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Police Encouraging Responsible Revelers Downtown

Police Encouraging Responsible Revelers Downtown


Metro Police and community leaders want partiers to use better behavior, and they’re launching a new effort to get them to be more responsible.

Officers from Metro’s Downtown Area Command will be holding an event Friday night in front of the newly opened The Park bar at 506 East Fremont Street.

The officers along with members of the Downtown 360 Project, the Safe Community Partnership, Nevada Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws and downtown merchants will spread the message of using good judgment, when enjoying the area’s nightlife.

During Friday’s event, officers will outline Las Vegas City Ordinances that impact the downtown area and point out the mid-block crosswalks along East Fremont Street.

They will also make sure those gathered know about the efforts to stop underage drinking and increase pedestrian safety. 

City of Las Vegas Offers Summer Camps for Kids

City of Las Vegas Offers Summer Camps for Kids


Open registration starts April 11 for the City of Las Vegas' summer youth camps.

The camps are available at six area community centers and are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting June 10.

The camps offer age-appropriate activities, including field trips, sports, physical fitness, arts, crafts and nutrition training. All camps are supervised by trained staff.

Two community centers, Mirabelli and Veterans Memorial Leisure Services, will offer themed week-long specialty camps. For most camps, the cost is $115 per child for the week and $110 for additional children. A few camps will be higher priced.

Topping-Out Ceremony Held at New Federal Justice Tower

Topping-Out Ceremony Held at New Federal Justice Tower


A topping-out ceremony was held Wednesday for the new 11-story Federal Justice Tower being built downtown.

The tower is part of the new corridor of federal buildings along Las Vegas Boulevard near Clark Street, which includes the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse.

The building will house several government offices, including the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada, Department of Labor Office of Inspector General and Federal Protective Services.

When finished, the building will be about 140,000 square feet of space and provide office space for about 300.

The topping-out is when the last beam of a building is placed at the top of the building. The ceremony held Wednesday also marks the halfway point of construction for the tower.


Stand Down Helps Veterans Find Jobs, Housing

LAS VEGAS -- Tens of thousands of veterans in the United States, including those in the Las Vegas valley, are leaving war zones to come home to a new battle -- one where they are fighting to stay off the streets.

The problem of homelessness affects more than just the vets themselves, but also those who rely on them on a daily basis.

Jeff weaver is a single father on a mission, working two jobs to support two young children. They all know what it's like to have next to nothing.

"It can be a beast sometimes," veteran Jeff Weaver said. "I was living in (a) car when we came here. We were living in a car."

Many years ago, Weaver was on a different kind of mission, as a soldier serving in the U.S. Army in military operations overseas.

On Wednesday, he joined with veterans across the country fighting the battle on the home front.

Same-Sex Marriage Matter of Money for Las Vegas

Same-Sex Marriage Matter of Money for Las Vegas

While the question of same-sex marriage goes before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Nevada Legislature, the issue is a financial one for Las Vegas.

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Nevada say it will help the economy. The Las Vegas Gay Visitors Bureau said studies show legalized same-sex marriage will increase the number of weddings in Nevada by about 10 percent.

"If they just brought a very conservative number of two friends, two family members, that would result in about $45 million just in room revenue, not including wedding-related purchases," Mya Reyes, with the Las Vegas Gay Visitors Authority, said.

Representatives for Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International told 8 News NOW they also support same-sex marriage in Nevada, because it would add revenue.

Detention Center Provides Mental Health Services But at a Cost

Detention Center Provides Mental Health Services But at a Cost

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police spent slightly more than $2 million last year to provide mental health services to inmates at the Clark County Detention Center.

More than $1.8 million covered the cost of 13 full-time staff positions, including a mental health coordinator who is a licensed clinical social worker, eight mental health nurses, two psychiatrists and two psychiatric nurse practitioners.

The balance, $212,000, paid for psychiatric pharmacy costs.

The mental health services are provided through a contract Metro Police has with NaphCare, a privately-owned company headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., which serves federal and state prisons as well as county jails from coast to coast.