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Mojave Max emerges on Wednesday

LAS VEGAS — Mojave Max, the famous southern Nevada desert tortoise, emerged on Wednesday at 2:17 p.m. It's the second-latest emergence, according to Clark County.

Max lives in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Like other reptiles in our area, he enters a burrow ever winter and emerges every spring.

The latest he's ever come out of hiding was April 17 in 2012. The earliest he arrived was Feb. 14 in 2005.

You can learn more about Mojave Max on his website.

Free cone day Tuesday at most local Ben & Jerry's

LAS VEGAS — Most of the local Ben & Jerry's in the valley will participate in the shop's annual "Free Cone Day" on Tuesday.

To get in on the action, you can visit the following participating locations from noon to 8 p.m.:

  • The Shops at Green Valley Ranch, Henderson
  • Miracle Mile Shops, Las Vegas
  • Sunset Station, Henderson
  • Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas 

If you live outside of Las Vegas, here's where you can find if your local shop is participating. 

TRAFFIC: U.S. 95 closed at Lake Mead due to jumper

LAS VEGAS -- US 95 is closed at Lake Mead Boulevard after a man jumped from the Summerlin Flyover Saturday, according to Metro Police.

The southbound lanes of US 95 at Lake Mead are partially closed as officers investigate the crash.

There wasn't much information released, but drivers are asked to avoid the area due to slow traffic.

8 News NOW is working to get more information about what happened. We'll bring those details to you as soon as they become available.

This is a developing story.

Sen. Rand Paul rallying in Las Vegas on Saturday

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is coming to Las Vegas on a tour of key states for his presidential bid.

Saturday's hour-long rally starting at noon at the Desert Vista Community Center in Las Vegas will mark the last stop of his "Stand with Rand" tour.

Paul launched his 2016 campaign Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky and has since been on the road through some early-voting states.

The Kentucky senator this week also held events in New Hampshire and South Carolina. He is expected in Iowa Friday.

Paul is the second fully declared candidate, behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was visiting South Carolina over the weekend.

They could face as many as 20 rivals before the lead-off Iowa caucuses in February.

Lockdown at Ober Elementary lifted

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LAS VEGAS -- The lockdown at Ober Elementary School was lifted Thursday just before 3: 25 p.m., according to authorities.

The school was on lockdown due to a threat that came in around 2 p.m.  Metro Police said someone called the school threatening to bring a gun onto the campus.

Ober Elementary is located at 3035 Desert Marigold Lane near Desert Inn Road and Town Center Drive.

The school was originally scheduled to release students at 3:31 p.m.

Hit-and-run driver who allegedly aimed car at police ID'd

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have identified the driver accused of trying to take down two police officers Wednesday.

According to police, as Alexander Martinez was leaving the scene of a hit-and-run crash at Summerlin Parkway and Durango Drive around 6 a.m., he was spotted by two officers near the intersection of Durango and Westcliff.

The officers attempted to stop Martinez's car, but he tried to ram their squad car and fled the area, police said. A short time later, Martinez crashed his car into a wall at the intersection of Charles Turk Drive and Stapleton Avenue.

When officers arrived at the scene, the vehicle was on fire, but Martinez was gone. Metro said he fled on foot.

Martinez was found at a home in the area and arrested. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Poor education in So. Nevada scares prospective businesses

LAS VEGAS -- The poor quality of the Southern Nevada school system may be keeping away prospective businesses that wanted to move to Las Vegas.