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Police seek information about strangled woman

LAS VEGAS —  Metro Police are trying to get information that could lead them to a suspect in the killing of a woman earlier this month.

The body of 41-year-old Julia Gomez who also known as Julia Lopez-Maravilla was found around 8 a.m. on Nov. 15 at Lake Mead on State Route 147. She was wrapped in plastic and dumped near a gypsum mine. Her remains were discovered while search crews were out looking for another woman reported missing.

The coroner's office said Lopez-Maravilla was strangled to death and ruled it a homicide.

No suspects have been named in the case and police said their investigation continues.





Coroner IDs human remains found at Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the human remains found at Lake Mead National Recreational Area on Nov. 15.

Forty-one-year old Julia Lopez-Maraville died as the result of strangulation, according to the coroner's office.

Red Rock Search and Rescue found the woman's remains in an arroyo on Highway 147 at mile marker 5, however, Metro Police is heading up the investigation.

Metro did not release any other details about Lopez-Maraville's death, but homicide detectives are investigating.

Freeze warning issued for central, northeast Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a freeze warning for central and northeast Clark County. The watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are possible and these conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Here are some safety tips for dealing with freezing weather from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Keep anything that can burn, such as clothing, furniture, mattresses and paper products at least three feet away from any heat sources such as furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, stoves and water heaters.

Remains found at Lake Mead not Susana Villalvalzo

LAS VEGAS -- The remains found at Lake Mead National Recreational Area belong to a woman, according to Red Rock Search and Rescue.

However, Red Rock Search and Rescue said the remains are not those of Susana Villalvalzo, 46 of Las Vegas.  

The remains were found in an arroyo on Highway 147 at mile marker 5, according to Metro Police, who's heading up the investigation. 

David Cummings, the commander for Red Rock Search and Rescue said the decomposition of the woman's body does however match the same time period Villalvalzo disappeared.

Susana Villalvalzo was last seen on Nov. 5 at her home on Sahara Ave. and Valley View Drive.  Cummings said the teams traced Villalvalzo's suspected kidnapper, 75-year-old Samuel Teran's final moves before he killed himself earlier this week.



Boulder City Police get money for traffic safety

Boulder City Police are getting nearly $50,000 in grants to improve traffic safety.

The city has received more than $37,000 to fund Joining Forces efforts in the upcoming year. The money will be used to pay for saturation patrols, which target distracted drivers, pedestrian safety, impaired drivers and intersection safety.

Also, the department received $10,000 to purchase radar units for patrol cars. The Boulder City Council approved receipt of the funding.

Boulder City Police are planning 14 Joining Forces events through the next fiscal year. The events will include saturation patrols, checkpoints and public education. 

Coroner IDs body found in Lake Mead in mid-October

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 45-year-old man whose remains were found in Lake Mead about two weeks ago.

Clark County coroner's officials say the body of Las Vegas resident Charles Finley III was found Oct. 18. The cause and manner of his death were not immediately available. Finley was one of three fisherman who went missing after their boat capsized in February.

National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover says a boater found the remains at Stewart's Point Cove at Lake Mead.

She says that earlier in the day, kayakers found a separate set of skeletal remains at Lake Mohave.

Man high on meth during hammer attacks, report says

Nicole Thompson had to have surgery for her injuries.

LAS VEGAS -- A man who is facing numerous counts of attempted murder -- for attacking people with a hammer -- was high on methamphetamine, a police report said.

Damien Robins, 37, is accused of attacking several people in Boulder City and Henderson on Friday evening.

Robins' wife told police that he has an addiction to meth and would disappear for days at a time if he was high. He also had been fired from his job the day before the attacks.

His wife said he had disappeared a few days prior to the attack but contacted her and asked if he could visit her on Friday. When he stopped by the home, the woman told police she could tell Robbins was on meth and he told her he wanted to "kill and burn (her) body." Robbins would not allow his wife to leave the house, the report said.