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Las Vegas breaking news for February 20, 2019

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Posted at 5:24 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 01:31:27-05

The following is a roundup of breaking news from around the Las Vegas valley.

11:30 P.M.
Over 2,600 NV Energy customers were without power, according to the power company's website. The main outages were reported near Flamingo and Sandhill Roads as well as near Nevada State Drive and Boulder Highway. NV Energy was reporting damaged equipment as the reason for the outage without an estimated time of restoration.

7:30 P.M.
Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect from an assault that occurred in North Las Vegas last month. On Jan. 19 officers responded to a church in the 1900 block of Glider Street, in reference to a report of an assault of a female teenager. The suspect was posing as a member of the church staff when the incident took place, according to police. He then left the area before officers arrived.

Las Vegas police confirm that ricin was discovered at an apartment near Flamingo and Decatur on Feb. 19. Officials say there is no health risk to the public and that the toxic substance was contained. The scene was deemed clear early this morning.

Yesterday, police found 36-year-old Matthew Joel Friedman on the couch with a needle and heroin inside the apartment. Friedman left a suicide note stating he hated the world. READ MORE

1 P.M.
A Cheyenne High School student was arrested off the property with a loaded gun in a backpack by the Clark County School District Police Department. The student was 15 years old, and police were able to retrieve the bag after he threw it over a residential wall.

11:50 A.M.
Police have identified 36-year-old Matthew Joel Friedman as the man who may have died from exposure to a hazardous substance in an apartment near Flamingo and Decatur on Feb. 19. The death lead to an hours long lock down of the west Las Vegas neighborhood. READ MORE

8:50 A.M.
Police say a helicopter made an unexpected landing in a water basin near Alexander Road and Tenaya Way. (Near Wayne Bunker Family Park.) This happened around 8:37 a.m. Mechanical problems may be the cause, according to authorities. No reports of injuries.

8:24 A.M. UPDATE
Sahara Avenue is now clear in both directions after a deadly crash near Sahara Avenue and I-15 early this morning.

6:15 A.M.
Police say a man was stabbed in the foot with a butter knife after a verbal argument with his girlfriend just after 3:10 a.m. near Bonanza Road and North Rancho Drive. The man was transported to the hospital with the knife still impaled in his foot. The girlfriend left the scene and police say they are still looking for her.

5:55 A.M. UPDATE
One person is dead after a crash near Sahara and the I-15 (near Palace Station). Sahara is shut down.

5:20 A.M.
A crash near Teddy Drive and Sahara Avenue in front of Palace Station is causing traffic in the area and road closures. Use alternate route.


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