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Project underway to seal openings to abandoned mines

Abandoned mines in the desert pose a threat. If you're out on a hike, the state says you could walk right into one, without even knowing it.

Near one Las Vegas neighborhood at Fort Apache and Warm Spring roads, people have removed fencing and warning signs outside of a gypsum mine.

But now, a project will soon close about 40 open portals at that site.

They may appear inviting often appearing as simple caves into a mountain at first glance.

"You can see areas of the ceiling where there have been rocks that have fallen in the recent past," said Garrett Wake, chief of southern Nevada, Nevada Division of Minerals

The holes are actually portals into an abandoned mine, where workers once excavated for the mineral gypsum between the early 1900s up until the 1930s. s

The Arden gypsum mines have been left open ever since, and you can see just how close homes are to the site.

"This poses significant hazards to the general public," Wake said... Read More

First responders mourn attendant's death in ambulance crash

A whole community of first responders is mourning the deaths of an attendant identified as 57-year-old Garry John and a patient, both killed in an overnight rollover crash.

The American Medical Response van they were in was transporting the patient, when troopers say the driver lost control on a slick ramp off the I-15 and the 215 interchange just before midnight. That driver is the lone survivor.

An investigation is now underway.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is looking at dash cam video that might shed some light into the final moments.

Meanwhile, co-workers at AMR described Garry John as quiet, but very friendly.

The flag outside their building is at half staff and grieving counselors spent the day inside as employees walked in to learn they'll never see him again.

It's the first line of duty death for this division of AMR in at least 25 years... Read More

UPDATE: Power restored to nearly 8,000 customers following outage

Power has been restored to nearly 8,000 NV Energy customers following numerous power outages in southwest Las Vegas Thursday morning, according Mark Severts, project director of communications, NV Energy.

The outages, which extended from Grand Canyon Drive on the west to Buffalo Drive on the east and the Beltway on the south to just north of Russell Road, were attributed to a failed piece of equipment.

Severts said, crews were able to route the power around the problem and get those customers back in service... Read More

Student struck by truck near Desert Oasis High School

A teenager suffered minor injuries after he was struck by a truck Tuesday morning near Desert Oasis High School.

According to Metro Police, the teenage boy was in a crosswalk when he was hit by a driver making a left turn from Erie Avenue onto Torrey Pines Drive.

The teen was hit by the front bumper and sustained some abrasions. He was treated and released at the scene, police said... Read More

CCSD opens 6 new schools Monday

Starting Monday morning, Clark County School District students will have six brand new elementary schools. It's part of a larger effort to deal with a booming population and growth in the Las Vegas valley.

This map shows the locations of those new elementary schools.

There is a heavy concentration of them in the southwest part of the valley which is an area that is still growing. 8 News NOW had a chance to tour one of the new schools, Shelley Berkley Elementary, ahead of it's ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

"Every single thing in this building had to be ordered from pencils to chairs, everything," said Dr. Diane Lewis, school principal.

In just a few days, 600 uniformed kids and 60 staff will descend on Shelley Berkley Elementary which is a new two-story elementary school in the southwest valley... Read More

Aunt says nephew died trying to save her and family

A homicide Wednesday morning was Metro Police's 82nd murder investigation of the year.

Early Wednesday morning, a Spring Valley man was shot and killed in the driveway of his home near Russell and Lindell. Family members say the man is 24-year-old Gabriel Valenzuela.

On Thursday, a mid-morning phone call came into Channel 8 from Lily Jano. She didn't want her face shown, or her voice recorded, but she desperately wanted to tell her story, along with the story of her nephew, Gabriel Valenzuela.

Over the course of an hour and 10 minutes, Jano described Valenzuela who was a 24-year-old nursing student at the College of Southern Nevada. Jano said Valenzuela, a former honor student from Durango High School, was entering his final semester.

Jano said her nephew was a simple man, a smart man, and helpful... Read More

I-Team: Nearly a dozen pot dispensaries burglarized around Vegas valley, source says

It's been about a month since recreational marijuana started being sold legally in Nevada and burglars are already targeting the new businesses.

The purchase of recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada on July 1, and since early June, according to an I-Team source, there have been nearly a dozen break-ins at dispensaries across the valley.

Police say there were four at medical marijuana dispensaries in Henderson in June alone. One of the burglaries in Las Vegas happened early Friday around 3:42 a.m., at Zen Leaf Vegas near Sunset and Fort Apache roads.

According to Metro Police, the suspect broke a window to enter the business, stole marijuana, cash and fled on a BMX style bike.

An alarm alerted staff and Metro Police to the burglary. The suspect, who was described as a black male adult around 30 years old with a small mustache, can be seen on surveillance video... Read More