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NLV police have new crime-solving tool

There's futuristic technology now in the hands of North Las Vegas police investigators and they're the only ones in southern Nevada to have this type of tool.

The department unveiled its new 3-D crime scene mapping gadget exclusively to 8 News NOW.

The new 3-D mapping tool gives investigators a 360-degree view of crime scenes. When looking at a car with bullet holes, it can show the angle of the shots. It gives detectives an idea of what the scene looked like from the driver's seat.

It's just the beginning of what the CSI technology can do.

While it may not look like much as first glance, the small box is revolutionizing how North Las Vegas police investigate crime scenes.

Until now, investigators like Dana Marks only had one chance to get it right and collect every bit of evidence she could at a crime scene.

Now this 3-D laser scanner preserves the scene virtually... Read More

Missing 'baby girl Jackson' possibly found, left at church in NLV

The search for a missing four-month-old girl may be over. According to spiritual leaders in North Las Vegas, "baby girl Jackson" was dropped off at the church Wednesday, safe and sound.

Church members of 'Portals To Glory' said they were in the middle of dinner at its youth service, when out of nowhere, two people knocked on the door, saying they had "baby girl Jackson."

"He was very calm. He wasn't real excited, he talked to me very gentle," said Elder Kelvin Ray, Portals to Glory Church. "The young lady who came with him to bring the items for the baby, I've never seen her before. They just came here in the sanctuary and put the baby down and gave us the bags and walked away."... Read More

NLVPD hopes new officers will help in combating crime

As many as 40 new police officers will soon join the North Las Vegas Police Department, and it's happening at a time when the agency is kicking it into gear to combat a significant amount of crime.

In fact, there have been several shootings over the past few days. This week along, there was a fatal shooting Tuesday near Civic Center Drive and Cheyenne Avenue, and on Wednesday a teenager was just shot in the area of Commerce Street and W. Craig Road.

Cheyenne and Civic Center Drive is what North Las Vegas Police call a hot spot for crime.

In Tuesday's shooting, a man was killed when he was shot several times inside a car in broad daylight.

A resident who in the before the murder said crime, in general, is on the rise in that area... Read More

Study: Drug, alcohol popular at music festivals

More than 32 million people go to a music festival every year, but along with music something else is prevalent at some of these festivals -- drugs and alcohol.

We're just a few weeks away from one of the biggest music festivals in the country, the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, and according to analysis by Detox.net, EDC is ranked fourth overall for the most amount of drug and alcohol mentions on social media.

The study analyzed 6 million Instagram posts and hashtags over the past two years from music festivals around the world and then scoured the data looking for mentions of substances like drugs and alcohol.

While EDC is fourth overall for mentions of substances, it also comes in at number 3 out of all festivals for mentions of MDMA, Molly or ecstasy with 8.7 percent of posts mentioning the illegal drug... Read More

Teen hospitalized after shooting in North Las Vegas

Police investigated a shooting in North Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 2:35 p.m. in the 100 block of San Miguel. The closest major intersection to this area is N. Commerce Street and W. Craig Road.

Police said a male teen suffered gunshot wounds to the lower part of his body, but the injuries were non-life threatening.

The teen was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

No word on what happened before the shooting, but North Las Vegas Police say it may be connected to a crash that happened at I-15 and Cheyenne Avenue.

Three people were detained by police for questioning in the shooting.

This is a developing story. ... Read More

Meeting southern Nevada's electrical demands during the summer

As the temperatures creep into the triple digits, the demand for electricity jumps up quickly.

Southern Nevadans can use more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity on the hottest days of the year. One-third of that comes from the Apex Industrial Park just outside of North Las Vegas.

Those natural-gas power plants use some innovative technology to minimize their impact on the environment while maximizing how much electricity they produce.

During the winter, the three power plants that make up the Arrow Canyon Complex can produce enough juice for more than half of southern Nevada's homes.

But it's a different story in the summer when the plants can be put to the test.

8 News NOW got an exclusive look inside the Chuck Lenzie Generating Station to see how it all works.

"It's extremely efficient," said Forrest Hawman, plant operations manager, NV Energy.

This is NV Energy's nimble workhorse sitting in the Nevada desert... Read More

Soccer coach arrested for lewdness with child

A soccer coach in North Las Vegas was arrested for lewdness with a child.

Agustin Ramirez-Rodriguez, 54, faces two counts of lewdness with a minor under 16.

Police started their investigation into Ramirez-Rodriguez when they were informed about alleged inappropriate touching between Ramirez-Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl on one of his teams.

The incident occurred at a park in the 1900 block of East Tonopah Avenue. Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Las Vegas City Detention Center.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are seeking any other victims. Anyone with information is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. ... Read More