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CCSD opens 6 new schools Monday

Starting Monday morning, Clark County School District students will have six brand new elementary schools. It's part of a larger effort to deal with a booming population and growth in the Las Vegas valley.

This map shows the locations of those new elementary schools.

There is a heavy concentration of them in the southwest part of the valley which is an area that is still growing. 8 News NOW had a chance to tour one of the new schools, Shelley Berkley Elementary, ahead of it's ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

"Every single thing in this building had to be ordered from pencils to chairs, everything," said Dr. Diane Lewis, school principal.

In just a few days, 600 uniformed kids and 60 staff will descend on Shelley Berkley Elementary which is a new two-story elementary school in the southwest valley... Read More

Aunt says nephew died trying to save her and family

A homicide Wednesday morning was Metro Police's 82nd murder investigation of the year.

Early Wednesday morning, a Spring Valley man was shot and killed in the driveway of his home near Russell and Lindell. Family members say the man is 24-year-old Gabriel Valenzuela.

On Thursday, a mid-morning phone call came into Channel 8 from Lily Jano. She didn't want her face shown, or her voice recorded, but she desperately wanted to tell her story, along with the story of her nephew, Gabriel Valenzuela.

Over the course of an hour and 10 minutes, Jano described Valenzuela who was a 24-year-old nursing student at the College of Southern Nevada. Jano said Valenzuela, a former honor student from Durango High School, was entering his final semester.

Jano said her nephew was a simple man, a smart man, and helpful... Read More

I-Team: Nearly a dozen pot dispensaries burglarized around Vegas valley, source says

It's been about a month since recreational marijuana started being sold legally in Nevada and burglars are already targeting the new businesses.

The purchase of recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada on July 1, and since early June, according to an I-Team source, there have been nearly a dozen break-ins at dispensaries across the valley.

Police say there were four at medical marijuana dispensaries in Henderson in June alone. One of the burglaries in Las Vegas happened early Friday around 3:42 a.m., at Zen Leaf Vegas near Sunset and Fort Apache roads.

According to Metro Police, the suspect broke a window to enter the business, stole marijuana, cash and fled on a BMX style bike.

An alarm alerted staff and Metro Police to the burglary. The suspect, who was described as a black male adult around 30 years old with a small mustache, can be seen on surveillance video... Read More

Man allegedly hit woman with steel rod before barricading self in home

Metro Police investigated a barricade situation Monday near W. Pebble Road and S. Rainbow Boulevard.

The call came in around 12:41 p.m. According to officers, a woman called 9-1-1 saying that a man hit her with a rebar, which is a long steel rod.

Police responded to a vacant house in the 9000 block of Inspiration Drive because the man was thought to be hiding inside.

Officers commanded him to exit the home, but he still hasn't come out.

The woman was taken to the hospital. No word on her injuries... Read More

Man allegedly hit woman with steel rod before barricading self in home

Metro Police investigated a barricade situation Monday near W. Pebble Road and S. Rainbow Boulevard.

The call came in around 12:41 p.m. According to officers, a woman called 9-1-1 saying that a man hit her with a rebar, which is a long steel rod.

Police responded to a vacant house in the 9000 block of Inspiration Drive because the man was thought to be hiding inside.

Officers commanded him to exit the home, but he still hasn't come out.

The woman was taken to the hospital. No word on her injuries... Read More

Man in critical condition after being shot by police officer

A man is in critical condition after police shot him Monday morning at an apartment complex on West Tropicana Avenue near South Fort Apache Road.

The shooting took place at the Apache Pines apartment complex around 1 a.m.

Police say it started as a domestic situation with a man was threatening his family with a gun. A woman and three children were hiding in a closet while they waited for police to arrive.

The man left the apartment as police arrived and approached officers with the gun. According to police, the man ignored commands to drop the weapon and moved the gun toward the officers causing an officer to fire at him, police said.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and he's currently in critical condition at University Medical Center.

No officers were injured... Read More

Metro needs public's help searching for serial bank robber

Metro Police have asked for the public's help in locating a serial bank robber. The alleged thief is suspected of three crimes in seven days, police said.

The latest incident happened Tuesday at the American First Credit Union in the 6000 block of S. Durango Drive near Patrick Lane.

However, this time, the alleged serial robber may have left with a gunshot wound instead of cash.

The others robberies happened last week near the intersection of E. Desert Inn Road and W. Sahara Avenue.

The man's image captured on surveillance video shows him wearing glasses, a hat, and scarf acting as a mask, over part of his face.

"I saw police and a lot of commotion," Tony Delgado said. "When you see a lot of yellow tape like this, they don't want you in there. That means it's pretty serious."

Police said this time around during the alleged thief's robbery spree a security guard fired off some shots... Read More