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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

Groundbreaking held for Credit One Bank's new headquarters

A large bank is building a new headquarters in Las Vegas and it's bringing new jobs to the valley.

Credit One Bank which is one of the biggest credit card issuers in the U.S. says its adding 500 jobs to help staff the new facility. That's on top of the 500 workers already employed by the bank in the Las Vegas valley.

The bank will be located along the 215 near other new establishments such as IKEA. The president of Credit One Bank says the new positions that come with the new headquarters will be high-paying jobs which include the bank's marketing department, I.T., data analysis, online operations, and risk management.

Bank officials and other dignitaries stuck the first shovels in the ground at the site of the new facility located near Cimmaron and the 215. The building is expected to be 150,000 square feet.

The bank president says Credit One's existing presence is a major factor in deciding to keep the company's operations in Las Vegas... Read More

Hostage recounts terrifying experience during barricade

8 News NOW has learned there were two hostages during a five-hour standoff with police Wednesday in a southwest Las Vegas neighborhood.

Metro officers were initially called out to a home for a domestic disturbance and when they arrived they encountered an armed man.

The suspect exchanged gunfire with police before barricading himself in a neighbor's home near Robindale Road and Decatur Boulevard.

One of the hostages describes the neighbor as a "ticking time bomb" saying he's seen his aggressive behavior in the past.

The suspect ran from his home to the neighbor's house where the neighbor and a friend were taken hostage.

"He told us he was going to kill us and then kill himself," said Doug Horwich, neighbor.

It was a near-death experience for Doug Horwich and his friend who's visiting from out of town.

The homeowner says he was waiting for a cable provider Tuesday morning while he was working from his home office upstairs... Read More

Man armed with rifle barricaded in home near Robindale, Decatur

Metro police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting and a barricade situation near Robindale Road and Decatur Boulevard.

Shots have been fired and there is heavy police presence in the area. No officers have been injured and there is no word on any other people being injured.

According to Metro, when officers arrived at a home in the 7700 block of Coral Catcus Court to answer a call on a domestic disturbance, they encountered a man armed with a rifle and shots were exchanged with police. The man then went into a nearby residence. It is unknown if anyone else was in that home.

The northbound lanes of Decatur are closed at Robindale.

Police are advising people to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Stay with www.LasVegasNOW.com for the latest. ... Read More