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City Council votes in favor of downtown soccer stadium


 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.

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.

School bus and car collide, driver injured


 LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County School District bus was involved in a crash Monday afternoon near the intersection of Mojave Road and Stewart Avenue.

Lanes on westbound Stewart were closed to traffic as police investigated the crash which also involved a car.

There was four students and a driver on the bus who were not injured. The driver of the car did suffer an injury but police say it isn't critical.

Suspect in deadly shooting near Sunrise and 28th arrested

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said they have arrested the person involved in a deadly shooting Friday at an apartment complex near Roy Martin Middle School.

Officers said 30 year-old Daniel Kelly of Las Vegas got into a heated argument with 28-year-old David Hernandez in the 2800 block of Sunrise Avenue.  It escalated and Kelly pulled out a gun and shot Hernandez several times, according to police.

After the shooting, the 30-year-old fled to a nearby apartment where he was eventually caught and taken into custody.

Kelly was booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder with a deadly weapon and false statement to obstruct an officer.

This was the 119th homicide in Metro's jurisdiction.