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Active shooter drill tests local agencies

Las Vegas City Hall was closed for business Friday as first responders teamed up for an active shooter drill.

It seemed like a real crime scene. Police tape blocked off multiple streets. A command post was set-up in front of Las Vegas City Hall, and dozens of police officers and emergency responders from a number of agencies were present.

But, the scene was all a drill intended to train first responders on an active shooter situation.

Media were not allowed inside City Hall during the exercise, because it played out like a real-life scenario.

Watch City of Las Vegas video of the drill

Police were briefed on the situation. Two active shooters entered City Hall and shot multiple victims. From there, it was up to first responders to react... Read More

Tech Impact to hold training in Historic Westside School

A Historic Westside School will soon get a new tenant. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council approved leasing space in the school to Tech Impact.

"I am excited to have Tech Impact open a training facility in Ward 5 in the Historic Westside School," said Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow. "The renovation of these historic buildings has been long anticipated, and we are so looking forward to new businesses opening there to serve our community."

Tech Impact is a nonprofit organization that provides information technology job training for urban young adults.

This summer the Historic Westside School was returned to its former glory, courtesy of a $12.5 million overhaul.

Tech Impact will now proceed to customize an office suite and two classrooms in the school, and begin operations. ... Read More

Escaped inmate back in custody

A minimum security inmate who walked away from a work assignment on Friday was taken into custody in Henderson Wednesday.

Juwan Stuart, 36, was working with the Nevada Division of Forestry on a cleaning assignment at U.S. 95 and Valley View Boulevard when he walked away from the work crew.

He was serving 14 to 48 months for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is now facing additional time for the escape and possibly other charges... Read More

Metro K9 "Boris" passes away

Metro K9 "Boris" passed away Monday only hours after he took part in a search earlier that morning, according to to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Boris was 11 years old and finished a search at 5 a.m. before he unexpectedly died later in the day.

Boris was partnered with Officer DuWayne Layton and was preparing to retire soon. He was scheduled to live out the rest of his days on large estate in Washington.

According to Metro, Boris loved his job, especially special events like visiting Marc Kahre Elementary School. He was considered a loyal partner and served his community and police department right to the last minute... Read More

Crews battle downtown fire

Las Vegas firefighters battled a house fire near 7th Street and Bonneville Avenue Monday morning.

The fire started shortly before 6:30 a.m. in a two-story home. Firefighters extinguished the blaze shortly after 6:30 a.m.

No one was injured. The cause is under investigation.

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

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

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