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Main Street and Commerce's $36M makeover starts Monday

Another major road construction project in the Las Vegas valley will kick off next week.

Main Street and Commerce Street in downtown Las Vegas will receive a makeover, transforming the two streets into one-way streets.

The project which starts Monday morning is expected to cause a back up for traffic in the area.

"More and more cones are popping up, said Calvin Washington, a Las Vegas native. "I'm like 'wow,' traffic, everything's backed up."

However, the city says it's an inconvenience that will be well worth it in the end.

The rebuild of Main and Commerce streets will cost the city $36 million.

"I think for the short term, it's going to be a royal challenge getting in and out, but in the long term, it's going to be amazing," said Douglas Crook, a commercial real estate broker.

"It'll be worth it," said Washington. "I mean do you want a narrow street or a wider street; a smoother street or do you want the same old street?"... Read More

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Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More

NHP trooper struck near Spaghetti Bowl

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper suffered non life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle rider hit the trooper Wednesday evening.

NHP says two motorcycle riders were driving recklessly along southbound U.S. 95 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

One of the motorcycles hit the NHP trooper, who was investigating an unrelated crash on the on-ramp from southbound U.S. 95 to southbound I-15.

NHP arrested one of the motorcyclists. The other rider left the scene... Read More

Accidental shooting sends 1 to hospital

One person was hospitalized following an accidental shooting Wednesday night. The shooting happened at approximately 9 p.m. near Sirius Avenue and Arville Street.

Police say a gun went off in an apartment, and the stray bullet struck the victim in a separate apartment. The victim went to University Medical Center in unknown condition... Read More

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3 juveniles arrested, charged with arson of downtown home

Three juveniles were arrested and charged with arson Wednesday afternoon.

The fire happened in a vacant house at 1000 N. 17th Street near Bruce and Washington. When firefighters arrived at the scene of the one-story wood frame home that was boarded up, firefighters said they were met with heavy fire.

Las Vegas Fire said it had to request an additional 10 units to the scene. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within ten minutes. The damage, estimated at $30,000, was confined to the interior of the home.

Firefighters kept the fire to the one house. There were no reported injuries during the incident. Neighbors told fire investigators that kids were seen running from the house just before the smoke was seen. Their description was given to Metro Police. ... Read More

Sheriff on crime wave: 'I'm doing everything in my power'

A visibly frustrated Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to talk about the recent spike in violent crimes.

"I want the public to be assured that I'm doing everything within my power with this organization to bring to bare all the resources I have available to address this issue," he said.

Sheriff Lombardo says about 50-percent of the most recent violent crimes are gang-related and he says the criminals are getting younger and bolder.

The sheriff says he's doing everything in his power to stop the madness including talking with leaders in other police departments across the country and former Clark County sheriff's.

Lombardo made it clear he's tired of the negative press.

"It's really troubling to me to see in the community, and in the press, people equating this rise in violent crime to poor decisions I have made," Lombardo said. "Because everybody's life is as important to me as it is to you."... Read More

Trial reset to 2017 in Las Vegas hammer deaths case of 2012

A death penalty trial has been reset to 2017 for a 26-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a Las Vegas mother and daughter, and nearly killing a husband and father in a bloody hammer attack four years ago.

Bryan Devonte Clay Jr.'s trial had been set for next week. But court records show that Clark County District Court Judge Jessie Walsh reset the date next February after discussions with both sides about the time it'll take.

Clay faces murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault with a weapon charges.

He's accused of attacking and killing Ignacia "Yadira" Martinez and 10-year-old Karla Martinez in April 2012, and leaving Arturo Martinez with a severe head injury.

Two boys, 9 and 4, were spared.

Clay told police he didn't remember anything... Read More