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WARNING: Scammers use NHP and names of charitable groups to seek donations

Scammers are preying on the kind hearts of Nevada residents, and they're using the Nevada Highway Patrol to do it.

NHP said it had received several complaints from citizens who said they were being solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

NHP said the scam artists use a local phone number to conduct the con, and according to some callers, they were solicited from someone posing as a representative of the American Association of State Troopers, along with the Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

When a person refuses to donate, NHP said witnesses told them the scammer would threaten unfair treatment from Troopers in the future.

"We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information," NHP said... Read More

Jewelry store employee killed by security guard identified

The employee killed during a jewelry store robbery has been identified as 57-year-old Kimberlee Ann Kincaid-Hill of Henderson.

According to the Clark County Coroner's officer, she died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Kincaid-Hill was accidentally shot by a security guard at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry on Sunset Road Saturday around 8:45 p.m., police said.

The suspected robber ran from the store and is still at large. He is described as a black man between 5-foot-6 inches tall, between 140 to 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red and black hoodie, black pants and a dark-colored hat or beanie.

The suspect is facing a murder charge as a killing was committed during the commission of a robbery or attempted robbery... Read More

New opioid study focuses on Nevada teens

A study is underway to better understand the on-going prescription drug abuse crisis in the Las Vegas valley.

And this survey is targeting teens.

This is one of the first, if not the only study in Nevada, that is taking a closer look at the opioid drug abuse issue among teenagers.

Current surveys typically ask students if they use drugs and how long they have been using drugs. This study will be more in-depth. It will look at patterns of behaviors and motivations for drug use.

"I've noticed that there's a lot more drug-related activity in high school than there is in junior high," said Mariel English, Green Valley High School student.

English is a freshman at Green Valley High School, which is the first campus to be surveyed for the new study analyzing opioid abuse among local youth. Almost 1,000 students participated.

"I've had a few friends try it before," English said... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Happy Nevada Day! Celebrating the day Nevada was added to the Union

Happy Nevada Day! Nevada Day is a state holiday that is celebrated across the entire state of Nevada.

Nevada Day commemorated the admission of the state of Nevada into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. However, since the 2000s the holiday has always been celebrated on the last Friday of the month.

On Nevada Day holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close to commemorate the holiday.

Here are some facts about Nevada Day courtesy of Piktochart.com:... Read More

Voters set record numbers first 2 days of early voting

As a key swing state, Nevada's votes really count for the 2016 election. Early voting started Saturday, Oct. 22, and according to Clark County, residents hit the polls in record numbers.

More than 70,000 people cast their ballots. Flor Cordona was one of those votes.

Cardona said she voted Saturday for the first time in her life.

"Sixteen years ago I didn't have papers; I didn't have a language; I didn't have nothing," Cardona said. "I only have dreams."

Cardona's pushing for other Latino's to vote early. However, Cardona isn't the only person making a push during early voting.

Both Democrats and Republicans have also made a final push across the state to sway voters who haven't made up their minds yet.

"Now is the time to really voice your concerns with what's happening with our country and the direction that you would like to see it going," said Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, United States Senate candidate... Read More

Surveillance video captures robbery at Henderson pizzeria

An expensive problem seems to be growing for small business owners in Green Valley.

Alfredo Calderon, the owner of Gators Pizza, says he's a small time business owner, just trying to make a living.

"The reason I built this place was to be able to have a pizza place that serves the community," Calderon said.

But it's a task that can be almost impossible these days.

"It was just shocking -- like a vacuum," Calderon said. "You feel like someone has just ripped you off out of your heart."

The father and son duo just celebrated their one year anniversary with gators pizza. Calderon said he hoped it'd be a spot Green Valley High School students could go and unwind after school.

"They always complained that they didn't have a place to go," Calderon said.

However, the excitement dissipated over the weekend... Read More