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Driving You Crazy: Paradise Road Potholes

LAS VEGAS - A driver says giant potholes along Paradise Road between Convention Center Drive and Flamingo Road are driving him crazy.

Help is on the way. Clark County will begin repaving Paradise between Sands Avenue and Corporate Drive this year as part of the Desert Inn and Owens road improvement project.

That project includes work on various valley roads, including Eastern Avenue, Valley View Boulevard and the Pecos-McLeod Bridge. The project is funded by the gas tax.

When crews start repaving Paradise, the work will be done at night.

As for the rest of Paradise Road, Clark County plans to reconstruct the convention corridor, which runs along Paradise between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road.

Three million dollars in gas tax funds have been allocated to this project. The bad news is it will not happen for another two to three years. The project is currently in the design phase.

Shoplifting incident turns into barricade situation

LAS VEGAS -- A man is under arrest after a shoplifting incident turned into a barricade situation at a dentist office.

According to Metro Police, at around noon Tuesday, security at a Walmart store near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue noticed the suspect trying to steal some items from the store. When the guards confronted him in the parking lot, police say the suspect took out a pocket knife and threatened the guards.

Security guards followed the man, while they called police. The suspect then ran into a nearby dentist office and into the office bathroom, police said. He refused to come out.

Metro Police responded with SWAT, K9 officers and negotiators.

Police say the man surrendered to officers at around 1:45 p.m. No one was hurt.


Grand jury indicts man in connection with attack on Metro officer

Omar Brisbane

LAS VEGAS -- A man who allegedly broke a Metro Police sergeant's teeth and threatened to kill her during an attempted arrest near Sam's Town June 1 was indicted by a Clark County grand jury on battery with intent to kill, attempted murder and robbery and related crimes.

Bail was set at $2 million for Omar Brisbane, who remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4.

While responding to reports of a burglary in progress, Metro Sgt. Tabitha Baker allegedly spotted Brisbane wearing only boxer shorts and shoes. When she attempted to handcuff him, Brisbane allegedly punched her in the face and kept punching after pinning her to the ground.

After allegedly failing to grab her firearm, he fled the scene but was later arrested on Harmon Avenue.

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.

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.

Homeowners urged to take steps to flood-proof their homes

LAS VEGAS - Monsoon season is underway in southern Nevada, but it's never too late to prepare for a possible flood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated 1,700 local homes and businesses near Vegas Valley Drive and Nellis Boulevard as under a flood zone.

While this area is at a higher risk for flooding, FEMA officials say every resident throughout the valley should be prepared for floods.

Learn how to prepare your home for possible floods

The agency urges people to monitor weather conditions in and around the valley. Runoff from the mountains can take between two to three hours to reach valley neighborhoods.

It's also important to have a plan, especially if you have small children or an elderly person in your home.