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Police: Patrons, employees barricaded inside business

Metro Police say patrons and employees barricaded themselves inside a store in a shopping center in northwest Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon.

The business, a TJ Maxx, is located in the 7000 block of North Durango Drive near Elkhorn Road.

Police responded to a robbery call in the parking lot of the business around 1:30 p.m. They were told there was an armed gunman attempting to rob a patron in the parking lot.

It was unclear if the suspect acted alone, or if there was an accomplice in the store, police said.

NHP and SWAT also responded. One person was taken into custody by NHP and police did search for a second suspect, but eventually realized there wasn't another suspect.

Police said customers and employees in the business at the time of the attempted robbery hid and barricaded themselves inside the store for two hours until they knew it was safe to leave... Read More

Metro searches for slot machine burglar in northwest valley

Metro says it needs the public's help to locate an alleged slot burglar. According to Metro Police, the suspect is connected to eight slot machine burglaries since May.

The burglaries happened at convenience stores in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley and the city of North Las Vegas. In several incidents, the suspect is seen prying off the front panel of the machine using a crowbar.

Metro says the surveillance shows the suspect taking the cash box before he promptly exits the business. The suspect then drives away in a dark colored 4-door sedan (possibly a Toyota Corolla) which is missing the right front hubcap.

During other burglaries, the suspect was seen driving away in a 4-door sedan similar to a Dodge Intrepid, Metro said. The suspect is described as a white male adult standing approximately 6-feet tall... Read More

Payday loans could face more restrictions

If you want to take out a payday loan in Las Vegas, it's not hard to find a lender. The state treasurer's office says there are more payday loan businesses than there are McDonald's in Nevada.

However, with that accessibility comes problems.

There is no cap on interest rates for payday loans in Nevada. So if you don't pay it back quickly, you fall into a deep financial hole fast.

It's been a problem in the Las Vegas valley since the recession and the state treasurer has had enough.

"They have to sell parts of their bodies just to make extra money," said AJ Buhay, the field director for Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN).

At a meeting in Las Vegas, state Treasurer Dan Schwartz is hearing the stories of how people are getting caught in payday loan traps.

The average Nevadan ends up owing 526 percent of what they borrow leaving many in financial ruin... Read More

Team USA men's basketball prepares for game against China, Vegas teen favorited to win in Rio

Team USA spent Friday preparing for its first game against China Saturday, and one of the small handful of Las Vegans competing in the games, but one competitor is just a high school senior at Bishop Gorman High School.

8 News NOW Sports Director Chris Maathuis has more on how Team USA's men's basketball team is preparing for their game Saturday, along with Vashti Cunningham's hopes to jump her way onto the podium in Rio. ... Read More

Death penalty trial reset in Las Vegas pharmacy slaying case

A death penalty trial has been reset for a man accused of robbing two Las Vegas pharmacies in December 2014, and of killing a clerk he used to work with at one of them.

Court records show that Jin William Young Ackerman's trial was reset Thursday to May 2017 in Clark County District Court.

The 27-year-old Ackerman has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon charges.

He's accused of robbing Walgreens stores at gunpoint, and shooting 58-year-old Antonino Isnit to death during the second robbery.

His trial had been due to start next week... Read More

Talk show host, actor Jerry Doyle found dead at Las Vegas home

Actor and syndicated conservative talk show host Gerard "Jerry" Doyle has died in Las Vegas at age 60.

Clark County coroner John Fudenberg said Thursday that an autopsy was scheduled, and it will take several weeks and toxicology tests to determine a cause of death.

Las Vegas police were called around 4 p.m. Wednesday after Doyle was found dead at home in northwest Las Vegas. Officer Laura Meltzer says the death didn't appear suspicious.

As an actor, Doyle was best-known as Michael Garibaldi in the 1990s science-fiction television show "Babylon 5."

In recent years, his self-titled radio show aired on Talk Radio Network and, in Las Vegas, weekday afternoons on AM radio station KDWN.

Show producer Brad Silvers noted that Doyle also founded the conservative-Libertarian opinion blog EpicTimes.com... Read More

Metro: Barricade situation closes roads, causes evacuations

Metro Police said it investigated Wednesday a barricade situation near Lake Mead and Torrey Pines.

According to Metro, it all started unfolding around 2 p.m. when officers encountered a wanted suspect. Metro said that's when the man proceeded to barricade himself inside a home in the 1900 Block of Betsy Ross Drive.

At this time, Metro's not clear on whether or not anyone else is in the home with the suspect.

Officers said they had to close roads and evacuate homes in the area.

This is a developing story. Please avoid the area... Read More