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this is 8 news now at 11" > ((dave courvoisier)) > serious allegations against a metro police officer and a former officer... in two separate incidents. thank you for joining us, i'm dave courvoisier. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) and i'm patranya bhoolsuwan in for paula tonight. we are learning more about both of these cases tonight. vanessa murphy broke the story about an officer arrested last night. she's live in the newsroom with details. vanessa? ((vanessa murphy)) dave and patranya, today - we learned about a metro police officer facing felony charges for a domestic incident. and according to records, he remains in jail tonight. a spokesman for metro police says james burt is accused of domestic battery by strangulation and first degree kidnapping. the 41-year-old police officer has been with metro since 2005 - ten years....and while this is being investigated internally, he is not getting a paycheck. ((vanessa murphy)) dave, we don't know who the alleged victim may have been.... i've requested the arrest report
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i've requested the arrest report which would shed more light on the situation -- it was not available today -- we're working to get more answers hopefully for tomorrow. at this point it is not clear if burt has a lawyer. ((dave courvoisier)) and vanessa, what's this new development surrounding a former officer tonight? ((vanessa murphy)) dave, richard scavone is a former metro police officer who is suspected of working as a prostitute. he's been indicted on a federal civil rights violation and he's accused of lying on a report about the incident. this is significant because you don't hear much about officers being indicted locally. the incident occurred just over a year ago on january 6-th of 20-15 near tropicana and industrial road. police reviewed scavone's body camera footage at the time and turned it over to the district attorney's office. on march 17-th of last year, metro held a press conference and called his use of force "excessive" and "unreasonable."
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terminated seven months later on september 10-th. and now that grand jury returned the indictment against him -- meaning they believe there is enough evidence to take the case to trial. ((vanessa murphy)) as for that body camera footage... it has not been made public yet. i reached out to metro to see if the department would release it. a spokesman deferred to the u-s attorney's office, which is handling the case. a spokeswoman there told me the u-s attorney's office would not prevent metro from releasing the video. now, the ball is in metro's court. the decision is being made about whether or not to release it... as far as we know, the department has not made that determination tonight. reporting live in the newsroom, vanessa murphy 8 news now./// music ((dave courvoisier)) > president obama laid out his vision for the country for his final year in office and beyond tonight. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) the white house referred to the president's last state of the union speech as a --quote-- "antidote to an avalanche of negativity" from the g-o-p in
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((dave courvoisier)) the g-o-p followed up with its own message. more on that just ahead. staying optimistic, president obama told the nation he's looking to the future... but also looked back on the last seven years. touting accomplishment s such as the longest streak of private- sector job creation in history... and he championed the iran nuclear deal... the climate change agreement... and america's resolve against terrorism. the president said one of the few regrets of his presidency is the growing divide between democrats and republicans in washington... and he attempted to extend an olive branch to embrace bipartisanship: (( president obama: "democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise. or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us." )) ((dave courvoisier)) among the goals that obama laid out for lawmakers to work on together... criminal justice reform and a plan to combat prescription drug abuse.
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house paul ryan to work with democrats on tackling poverty -- and proposed expanding tax cuts for low- income workers who don't have children. south carolina governor nikki haley delivered the republican response. she criticized the obama white house... but also warned leading g-o-p candidates and their supporters against a hardline immigration stance: (( gov. nikki haley/(r) south carolina: "during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. we must resist that temptation." )) ((dave courvoisier)) tomorrow the president travels to nebraska, followed by louisiana. both cities are first-time visits during his presidency, and both have seen unemployment rates drop in recent years./// ((dave courvoisier)) > we are getting reaction tonight from southern nevadans on the president's address. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) we were at a local watch party earlier this evening... ...hosted by community leaders with s- e-i-u and plan. > most who attended are democrats... but there are also non- partisans and undocumented immigrants who could not vote but wanted to hear what the president had to say.
