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Keeping your neighborhood safe

Homicides are up by nearly 70 percent across the Las Vegas valley, and violent crime overall is up by nearly 20 percent when you compare the numbers this year to last year.

In addition to homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and assault and batteries are also trending higher. But that's not all.

The Las Metropolitan Police Department saw an increase of calls for squatters in all area commands last year except for the northwest which had a nearly 11 percent reduction.

8 News NOW wants to help you protect yourself and your neighborhood, so for an entire week, we've committed ourselves to producing reports that will give you a leg up when it comes to keeping your neighborhood safe.

Monday -- City to revisit law on short term rentals... Read More

Thousands show their patriotism in Summerlin Parade

Floats, giant balloons, and bands entertained thousands of people who showed up to see Summerlin's Patriotic Parade Monday morning.

More than 30,000 smiling faces packed the streets of Summerlin for the 22nd annual parade, turning it into a sea of red, white and blue.

SLIDESHOW: Summerlin Parade draws thousands

8 News Now Anchors Sherry Swensk and Brian Loftus MC'd the event.

The tradition of the Patriotic Parade is to honor veterans, active military members, and the community. Dozens of colorful and creative floats greeted families and spectators from all over the valley.

"We come almost every year, said Kristen Knight, parade attendee. "We love it."

Fan favorites include the Danza Del Carrizo Dancers, marching bands and inflatables. Several new floats featuring popular movie characters such as Storm Troopers were major crowd-pleasers... Read More

Severe weather, flash flooding expected in valley area on Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood warning for western Clark County.

The severe thunderstorm warning is expected to be in effect until 1:30 p.m. The flash flood warning for northwestern Clark County is in effect until 3:30 p.m.

According to the NWS, the Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds more than 60 mph. The radar also indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the north facing slopes of the Spring Mountains.

This storm was also located in Red Rock Canyon. It's moving northeast at 5 mph. Another severe storm was located on Kyle Canyon Road near Mt. Charleston.

The National Weather Service says over one inch of rain has already fallen in some locations, and it's quickly approaching two inches in some spots... Read More

Reporter does '10 min. Hot Seat Challenge' to bring awareness

With triple digit temps, it's more important now than ever to warn people of the dangers of leaving your kids or pets in a hot car. In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle can jump almost 20 degrees.

To get spread the word and show just how dangerous these actions can be, local emergency responders challenged 8 News NOW Reporter Michael Stevens Wednesday to see if he could last 10 minutes inside a hot car... Read More

Shade Tree announces Around the World event

Las Vegans will be able to take part in an event that allows them to taste food and experience the culture from five different countries and also help a good cause.

Around the World in an Evening will be held Tuesday, June 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin.

Participating restaurants include Public School 02, CRAVE, Fogo de Chao and more.

There will also be a silent auction for prizes including helicopter flights, dinners, golf packages and family fun packages.

Tickets are $100 for adults and $50 for children 14 and under.

The event benefits Shade Tree, the largest shelter in Nevada, which serves women and children.

Click here for more information.... Read More

Fourth of July 2016 fireworks and events

On July 4 the nation will commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. There will be numerous events around the Las Vegas valley and southern Nevada to celebrate the momentous day.

Everything from a parade to an extravagant fireworks show is listed below.

The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade 20th Anniversary

Residents of Summerlin are invited to show off their patriotic spirit with their red, white and blue colors at the Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade taking place Friday, July 4. Celebrating 20 years, the Patriotic Parade features more than 70 entries including marching bands, floats, giant Macy's-style inflatable balloons and children's favorite storybook and cartoon characters.

8:30 a.m. Escort & Dignitary Parade Steps-off

9:00 a.m. Patriotic Parade Steps-off Hills Center Drive

For more information go here. ... Read More

Metro: 4 suspects in 7-Eleven robbery, shooting may be juveniles; surveillance video released

Metro Police says it's searching for four suspects connected to a string of violent robberies that happened over the weekend.

Metro briefed the media Monday at 3 p.m. During the news conference, Metro detectives revealed that a there was a total of six different robberies in a 48-hour time frame.

Metro released Monday surveillance video of the robbers at some of the many spots they allegedly hit over the weekend.

The most dangerous incident happened early Sunday morning at a 7-Eleven in the 4100 block of E. Sahara Avenue near the intersection of Sahara and Lamb Boulevard. According to Metro Police, a store clerk was shot in the head by one of the unidentified suspects.

The clerk was transported to the Sunrise Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He's in critical condition.

Officers said it didn't look the clerk did anything to provoke the suspects, so it's not clear why he was shot... Read More