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Police plan heavy presence off the Strip

While there will be a heavy police presence on the Strip for New Year's Eve, expect to see many officers throughout the valley as well.

Police will focus on two main concerns: drunk driving and celebratory gunfire. Officers will be out in full force looking for both and more.

North Las Vegas Police say officers will be doubled up in patrol cars as an extra precaution. So, if police show up, expect at least two officers. North Las Vegas Police are working with Metro Police - patrolling the borders between the cities.

North Las Vegas Police Officer Ann Cavaricci says there are no major changes from last year's New Year's Eve plan, but they still expect a busy night.

"People are going to be out having a good time. We get a lot of noise complaints. We get some celebratory gunfire. We will get several different calls of DUIs," she said. "Hopefully, we won't get crashes, but they do tend to happen. We have an influx of drinking and driving."... Read More

Man leaves dog poop in box for package thieves

Christmas is all about the spirit of giving, but when some thieves decided to make the holiday season about taking -- a local man devised a plan to teach them a lesson.

"A friend two doors down had his truck broken into," Steve Easley said, crafty Las Vegas resident who pulled one over on thieves.

Easley said he left a "special gift" that the thieves stealing from homes in his neighborhood near Rancho and Oakey would never forget.

Easley says he put a UPS box outside his front door -- but there wasn't an expensive gift waiting inside the box. Instead, there was: "A box of poop," Easley said.

And you can thank Steve's 4-year-old Lab Lucky for the poop.

Easley said he placed the package outside his home Wednesday night. The man was caught on a surveillance camera around 9:30 the next morning.

Steve came home from work that afternoon: "And the box was gone," he said... Read More

Unidentified flying object seen in Vegas sky

8 News NOW has received numerous reports of some sort of a fireball that shot across the Vegas Valley sky. Some think it was a meteorite, but at this point, it's unclear what it was.

All 8 News NOW can confirm is that it wasn't an airplane, according to a tweet by Clark County. 8 News NOW is working hard to figure out what the unidentified flying object was was.

Did you see it? If you did, please share your photos and video by emailing us at pix@lasvegasnow.com. ... Read More

Henderson intersection getting major upgrade

A heavily traveled road in Henderson is getting $16.8 million in major upgrades thanks to the fuel revenue indexing. That's money generated when you fill up your gas tank.

The improvements will take place near Volunteer Boulevard and Executive Airport Drive.

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to kick off the project which will widen Volunteer Boulevard.

The intersection was chosen because of its location and the expected future residential growth.

"We're adding two more lanes and doing some flood control improvements and also resurfacing the airport road and adding bike lanes," said Deborah March, Henderson city councilwoman and vice chair of the RTC.

March says the project also includes drainage improvements to help prevent flooding and resurfacing Executive Airport Drive to St. Rose Parkway... Read More

Henderson intersection getting major upgrade

A heavily traveled road in Henderson is getting $16.8 million in major upgrades thanks to the fuel revenue indexing. That's money generated when you fill up your gas tank.

The improvements will take place near Volunteer Boulevard and Executive Airport Drive.

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to kick off the project which will widen Volunteer Boulevard.

The intersection was chosen because of its location and the expected future residential growth.

"We're adding two more lanes and doing some flood control improvements and also resurfacing the airport road and adding bike lanes," said Deborah March, Henderson city councilwoman and vice chair of the RTC.

March says the project also includes drainage improvements to help prevent flooding and resurfacing Executive Airport Drive to St. Rose Parkway... Read More

NDOC: Inmate escaped custody from Pioche Conservation Camp

The Nevada Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped from custody.

According to the NDOC, 37-year-old Jeremy Bryson walked away from the Pioche Conservation Camp Tuesday evening around 5:29 p.m.

The camp is a minimum custody facility located in Pioche, NV nearly three hours north of Las Vegas.

Authorities said Bryson has been at the Pioche Conservation Camp since Oct. 21. He was transferred from Clark County where he was arrested for burglary.

Bryson has a medium build, and he is 5 feet 10 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is also said to have multiple tattoos.

Authorities believe Bryson may be headed south on Highway 93.

Anyone with information on whereabouts of Jeremy Bryson is asked to call 911 or their local law enforcement agency... Read More

I-Team: Police and diversity, does racial bias play a role?

Numbers suggest that African-American men are more likely than their white counterparts to be killed by police gunfire. But how great is the disparity? That's the question on a lot of people's minds.

The 8 News NOW I-Team spoke to a local expert on police tactics and training and asked him that very question.

John Peters runs the institute for the prevention of in-custody deaths in Henderson. Peters says the available data indicates African-American men are disproportionately more likely than white men to be killed by police.

Peters says it's hard to determine how much of a role racial bias plays -- even in the most recent incident in Chicago.

"Whether this was a racially motivated incident -- only the officer would truly know that, but it certainly didn't do anyone justice the way this took place, and it certainly would add fuel to that argument that this is white-on-black -- no doubt about it," Peters said... Read More