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Keeping your neighborhood safe

Homicides are up by nearly 70 percent across the Las Vegas valley, and violent crime overall is up by nearly 20 percent when you compare the numbers this year to last year.

In addition to homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and assault and batteries are also trending higher. But that's not all.

The Las Metropolitan Police Department saw an increase of calls for squatters in all area commands last year except for the northwest which had a nearly 11 percent reduction.

8 News NOW wants to help you protect yourself and your neighborhood, so for an entire week, we've committed ourselves to producing reports that will give you a leg up when it comes to keeping your neighborhood safe.

Monday -- City to revisit law on short term rentals... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Golfers who saved woman from flood channel speak

There were numerous rescues around the valley during the height of the storm Thursday. Clark County Fire says they rescued eight adults, three dogs and one cat.

One of the swift water rescues happened near the Las Vegas National Golf Course at Desert Inn and Eastern Avenue. 8 News NOW Reporter Patrick Walker spoke exclusively with David Hussey and Scott Woodward, the two men who rescued a woman from the floodwaters.

The two golfers say they were on the fifth hole when they realized something was wrong... Read More

Club at Sunrise Golf course's flood channels pass test after severe storms

A storm clean-up continues around the valley, including at the Club at Sunrise Golf Course, formerly known as the Desert Rose Golf Course.

The course near Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard officially opened for business Friday, and it opened with added flood protections.

The golf course had been closed while undergoing flood control improvements. Those improvements were put to the test Thursday. After severe storms swept through the area, crews with the golf course arrived at 6 a.m. to clean up.

The crews had to make sure the drains were clear of any debris in case it rained again on Friday.

The new 18-hole golf course serves many purposes. Golfers can enjoy 6,500 yards of landscaping while 1,700 homeowners are free from worrying about flooding. The golf course has been redesigned to withstand a 100-year storm... Read More

Severe thunderstorms, hail, flash flooding expected in valley area 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 5:15 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

LVFD: Lightning strike sparks house fire

Clark County Fire and Rescue investigated a fire Thursday afternoon near Jones Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescues who's assisting, a home on Meadowgrass Lane caught fire after it was struck by lightning.

There wasn't any other information released.

8 News NOW has a crew on the way to the scene. We'll refresh this story with the latest info as soon as it becomes available.... 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

Victim's brother addresses video's release

The brother of the man killed during a high-profile armed robbery at Lee's Discount Liquor is sharing his thoughts on the release of a new surveillance video and the district attorney's announcement to seek the death penalty against two of the three suspects in the case.

It's difficult to imagine watching the last moments of your family member's life caught on camera, but Reggie Christensen did that.

"My brother could have been anybody. It could have been anybody's family member. It could have been, you know, your father, your uncle, your brother," he said.

Matthew Christensen, 24, was trying to make a living on April 18th, when he was gunned down at Lee's Discount Liquor in the southwest valley.

This new video shows Christensen during some down time at work. Reggie says it shows his brother the way he remembers him... Read More