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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

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

Bail set at $100K for Metro officer accused of DUI, crashes

Bail was set at $100,000 for a Metro Police officer accused of DUI and three counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Antonio Munoz made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Munoz was off-duty when he was arrested Saturday by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper determined that Munoz had been involved in three crashes on I-15 northbound between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard prior to being pulled over.

A report shows Munoz's blood alcohol level was .128.

If Munoz does post bail, he will be required to wear an ankle bracelet.

His preliminary hearing has been set for October 3... Read More

Metro Police arrests 2 suspects connected to home invasion

Metro Police arrested two men in connection with a home invasion that happened early Wednesday morning.

Jonathan Mika, 34, and Dominic Maratita, 41, face multiple charges to include multiple counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

According to officers, around 4:04 a.m. Metro patrol officers were called to a home located in the 2100 block of Sierra Stone Lane for a report if a robbery.

Metro said the homeowners were inside the residence when three suspects used a ruse to lure one of them outside. Once the victim went outside, the suspects confronted one of the juvenile victims with a
firearm and forced the victim back inside the home.

Once everyone was inside, the suspects tied up everyone in the home and stole various items before they fled the scene... Read More

'Squatter' law results in arrests but problem persists

From fires to vandalism and also safety concerns, vacant properties in the Las Vegas valley continue to house squatters and the problems that come with them.

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.

The squatters bill or AB 386 passed in October. What was once a civil matter is now treated more seriously. Metro police can make arrests to help property owners when people illegally enter and stay in homes that don't belong to them.

Even so, it doesn't mean the problem has gone away.

Take a drive around the valley and you will likely spot a vacant home as the area continues to recover from the housing market bust. Those homes are easy targets for people looking for shelter... Read More