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8 News NOW Telethon Raises $14K in 3 Hours

LAS VEGAS -- The American Red Cross raised $14,384 during a three-hour telethon hosted by 8 News NOW Tuesday.

The phone bank fundraiser was in response to the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled large areas of the east coast Monday.

The Red Cross is also in need of blood donations, since hundreds of blood drives were canceled because of the storm.

8 News NOW thanks our viewers for participating in the fundraiser. If you would still like to donate, call 702-369-3674, text 90999 or visit redcrosslasvegas.org.

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.

Coroner ID's Man Shot by Police

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot and killed by Metro Police officers Monday afternoon.

The suspect is 52-year-old Ronald James Morrison of Las Vegas. He was previously arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to police, officers were called to the area of Desert Inn Road and Eastern Avenue just before 3 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, police found a victim who had been shot in the hand. The victim told police he had been shot by a man he didn't know.

Officers found the suspect nearby who matched the description given by the victim. Police say they gave commands to the suspect, who instead of doing what police said, pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at police. Officers shot and killed the suspect.

Three officers are on routine paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

West Nile Virus Case Discovered

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Health officials say they've confirmed a seventh human case of West Nile virus in southern Nevada.

The Southern Nevada Health District says Tuesday that a 29-year-old man has been diagnosed with the less serious form of the illness, but hasn't been hospitalized.

West Nile has already been blamed in the death of 75-year-old woman in Clark County in recent weeks, and five other people have been diagnosed with the virus this year.

Four deaths in Clark County have been linked to West Nile virus since 2003.

The health district has identified West Nile-positive mosquitoes in the 89011, 89121, and 89141 ZIP codes in the Henderson and Las Vegas areas, and the 89029 ZIP code in Laughlin.

They previously found them in the 89145 and 89107 ZIP codes in Las Vegas.

Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a double shooting that involved three officers near Desert Inn Road and Eastern Avenue Monday afternoon.

According to police, a gunman shot a homeless man just before 3 p.m. behind a store at the intersection. When officers arrived, the man told officers he did not know the person who shot him.

Officers spotted a person nearby who matched the shot man's description. When officers gave him orders, the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband. When he brandished the gun, three officers shot at him to stop him, according to police. The suspect then fell to the ground and dropped his gun.

"One of my employees came out for a break. She ran back inside and said, 'They shot him. They shot him,'" said Tony Matthews who works nearby.

Tickets Sell Out For First Lady Visit

LAS VEGAS -- Tickets are no longer available for the First Lady's visit to Las Vegas Friday, the Obama campaign said.

Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak to supporters during a grassroots event at Orr Middle School, 1562 E. Katie Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

The First Lady's visit comes less than 48 hours after President Barack Obama made a campaign stop at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas, followed by a meeting with Culinary Union workers. 

Four Schools Earn the Votes to Get Big Checks

Four Schools Earn the Votes to Get Big Checks

Four schools from around southern Nevada have a lot more money this week thanks to efforts by Nevada State Bank.

The bank gave away $30,000 to the schools through its You Vote, Schools Win campaign. The school with the most votes received the biggest check. Repeating last year's win, Clark High School won the top prize of $12,000 after securing 7,296 votes. The students got the good news and the money Tuesday.

The school with the second largest number of votes was East Career and Technical Academy. It received more than 6,800 votes to earn $8,000.

Canarelli Middle School was third with more than 6,100 votes and Wolff Elementary School was fourth with 3,500 votes. Each of those schools will receive $5,000. The last check was given out Thursday afternoon.

“School spirit is definitely strong and these schools did an impressive job of getting people to show their support and vote,” said Dallas Haun, president and CEO of Nevada State Bank.