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Students Tour Recycling Center

Students Tour Recycling Center

NV Energy and JACO Refrigerator Recycle Center teamed up to teach a group of students the importance of recycling fridges.

Third and fourth-graders from Myrtle Tate Elementary School received a tour of the center Tuesday. The plant can recycle 95 percent of an old refrigerator.

“We are trying to teach them that recycling is good for the environment, and it can also save a lot of energy if you do it. And we're showing them that all of the pieces that come out of these refrigerators can be made into other products, like cell phones, laptops, things of that sort,” said Michael Dunham, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs.

NV Energy offers free pick up and a $50 rebate to customers who want to recycle their old refrigerator. For more information about the program, go to nvenergy.com/refrigerator.

Affordable and Accessible Apartments Open

Housing that is both affordable and easily accessible can be difficult to find in southern Nevada. A new apartment complex is filling that gap.

The Park Apartments near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue offer wheelchair-accessible apartments and facilities for a very low price. The complex is loaded with features designed to make getting around easier.

"You can't imagine what its like to be in an electric wheelchair like this and have a bunch of groceries in your lap, and then if you are in a regular place you have to fight the doorway to get into your apartment. Here it is just a touch of a door," resident Phil Ramsey said.

A nonprofit housing company, Accessible Space Inc., will manage the building.

Police Search for Robbery Suspect

Metro Police are looking for a man who robbed a store near Sandhill Road and Owens Avenue.

The robbery happened on September 21. Police say the suspect walked into the business, pulled out a gun, threatened an employee and demanded money. The employee gave the suspect money and the man left.

The suspect is described as a black man, 5-foot-7, and between 165 and 170 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a gray hoodie, tan cargo shorts and gray shoes with black laces. He was also carrying a blue backpack.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect is urged to call Metro’s Robbery Section at 828-3591 or to leave anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or, go to www.crimestoppersofnv.com

Storms Bring Flooding to Eastern Part of Valley

Storms Bring Flooding to Eastern Part of Valley

8 News NOW viewer Germaine Prescott brings us a shot of flooding in the Sunrise Manor area during this week's heavy storms. Here's a shot of what the Cedar Avenue and Battle Mountain Drive intersection looks like on a dry day: 

Facility that Helped At-Risk Kids Closed

A facility that helps at-risk kids closed its doors Tuesday.

Reaching Our Community’s Kids or, R.O.C.K., closed its doors because of a lack of funds. According to the group’s website, it was organized in 1998 by Allen and Kathy Love. The site says the group provides after-school programs for children with emotional and behavioral issues. It is contracted with the State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services and with Nevada Medicaid.

The group says it uses biblical teachings as part of its programs. It also holds a Kids Church on Saturdays.  8 News NOW has contacted the organization for a comment but has not received a call back. Employees at the facilities on Sunrise Avenue were emotional about losing their jobs but did not comment on the closure.

Police Search for Robbery Suspects

Police Search for Robbery Suspects

Metro Police are looking for help in tracking down the suspects in an armed robbery at a local park.

Officers say the victim was sitting in a park near Lamb Boulevard and Colorado Avenue just before 9 p.m. on September 16. The suspects approached the man and pointed a gun at him. They demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied and the suspects ran.

A few days later, two women used the victim’s debit card at a convenience store on North Lamb Boulevard. Detectives are looking for any information about the women or the suspects.

The suspects are both Hispanic men. The first is between 17 and 20 years old, 5-foot-6, and 160 to 165 pounds. He was armed with a black handgun. The second suspect is between 16 and 19 years old, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-5, and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Metro Police Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591 or to leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

UNLV Gets Money to Expand College Prep Program

 

UNLV will be getting money to expand a program that helps middle school kids get ready for college.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP targets kids in low-income or under-performing schools. The idea is to teach kids starting in seventh grade the skills they need to get into college and succeed once they are there.

The Department of Education announced Tuesday it was giving three grants to the program totaling $7 million. The money will allow the program to expand into 11 middle schools around the Las Vegas Valley.

GEAR UP provides students with counseling on college admissions and financial aid. They also get help in class and after school to improve their grades. The program also helps teachers with professional development.

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley made the announcement Tuesday. She says programs like this one will help with job creation in the future.