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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

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

Sentencings reset in Vegas slaying of US airman from Guam

Sentencings have been pushed back for three people guilty in the Las Vegas conspiracy-murder of a U.S. Air Force service member from Guam.

Court records show Michelle Paet, Michael Rodriguez and Corry Hawkins are now scheduled to be sentenced together March 3. Sentencings had been scheduled Tuesday.

Rodriguez was convicted at trial and Hawkins took a plea deal. Both will be spared the death penalty for the December 2010 slaying of Staff Sgt. Nathan Paet.

Paet's wife, Michelle Paet, pleaded guilty in October. She could get life in prison, or parole after 21 years.

Prosecutors say the slaying stemmed from a plot to collect $650,000 in life insurance.

Nathan Paet was 28 when he died. He was shot five times as he prepared to drive to work at Nellis Air Force Base... Read More

Von Toble Middle School evacuated due to smell of gas

Von Tobel Middle School has been temporarily evacuated late Friday morning.

According to the Clark County Schoool District, the school was evacuated due to a gas smell.

Students were escorted to the grassy area of campus. Southwest Gas and the Clark County Fire Department looked into the issue and everything was ok.

The kids were sent back to class... Read More

Authorities investigate possible bomb at Nellis Air Force Base

A portion of Nellis Air Force Base has been cordoned off while authorities investigate a possible bomb.

According to Nellis Air Force Base, around 11:50 a.m. someone came to the base and told authorities that there was a bomb in their vehicle.

No other details were released, but Nellis officials along with Metro Police are taking the claims seriously and investigating.

The public is being asked to stay away from the area until the investigation is complete and the area has been cleared.

The main gate to Nellis Air Force Base is closed until further notice.

This is a developing story.... Read More

NDOC: Inmate escaped custody from Pioche Conservation Camp

The Nevada Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped from custody.

According to the NDOC, 37-year-old Jeremy Bryson walked away from the Pioche Conservation Camp Tuesday evening around 5:29 p.m.

The camp is a minimum custody facility located in Pioche, NV nearly three hours north of Las Vegas.

Authorities said Bryson has been at the Pioche Conservation Camp since Oct. 21. He was transferred from Clark County where he was arrested for burglary.

Bryson has a medium build, and he is 5 feet 10 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is also said to have multiple tattoos.

Authorities believe Bryson may be headed south on Highway 93.

Anyone with information on whereabouts of Jeremy Bryson is asked to call 911 or their local law enforcement agency... Read More