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Police K-9 recovering after suspect allegedly stabbed him

A police dog is recovering at an animal hospital after being stabbed in the head multiple times.

Metro Police's K-9, Nicky, was hurt when he was assisting an officer during a standoff situation near E. Desert Inn and S. Maryland Parkway Friday morning.

The standoff with the suspect started Thursday night and lasted until late Friday morning. Residents in the neighborhood were even forced from their homes.

Sunny Louthi was one of the neighbors who called police after hearing a commotion in her apartment complex near Desert Inn and Maryland Parkway.

"We're hearing somebody yell, 'help, help me,' you know what i mean," said Louthi? "He yelled it a few times."

When officers arrived at the apartment complex shortly before nine Thursday night, Metro said they found a broken window in the unit in question.

Police said the suspect inside refused to comply with the officer's demand, so nearby residents were asked to evacuate... Read More

Son arrested for shooting his father

Metro investigated a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Paradise Road and E. Harmon Avenue Tuesday night.

According to Metro Police, it all stemmed from an argument between a father and son.

Officers said the son shot the father three times.

The father was taken to the hospital. He's expected to survive.

The son was arrested... Read More

Wallet relief: Gas prices drop around the country

U.S. gas prices are at their lowest levels since 2009, according to GasBuddy.com.

Gas prices have continued their decline, falling below $1.80 per gallon which is low, but there's room for gas prices to continue to decline due to a weak seasonal demand.

According to GasBuddy.com's research, $1.79 a gallon, February's start at the pump is the cheapest February start since 2004. In the state of Nevada, we're averaging about $2.28 a gallon which is still pretty cheap, but nowhere near the middle states, averaging as low as $1.21 in some areas.

Other states still averaging over $2 a gallon:

Oregon ($2.01)

New York ($2.05)

Washington ($2.16)

Alaska ($2.39)

California ($2.58)

Hawaii ($2.63)

So what's causing the low gas prices?

Gas Buddy says while the price of crude oil has rebounded, high gasoline supply has so far prevented widespread increases in gas prices... Read More

Deadline approaches for KLAS-Cox deal

More than 300,000 households in southern Nevada that currently watch KLAS-TV Channel 8 will have to make other arrangements after Friday at midnight. That's when the KLAS signal will no longer be transmitted to all subscribers of Cox Cable.

Despite five months of negotiations with Cox Communications, no deal has been reached regarding what Cox should pay for re-transmitting Channel 8's programs, including next week's Super Bowl broadcast.

The cable company has gone on the offensive with statements about KLAS that KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield calls "untrue and frankly offensive."

Howfield, who serves as general manager of Nevada's first and most honored television station, has heard just about enough trash talk from Cox Cable.

She says she would be remiss if she does not advise Channel 8 viewers who subscribe to Cox that they will lose the KLAS signal as of midnight Friday... Read More

Jobless rates inch down in Nevada's main metro areas

Unemployment rates are ticking down in Nevada's three main metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that Las Vegas' jobless rate inched down a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in December. The rate dropped to 5.5 percent in the Reno area, down from 5.7 percent a month earlier.

It also ticked down to 6.7 percent in Carson City in December, a drop from 6.8 percent in November. Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada's overall jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

State economist Bill Anderson said the growing payrolls show businesses have confidence in Nevada's economy... Read More

Report: Valley High teacher admitted to kissing student

A teacher arrested at Valley High School for sexual misconduct with a special education student admitted to police she kissed the male student several times, according to the arrest report.

Jillian LaFave was arrested on Jan. 15 and faces a felony charge. LaFave had only been teaching at Valley High School since the beginning of this school year. She is the teen's special education and English teacher.

According to the arrest report, the student who is 17 years old, told police he loved his teacher and she loved him. He also indicated he was very upset that she was under investigation.

There were 13,000 texts found on the teen's phone between him and LaFave with "a lot of them being sexual in nature," the report said.

LaFave did admit to police that she touched the teen's genitals once, but it never when beyond that point. The sexual misconduct allegedly occurred in LaFave's classroom... Read More

Residents near Spring Mountain, Tenaya grow tire of dust from gravel pit

Neighbors of a gravel pit on the west side of the valley say they're growing tired of the dust that continuously blows into their yards and homes.

The gravel pit at Spring Mountain and Tenaya was in the neighborhood before residents started building homes in the area, but neighbors say something needs to be done to clear the air.

8 News NOW Anchor/Reporter Paul Joncich has the story... Read More