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Driving You Crazy: Limited Lighting in Summerlin

LAS VEGAS - A viewer suspects the street lights along 215 Beltway near Summerlin need to be changed. The viewer says the area is always dark when he drives through at night.

The lights won't be changed, however, because it's meant to be a darker stretch of freeway. No more street lights are planned for it within the boundaries of Summerlin.

When designing the portion of the 215 that passes through Summerlin, Clark County needed right-of-way permission from the Howard Hughes Corporation, which is the developer of Summerlin.

Howard Hughes Corporation executives granted the right-of-way, however, they put a restriction on the beltway's street lighting as it winds through Summerlin. They wanted residents to enjoy valley views from the foothills and not have those views washed out by freeway lights. Drivers will only find street lighting at interchanges, and the street lighting in Summerlin is designed to reflect less light.

Rugby Improves Fitness, Education at Valley Schools

LAS VEGAS - The field at Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School usually hosts football and soccer games. These days, you'll see rugby in these parts.

"The kids, they're just wholeheartedly in 110 percent. It's made a difference in the climate around school," said fourth grade teacher Chris Leffler.

"Everybody can get the ball. It doesn't matter how fast you are. You just have to pull the flags and have fun," said fourth grader Savannah Burke.

Like Savannah, fourth grader Michael Carroll has plenty of fun with rugby. He recently took up the sport.

"Just about a year or so," he said.

"I like to call it the most American sport most Americans don't know... NFL football came directly out of rugby," said USA Sevens Rugby Competition Manager Jon Hinkin. "When we came to Las Vegas three years ago, (we brought) culture of each individual country."

Police Release Pictures of Person Connected to Robbery, Shootout

Police Release Pictures of Person Connected to Robbery, Shootout


Metro Police have released photos of a second person they are looking for in connection with a robbery that turned into a shootout.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. January 24 at a jewelry store near Sahara Avenue and Tenaya Way.

According to police, Antwjan McClelland, and the second man they're looking for, walked into Huntington Jewelry, armed with a handgun and demanded money.

An employee confronted the suspects with his own handgun. A gun fight between the would-be robbers and the employee ensued. McClelland was shot in the arm. The second man ran.

McClelland was arrested after he went to Sunrise Hospital for treatment for his arm.

Driving You Crazy: Faded Crosswalk at Charleston & Buffalo

LAS VEGAS - A viewer asked if anything could be done to fix faded crosswalk markings at Charleston Boulevard and Buffalo Drive.

The crosswalk isn't marked clearly, nor is the traffic line before the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection to indicate where traffic should stop.

It's enough of a challenge getting cars to stop before a crosswalk when the markings are clear. This one seemed like a real risk for anyone crossing in the area.

A lot of credit goes to the City of Las Vegas on this. A senior traffic engineering technician went to the intersection to meet with the 8 News NOW viewer. The engineer received a first-hand account of this pedestrian crossing problem.

The city heard the viewer's concerns and will repaint the crosswalk and stop line.

Additionally, the city official noticed the countdown pedestrian crosswalk mechanism was not showing the numbers counting down. That will also be repaired.

Cupcakery Makes Special Treat for President Obama

Cupcakery Makes Special Treat for President Obama


A cupcake bakery made a special set of cupcakes for President Barack Obama during his visit to the Las Vegas valley Tuesday.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman special ordered a half dozen cupcakes from The Cupcakery on Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way to give to the president.

She asked that the treats be decorated with pictures of the president, the first lady and their daughters Sasha and Malia.

The owner of the cupcake shop says she never expected she would be filling a high-profile order like the one she got Tuesday.

"We have been in business for, going into our eighth year  and this is definitely the highest compliment I would say we have ever received," owner Pamela Jenkins said.

Jenkins said having the mayor take her shop's cupcakes to the president made for an amazing day for her and her staff.

Mojave Max Watch Begins

Mojave Max Watch Begins


While most everyone around the country will have their eyes on the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania on Saturday, people in southern Nevada will be watching for Mojave Max.

Mojave Max is the desert tortoise that is currently in brumation, which is a reptile’s version of hibernation. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Saturday, the public is invited to visit the desert tortoise habitat at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor’s Center to see a special display devoted to the southern Nevada native.

People can also sign up to predict the time and date that Mojave Max will emerge from his burrow, which is a more accurate predictor of spring in southern Nevada than the groundhog in Pennsylvania. Max only comes out when there is enough daylight and the weather is warm enough.

Woman Killed in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- A 23-year old woman died in a crash near Charleston and Rainbow boulevards after driving her car into the back of a public bus Monday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Witnesses told Metro Police that the woman ran her car into the back of a Regional Transportation Commission bus that had stopped to pick up passengers at a bus stop.

The woman, who was thrown from her car, was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Her name and cause of death will be released by the Clark County coroner after her family has been notified.

Five bus passengers were hurt and taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.

This is the 14th traffic-related death in Metro's jurisdiction this year. The cause of the crash is under investigation.