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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

Hiker dies after fall at Red Rock

A hiker has died after falling 100 feet Saturday, according to Metro Police.

It happened at Red Rock Canyon.

There weren't many details released about the accident, but police said the hiker fell in a gully.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue team had to assist in getting the hiker out... 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

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

SolarCity to stop sales in Nevada after rate change

Rooftop solar installation company SolarCity says it will stop selling and installing panels in Nevada after energy regulators decided to change the rate structure for solar customers.

SolarCity issued a statement Wednesday saying the Nevada Public Utilities Commission "effectively shut down" the rooftop solar industry with Tuesday's decision, which is expected to raise rates over a five-year period for so-called net metering customers.

That includes about 17,000 Nevada customers with solar panels who sell excess energy from their systems back to NV Energy. The commission says the change will reduce the cost-shift from rooftop solar customers to non-solar customers, and reflects the declining price of solar-generated power.

Some people paid for their panels outright hoping to save money in the long run.

So what about the people who lease solar panels that they may need to be eventually removed?... Read More

SolarCity to stop sales in Nevada after rate change

Rooftop solar installation company SolarCity says it will stop selling and installing panels in Nevada after energy regulators decided to change the rate structure for solar customers.

SolarCity issued a statement Wednesday saying the Nevada Public Utilities Commission "effectively shut down" the rooftop solar industry with Tuesday's decision, which is expected to raise rates over a five-year period for so-called net metering customers.

That includes about 17,000 Nevada customers with solar panels who sell excess energy from their systems back to NV Energy. The commission says the change will reduce the cost-shift from rooftop solar customers to non-solar customers, and reflects the declining price of solar-generated power.

Some people paid for their panels outright hoping to save money in the long run.

So what about the people who lease solar panels that they may need to be eventually removed?... 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