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NLV Police to Receive Almost $2M to Employ 14 Officers

The North Las Vegas Police Department is receiving grant money for 14 law enforcement jobs, Sen. Harry Reid's office announced Monday.

The $1.75 million grant is funded through the federal Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS.

In the announcement, it stated that the grant is for either preserving or creating jobs.

"This grant gives the North Las Vegas Police Department a shot in the arm," Reid said in a statement. "(The) funds will create jobs and improve public safety in North Las Vegas, and I am pleased that Nevadans living in the community will be better protected by a strong law enforcement agency."

The grants provide 75 percent of funding for entry-level salaries and benefits for three years of newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions or to rehire officers who had been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off, according to the federal office.

House Fire Kills Dogs and Displaces Two Adults

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a heavy house fire on Decatur Boulevard just north of Alexander Road around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

North Las Vegas fire officials say about 50 percent of the house was damaged in the fire, mainly the back portion of the home and some of the backyard.

The residents living in the house had a total of nine dogs, some were puppies. Officials say at least five dogs were killed in the fire. Two dogs are unaccounted for at this time.

The two adult residents were displaced from the home. 

Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers are meeting with the residents and will ensure everyone has a safe place to sleep and has food, clothing, medication and other essentials.

There is no confirmed cause of the fire but they believe candles may have been the cause.

Stay with 8 News NOW for the latest updates.

Two Teens Run to Local Businesses for Help After Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Two teens, hit by gunfire, ran into two nearby businesses looking for help.

North Las Vegas police say the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Saturday. An 18-year-old male and an 18-year-old female were one block south of E. Lake Mead Blvd. and N. Civic Center Dr., when they were hit. Both then ran to two separate businesses, a Dotty's and a Taco Bell, saying they had been shot. People in the area reported hearing five or six gunshots around the time of the shooting.

Authorities say both of the victims were taken to UMC, and one of the victims is in critical condition. They say it's too early to tell if the shooting was gang-related, or if it was a drive-by shooting. The names of the victims have not been released.

Right now police aren't giving out a description of any suspects.

Apartment Fire Displaces Four

LAS VEGAS - An accidental fire at an apartment complex near Simmons Street and Lake Mead Boulevard has displaced one adult and three children.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials say the fire started in a refrigerator shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Sheppard Hills Apartments. The fire spread to two floors, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in approximately ten minutes.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

Save $100 on Girl Scout Camp Foxtail Registration

Save $100 on Girl Scout Camp Foxtail Registration

It’s your summer, love it!

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is offering special anniversary pricing on Camp Foxtail registration as a celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting. Save $100 on resident summer camp with session prices ranging from $50 to $295.

Camp Foxtail is located in the cool in the cool Spring Mountain Range, just 45 minutes from Las Vegas.

Summer sessions run through August 17 and a 10-day pre-registration is required.  Registration is available at girlscoutsnv.org.

NLV, Las Vegas Agree to Merge Jails

LAS VEGAS -- The North Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to merge its jail operations with the city of Las Vegas.

Earlier in the day, the Las Vegas City Council also voted unanimously to approve  the merger.

North Las Vegas officials had recently proposed closing the city's jail and moving about 315 inmates to the Las Vegas jail as a cost-saving measure.

North Las Vegas faces a multimillion-dollar budget deficit that must be reconciled by July 1. The move is expected to save the city more than $30 million.

But the closure also means about 80 people will be laid off next month.

"We sure didn't want to lay anybody off," North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck said. "We've got very good employees and we are sad to lose them and we'll do what we can for their employment."

About half of those workers are Teamster members who will lose their jobs as part of the agreement. 

NLV, Henderson Libraries Face Budget Crisis

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The next time you go to the library in North Las Vegas, it might be closed. Officials there are reducing hours in hopes that it will save just enough money to get them through their budget crisis.

The Henderson Library District is dealing with their own budget troubles, but they are approaching the problem differently. While North Las Vegas plans on cutting back hours, the Henderson Library District is asking for a tax hike to help pay for the library system. 

Henderson Library Director Tom Fay says they are out of options when it comes to cutting costs.

"When we looked everything and all the cuts we've already put into place, reducing our staff by 30 percent, reducing hours, cutting all of our budget items that we could, we decided we had to go out to people before we go to even more extreme measures," he said. "If they vote no on November 6, that means we would close two libraries."