kermit R. Booker Sr., Elementary School Thursday.

Governor Steve Sisolak, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, Congresswomen Susie Lee and Dina Titus, as well as educational leaders personally congratulated Urtubey on her award.

Urtubey is the first educator in Nevada to get the recognition as National Teacher of the Year. She teaches special education in grades pre-k to 5th at Booker Elementary in the historic westside neighborhood -- an underserved part of the valley.

She served on the superintendent's supervisory committee during the course of the pandemic and met with the state superintendent weekly voicing concerns from her students... Read More

Metro investigating report of missing 2-year-old near Paradise and Twain

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are investigating a missing child case that was reported Wednesday in the area of Paradise Road and Twain Avenue.

Two-year-old Amari Nicholson was reported missing near the 3600 block of Paradise Road. The area is just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

He was last seen around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the child may be in severe emotional distress and in need of medical assistance.

Officers and detectives are following any leads or tips that might lead to the location of the child.

"We are aware of citizens providing tips to news outlets informing that officers have located a body in a dumpster, but this information is inaccurate," according to a Metro statement. "Officers have been looking into nearby trash containers as a precaution."

This is an ongoing investigation. Metro will provide more information when it becomes available... Read More

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LIVE: First Lady meets with nurses, healthcare workers at UMC

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to thank nurses for National Nurses Day at University Medical Hospital.

Biden arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday... Read More

CCSD teacher named 'National Teacher of the Year'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School District teacher Juliana Urtubey was named National Teacher of the Year. Urtubey is the first Nevada teacher to receive the honor.

She was one of four finalists and during an interview with CBS News This Morning, she was surprised with the announcement that she won. The surprise continued when First Lady Dr. Jill Biden appeared in her classroom with flowers.

"I was so elated, so proud, so overwhelmed with joy," Urtubey said of the award.

Booker Elementary teacher Juliana Urtubey receives flowers from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, moments after learning she was named 2021 National Teacher of the Year.

Juliana Urtubey teaches Pre-K through fifth grade at Kermit Booker Elementary School. She’s the first Latina to be a finalist for Teacher of the Year since at least 1992 in Nevada and the first winner from Nevada since the award started in 1952... Read More

Locals celebrate special occasions with the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada is seeing progress with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but there is still a lot of work left to do.

According to the state's vaccination playbook, around 34% of all Nevadans 16 and older are now fully vaccinated. Many come to the Las Vegas Convention Center for their shot, but special vaccination events are hoping to increase access.

On Cinco de Mayo, there was plenty of music and movement at the East Las Vegas Community Center. A free festival included food, fun and something special: the COVID-19 vaccine. It was hosted by local leaders, part of an overall push to get more Nevadans vaccinated.

The community came out in full force.

"I feel a little bit safe," said Benjamin Moraleda, who received the vaccine. "I'm very grateful that they had this. I was so excited. I came all the way from the west side, all the way here, just to get the vaccine."... Read More