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More drivers impaired by drugs

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A new national study found motorists are more likely to be cited for driving while impaired due to drugs rather than alcohol.

The number of motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol dropped roughly 30 percent from 2007 through 2014 but there was a 4 percent increase in drivers who tested positive for drugs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Marijuana is the drug most commonly found in the bloodstream of impaired drivers.

The study didn't elaborate on these trends but 65-year-old former drug addict Ronnie Murray said Monday he's not surprised.

"I started using heroin when I was 11 years old," Murray said. "I have done just about anything I could to kill myself."

That includes getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs.

"It's like having a loaded gun just pointing and shooting and you don't know who you are going to hit,” Murray said.

2 people shot at swap meet near N. Las Vegas Blvd., Pecos

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Two people were shot at a swap meet on North Las Vegas Boulevard Sunday, according to law enforcement.

North Las Vegas Police said the incident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. at 2930 N. Las Vegas Boulevard. That's near North Pecos Road.

NLV detectives didn't release much information as to what happened before the shooting occurred, but authorities said the two victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening-injuries.

There's no word on whether or not a suspect was apprehended.

North Las Vegas Police are investigating.

This is a developing story.

Coroner IDs woman killed in 9-car-pile-up at Cheyenne, Jones

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has released the name of the woman killed in a 9-car-pile-up Friday.

Ellen Gallucci, 56, of Las Vegas died from multiple blunt force traumas due to an accident, according to Clark County Coroners. She was driving in an SUV with her dog when they were struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard, police say.

On Saturday morning, officers released the names of the driver and the passenger who they say caused the deadly crash that injured many more.

Police said it all unfolded around 3:30 p.m. when officers stopped a car, driven by Kenneth Rankin, 32, at Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue. Capt. Peter Boffelli of Metro Police said when officers started getting out of their squad car to approach the 2012 Dodge Challenger, the Rankin sped away with his passenger, 48-year-old James Bennett in tow.

Video shows burglary suspect in North Las Vegas home

 NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Detectives are hoping the public can help identify a burglary suspect caught on video in a North Las Vegas home.

According to police, the burglary happened on December 27 at around 4:30 a.m. in the 4300 block of San Gabriel Avenue. 

The video shows the suspect, who is carrying a gun, enter the home. An alarm in the home is triggered causing the suspect to flee.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Las Vegas Police Department at (702)633-9111 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Majority of parents not signed up for CCSD information

LAS VEGAS -- This year, the Clark County School District took on the largest technology project it's ever attempted. Infinite Campus is an online portal that keeps parents in the loop on student progress.

However, only about one-third of CCSD parents are using the portal that launched five months go.

Parents using Infinite Campus can get updates in real time on their child's grades, test scores, classes and even if they're tardy.

"I really like being able to access my kids grades and see all the missing assignments," said Erica Reynolds, CCSD parent.

For the most part, parents say the system is working.

"I think that's one of the really great things," Reynolds said. "You have instant access to what your kids are doing."

But while parents like Reynolds are logging on regularly, most parents are not using the system.











Grandfather expresses sorrow in child abuse case

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A father expressed heartache over the death last week of an infant who was one of nine children who lived with the man's daughter, Geneva Morgan.

Prior to the child's death, Morgan was arrested at her North Las Vegas apartment in December. On Wednesday she plead guilty to a child abuse and neglect charge related to that arrest.

Wallace Morgan, her father, wouldn't go on camera but told 8 News NOW Thursday he spoke with her while she was behind bars.

He said she reached out to him in the past month for money to help her get out of jail but he couldn't comply because of his fixed income.

Geneva Morgan was adopted at age 5, left home as a teenager, used drugs and had run-ins with police, her father said. He said she eventually had 10 children of her own.

DFS questioned over efforts made to prevent baby's death

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- There are questions about whether every effort was made to prevent the death of a baby removed from a home described by authorities as “deplorable.”

Donald Hemmings III, 3-months, was one of the eight children taken from the home in North Las Vegas in December. 8 News NOW reached out to the Clark County Department of Family Services, which managed the little boy's case, but because of state confidentiality laws, the staff couldn't go into specifics.

However, DFS cited other cases involving children who died due to illnesses like pneumonia while they were in the custody of the county. When Paula Hammack, Asst. Director of Clark County's DFS was asked how many times caseworkers checked on Donald's medical care, she cited the law, but didn't answer the question.