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Henderson City Council to vote on decision to get body cameras

Henderson police are hoping to get hundreds of body cameras for their officers, which would be a first for the agency. The move comes a few years after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department rolled out their system.

Body cameras are becoming fixtures for law enforcement agencies across the country.

"We've talked about that as a department for a long time," said Officer Scott Williams, spokesperson for Henderson Police.

Williams says they'll have roughly 300 body cameras for patrol officers, along with some back-ups.

"We can use this not only to analyze police behavior and citizen-police contacts, but it's a great training tool, and of course the big part of this is just having that accountability, and it creates that trust with the community," Williams said.

Henderson Police also plan to update their car dashcam systems, but nothing will go through unless the city council agrees on the measures when they vote Tuesday night... Read More

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Bus burned at Boys & Girls club

A local boys & girls club found its bus burned beyond repair Tuesday morning.

It happened near Warm Springs Road and Major Avenue in Henderson overnight. The staff received the call around 4 a.m. By the time they arrived, Henderson firefighters were already putting the fire out.

They don't know who set the bus on fire but the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada confirms it is the same bus vandalized last month.

In that incident, someone also tried burning it but the bus was still able to be restored. Sadly, this time, clubhouse director Russell Jones says that won't be the case.

"Honestly, it's a logistical nightmare. We're going to have to satellite people out this afternoon as far as dropping off. We pick up from 13 schools locally," he said.

No one was injured.

Even though this particular club has three other vehicles, Jones says this still puts a strain on their entire operation... Read More

Retired firefighter recounts day of massive PEPCON explosion

May 4, 1988, is a day people who have lived in the Las Vegas valley for a long time will never forget.

Why? Because the explosion at the PEPCON plant killed two and injured hundreds of others.

8 News NOW spoke with one of the first firefighters to arrive on the scene that day, and after 35 years on the Henderson Fire Department, Don Griffie is enjoying retirement as he runs a fire hydrant repair business.

But three decades later, the memories of what happened at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada Plant are still fresh.

Don was in one of the first engines heading to the initial fire at the plant when the first explosion occurred... Read More

PEPCON worker remembers massive 1988 explosion

It's been three decades since one of largest explosions in U.S. history and it happened in the the Las Vegas valley.

It was at the Pacific Engineering Production Company of Nevada -- also known as PEPCON.

Thirty years ago on May 4, the valley was rocked by a massive explosion at the PEPCON chemical plant in Henderson.

It could be felt from miles away as it shook the entire valley. Though its been decades since then, it's still very vivid for a man who witnessed it all.

"It does not feel like it has been 30 years," said Dave Thayer, PEPCON worker.

He was a processing engineer at the time of the incident and survived the explosion, but the haunting memories of that day are still with him.

"I could see the smoke and some of the flames from where my office was located," Thayer said. "The first small explosion was strong enough that it actually knocked some of the windows out."... Read More

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Video circulating social media shows teens killing baby duck with rock

A violent video circulating on social media Friday shows three teens caught on camera killing what appears to be a baby duck. The teens used a rock during the violent act. WARNING: The video you're about to see is graphic.

The teens are believed to be students at Green Valley High in Henderson. It was another local student who reached out to 8 News NOW to show video of the incident.

Many students Channel 8 spoke with were outraged that anyone could even do something so horrific.

"I think the community needs to step up and get involved," said Linda Faso, a local animal rights activist.

According to Faso, something like this happens too often. She says we all have to work together to prevent animal abuse.

Faso works with organizations across the country to fight for the creatures who can't stand up for themselves.

"It's really the tip of the iceberg of what's happening with cruelty today," Faso said... Read More

Casa de Shenandoah hosts last event before it closes for renovations

Wayne Newton's gates could be closing for good. The iconic performer's sprawling property at Casa de Shenandoah likely hosted its last public event Thursday night.

The Nevada Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals held its 'Animals in Wonderland' event there on Thursday.

The property was first opened for public tours in 2015. It was announced this week that those tours would stop to upgrade the facilities, but some fear it may never reopen.

"So many of us drive by this place every single solitary day, and to be on the other side of the wall and see and experience what goes on over here on a daily basis, is something that's incredible," said Kathy Jung, president of the Nevada SPCA.

The Nevada SPCA was one of the first organizations to have an event at Casa de Shenandoah, so it's bittersweet that Thursday's event could be the last event held at the estate.

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Henderson Police warn of arrest warrant phone scam

A phone scam where someone calls and saying you have to pay up because you have outstanding warrants or have missed jury duty is happening to people in Clark County, so Henderson Police have sent out a warning.

According to authorities, the calls are coming from someone claiming to be a police officer or court marshals. Many scammers manipulate caller I.D.'s to make the number appear as if it was to come from the local police station or jail, which makes it seem legitimate for residents -- but it's not.

"We deal with many different types of phone scams," said Scott Williams, a public information officer for the Henderson Police department.

Williams says the police department has seen an uptick in these particular phone calls. ... Read More