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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.

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.

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.  

Police find man shot dead inside home

LAS VEGAS - One person is dead after a shooting near Durango Drive and Blue Diamond Road.

The incident occurred on Lower Trailhead Avenue. Metro Police received a call shortly before 12:30 a.m. Thursday about shots fired at a home in the area. Neighbors also reported hearing someone banging on a door.

When officers arrived, they found the front door of the home was kicked in. They entered the home and discovered 22-year-old Marvin Surrell with fatal gunshot wounds in an upstairs hallway. Surrell lives with his mother, girlfriend, and 6-year-old step-daughter.

The other people were not home at the time of the shooting.

"I don't believe it was a random act. I mean everyone should have concerns, I don't believe this particular incident is a random act. It is more targeted to this specific person,” Metro Police homicide Sgt. Matthew Sanford said.

IKEA to open store in southwest Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The popular Swedish furniture store, IKEA, is coming to the Las Vegas valley.

The company announced its plans at a news conference Monday. Company officials say the store will be located at Sunset  Road and Durango Drive and will open in the summer of 2016.

"We look forward to opening and making our first investment here in Las Vegas," said Joseph Roth with IKEA.

The retailer which is known for its affordable home furnishings only has 38 IKEA stores across the United States.

IKEA sells everything from kitchenware to beds. The catch is that the buyer must assemble most items.

"I just built my friend's desk that she bought in  California from IKEA," said Deborah Farmer, a UNLV student.

Farmer says college students currently go out of state to shop for IKEA furniture. She wishes the store would open sooner than 2016.

Memorial ride, fundraiser planned for Saturday

Memorial ride, fundraiser planned for Saturday

A memorial motorcycle ride and fundraiser is planned for Saturday for the families of the Metro Police officers killed in a shooting rampage in June.

Red Rock Harley-Davidson is sponsoring the event. There is no fee to participate but people are encouraged to donate. All donations will go to the families of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo. Money will also be donated to the family of Joseph Wilcox, the citizen who tried to step in and stop the rampage.

The ride will start at 9 a.m. at the shop at Rainbow Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. It will then stop at the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial next to the Metropolitan Police Department Academy at Cheyenne Avenue and Hualapai Way.

It will end at the Mountain Springs Saloon on State Route 160.