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Teacher arrested on drug charges released from custody

 LAS VEGAS -- An elementary school teacher arrested on drug charges appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court for her arraignment Friday morning.

Laura Droemer, a teacher at Rose Warren Elementary School,  was arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

Droemer was released from custody on her own recognizance. 

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2105.

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Man dodges busy I-15 traffic trying to elude police

LAS VEGAS — A man wanted by police played a bit of real-life Frogger across a busy Interstate 15 during rush-hour traffic on Thursday evening.

Police said undercover officers were following the man near Desert Inn and Paradise when the suspect took off, but police did not begin a chase.

The suspect was no match for Metro's air unit, which saw the car on US 95 trying to get onto southbound I-15. That's when his car reportedly hit several others cars. Police say he tried to squeeze by on the shoulder, but gave up and hopped out and into traffic.

From there, police said the man made a run for it across northbound lanes of I-15 and into a parking lot near the World Market Place. 

Officers were able to catch up with the man and used a stun gun on him.

Police said he is in custody. 

It's unknown why police were following him.

City Council votes in favor of downtown soccer stadium

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 LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to clear the way for a new downtown soccer stadium to be built.

The agreement, which was amended from its original proposal, would create the opportunity for Las Vegas to host a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. The vote was 4 - 3 for approval at the City Council meeting.

Council members debated for several hours over the stadium issue and the major sticking point was public funding.

"I have asked, do you want a public soccer team in Las Vegas and the answer I get continually is – ‘not if it uses public funds,'” said Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, Las Vegas City Council.

“The one thing I've been focused on since the beginning, is the public funding aspect of it. I've been against public funding of this project and I'm still against public funding for this project,” according to Councilman Stavros Anthony, Las Vegas City Council.

Victim in downtown homicide ID'd, suspect on the run

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in a shooting in a downtown alley.

Officials with the the coroner's offices said Manuel Niceforo, 35, of Las Vegas died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Metro Police are searching for potential suspects in connection with the homicide that occurred Thursday.

The shooting happened shortly before 8 p.m. in an alley located on 13th Street. According to police, Niceforo was taken to University Medical Center where he died.

Officers served a search warrant Friday morning at a nearby apartment complex. The search lasted several hours. When police entered the apartment, however, they did not find anyone inside.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.







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I-Team: Big changes ahead for Lionel Sawyer law firm

LAS VEGAS -- Big changes are ahead for one of Nevada's first and largest law firms. The 8 News NOW I-Team learned many attorneys are leaving Lionel Sawyer.

The exact details of why this is happening is being kept a secret right now, but managing partner Paul Hejmanowski said Lionel Sawyer is in a “state of transition.”

He said a number of attorneys will be working for different companies, but they will continue to serve their clients at Lionel Sawyer. Hejmanowski continued by saying a final decision in regards to the future of the law firm have not been made.

Hejmanowski stopped short of saying the firm is closing, but the I-Team spoke with legal observers who said those rumblings have been an open secret in the legal community for the past few weeks.

The managing partner did say, like other businesses, Lionel Sawyer is not immune to the pressure of the economy.

F-Street Bridge reopens with ribbon cutting celebration

LAS VEGAS -- There was much anticipation and celebration Thursday when the F-Street Bridge opened back up after being closed for years. 

Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.