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obama mentioned that got people cheering at this party included health care reform and the improving economy. when we asked what more could the president have done during his time in office, here are what some of the people had to say: ((erika washington/watchi ng debate: "some of the initiatives at the end my brothers keepers and the yes you can for young girls of color i wish those could have been implemented earlier and that we can take them a little bit further "//rafael lopez/watching the debate: "we don't have protection across the nation for work place we can be fired just for being gay...beign transgender at the moment that's what we need to do surprisingly we got marriage first before that." )) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) by the way, the only loud jeering we heard at this watch party was when the camera panned over to controversial kentucky clerk kim davis who last year refused to sign off on same sex marriage papers. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) > republican senator dean heller offered his reaction to president obama's final state of the union address in a statement tonight -- quote --
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problems facing our nation. our economy continues to lag, businesses in nevada and nationwide are struggling due to endless mounds of red tape, obamacare has proved to be unaffordable, spending has reached an all- time high, and a failed foreign policy has led to increased threats to our homeland and abroad. to say the american people are eager for change would be an understatemen t." end quote. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) community advocates also used the watch party to register people to vote and gave out information on the nevada caucuses coming up next month./// ((dave courvoisier)) > a cbs news - new york times poll released today shows that americans remain divided on president obama's overall job rating as he begins his last year in office. 46% approve of the president's performance... while 47% disapprove. 65% of americans continue to say the country is off on the wrong track. on a positive note for the president, 62% of americans
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action concerning guns... however, only 49% think it was within his authority to take the executive action./// ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) > a big development in the democratic presidential race today... a new cbs news - new york times poll shows that senator bernie sanders has made major gains on front- runner hillary clinton. nationally, clinton still leads the race for the nomination by 7 points... but sanders' support has risen nine points since last month. clinton led by 20 points in december. sanders' biggest gains are among younger voters and liberals. however, his support is softer than clinton's. 49-percent of sanders supporters say their minds could still change... to just 37-percent of clinton's supporters./// ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) > the news of sanders' surge is giving a big boost to the senator's campaign -- and he says clinton is now focusing the attacks on him. meanwhile, the former secretary of state says she's not losing any sleep: (( sen. bernie sanders/(d) presidential candidate: "i think yesterday,
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attacks. and when you see that many attacks, and i'm sure that more will be coming, it is an indication that the clinton campaign is getting very, very nervous. (hillary clinton/(d) presidential candidate) "i don't pay any attention to this. i don't feel that it's a good reflection about who will actually come out on caucus night." )) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) in response to the tightening race, clinton is dispatching her husband, former president bill clinton, and daughter chelsea to campaign for her in iowa and new hampshire./// ((dave courvoisier)) > donald trump is still on top in the republican race. that same poll shows trump with 36% of support from prospective g- o-p voters. texas senator ted cruz remains second with 19% ... three points higher than december. enthusiasm for both candidates has risen among republicans... though 53% believe trump will be the eventual nominee./// ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) > four years ago, todd simon was coaching high school basketball, today he's leading the runnin' rebels.
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simon's debut unfolded at the mack. and the i-team's george knapp does some digging into boulder city... and gets handed a subpoena. the new details surrounding the police chief's resignation./// ((tedd florendo)) >it's going to be another cold one. no freeze alerts issued, but down near freezing again none the less. here are your current temps outside. i'll be back with a pinpoint look at your forecast in a few minutes. they say denny's 7-pepper spicy skillet is crazy spicy, but how crazy could it be...
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outrage over the deaths of hundreds of dogs and cats at the boulder city animal shelter played a major role in the resignation of that town's police administrator... but the full story hasn't come out -- until now. the i-team's george knapp has uncovered troubling allegations that have surfaced... and has the exclusive story: vanessa murphy/8 news now would you mind answering some questions for us? bill conger: i'd love to talk to you. you have to talk to the city manager. vm: i can't talk to you separately? bc: no. when bill conger was hired two years ago, he promised transparency and accountability in the boulder city police department but he found it a tough promise to keep in a town not known for either. public anger about the euthanization of animals is perceived as the issue that pushed him out the door, but there's much more to it. last week, boulder city detectives met with clark county district attorney steve wolfson
