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Hundreds Line Up For Free Tax Assistance

LAS VEGAS -- The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC event Saturday, which took place at the Heinrich YMCA on Meadows Lane right across from the Meadows Mall, had lines wrapping around the building as people waited for free help in filing their taxes.

By mid afternoon there were already 200 families who were served. The focus of the event, which was co-hosted by Channel 8, was making sure taxpayers were aware of the changes made to the earned income tax credit.

What is it comes down to is if you earned $49,000 or less in 2009, you can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an EITC refund of up to $5,657. The EITC works to help low-income, working taxpayers get more money back when they file their federal income tax forms but most people are unaware of this tax credit.

Fashion Show Helps Raises Money and Awareness for Local Shelter

Leaving in the middle of the night from an abusive relationship, many women and children don't take many belongings looking for somewhere to turn.

The Shade Tree is that place and now Southern Nevada's largest battered women's shelter says it is witnessing a new level of violence. So Saturday night charities teamed up to give these women one thing many of us takes for granted.

Models worked the runway Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel, showing off their creative shoes.

They're raising money for Shade Tree. On any one night, 300 women and children seek shelter there. Many of them are victims of violent physical abuse.

Las Vegas Car Dealership Holds Job Fair

LAS VEGAS -- More than 50 jobs will be up for grabs Wednesday night at Towbin Dodge. The opening of this new northwest auto dealership comes at a time when the auto industry is suffering and other local dealerships have been forced to close. The new dealership will open in April.  

With fewer car buyers in the market, auto dealers must stand out from the rest. At Towbin, it may be The Chopper, flashy commercials and a giant gong that draw attention but some customers say it's as simple as getting what they want.

"Cheap prices was pretty much it and American cars. I'm big on American cars," said Emmanuel Beacham, car buyer.

"The service we have always got from him even when he was down at Sahara. We always come back to him," said Frank Perone, car buyer.

Accident Sends Car Crashing Into a Summerlin Home

LAS VEGAS - A Summerlin couple must now repair a large hole in their home after a car crashed into it Friday afternoon.

Police say it began when a three-car accident took place near the home. One of the cars veered off the road and into the house of Susan Enney and her husband.

She was at work when her husband called to tell her about the accident. "He was sitting on the couch, and he heard a big boom," she said. "The car came tumbling through the kitchen. I said, ‘What?' He said, ‘Really, I'm serious. There is a car in the kitchen.' I came home, and there was a car in my kitchen!"

The crash left debris scattered throughout the kitchen, but Susan Enney says it could have been worse. "If the air conditioner wouldn't have been there, I am sure she would have come pretty much into the dining room area," she said. "It's a relief… that nobody got hurt and it can be fixed. So, I am happy."

Officials Mark Opening of Vegas Freeway Overpass

LAS VEGAS  -- Las Vegas city officials are marking the completion of a 13-month trail building project and the opening of a Summerlin Parkway overpass.

In addition to the Tenaya Way overpass, a shared use trail now connects Bill Briare Family Park near the parkway junction with U.S. 95 and the 110-acre Kellogg-Zaher Sports Complex west of Buffalo Drive.

Officials say the $7.9 million Tenaya Way overpass and Bonanza Trail improvement project also included sewer, storm drain and road upgrades, traffic signals and a pedestrian underpass.

Funding came from the city of Las Vegas, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and federal Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

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Sledding Tragedy is a Reminder to Play it Safe

LAS VEGAS -- A woman visiting Las Vegas was killed over the weekend in a tragic sledding accident on Mount Charleston. Authorities say they are seeing about a dozen sledding accidents every weekend.

They say one of the more typical problems is people using items not made for sledding and then sliding down random hills with little regard for hazards such as trees and rocks.

Fresh from Florida, the Herrick family rarely sees snow. "So, we figured we'd drive up here until we found a little patch of snow and a little bit of a hill to slide down," said Justin Herrick.

And they're not alone. About a mile down the road, 8 News Now found more people sledding who just couldn't pass up a random slope near the road.

According to Jorge Gonzalez with Nevada's Division of Forestry, people sledding are not going to designated sledding areas.

Summerlin House Fire Intentionally Set

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County fire investigators say the Summerlin house fire that claimed a woman's life was intentionally set by the woman.

Twenty-eight-year-old Karen Heely died in the November 22, 2009 fire on Panorama Crest Avenue.

According to the report by investigators, Heely started several small fires in the home. Investigators believe the fires got out of hand and when she attempted to flee the home, she hit her head on the door and was knocked unconscious.

Investigators say Heely and the homeowner were involved in some sort of altercation that day that prompted her to set the fire.