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"W" placed on former LVH sign

"W" placed on former LVH sign

A 20-foot ‘W’ was placed on the sign that sits outside the property that is being transformed from the Las Vegas Hotel or LVH to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

Westgate Resorts founder and CEO David Siegel, says more than $250 million will be invested into hotel in order to refurbish and renovate the entire property.

Westgate is one of the largest timeshare operators in the world.

LVH originally opened in 1969. It became a Hilton Hotels property 1971 and was turned into the LVH in 2012.  



Court: Security firm liable for unsafe parking lot

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $1 million verdict against a security firm accused of not doing enough to prevent the fatal attack of a man in a crime-riddled Las Vegas Wal-Mart parking lot.

The high court on Friday declined to grant a new trial to private security firm Wackenhut in the death of 51-year-old Michael Born.

The retired Air Force major had been changing his car's headlight in the parking lot in 2004 when Raymond Garrett punched him. Born later died of his injuries.

Lawyers for Born's relatives argued in 2011 that Wackenhut should have been more vigilant in protecting customers at the store on Nellis and Charleston. Attorneys said police were called to the store an average of three times a day prior to the attack.






Police looking for man who tried to rob bank

Police looking for man who tried to rob bank

Metro Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a bank near Twain Avenue and Paradise Road.

According to police, the man entered the bank on July 16, approached the teller and demanded money. A bank manager approached the bank teller to help.

When the would-be robber saw the manager, he left the bank without any cash.

The man police are looking for is described as white man in his 40s. He is 5 foot 6 and between 150 and 160 pounds. He has a full beard. He was wearing a blue suit with a blue button-up shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro’s Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Man arrested in CA for Las Vegas murder

LAS VEGAS -- A man has been arrested in California in connection with a murder in Las Vegas, Metro Police announced Thursday.

According to police, at around 12:19 a.m. Wednesday, dispatchers received a call from Los Angeles Police Department requesting officers check on a woman living in the 500 block of Elm Drive, which is near Paradise and Desert Inn roads.

LAPD said that a man had called them to report that he had killed his roommate at that location a few days earlier.

When officers arrived, they found a woman dead inside the residence.

Homicide detectives traveled to Los Angeles to talk to the man who had called police. After an investigation, police arrested 54-year-old Martin Skropeta on charges of murder. He is currently waiting to be extradited back to Las Vegas to face those charges.

The identity of the woman and her cause of death has not been released.

Experts: Improving transportation vital to improving economy

LAS VEGAS -- Finding ways to improve southern Nevada’s economic core was the main topic of Wednesday’s meeting of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.

Many at the meeting expressed the idea that improving transportation around the Las Vegas valley was vital to improving the economy.

The goal is to create multiple modes of transportation that would make it easier for both residents and visitors to connect to different areas.

While Las Vegas has a wide selection of restaurants, hotels, clubs and convention centers, but getting around to these places is not always an easy task.

"It really is surprising that they do not have a light rail at least better transportation in place," one convention attendee told 8 News NOW.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, there has been an uptick in visitors coming to Las Vegas every month. The valley is well on its way to the 40 million visitor mark by the end of the year.

Federal grant will bring public art to Maryland Parkway Project

Federal grant will bring public art to Maryland Parkway Project

The plan to improve Maryland Parkway from McCarran Airport to downtown will now include public art thanks to a federal grant.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the project a $50,000 grant. It is one of 66 projects around the country to get money from the $5 million “Our Town” grants.

The money from the NEA is only the beginning. Clark County, the City of Las Vegas and UNLV will all contribute $10,000 to the art project. Plus, the Urban Land Institute will give in-kind support so that all together more than $100,000 will be available for public art along Maryland Parkway.

Those involved in the project say the money will allow planners to create a cohesive and creative design along the length of the Maryland Parkway Project.

Many people in flood zones still don't have flood insurance

LAS VEGAS -- From the northwest to Henderson, neighborhoods across southern Nevada have seen flooding over the past week, and monsoon season has barely begun.

Experts say the best way to protect yourself and your property from the financial tolls of flood waters is to get your flood insurance.

Two years ago after a big flood at the Desert Rose Golf Course, FEMA came in and designated 1,700 homes and businesses in this area as being in a federal flood zone, which meant people living in the area had to get flood insurance.

However, 8 News NOW has learned that a lot of people in the community still aren't covered, and they could be putting themselves in a financial risk when the next big storm rolls around.

Conrad Gardner lives right behind the Desert Rose Golf Course and in the summer of 2012, flash floods resulted in many of the homes in his neighborhood going underwater.