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Man leaves dog poop in box for package thieves

Christmas is all about the spirit of giving, but when some thieves decided to make the holiday season about taking -- a local man devised a plan to teach them a lesson.

"A friend two doors down had his truck broken into," Steve Easley said, crafty Las Vegas resident who pulled one over on thieves.

Easley said he left a "special gift" that the thieves stealing from homes in his neighborhood near Rancho and Oakey would never forget.

Easley says he put a UPS box outside his front door -- but there wasn't an expensive gift waiting inside the box. Instead, there was: "A box of poop," Easley said.

And you can thank Steve's 4-year-old Lab Lucky for the poop.

Easley said he placed the package outside his home Wednesday night. The man was caught on a surveillance camera around 9:30 the next morning.

Steve came home from work that afternoon: "And the box was gone," he said... Read More

Unidentified flying object seen in Vegas sky

8 News NOW has received numerous reports of some sort of a fireball that shot across the Vegas Valley sky. Some think it was a meteorite, but at this point, it's unclear what it was.

All 8 News NOW can confirm is that it wasn't an airplane, according to a tweet by Clark County. 8 News NOW is working hard to figure out what the unidentified flying object was was.

Did you see it? If you did, please share your photos and video by emailing us at pix@lasvegasnow.com. ... Read More

Unidentified flying object seen in Vegas sky

8 News NOW has received numerous reports of some sort of a fireball that shot across the Vegas Valley sky. Some think it was a meteorite, but at this point, it's unclear what it was.

All 8 News NOW can confirm is that it wasn't an airplane, according to a tweet by Clark County. 8 News NOW is working hard to figure out what the unidentified flying object was was.

Did you see it? If you did, please share your photos and video by emailing us at pix@lasvegasnow.com. ... Read More

Residents respond to robbery attempt at doctor's office

Las Vegas police say a woman attempting to rob a doctor's office was fatally shot by a worker there.

Doctor Ted Thorp was seeing a patient at his office located in the 2800 block of W. Charleston Boulevard around 7 p.m. Wednesday when a man and a woman wearing ski masks barged in.

Police say the suspects forced the Thorp, a patient, and an employee into another room, and held them at gunpoint as they ransacked the place.

Lt. Dan McGrath says the man was armed with a handgun and demanded money and possibly drugs. Police say the man pistol-whipped the Dr. Thorp.

McGrath says a clinic employee retrieved his own gun from his vehicle, confronted the suspects in the parking lot and fired multiple shots at the woman.

Police believe the woman and the man were both hit, but the woman was seriously wounded.

The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later died. The doctor was also taken to the University Medical Center with facial injuries... Read More

Preparing plants, gardens and pipes for cold weather

At 32 degrees, the temps around the valley are predicted to dip to near freezing Wednesday night.

Many neighborhoods in the edges of the valley will drop to the mid to high 20's by the early morning, so it's important to keep yourself and pets warm.

But your plants and pipes also need some special attention.

"I"m buying burlap to cover citrus trees," said Tim Hasselbalch, taking steps to protect plants.

Hasselbalch is not the only homeowner rushing to nursery stores to stock up on burlap.

"With the cold weather -- some plants are very frost tender, and they have to be wrapped in burlap," said Josiah Eizman, Assistant Manager, Star Nursery.

Many popular plants around the valley can resist the cold weather better than others. Pigmy Palm trees and cactus don't do well, but Oleanders and Glossy Privet trees tend to do better... Read More

Valley High students protest teacher's firing

A protest at Valley High School caused the school to be on lockdown Thursday.

It all unfolded around 9 a.m. when students stood up for one of their English teachers who was supposedly getting fired, according to some parents.

Police responded to the situation at the school because they thought a teacher was being held hostage in the class, but that's not what happened. It turns out the students were so upset about the firing of Tiffany Dickerson they barricaded themselves inside the classroom with her.

After being ordered out of the classroom, some students were taken to a different part of the school, but some were sent home.

8 News NOW spoke with one student who said Dickerson is very loved. The student says Dickerson deeply cares for her students... Read More

Metro explains how it keeps up with the caseload of so many crashes

Within a 24-hour period, four people were killed on Las Vegas valley roads in four separate crashes.

The latest incident involved a pedestrian who was killed near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway. It happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

But just two hours earlier, a motorcyclist died after crashing with a car near Blue Diamond Road and S. Decatur Boulevard. Tuesday afternoon an 81-year-old driver died after crashing with another car near Rancho Drive and Torrey Pines Road and in the morning a driver died after crashing into a pole near N. Decatur Boulevard and Elkhorn Road.

The potential for crashes goes up significantly during rush hour traffic. This year alone Metro Police says its investigated 232 deadly and critical injury crashes... Read More