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affidavit naming mary jo frazier, former manager of boulder city animal control, on 37 felony counts of animal cruelty. but multiple sources familiar with the story told to the i-team that wolfson got an earful about much more. boulder city officials continue to claim that police administrator conger did the right thing when he allowed mary jo frazier to retire rather than face criminal charges. in april of 2015, conger was told about widespread problems at the animal shelter by animal control employee ann inabnitt. a police investigation identified 91 dogs and cats that had been euthanized by frazier without waiting the required 5 days or getting an outside vet to sign off. documents obtained by the i-team show the actual number of suspicious euthanizations is closer to 1300. conger reportedly didn't want the city to be embarrassed and decided on his own the case
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however, the da was told last week that ann inabnitt initially warned conger about problems at the shelter a full year earlier, in april 2014. in that instance, inabnitt was upset when frazier allegedly came into the shelter with a dog owned by her ex husband. tom finn/former boulder city police chief: mary jo came into the shelter on her day off with her ex husband's dog, which was a dachshund and she stated quote, i'm tired of this dog pissing on the floor and she euthanized it in front of ann, put it in a bag, and threw it in a freezer and said don't put this in the log book and she left. within recent weeks, conger reportedly called inabnitt on the carpet and told her the meeting in 2014 never happened, that she never told him about that incident. something else relayed to the da-- the police investigators working the case were allegedly instructed by conger to omit any reference to other criminal matters..specifi cally
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narcotic drugs were missing from the shelter. the da is now aware of those allegations and has requested followup information, according to prosecutors. a third issue hanging over conger's head is one that, like the others, was initially dug up by his predecessor, former chief tom finn, who uncovered this document showing that conger intervened in a dui case involving a family friend. he ordered the release of dianna gibson who'd was arrested in november 2014 for drunk driving. finn notes that conger isn't a peace officer. he was hired by a private contractor to be administrator, not the police chief, a move that was done so he could draw police salary. releasing a dui suspect without bail was a surprise to the finn: as a police chief, i never or'd anybody, it's just something i purview of a judge. i never saw this form before that was sent to me in my records request.
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((dave courvoisier)) the only statement we have about why bill conger resigned is something that was posted on the family's facebook page but has since been removed. it said recent events have been a distraction and hindered conger's ability to do his job, so he decided to move on and enjoy his retirement. no charges have been filed against frazier or anyone else. the matter is still being considered by the d-a. however, at least one legal action is underway. this morning lawyers for boulder city delivered a subpoena to george... ordering him to report for a deposition they want to conduct. we'll of course keep you posted.///
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will begin to cloud up again little overnight. looking at mostly clear skies but cold again by morning. temps in the 30's and 20's through many locales overnight. winds stay light as well ............................... ........ afternoon temps hit the low 50's and below average again today when we should be around 58 degrees. cooler on the west side of the valley with milder weather over tot east side where we're lower in elevation. chilly up on mount charlestyon and souther sections of the valley low 50's today. ............................... ............ regional temps already cold in southern great basin with coll temps from mesquite all the way down to laughlin. high 50's late today for pahrump and milder in death valley. cold already in reno. ............................... .................... chilly across most of the lower 48 states. cold in wasatch and looking at subzero temps overnight in the the twin cities and chicago. cold air stretching all the way down to the deep south. look at atlanta and florida in the 4o's to 50's at this hour. ............................... ................. to the upper midwest we go for the snow.
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affect snow to the michigan and pennyslvain and upstate new york. more snow for boston heading to main as well. ............................... ............ back west the pacific northwest getting pounded with more rain where they don't need it. snow coming down heavily in the washington and oregon cascades along with california. we'll see clouds to begin to thicken a little more overnight. we're tracking more systems out here in the pacific. but all are taking aim at the northwest and will cross over us. we'll have some breezes, but unfortuntaly not a lot or rain chances this week. ............................... ............... overnight lows however will be cold in the morning for at least the first half of the week. at or just below freezing for many neighborhoods. with 20's in summerlin and southwest neighborhoos and anthem. ............................... .............. regional lows dropping to near freezing or colder from mesquite to pahrump as well. chilly teens for the southern great basin. ............................... .. so tonight expect a low near freezing with scattered overnight clouds. winds stay light allowing temps to drop even more. tomorrow 55 for the high with more sunshine. and light winds.
