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WARNING: Scammers use NHP and names of charitable groups to seek donations

Scammers are preying on the kind hearts of Nevada residents, and they're using the Nevada Highway Patrol to do it.

NHP said it had received several complaints from citizens who said they were being solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

NHP said the scam artists use a local phone number to conduct the con, and according to some callers, they were solicited from someone posing as a representative of the American Association of State Troopers, along with the Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

When a person refuses to donate, NHP said witnesses told them the scammer would threaten unfair treatment from Troopers in the future.

"We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information," NHP said... Read More

Metro releases video of car used in graffiti killing

Las Vegas Metro Police are releasing surveillance video of a car they say was used in the killing of a man two days before Christmas.

The deadly shooting happened on Dec. 27 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Duneville Street near Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard around 6:30 p.m.

According to police, the victim confronted three to four suspects who were painting graffiti on a wall. Shortly after the confrontation, a black Honda Civic drove by the victim and someone inside opened fire killing the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Homicide at (702) 828-3521 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555, or go to www.crimestoppersofnv.com... Read More

Man shot near Durango and Peace Way, Metro says

Metro Police investigated a shooting Monday night near the intersection of Durango Drive and Peace Way.

The shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. in the 4500 block of S. Durang Drive.

According to Metro Police, when officers arrived at the scene they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was taken to University Medical Center, but his condition is unknown.

The suspect is still on the run.

This is a developing story.... 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

Shane Ross, councilman's son, sentenced to 8 years in prison

Shane Ross, the son of Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross, was sentenced to eight to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of robberies.

Ross was arrested in Aug. 2016 following three robberies that occurred in a 15-minute period.

He was eventually tied to multiple robberies, called the "cruiser" robberies, in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley. Ross used a motorcycle during the crimes.

He agreed to plead guilty in the case and avoid a trial.

The Ross family said Shane had battled addiction problems for some time... Read More

Animal hospital reopens for business after shooting

A local animal hospital is getting back to business after an off-duty police officer fired his gun in an attempt to stop a robbery Monday afternoon.

Employees say a man wearing a bandanna covering his face walked into the animal hospital just after 2:30 and went up to one of the receptionists and demanded cash.

It was at that point, an off-duty police officer intervened. The employees say there was a fight and that's when the officer fired his gun.

"I initially heard something up front and I was coming down the hall when I heard the shots fired and that's when the doctor and myself interacted in the hallway and -- first and foremost -- he wanted to make sure everyone in his building was safe and protected," said Julie Johnson, West Flamingo Animal Hospital.

Police say the suspect took off but they caught up with him later near Arville and Viking where he barricaded himself and was later arrested... Read More

East and westbound lanes of 215 reopen near Airport Connector

The eastbound and westbound lanes of the 215 have reopened near the Airport Connector.

The Nevada Highway Patrol closed the both sides of the highway late Friday morning due to high winds blowing debris on the road.

Construction crews worked all afternoon tirelessly on the flyover bridge to secure the wood panels, but it hasn't been an easy feat. 8 News NOW meteorologist said they're doing the work while battling 50 mph winds.

The wooden panels came from a temporary wooden deck that's on top of the 215 flyover.

Initially, NHP said the lanes could remain closed for 8-12 hours, but that was lifted at 3 p.m. when both sides of the road opened up.

Although the road has reopened there is expected to be a backup for a while, so drivers should use caution when going into the area... Read More