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Family, police seek leads on Sunday murder

Police are working to find out why a grandmother of four was gunned down on her porch late Sunday night in the northwest valley.

The shooting happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. near Fort Apache Road and Ann Road.

According to Metro Police, the suspect(s) fired shots from a newer, dark-colored, two-door car in front of the home of 47-year-old LaDonna Metais.

She was sitting on her porch, along with two others, when she was struck. Emergency responders rushed her to University Medical Center, where she later died.

Her daughter Jackie Frank is pleading for anyone to come forward with information.

"I hope they find who did it to my mom," she said. "She wasn't just my mom, you know; she was the grandmother to my children. She was a sister. I have my two aunts and my uncle, and it's just crazy."

Police have not identified any suspects, and the motive remains unknown... Read More

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Metro investigates fatal drowning near Torrey Pines, Smoke Ranch

Metro Police investigated a fatal drowning in the northwest part of the valley Monday night.

According to reports, a juvenile girl was submerged underwater at a home located at 2529 Monte Carlo Dr. near S. Torrey Pines and Smoke Ranch Road.

It happened around 7:10 p.m. The girl was taken to Mountain View Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

There wasn't any other information released.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Family killed in murder-suicide remembered

Friday night marks 48 hours since a murder-suicide left a family of five dead. A candlelight vigil took place near Lake Mead Boulevard and Jones Boulevard Friday night.

"I wish everything would just stop. I wish people would just stop doing stuff, but I know that's not going to happen," said a classmate of one of the victims.

Students and teachers alike mourned the loss of three children and their parents after a murder-suicide this week.

Teacher Shanelle Garbutt calls the gathering Friday night a celebration of life.

"AJ is a very special kid. He's very special to my heart," she said. "In honor of him, we're going to release these balloons."

The deaths occurred at two scenes Wednesday night. Police say Jason Dej-Oudom killed his wife near a Walgreens at Lake Mead and Jones and his children at their nearby home at Torrey Pines Drive and Lake Mead. Police say he killed himself after committing the heinous crimes... Read More

Severe weather, flash flooding expected in valley area on Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood warning for western Clark County.

The severe thunderstorm warning is expected to be in effect until 1:30 p.m. The flash flood warning for northwestern Clark County is in effect until 3:30 p.m.

According to the NWS, the Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds more than 60 mph. The radar also indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the north facing slopes of the Spring Mountains.

This storm was also located in Red Rock Canyon. It's moving northeast at 5 mph. Another severe storm was located on Kyle Canyon Road near Mt. Charleston.

The National Weather Service says over one inch of rain has already fallen in some locations, and it's quickly approaching two inches in some spots... Read More

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Metro: Woman found shot dead in parking lot

Metro Police investigated a woman's death Wednesday night.

According to Metro, the woman's body was found outside a business near Lake Mead Boulevard and Jones Boulevard. Officers said she was found dead in a parking lot from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police are also investigating a second scene near Torrey Pines Drive and Lake Mead that they say is related to the homicide location.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.... Read More

I-Team: 2 northwest homes busted for drugs

Two alleged drug houses were busted within 24 hours on the same block in the northwest valley.

Police say an odor emanating from one of the homes prompted Wednesday's raid. Officers detected the odor while they busted another nearby home Tuesday night.

"It smelled kind of like a skunk, so I wasn't sure if it was a dead body or what was going on at that house," said neighbor Mark Brennan.

Police say the smell came from a marijuana grow house.

Brennan says he noticed police clearing the home on Joe Michael Way near Rainbow Boulevard and Gowan Road Wednesday.

Sara Dealba lives across the street.

"I had no idea," she said. "You would get the random smell of pot, but you know, you never know who's smoking around here."

Police tell the I-Team they discovered a stolen sports bike, equipment used to grow marijuana and approximately 35 plants, including one with an estimated value of $5,000 to $10,000... Read More

Reporter does '10 min. Hot Seat Challenge' to bring awareness

With triple digit temps, it's more important now than ever to warn people of the dangers of leaving your kids or pets in a hot car. In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle can jump almost 20 degrees.

To get spread the word and show just how dangerous these actions can be, local emergency responders challenged 8 News NOW Reporter Michael Stevens Wednesday to see if he could last 10 minutes inside a hot car... Read More