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Bicyclist killed in crash identified

LAS VEGAS -- The Coroner's Office has identified the bicyclist hit and killed by a car near the South Point Hotel and Casino Friday Night.

He's 41-year-old Cesar Augusto Flores.

The crash happened around 4:15 p.m. on Las Vegas Boulevard between Pyle and Cactus avenues. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a 36-year-old female driver of a Nissan Maxima struck the bicyclist. The 41-year-old male bicyclist died while being transported to the hospital. The driver did stay at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

NHP arrested the female driver for suspicion of DUI, drugs and alcohol.

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CCSD Police to hold prescription disposal event

LAS VEGAS -- There is a serious pill problem in Clark County schools. One drug coalition has seen kids as young as 8 years old abusing prescription drugs. Police say more than half of pill abusers get the pills from a friend or relative and it can be a deadly mistake.

School police say pill popping is a year-round event. Some kids even throw pharm parties where they take prescription pills from medicine cabinets and share them with friends. Police say prescription pills are every bit as dangerous and deadly as traditional illegal drugs.

Ali McCurdy says she is lucky to be alive. At 19, she was injured in a bad car crash, but it wasn't the crash that almost killed her.

"I got hit by an auto delivery truck, and I ended up having three levels of back pain," McCurdy said.

She says a doctor put her on pain medication and before she knew it, she was addicted. Life quickly spiraled out of control.

South Point's new pavilion big draw for cowboy, cowgirl events

LAS VEGAS --The South Point Hotel and Casino just completed its $30 million expansion project. The Priefert Pavilion encompasses two new arenas and is a big investment for a property that's banking on the growing popularity of cowboy culture.

8 News NOW got an exclusive look inside the Pavilion which broke ground last spring. It houses two arenas that cover some 100,000 square feet on the south side of South Point.

South Point General Manager Ryan Growney is proud to show off the latest addition to his property. He says as more cowboys and cowgirls come to the valley, the Pavilion will mean big business for the hotel.

School police hosting Pill Take Back Day

School police hosting Pill Take Back Day

The school district police will be offering a safe place for people to dispose of expired and unused pills this Saturday.

The Clark County School District Police along with the Care Coalition will be hosting a Pill Take Back Day from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Sierra Vista High School, 8100 West Robindale Road.

There will also be free document shredding and recycling, but the primary focus will be giving a place for people to turn in their medications, keeping them out of the hands of children.

At the last Pill Take Back Day in June, CCSD police collected 135 pounds of medications. 

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Police looking for man in connection with sexual assault

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for help in finding a man who sexually assaulted a woman.

According to police, the victim was driving near the intersection of Durango Drive and the southern beltway at around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, when she was assaulted.

The man confronted the victim at gunpoint, assaulted her and then took her car.

He is described as a white man about 22 years old. He is 6 foot and 160 pounds. He has dark hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro’s Sexual Assault Section at (702) 828-3421, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers (702) 385-5555.

Chicago chef Tony Hu brings Lao Sze Chuan to Palms

A top Chicago chef will be bringing modern Chinese food to a currently empty space at the Palms.

The space where Little Buddha once thrived finally gets filled.

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New pavilion opens at South Point Arena and Equestrian Center

It took eight million pounds of dirt, but the new Priefert Pavilion at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center is open.

The new center offers a new 100,000 square foot venue for equestrian events. Altogether the arena and the new pavilion have 240,000 square feet for events.

According to the South Point Hotel and Casino, there are already 31 weeks of equestrian and rodeo events scheduled for 2014. They say the expanded center allows them to book much larger events.