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Website Offers Way to Find Friends

LAS VEGAS -- A lot of people may have love this Valentine's Day but not friendship.

A website that is growing in popularity is working to solve
that problem. Meetup.com claims to be the largest network of local groups where
people can meet. There are more than a million users nationwide and 500 Meetup groups
in southern Nevada.

One is the Henderson Ladies Me-Time group. The group is made
up of women with varied interests, occupations and ages, but they have all
found friendship together.

"We go to the movies, we have happy hour, so there is a
variety," Eva, a Meetup.com user said.

"Until I found Meetup, it was really tough for me to meet people
that had the same interests and commonalities that I was looking for in a friend,"
Krystine Hunnell, a Meetup.com user, said.

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Ex-Pastor Facing More Child Sex Charges in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 55-year-old fugitive former pastor is facing more felony child sex assault charges stemming from allegations he abused a fourth girl in his Las Vegas congregation under the guise of counseling.

Otis Holland's public defender, Jeff Maningo, declined comment about the case Monday following a brief hearing before a Las Vegas judge.

Prosecutor James Sweetin says the new charges stem from allegations that Holland abused a girl under the age of 14 at locations in Las Vegas.

Sweetin says the Las Vegas case will probably be consolidated with a case already pending against Holland in Henderson.

Holland faces a March 21 evidence hearing in that case alleging sexual assault with a minor under 16, sexual assault with a minor under 14, lewdness, child abuse and conspiracy to destroy evidence.


Jewelry Store at Galleria Mall Robbed, Customers Evacuated

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police are investigating the bold robbery at the Ben Bridge Jewelers inside the Galleria Mall.

Police say three armed men entered the jewelry store, smashed several cases, and fled the scene. Eyewitnesses say that one of the cases targeted by the robbers was full of Rolex watches. One eyewitness, told 8 News NOW, that one of the suspects had a large black gun and yelled for people to either "get down" or "look down." He said the whole incident lasted less than 30 seconds.

Henderson Police swarmed the mall and evacuated everyone as they searched for the suspects.

Galleria officials released this statement after the robbery:

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Vermillion Drops Lawsuit Against Sisolak

LAS VEGAS -- Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion has dropped her defamation lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, according to Mary Ann Price, the court information officer.

Vermillion was suing Sisolak for allegedly releasing her private medical information. In turn, Sisolak filed a criminal complaint against Vermillion. He accused her of attempting to extort money from him.

Vermillion is the focus of an investigation into the spending of funds at the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Henderson Mayor Outlines Upcoming Projects During Speech

HENDERSON, Nev. - Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen outlined Thursday a long list of projects he says will bring vitality and new jobs to Henderson.

"Economic diversification and development is a priority for us. It's part of our vision, part of our strategic plan, and we're forging ahead in that area," he said.

During Mayor Hafen's State of the City Address, he detailed the new developments coming to the city. They include the proposed Las Vegas National Sports Complex, which is expected to be built near the M Resort.

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Hafen Highlights New Development in State of City Address

Hafen Highlights New Development in State of City Address

Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen announced Thursday the city is close to sealing a deal to develop a 20,000-square-foot sports complex south of the M Resort.

Hafen made the announcement during his State of the City address. He says the complex could create 10,000 new jobs, but reports have indicated the project could be years away from beginning based on a number of factors including the need to acquire land from the federal government.

“Phase one of the project is scheduled to include a 20,000-seat stadium that would house soccer as well as other events, an arena for basketball, hockey and other sports and entertainment activity,” Hafen said.

The mayor also highlighted the $1 million expansion of St. Rose Hospital.

“The expansion will include 100 new beds and will double the size of their emergency room with construction to begin in the next few months,” Hafen said.