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Police bust possible marijuana grow house, arrest 5

Metro police responding to a call of shots fired in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood ended up discovering a house they believe is being used as a marijuana grow operation, police said.

Police received the call around 9:47 p.m. Monday and responded to the home in the 8500 block of Copper Knoll Avenue near Durango Drive and Gowan Road.

Five people were taken into custody, police said.

This is a developing story... Read More

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New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Reward offered in killing of 8 mule deer near Mt. Charleston

Game wardens are hoping to get information on who killed eight mule deer and left them to waste over the course of three weeks near Mount Charleston.

"I literally do not have the words to fully explain my disgust at this crime. It takes a special kind of person to illegally kill eight mule deer and then to leave them to rot," said Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed. "I know I am not alone in my anger and that's why we are asking the public for its help in solving this case."

Game wardens found several kill sites and believe all to be related. In some incidents, a small amount of meat or the antlers were taken. Wasting the meat is a crime.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife and Operation Game Thief are offering $3,000 reward to help catch the person or persons responsible... Read More

I-15 southbound back open at Craig following deadly crash

Nevada Highway Patrol says a man was hit and killed Sunday while walking across the southbound lanes of I-15.

The incident shut down traffic for several hours between Craig and Cheyenne.

Troopers say the man was in his 20's and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say a vehicle driven by a woman in her 50's heading southbound on I-15 hit the pedestrian, lost control and crashed into a barrier.

Troopers say the driver will likely not be charged... Read More

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Trial to be set in 2011 murder of teen girl

The man charged with raping and killing a northwest valley teenager will learn his trial date next week.

Javier Righetti made an appearance in court Thursday morning. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to 10 counts connected to the death of Alyssa Otremba in 2011. However, the judge tossed out the plea because Righetti did not specifically admit the slaying was premedtiated, willful and deliberate.

Police say 15 year-old Otremba was on her way home from school when Righetti raped, tortured and killed her.

The new trial date was supposed to be set today, but this morning, there were issues bringing in experts for the state and defense on the same day, so the setting of Righetti's trial date was pushed to next Tuesday.

Otremba's family was also in court this morning and say they plan to return next week... Read More

Happy Nevada Day! Celebrating the day Nevada was added to the Union

Happy Nevada Day! Nevada Day is a state holiday that is celebrated across the entire state of Nevada.

Nevada Day commemorated the admission of the state of Nevada into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. However, since the 2000s the holiday has always been celebrated on the last Friday of the month.

On Nevada Day holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close to commemorate the holiday.

Here are some facts about Nevada Day courtesy of Piktochart.com:... Read More

New sensors in remote areas will immediatly alert NV Energy to outages

You've no doubt heard the age old question: When a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Well, NV Energy will most certainly hear it whenever anything falls on its power lines.

NV Energy was on Mount Charleston Thursday installing sensors on some of its remote power lines. The low-cost sensors will immediately alert them if there's an outage or some other problem. The sensors can also communicate additional information about maintenance issues with the power flow.

Crews installed the sensors on lines carrying 34,000 volts of electricity. No power was interrupted during the installation.

According to the Department of Energy, NV Energy has some of the best reliability and fewest interruptions in the country and the sensors will only improve on that... Read More