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NHP starts crackdown on HOV lanes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – No more warnings. Starting today, anyone caught illegally using the valley’s new HOV lanes will get a hefty fine.

The rules on 22 miles of high occupancy vehicle lanes changed last month.  They are now enforced 24/7.  Previously solo drivers could use the carpool lanes during off-peak hours.  It is also illegal to cross the double white lanes of an HOV lane.  Drivers need to wait for a broken line to enter or exit.

Before today, the NHP had promised to let HOV scofflaws off with just a warning.  But now a $250 fine takes effect.

Here’s a quick reminder for drivers:

  • Allowed in HOV lanes:
  • Vehicles with two or more people inside
  • Motorcycles
  • Emergency and law enforcement vehicles

Not allowed in HOV lanes:... Read More

  • Vehicles with one person (unless a motorcycle)
  • Trucks with more than two axles
  • Electric cars with only one occupant

Fighting for protection: Coyotes terrorize neighborhood near golf course

Jan Biggerstaff has created somewhat of a shelter in her backyard to keep coyotes away from her dogs.

“When this happened, we had it fenced all the way around,” Biggerstaff said. “There needs to be something done. “

The coyotes have surrounded the Las Vegas National Golf Course for years. Many residents, including Biggerstaff, say the animals have killed their pets.

“We went on a cruise, came home and my dog had been killed by a coyote,” said Biggerstaff. “The coyote jumped over the back fence, you can see how high it is. It’s what 7 feet?”

The Las Vegas National Golf Course’ General Manager, Coy Woods, says his team has bounced around several proposals.

“I cried two days solid for that,” Woods said. “That was bad news. She was a sweetheart dog.”

A barrier around the creek would cost millions. But, Woods says they’re willing to work with residents to trap them... Read More

Gov. Sisolak vetoed only 3 bills in Legislative Session

Governor Steve Sisolak vetoed only three bills in his first legislative session, which wrapped up earlier this month.

But, Sisolak is still well shy of the average, and nowhere near the record. There have been two governors in the last 120 years who got through an entire session without vetoing a single bill: Mike O’Callaghan and Kenny Guinn

Regular legislative sessions see an average of 6.47 vetoes each.

Politics Now co-host Steve Sebelius has the story. ... Read More

Roads near Lake Mead and Burkholder closed due to shooting investigation

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Henderson Police are investigating a shooting in a neighborhood near E. Lake Mead Parkway and Burkholder Boulevard. According to police, around 4:45 p.m. officers responded to reports of an incident that left a man injured from a shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Ivy Street.

Streets in that area are closed, police said.

The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The nature of his injuries is unknown.

This is a developing story.... Read More

NHL Awards Show, games best players light up the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The entire hockey world descends on Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Show, which takes the spotlight with some of the game’s best players garnering prestigious awards.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center are filled with newsmakers, playmakers, and celebrities that officially will put a close to the 2018-2019 season. Not only is about the best players on the ice, but the thousands of hockey fans in southern Nevada that are attending the event.

8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis and reporter Jon Tritsch have the stories. ... Read More

Parking violators can pay tickets with school supply donation for limited time

The Las Vegas City Council unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of allowing parking tickets issued between June 19 – July 19, 2019, to be paid with donations of school supplies.

Any supplies taken in by the city through the program will be donated to the Teachers Exchange, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is associated with the Public Education Foundation.

Those with parking citations should bring unwrapped school supplies of equal or higher value to their fine to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main St. However, for it to count, it has to be done within 30 days of the citation date, and a purchase receipt for the donation is required. In addition, only non-public safety citations are eligible for this program.

In July of 2016, the City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the establishment of this occasional program allowing for charitable donations in lieu of payment for parking fines... Read More

Family relieved convicted killer will remain behind bars

The man involved in what prosecutor’s call one of southern Nevada’s
most gruesome murders, will stay behind bars. Shane Johnson asked the Nevada Board
of Pardons Thursday for a commuted or reduced sentence, but was denied.

He pleaded guilty in 2004 for his role in the murder of
18-year-old Jared Whaley. The victim’s family was at the hearing.

Family members describe Jared Whaley as fun, smart and
good-hearted. They’re pleased with the board’s decision but they know nothing
will bring back their loved one.

“It’s been 15 years, but it feels like yesterday,” said Patricia Knight, Jared Whaley’s mother.

Jared Whaley

The emotions are still raw for Knight. Her son, Jared, was brutally
murdered in the fall of 2003. Investigators say Shane Johnson was part of a
group of young men who killed Whaley, beating him until he was unrecognizable... Read More