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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

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What's Driving You Crazy - Feb. 21, 2018

HENDERSON, NV - i n a previous "Driving You Crazy" story we learned that the City of Henderson says all options are on the table when it comes to untangling the traffic tie-ups on Eastern between the 215 and Horizon Ridge. And that includes the possibility of completely revamping the freeway-like crossing at St Rose Parkway.

Henderson City Engineer Tom Davy told us about the possibility of a flyover there. and that Eastern itself *could* someday become a super-arterial, similar to Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas. But Tom says they're not just looking at north-south options: "Some of the east-west corridors that the city is currently addressing is. . we are building a segment of Sunridge Heights Parkway between 7 Hills Drive and Executive Airport Drive. so that should draw some of the traffic away from the Eastern Avenue corridor out to the west. ... Read More

Snapped power poles leave Henderson residents in the dark

The strong winds snapped a half-dozen utility poles in Henderson leaving residents in the dark.

At one point, nearly 1,300 customers were without power near Horizon and College drives, but by mid-Monday that number lowered to around 440 customers.

In all , five power poles and one telephone pole, along Arrowhead Trail came crashing down. The neighborhood behind the impacted road was blocked in at one point, power lines were left dangling just inches off the ground.

It was not the way some in Henderson expected to begin their Monday.

"Craziness, I thought it was Armageddon," said Kathleen Megofna, neighbor.

Her morning was interrupted when the six large poles were snapped in half by the powerful winds that started Sunday night.

"And now there's, there's no way to get IHOP," she said.

It took several hours for NV Energy and Cox Communications to clean up the mess. People who couldn't get through stood by and watched... Read More

Basketball jersey of 1 October shooting victim's retired at Basic High

The youngest victim in the 1 October shooting was honored in a ceremony at his high school Wednesday night.

However, Quinton Robbins' story didn't end on October 1 because the loved ones that he left behind, his former teammates, his friends, and his parents are making sure that this is just the beginning.

Robbins was a star on and off the court.

"I definitely miss his smile and his laugh. He could light up a room," Chaze Lucero, Robbins' friend said.

There have been so many moments of silence ceremonies since the 1 October shooting, but the one held for Robbins Wednesday night was different Quinton Robbins was celebrated loudly.

Robbins' friends called him kind.

"Every summer, we'd go out with 10-15 people out on his boat, and he'd take everybody out, and he brought everyone together," said J.D. Ebert, friend. "He did all of that. He was a great leader. Just the kind of person he was."

His father calls him a hero... Read More