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Stores Optimistic on Retail Growth

LAS VEGAS -- Stores across the Las Vegas valley are getting ready for the holiday rush and for many shop owners this holiday season will be their first.

Store owners said they are growing more confident as the latest retail statistics show an upward trend.

According to research firm Colliers International, the Las Vegas retail market vacancy rate has decreased to 10.3 percent in the third quarter of 2012, down from its peak of 11.9 percent in the second and third quarters of 2011.

However, in the valley's retail submarkets, Henderson's vacancy rate is 0.2 percent higher for the year than the rest of the valley.

The northwest valley was the only submarket to have an increase in asking rents. Rents in the southwest remained stable, and rents in North Las Vegas and near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas decreased.

Motorist Sentenced in Halloween DUI Death

Justin Caramanica

LAS VEGAS -- A 42-year-old Las Vegas man received the maximum sentencing in the drunken driving death of a 12-year-old trick-or-treater a year ago.

Justin Caramanica appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom before a judge Monday following his guilty plea in July to driving under the influence involving death in the Oct. 31, 2011, crash that killed Faith Love.

Caramanica was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and was fined $2,000. He will not be eligible for parole for at least eight years.

Love was dressed as a Native American princess when she was struck by Caramanica's car as she went trick-or-treating on a residential street in western Las Vegas.

Police say Caramanica's blood-alcohol percentage was just under the .08 limit for driving in Nevada, but that he might also have been under the influence of prescription drugs.

Plumbers Blamed for Starting Blaze

Plumbers Blamed for Starting Blaze


Plumbers are being blamed for a fire that damaged two apartments and displaced two people.

The fire started just after 11 a.m. Friday at the Pavilions apartment complex near Westcliff and Buffalo Drive.

When fire crews from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue arrived, they found the fire in a water heater closet on the patio of a downstairs apartment. The fire and smoke had moved up the chimney shaft that extends from the ground floor to the roof. It had moved into the upstairs apartment.

Crews brought the fire under control in less than ten minutes. The fire was mostly inside the walls. It spread along the upstairs apartment patio and bedroom.

Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental. Investigators say the plumbers using a torch while working on water heater on the first floor caused the blaze. 

VP Candidate Paul Ryan to Visit Vegas Thursday

LAS VEGAS -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be making a stop in Las Vegas Thursday to thank volunteers.

Ryan is scheduled to stop by the Romney campaign's Las Vegas headquarters, 9640 W. Tropicana Ave., Suite 106, in the southwest valley.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Ryan will also be campaigning at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno that afternoon.

8 News NOW will update this story when more details on Ryan's visit are released.

Celebrities Campaign in Las Vegas Ahead of Election

Celebrities Campaign in Las Vegas Ahead of Election

LAS VEGAS -- Both Presidential contenders got a little star power Saturday in southern Nevada. Celebrities attended campaign events for both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, and John Ratzenberger made phone calls and greeted Republican supporters at the Team Nevada headquarters in Summerlin. Voight told voters that Romney was the clear choice for anyone concerned with the economy.

"This is a huge election, and there is a huge difference between these candidates and we are going to be in a lot of trouble if we don't turn this thing around economically," said Voight. "I'm not just talking about one state; the whole economy has to get back on track."

Across town, NBA legend Magic Johnson and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons showed up to support re-electing President Obama.

Romney's Son Makes Campaign Stop in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The GOP is campaigning hard for every vote to win in the swing state of Nevada.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney sent one of his sons, Craig, to meet with supporters Friday.

Romney said he believes his father has the business skills to turn the economy around, and hopes that message is heard loud and clear before voters cast their ballots.

Craig Romney arrived at the Romney Team Nevada Headquarters in southwest Las Vegas, reminding voters they have a clear choice in this election.

Romney has courted Latino voters in Nevada before, using his Spanish-speaking abilities. He said he believes his father will help all Americans.

Annalise Castor said she has volunteered at the Romney phone bank since his campaign began.

"I'm from Nevada, four generations," she said. "I really care about Nevada. I'm not just a transplant."

Metro Seeks Assistance in Capturing Two Burglars

LAS VEGAS -- A break-in at a local business has Metro Police on alert and asking the public for help in breaking the case.

New surveillance images released by Metro show two men in masks and hooded sweatshirts using crowbars to break into a business near Charleston Boulevard & Desert Foothills Drive. 

Once inside, the suspects cracked open the slot machines, stole the money, and got away.

"This has potential for violence and that's why we want to identity these suspects and get them off the streets," Metro PIO Bill Cassell said.

Owner of the "John Cutter Grill and Tavern" confirmed it was his business that was hit during the closing hours on October 15th.

The owner didn't want to go on camera, but another business owner in the same complex said she was also once a victim of a similar crime.