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NV Energy files proposal with PUCN to grandfather in private rooftop solar customers

NV Energy filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) a proposal Wednesday to grandfather-in eligible private rooftop solar customers.

In its filing, NV Energy requests that customers who had installed a private system prior to December 31, 2015, remain on the previously approved net metering rates for 20 years. The company also asks that customers who had an active and approved application to interconnect a system pending on December 31, 2015, remain on previous net metering rates. ... Read More

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Squatter problems plague Las Vegas neighborhoods

Because of the thousands of vacant homes in the Las Vegas valley inhabited by squatters, the issue of how to combat the illegal activity drew an overflow crowd of realtors Monday.

A Metro police lieutenant gave the realtors some good news and some bad news.

A few years ago, getting rid of squatters was considered a civil matter and police wouldn't get involved. Now, there's a new law and police can arrest squatters.

However, Metro believes the problem will get worse before it gets better because there is a new wave of foreclosures about to hit the market and those vacant homes will become easy targets.

The Metro lieutenant told the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors they got more than 4,400 calls about squatters last year and that number was up 32 percent this year... Read More

Police: 2 shot after attempted robbery of Pokemon Go player

A group of Pokemon Go players were shot at Monday morning at Freedom Park.

According to Metro Police, a suspect tried to rob the players at gunpoint around 4 .m., but one of the players pulled out a gun and shots were exchanged.

The player was shot once and is expected to recover. Officers say the suspect was also shot and is believed to have been taken to the hospital with a non life threatening wound.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Crimestoppers at (702)385-5555.... Read More

Metro investigating fatal drive-by shooting

Metro police say a man is dead following a drive-by shooting on a Las Vegas street.

The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Fremont Street.

Police say the victim was walking down the street when he was approached by a light-colored four-door sedan. A person inside fired several shots at the victim.

The car then took off down Olive Street.

The victim was taken to UMC where he was later pronounced dead.

This is the 100th homicide in Metro's jurisdiction.

Anyone with any information on the suspect is asked to call Crimestoppers at (702)-828-3521.... Read More

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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

City works to improve downtown parking

Parking downtown can be difficult at times, but some changes could fix that.

David Andersen says he used to live in Las Vegas. He says he didn't expect to pay for parking during his visit downtown.

"It's annoying. You know, it reminds me, like you know, like I'm in Los Angeles or something, where it's almost impossible," he said. "There's so much wide open spaces around here, you think they'd be able to figure it out."

City of Las Vegas Parking Services Manager Brandy Stanley says they are figuring it out.

"It has been a learning process, and it's a good process to go through, because it actually means our downtown is growing. Really, our parking system needed to evolve to help support the growth of the downtown," she said. "We've changed our enforcement policy, so that we're geared more towards educating people and helping people use the downtown area."... Read More

Police seek man in taxi robbery

Police are seeking a man in the robbery of a taxi cab driver.

The incident happened Sunday, July 17 around 10:30 p.m. near Fremont and 10th streets. The suspect hailed a cab for a ride downtown and when he reached the location, he reportedly robbed the driver and left him with multiple injuries.

The suspect is described as an African-American between 25 to 35 years old with a thin mustache, standing around 6-foot-2-inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and light colored shorts.

Anyone who has any information on about the whereabouts or identity of this unknown suspect is urged to contact the Downtown Area Command Investigations Section at 702-828-3683.To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385- 5555, on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com, or text CRIMENV plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). ... Read More