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Joining Forces: Valley police crackdown on aggressive, fast drivers

Police across the valley are cracking down on aggressive drivers. Jan. 2 marked the beginning of a three-week effort called Joining Forces.

"Just remember that it's not worth your life or somebody else's life," said Officer Aaron Patty with the North Las Vegas Police Dept.

North Las Vegas Police say officers are in full force this month with a zero-tolerance policy for excessive speeding.

"The goal of this enforcement is to target dangerous drivers, aggressive drivers, in an effort to save lives," Officer Patty said. "There have been a series of fatal crashes in this state, in this valley alone, over the past year."

Just last week on Christmas Eve, police say a driver was going more than double the posted speed limit on this stretch of Lake Mead Boulevard near Pecos in North Las Vegas.

Surveillance video shows him crashing into another car killing a woman, and sending her son to the hospital... Read More

WEB EXTRA: What can happen if you drive too fast?

Local law enforcement agencies across Nevada, including North Las Vegas Police, Henderson Police and the Nevada Highway Patrol are cracking down on speedy drivers. Enhanced enforcement is from January 2 to January 22.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are consequences to the way you drive and how you handle a vehicle while moving at a high rate of speed. Here's a quick breakdown... Read More

2018 Year in Review: Homicides up in North Las Vegas, Henderson, but down in Las Vegas

From deadly shootings to brazen acts of gang violence -- the Las Vegas valley saw its fair share of murders and violent crimes in 2018, but a look at the statistics shows a jump in violent crime across the Las Vegas valley. According to Metro Police, their homicide numbers are down, but many areas of town show a significant increase.

But, law enforcement officers hope this year will be a different story.

In North Las Vegas, there were 35 murders, which is up from the 10 murders in 2017. People who live on the north side of the city say they're fed up with the violence.

"I'm concerned about the welfare of not only my children but the children of others who go to schools in the city," said Erik Huey, resident.

Among the senseless murders was one that rocked the entire valley: The shooting death of 11-year-old Angelina Erives.

Police say she was shot and killed by suspected gang members who targeted the wrong home in a retaliation shooting... Read More

Road rage shooting in NLV leaves 2 people injured

A road rage incident led to a shooting Friday night. Two people were seriously injured, North Las Vegas Police said.

The incident happened near Cheyenne and Losee after 6 p.m. According to officers, the two male victims in their 20's pulled into Mortons Travel Plaza to get help.

They were transported to a nearby hospital where they're said to be stable with non-life threatening injuries.

54-year-old Terence Fair is in police custody and will face two charges of attempted murder, according to police.

8 News NOW will have updates on this developing story on 8 News NOW at 11p.m. ... Read More

Report: Man charged in crash that killed woman may have been street racing

Rigoberto Chavez-Solorzano, the man arrested in a car crash which resulted in the death of a mother and critically injured her 13-year-old son on Christmas Eve, may have been street racing, according to his arrest report.

Chavez-Solorano, 41, appeared in North Las Vegas Justice Court for his arraignment Thursday morning. He is facing three counts of felony reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm. The crash happened on East Lake Mead Boulevard and Palmer Street.

According to police, Chavez-Solorano was going more than twice the speed limit.

Maribel Aleman, 41, was killed in the crash. She leaves behind four children. A GoFundMe account was set up for the family... Read More

NLV cracking down on abandoned vehicles

North Las Vegas officials are looking to keep the city safe and the community clean.

The goal of the newly-created parking services division in North Las Vegas is a campaign against illegal parking and abandoned vehicles in the new year.

There will be a new office when the new year hits for parking services manager Serafin Calvo. Calvo is the head of the North Las Vegas Parking Services Division and leading the city-wide crackdown on abandoned vehicles.

"So, this is our new parking services office," Calvo said. "As we beautify the neighborhoods by ridding the streets of these abandoned and junk vehicles. A lot of the debris that it collects will be able to be swept by the street sweepers, and will help in improving the property values of the homes that are up for sale."

The campaign also goes for apartment buildings that are surrounded by abandoned cars... Read More

Another Amazon fulfillment center opening in North Las Vegas

Online retail giant Amazon is set to open its sixth fulfillment center in Nevada in just a couple of months.

The word that comes to mind to describe the facility is massive. It's nearly 900,000 square feet and four floors. That's about nine super Walmart's worth of space.

This is the company's fourth one in North Las Vegas and will be filled with books and small electronics.

"We are very excited to keep growing, especially in North Las Vegas now," said Eduardo Escalante, facility general manager, Amazon.

Escalante is in charge of getting the facility up and running for Amazon.

"We will be moving millions of units on a day when it is running, you see our facilities like this time of year, they're very, very busy."

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee has pushed for large projects building big warehouses and distribution centers in recent years to attract big businesses to town... Read More