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Metro Police looking two men who robbed electronics store

Metro Police looking two men who robbed electronics store

Metro Police are looking for two men who robbed an electronics store in northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

According to police, at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, the two men walked into the store near Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue and demanded the employee open a electronics cage. They indicated to the employee that they had guns, police said.

The men removed an undisclosed amount of merchandise from the locked cage and left the business.

The first man police are looking for is described as a Hispanic man, 5 foot 6 and 178 pounds. He was wearing a gray and navy blue baseball cap, gray sunglasses with black tint, gray and navy blue jacket with stripes, black shorts and black shoes with thick, white soles.

The second man is a Hispanic man, 5 foot 8 and 178 pounds. He was wearing a black, hoodie with red inner lining, black shorts, black baseball cap with a white logo and black shorts.

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Red Rock campsite closing for summer outside Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management is closing the only developed campground at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for the summer.

A BLM statement says the Red Rock Campground will close Tuesday and reopen Aug. 29.

The site about 20 miles west of downtown Las Vegas usually closes during the summer due to low use.

It is located 2 miles east of the Red Rock visitor center off State Route 159.

Backcountry camping is allowed, with permits, in the more than 300-square-mile Red Rock Canyon area and on BLM public land outside the Las Vegas area for up to two weeks.

Popular primitive sites offering no facilities include the Bitter Spring and Gold Butte back country byways, Knob Hill, Virgin Mountains, Christmas Tree Pass and Logandale Trails.

Wolfgang Puck prepares to open Summerlin restaurant

LAS VEGAS - Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will open Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill at Downtown Summerlin this fall. He spoke exclusively with 8 News NOW about the eatery.

“There's not that much to see right here, but here is going to be the entrance to the restaurant. It’s going to be very, very impressive. To the left, there is going to be the bar right over here, and I'm going to have a big community table, so people can hang out and wait for their friends," Puck said.

Puck says it will be similar to his restaurant at the MGM Grand.

“Some of the dishes will be very familiar. We will probably make, like, some of my favorites like the wiener schnitzel, like a few Austrian influences. So, it will be good,” he said.

One big difference will be the restaurant’s target audience.

“I want people to live and dine where they live, instead of driving to the Strip. Now, we are in their neighborhood, and this is going to be the center of town,” he said.

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

Wet 'n' Wild is gearing up for its second season with a new ride. The tornado slide takes riders on through a 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and fourth through the eye of the storm.

Park employees got to test out the new slide Friday before it officially opens to the public Saturday. However, it's not the only big thing helping Wet 'n' Wild kick off its summer season.

"This Memorial Day weekend we're kicking it off with a DJ and some special events, including a Twister game, which actually benefits our friends over at Opportunity Village," Trevor Wilson with the water park said.

This is the second year the park has been open. It starts its daily schedule Saturday. This year they are also offering more parking and shaded areas along with longer hours.


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'Mutt Mixer' plans to help rescue dogs find homes

LAS VEGAS -- In order to help at-risk dogs at the Animal Foundation get adopted, Shaggy Chic and Tivoli Village will host a "Mutt Mixer" Thursday. In addition to the shelter, Home 4 Spot and Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue will be at the event and also have adoptable dogs.

"The special doggie-themed evening featuring various vendors, including dog fashions, pet obedience training, caricatures, a pet psychic, pet CPR demos, and even “doga” (doggie yoga)," a news release said. For the humans, there will be craft beer and wine tastings.

The event is being held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Shaggy Chic at Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 140, Las Vegas. All dogs must be on a leash.

A third of homeowners in Las Vegas have underwater mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- About a third of the homes with mortgages in Las Vegas are underwater, meaning the homeowners owe more than their house is worth.

Real estate watch group Zillow says Las Vegas homeowners owe $10 billion more than the worth of their homes; however, it is all an improvement from the last few years.

The housing market was booming in North Las Vegas until the recession hit. Homeowners were then stuck with mortgages they couldn't make. By 2011, homes were being auctioned off for quarter of their original price.

"Lots of homeowners were either stuck in their mortgages or they couldn't afford their mortgages. So, we had a lot of foreclosures in this neighborhood particularly," homeowner Crystal Thiriot said.

In one zip code in southern Nevada, 89031, Banks foreclosed on nearly 2,000 homes between 2008 and 2011. Rich cash investors were buying the houses. Regular homeowners could not afford the prices and could not compete.

NHP looking for people who do not buckle up

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol says people are losing their lives nearly every day on Nevada roads. Many times, troopers say, people die because they miss one crucial step: fastening their seat belt.

Last year, the NHP saw 144 car accidents where someone died. Of those deadly crashes, 41 had someone fly through the windshield because they didn't wear their seatbelt.

Monday marked the launch of the national Click it or Ticket campaign. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are out on the roads, searching for people not wearing their seat belts.

Behind the glass at NHP, administrator Alan Pineda often just deals with the paper side of problems on the road.

"All I see is names and numbers and speeds but it is not what it is like to actually be in an accident," Pineda said.

On Monday, he decided to experience an accident or at least what one could feel like, firsthand.