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Metro issues warning about parking lot scammers who prey on the elderly

Metro Police says it has investigated several incidents where elderly people were targeted by scammers in parking lots. Police say the incidents occurred in commercial shopping center parking lots in the Northwest part of the valley.

According to officers, suspects approached victims while they were loading items into the trunks of their cars. Metro said while the victims are distracted, the suspects reach into the unlocked vehicle and steal property from the passenger compartment, and in many instances, the victims are unaware of what has happened.

Detectives say suspects have even targeted elderly victims as they backed out of parking spaces.

According to police, here's how the scam seems to work: The suspects will approach the elderly drivers telling them they backed into their car, at that point, the scammers request money on the spot to compensate for the damage to their vehicle... Read More

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Boom of new business surge in northwestern Las Vegas

A surge of new businesses, such as restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, recently opened up in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley, which is good news for Centennial Hills, an area once hit hard by the recession.

Business has been better than I could've possibly imagined," said Kari Garcia, TSP Baking Company.

Business is not only booming in Centennial Hills, but it's also flourishing in the area in the northwest valley north of Decatur right off of the 215.

"It was literally a desert," Garcia said as she described the location of her new bakery.

Empty parking lots, deserted business centers and leasing signs once plagued the north and northwestern parts of town, especially during the recession.

"It's nice to see it surge because it was pretty dead," Garcia said.

Many businesses closed up shop, but that's not so much the case these days... Read More

Clark County issues Declaration of Emergency for Mt. Charleston

Clark County has issued a Declaration of Emergency for Mount Charleston due to avalanche conditions in the Spring Mountains.

According to the declaration, recent storm activity has resulted in a dangerous accumulation of snow above populated areas on the mountain.

It reads, "The County Manager finds that emergency conditions prevail and threaten the health, life, safety, and welfare of persons and property due to avalanches which are imminent an occurring within the Mt. Charleston area of Clark County, including populated areas within Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon."

A voluntary evacuation order was issued Tuesday night for Kyle and Lee Canyon areas.

A reported 58 inches has fallen at the Kyle Canyon Fire Station since Jan. 18. On Monday, the Lee Canyon Ski Area reported a depth of 94 inches of snow... Read More

Police search for shooting suspect in northwest valley

Police are searching for the juvenile who shot a man during an attempted car robbery. This happened around 10 p.m. at a housing complex near Cheyenne and Rampart.

Metro police say a 25 year-old and a 34 year-old man at the complex said a juvenile suspect armed with a gun demanded keys to a car.

One of the victims ran and the suspect ended up shooting the 25 year-old then fled through the complex.

Police searched for the suspect. The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries believed to be non-life threatening... Read More

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North Las Vegas pig farm makes way for housing development

Most of the animals have been moved from a North Las Vegas pig farm.

R.C. Farms was known for promoting sustainability by feeding leftovers from Las Vegas Strip buffets to their animals. They were also known for the manure smell that would sometimes drift into surrounding areas after a good rain.

The farm is closing and being turned into a housing development.

Bob Combs is in his 70s and raising pigs has been his life work. As you can imagine, not having the animals around is a big change but he and his wife Janet have kept their sense of humor as the remaining momma and baby piglets were moved off the farm this week.

R.C. Farms used to be teaming with pigs. At one time, there were 6,000 on the farm. But now, almost all of the pigs are gone. They've been taken to a different operation. The stalls are empty and the 150 acres are being cleaned up... Read More

Metro investigates 2 separate barricade situations in northwest and southeast Las Vegas

Metro Police investigated two barricade situations Wednesday night. One incident happened in the northwest near W. Deer Springs Way and N. Durango Drive.

According to officers, an attempted murder suspect is barricaded inside a home refusing to surrender to police.

At this time, the LVMPD SWAT Team is en route to the area to assist officers. Residents in the area were evacuated from their homes and roads have been closed to drivers.

The other barricade situation happened in the southeast in the 3000 block of South Nellis Boulevard near N. Nellis Boulevard and E. Vegas Valley Drive. Metro said this incident started as a domestic disturbance, but now the suspect has barricaded himself inside an apartment and is refusing to leave.

SWAT has been called in to assist. No other information was released.

These are developing stories. 8 News NOW has a crew on the way to both scenes. Watch 8 News NOW at 11 p.m. for more on these stories... Read More

Program gives extra training to teachers to improve under-performing schools

Local community groups are working together to help improve under-performing schools in the Clark County School District, and they're turning to teachers to get it done.

The program is called Lead Nevada Academy, and it will provide leadership skills for teachers who have demonstrated success in the classroom. The goal of the program is to take the success and expand its reach beyond classroom walls.

More than 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District.

"My senior year teachers, they actually helped me out a lot," said Justice Santiago, a student. "I'm about to graduate, so they're really trying to push us to graduate."

In Lead Nevada Academy six teachers will be selected to undergo what is described as nine-months of 'intensive training.'... Read More