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I-Team: 'John One' Neighborhood Focus of Police

LAS VEGAS -- When police officers call a neighborhood "a hot mess," you know it's bad.

But instead of writing it off, Metro Police officer are trying something new for the neighborhood they call "John One."

Homes and apartments along Boulder Highway near Desert Inn Road is gripped with poverty.

Squatters break into vacant homes -- busting into their own apartments after getting evicted --- and even stealing home security cameras.

It's a neighborhood where apartment managers -- in some cases -- just stopped caring to fix hazardous living conditions.

Despite all this, some residents said their streets are beginning to become safer.

Officer Andrew Hefner knows these streets.

Born in Las Vegas, Hefner has seen the neighborhood near the Boulder Strip show the scars of recession long before the rest of the Las Vegas valley.

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Eva Longoria to Speak at Obama Event Thursday

LAS VEGAS -- Less than a week before the election, President Barack Obama will once again visit the Las Vegas valley.

Obama is scheduled to speak at a grassroots event at the Cheyenne Sports Complex near the College of Southern Nevada's Cheyenne campus in North Las Vegas Thursday.

Actress Eva Longoria, national co-chair of Obama's re-election campaign, will speak at the event. 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Attendance is free, but tickets are required for the event. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets will be available at the following locations Tuesday and Wednesday:

College of Southern Nevada-Cheyenne (open until 9pm)
June Whitley Student Center at CSN, Cheyenne
3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas

Green Valley OFA-NV Field Office (open until 9pm)
2925 Green Valley Parkway, E, Henderson

New Job and Education Center Opens

New Job and Education Center Opens

 

The ribbon was cut Tuesday on a new center dedicated to providing job training and education to an underserved community.

The Raphael Rivera Opportunity Center is now open at 2900 East Stewart Avenue, which is near Stewart Avenue and Mojave Road.

The center will provide job training, educational programs and economic development, targeting the Hispanic community.

"The more services and educational opportunities that we connect with this part of town the better it is going to be, not just for this part of town, but Nevada in general," Assemblywoman Lucy Flores D-Las Vegas, whose district includes the same area, said

The Latin Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation is working with the City of Las Vegas to run the new center.

 

Make A Difference Day at Walter Long Elementary

Make A  Difference Day at Walter Long Elementary

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, educators and community volunteers rolled up their sleeves today for a great cause.

The non-profit Caesars Foundation kicked off a year long transformation of Walter V. Long Elementary School.

Volunteers and parents cleaned up the school grounds and building, including repainting murals and all of the benches.

Caesars Foundation through its work with Teach for America, a nonprofit focused on eliminating educational inequality in at-risk schools, "adopted" Walter V. Long Elementary School.

The commitment includes monthly PTA meetings, mentoring and tutoring for students plus parental job training and placement for parents.

"They're going to give our parents scholarships to go to back to school, English Second Language classes and anything they need to get back to work," Danielle Rayos said.

Rayos is a teacher and says investing in parents creates a stable, focused student.

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Romney Son to Campaign in Vegas Friday

LAS VEGAS -- A son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Las Vegas Friday afternoon to campaign for his father.

Craig Romney is scheduled to visit phone banks around the Las Vegas valley, helping to make phone calls and encouraging supporters to get out the vote.

He will visit the Summerlin team headquarters, 9640 W. Tropicana Ave., between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m. and the east Las Vegas team headquarters, 235 N. Eastern Ave., between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m.

Las Vegas Woman Hits Snags with Local Appliance Store

Las Vegas Woman Hits Snags with Local Appliance Store

LAS VEGAS - Doing the laundry is a necessity, but for Margaret Morrisey, it became an impossibility.

"The washer had a tub inside. When you wash it on large, (it) makes a noise," she said.

The washer wasn't working properly, and the dryer only blew cold air. She called Western Appliance, where she bought the washer and dryer for $200. She had a warranty and scheduled a repair, but the repair technician never showed.

8 on Your Side visited the address listed for Western Appliance, but uncovered a surprise. It's the home of True Fit Sheet Metal, not Western Appliance.

Dennis Oliver, owner of True Fit, says others have stopped by, looking for the appliance shop.

"One officer came asking if this was WA, and I said, ‘No, but you're about the 20th person lately who has come in,'" Oliver said.

Job Training Program at School Targets Unemployed Parents

LAS VEGAS - The Caesars Foundation is pairing with a local elementary school to create a job training program that will help put unemployed parents to work.

The job training program is still in the planning stages at Walter Long Elementary School located on the east side of the Las Vegas valley. About 85 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunches and many of the parents are struggling to earn a living.

Educators say the job training program is desperately needed. Nine-year-old Yessica Gonzalez is one of the many kids affected by widespread unemployment across the valley.

"My mom doesn't have a job and since my dad is the only one working, we have a lot of trouble with money," she said.

Caesars Foundation is stepping in to create a long-lasting solution by offering job training courses to parents.