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Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More

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Henderson police spot distracted drivers during 3-week blitz

Henderson police say officers looking for distracted drivers during a three-week enforcement blitz ticketed 75 motorists for infractions like texting, checking emails, accessing the Internet or talking on cellphones.

Police spokeswoman Kathleen Richards says officers reported making 605 traffic stops, and issued a total of 710 citations during the effort, with help from North Las Vegas, Mesquite, Boulder City and Las Vegas police.

More than 300 tickets were for speeding, 89 were for registration and insurance violations, and 58 were for running a red light.

The April 1-20 Joining Forces program was backed by a $200,000 federal grant, through the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety... Read More

Cause of death released for Henderson judge

The cause of death for a Henderson municipal judge found dead in her home in March has been released.

According to the Clark County Coroner's office, Judge Diana Hampton's death was caused by sepsis due to cellulitis, a severe arm infection. Henderson also had a lung disease and fentanyl intoxication.

Fentanyl is a very strong pain killer.

Hampton was 50 years old and died on March 13. Her death is considered accidental... Read More

Henderson Police arrest suspect in alleged kidnapping

Henderson Police have arrested a suspect for a kidnapping that resulted in the deaths of two alleged co-kidnappers. Police arrested 38-year-old Brian Kleynen at his Las Vegas home Wednesday.

Police say Kleynen on April 12, along with 36-year-old Lanard Wilson and 27-year-old Selvy Auston, visited a home belonging to someone who knows Kleynen. Kleynen pretended to be kidnapped by Auston and Wilson in an elaborate ruse to steal from the victim's employer, according to police.

Police say Wilson and Auston demanded the victim get in their vehicle, where he was zip-tied, along with Kleynen. The kidnappers asked the victim about gaining access to a jewelry store where the victim worked. When the car traveled back to the victim's home to retrieve keys to the store, the victim broke free and shot Wilson and Auston, using a concealed firearm he had on him. Wilson and Auston died.

The vehicle skidded off the road and crashed into a nearby home... Read More

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Clark County air quality gets failing grade

The American Lung Association released it's 2016 "State of the Air" rankings, and southern Nevada did not score very well.

Clark County got an "F" for ozone and a "D" for short-term particle pollution.

Las Vegas and Henderson combined to rank as the 9th worst metropolitan area out of 197 cities across the country... Read More

CCSD breaks ground on lot for new Henderson elementary school

The Clark County School District has been dealing with overcrowding in its schools for a while now, but relief is finally coming to the City of Henderson.

On Thursday, CCSD broke ground on a brand new campus near Lake Mead Parkway and Olsen Street.

The new school is expected to be ready by June 2017. The construction in Henderson is said to be the first of a total of six schools that will be built this year.

Among the kids helping with the traditional turning of the dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony was little Kalia, who's a student at C.T. Sewell Elementary School. Sewell Elementary is one of many campuses bursting at the seams.

Kalia's in pre-school; her mother says this has been a long time coming.

"She's in the pre-k program so it's pretty big and they have about five teachers in there, along with volunteers all day," said Shannon Freire, Kalia's mother... Read More

CCSD breaks ground on lot for new Henderson elementary school

The Clark County School District has been dealing with overcrowding in its schools for a while now, but relief is finally coming to the City of Henderson.

On Thursday, CCSD broke ground on a brand new campus near Lake Mead Parkway and Olsen Street.

The new school is expected to be ready by June 2017. The construction in Henderson is said to be the first of a total of six schools that will be built this year.

Among the kids helping with the traditional turning of the dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony was little Kalia, who's a student at C.T. Sewell Elementary School. Sewell Elementary is one of many campuses bursting at the seams.

Kalia's in pre-school; her mother says this has been a long time coming.

"She's in the pre-k program so it's pretty big and they have about five teachers in there, along with volunteers all day," said Shannon Freire, Kalia's mother... Read More