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............................... ...... extended forecast shows temps actually finally getting to average this weekend. more clouds by late week with mountain shower chances on saturday. and rain chances could return as early as tuesay next week. thousands of parents are now stuck trying to figure out what's next for their children. a carson city judge recently
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education savings account that would put more than 5-thousand dollars in parents pockets next month. megan heryet is a mom to a five-year-old and says after her son was left without a teacher in his kindergarten class, she felt the only option was private school: ((megan heryet -- we pay $140 for our son to be tutored now because we couldn't find the right school for him this year. and we thought well that's great because that will cover some of the costs that we're incurring from curriculum, tutoring and that sort of thing. )) ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) the e-s-a was part of a republican- backed bill passed during the 20-15 nevada legislature last year. several democrats formed a coalition to stop funding, saying it takes away from already strapped public schools in the state. /// ((dave courvoisier)) > there is a new guy in charge of the runnin' rebels. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) dave rice got cooked and now it's a game of 'simon says' sports director chris maathuis was at tonight's game. ((chris maathuis)) the only
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says take care of the ball... and guess what they did. we'll take ya to the thomas and mack where the lobos rolled into las vegas at hot as any team in the league. plus... the ufc rewards home base fans with a terrific fight card in march... i'll tell ya who's fighting in vegas, next here on 8 news now.///
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chris maathuis." ((chris maathuis)) i know todd simon doesn't want the attention, he just wants to win... but when you're thrust into the lime- light, like it or not, your now under the microscope. simon taking over for dave rice as acting head coach. the rest of the season will be somewhat of an audition for the staff. here's the new guy in charge... todd simon, 4 years removed from findlay prep and now he's given the vegas crown jewel of jobs -- coaching the runnin' rebels. it's a fun game and simon says run... and that's what they did... unlv runs out to an 11 point first half. they went on a 15-4 run late. and they're playing defense... defense leading to offense....
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on row two... likes this play and he's not alone. unselfish basketball leads to a zimmerman slam dunk.. big zim finished with 15 points and 15 boards. rebels led 34-28 at the half... now the second half has been this team's bugaboo. and it's been alarming. but simon says take care of the ball and they do... unlv only turned the ball over 7 times. rebels patrick mccaw scored 18 points and had 3 steals.... rebs led by as many as 22. granted its only one game. but they have a lot of talent, and appeared to be working a little harder, playing a little more unselfish.. and it worked out... four rebs finished in double figures. rebels roll past the lobos thus avoiding the school's first ever 0-4 start in conference play.... they win it tonight 86-74.. and when you win games like this... major league baseball's most valuable wants to congratulate ya... and so that's what bryce harper did tonight as the rebels improve to 10-7, and 1-3 in league play. todd simon/unlv interim head coach: "i was really proud of our team effort, it was completely positive from 1 15 on the bench...
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guys." stephen zimmerman/unlv center; "coach simon told us the first 10 seconds of the shot clock is ours, moving setting screens, moving pushing set screens as much as we can, i think that helped us out a lot. knowing that we only have 10 seconds we're going to run around as fast as we can i think that pushed our tempo and helped us as an athletic team. ((chris maathuis)) so the rebels take care of new mexico... and they're back in action on saturday at home against air force.... 7 o'clock tip. the falcons got blown out tonight by utah state.... so they'll come limping into the mack having lost three in a row. ((chris maathuis)) turning our attention to the unlv football program... i know something about the fremont cannon that will fire up rebel fans. even though it's painted red and sits in the unlv locker room... the rebel coaches discovered something that reno hoped unlv wouldn't notice. it's something that will make ya "what -- those dirty --- you fill in the blank. it's not time to reveal the
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that comes at a later date... but you will say 'no way." the nfl will be back the nations' second largest market... the relocation committee says the rams can move into a stadium in inglewood and san diego can join em, if they want. oakland is not part of the deal... but if the chargers don't want to make a move... then the raiders will have the option. the nevada athletic commission approved a settlement with ufc fighter nick diaz. the commission originally suspending diaz for five year for smoking pot... but today reduced that suspension from five years to 18 months and fined 100- thousand dollars. anthony marnell iii/chairman nac: "after we understood all the information we came to a more appropriate suspension for in the case... it's a win win for everybody and i think it's appropriate." he can fight in august... one more note, it's now official... do anjos and holly holm will fight mesha tate at ufc 197, official... conor mcgregor will fight rafeal do anjos and holly holm will fight mesha tate at ufc 197, march 5th in las vegas.
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news music> as chris will tell you, they're hoping to give zamboni rides at the new las vegas arena for a professional hockey team sometime in the future...
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the city got a zamboni-like tool, but it's not for keeping the ice clean. meet the "poop-master six-thousand"... the city has to rent out the machine because birds are leaving a mess downtown! it costs two- thousand dollars a month to rent and the "poopmaster" will be a familiar sight in portland until the crows leave in the spring./// ((dave courvoisier)) > that's all for us live at eleven. ((patranya bhoolsuwan)) the late show with stephen colbert is next.
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