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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

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

Preparing plants, gardens and pipes for cold weather

At 32 degrees, the temps around the valley are predicted to dip to near freezing Wednesday night.

Many neighborhoods in the edges of the valley will drop to the mid to high 20's by the early morning, so it's important to keep yourself and pets warm.

But your plants and pipes also need some special attention.

"I"m buying burlap to cover citrus trees," said Tim Hasselbalch, taking steps to protect plants.

Hasselbalch is not the only homeowner rushing to nursery stores to stock up on burlap.

"With the cold weather -- some plants are very frost tender, and they have to be wrapped in burlap," said Josiah Eizman, Assistant Manager, Star Nursery.

Many popular plants around the valley can resist the cold weather better than others. Pigmy Palm trees and cactus don't do well, but Oleanders and Glossy Privet trees tend to do better... Read More

Reward offered for information on dead ducks

A hefty reward is being offered to track down those believed to be responsible for the deaths of ducks at Desert Shores.

The remains were found last month. Neighbors called animal control to pick up the birds. Officials say it appears a coyote or coyotes attacked the ducks and a nest of eggs.

Animal lovers, however, are not convinced and suspect foul play.

Nevada Political Action for Animals - along with residents and local leaders - is offering a reward of $6,000.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555... Read More