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Charges could come in street racing crash

LAS VEGAS -- Police say street racing is to blame for a weekend crash on Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard that left one person seriously injured. It's not the first time this area has been used for racing.

Metro Police say a father was traveling with his young daughter Saturday afternoon when he saw three cars speeding toward him. His truck was hit and badly damaged. Fortunately he, and his daughter, made it out of the wreck without serious injuries. The two were innocent victims of street racing, police said.

The street still shows signs of the race. Police spray painted where a shoe and car mirror landed after the collision. One of the drivers involved in the wreck may lose his hand.

"It was one of the most avoidable collisions you can ever imagine," said Sgt.





Backyard shooting leaves 1 man dead

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a shooting in the backyard of a residence that left a man dead Sunday morning.

The shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. on Kolanut Lane near E. Lake Mead Boulevard and N. Pecos Road. According to Metro Police, a man entered the backyard and got into a physical fight with the victim, pulled out a handgun, and shot him several times. The victim has yet to be identified by the coroner's office.

The suspect left the area on foot.

This is the 96th homicide being investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department this year.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Homicide at (702)828-3521, or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at (702)385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

 

Cool at School: Bracken STEAM Academy goes green

LAS VEGAS - Green Apple Day of Service is a week away, and one local school is working to make its campus green and put the savings where it counts.

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy is rethinking how a school can run. Teachers and students are improving their school and enhancing education.

"We're teaching the children to conserve our water here in Las Vegas," said Principal Katie Decker.

Students and staff are removing thirsty grass and replacing it with turf, vegetable beds and gardens.

"We're going to get rid of grass and add new beds so that the kindergartners can actually plant vegetables," student Jenna Phillips said.

It saves money for other things.

"We don't have to spend all that money on water and electricity, and we can use our money for things that are important," said student Yohanna Tagapan.

Students are planting peppers, pomegranates and pears. The kids say the new plants look better.

Police: 1 injured in Owens Ave. shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police is investigating a shooting that has left one person hurt.  Detectives said they first received the call about the shooting in the 4900 block of Owens Avenue shortly after 3 p.m.  

There were reports that the victim was shot several times before the suspect fled the scene.  Metro Police said the victim was transported to the hospital as a trauma alert. 

Metro Police is still looking for the suspect.  Stay with 8 News NOW on-air and online for the latest in this developing story.




Students return to Brookman Elementary School

LAS VEGAS - Students returned to Brookman Elementary School Monday afternoon after being evacuated due to a malfunctioning air condition and "problems with water and electricity".

A CCSD spokesperson says the students were returned to Brookman to resume classes until school ends at 3:21 p.m.







Driving You Crazy: Stream of water near Eldorado High School

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says she's concerned about a heavy stream of water that flows north to south down Linn Lane by Eldorado High School. She says she can't figure out where this water is originating.

The Las Vegas Valley Water District says the water came from a leak at a home on Suffolk Avenue, approximately three blocks from Linn Lane.

At one point, the water district says the home was leaking eight gallons of water per minute. The water district has since shut off the water, and it won't be turned back on until the problem is fixed.

If the water district informs you that you have a leak at your home, you have one week to fix the problem. If you don't, you will be fined.

A first-time violation costs $80 to $320. Repeat offenders can be fined as much as $5,000.

One dead, another hurt in shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting at a Las Vegas apartment complex that left one person dead and another injured.

According to police, the shooting happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators said five people, including the two victims, were inside an apartment on East Bonanza Road near Mojave Avenue, when someone fired shots into the apartment from outside the unit.

One victim was shot and killed. The other victim was shot in the leg. The identity of the victim will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Police do not have information about suspects or motive in the case.

This is the 89th homicide in Metro's jurisdiction this year.