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WARNING: Scammers use NHP and names of charitable groups to seek donations

Scammers are preying on the kind hearts of Nevada residents, and they're using the Nevada Highway Patrol to do it.

NHP said it had received several complaints from citizens who said they were being solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

NHP said the scam artists use a local phone number to conduct the con, and according to some callers, they were solicited from someone posing as a representative of the American Association of State Troopers, along with the Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

When a person refuses to donate, NHP said witnesses told them the scammer would threaten unfair treatment from Troopers in the future.

"We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information," NHP said... Read More

Suspect arrested in California for homicide in Las Vegas

An arrest has been made following the death of a woman Monday morning at an apartment on South Nellis Boulevard.

Frederick Daniels, 41, was taken into custody in Anaheim, California on a warrant from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He is awaiting extradition to Las Vegas.

According to Metro Police, the victim was visiting her friend, who lived in the apartment, when she was shot by Daniels. He fled to California after the shooting... Read More

Nevada National Guard members return from Middle East

Two Nevada Army Guard units are back home after serving nearly a year overseas in the Middle East and family and loved ones are overjoyed with their safe return.

Around 250 Nevada Army Guard soldiers in the 17th Sustainment Brigade and the 137th Military Police detachment returned home after being in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Among them were a father and son deployed together and working with the rest of the unit to keep the mission at hand a success.

There's no place like home for Sergeant James Richardson Junior.

"Sometimes I'd worry about him if he was in another country or more dangerous country and he'd worry about me the same," Sgt. James Richardson Jr. said.

He is one of the guardsmen deployed overseas for the past year. His father was in the same unit.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be deployed with your son," said Command Sgt. Major James Richardson, 17th Sustainment Brigade... Read More

Program gives extra training to teachers to improve under-performing schools

Local community groups are working together to help improve under-performing schools in the Clark County School District, and they're turning to teachers to get it done.

The program is called Lead Nevada Academy, and it will provide leadership skills for teachers who have demonstrated success in the classroom. The goal of the program is to take the success and expand its reach beyond classroom walls.

More than 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District.

"My senior year teachers, they actually helped me out a lot," said Justice Santiago, a student. "I'm about to graduate, so they're really trying to push us to graduate."

In Lead Nevada Academy six teachers will be selected to undergo what is described as nine-months of 'intensive training.'... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Sneak peek of Aviation Nation: Katie takes a ride in a jet

Aviation Nation is back at Nellis Air Force Base, and it came back around just in time for the Veterans Day weekend.

The show, which is free to the public, starts Saturday and runs through Sunday. Aviation Nation is the largest free event in the state of Nevada.

The show usually has attendees made up of veterans, active military personnel, non-military personnel, and kids. The airshow features up-front static displays and their wildly popular aerial demonstrations.

The capstone of each day of air show features the highly-technical, aerial maneuvers of the Air Force's "Ambassadors in Blue," better known as the Thunderbirds.

8 News NOW Reporter Katie Boer met the pilots and got a pretty cool preview ahead of the big show.

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Happy Nevada Day! Celebrating the day Nevada was added to the Union

Happy Nevada Day! Nevada Day is a state holiday that is celebrated across the entire state of Nevada.

Nevada Day commemorated the admission of the state of Nevada into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. However, since the 2000s the holiday has always been celebrated on the last Friday of the month.

On Nevada Day holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close to commemorate the holiday.

Here are some facts about Nevada Day courtesy of Piktochart.com:... Read More