tv 8 News Now at 5 AM CBS January 14, 2016 5:00am-6:00am PST
i'm kirsten joyce. loftus. in just a few hours.. the metro officer accused of beating and kidnapping his girlfriend is set to appear in court. ((kirsten joyce)) 8 new now obtained the arrest report for officer james burt .. which states burt faces felony charges for battery domestic violence and strangulation, and kidnapping for an incident on monday with a woman he's dating. we also discovered that burt was arrested for a similar crime back in 20-11 but the charges were later dropped because he fulfilled court requirements including counseling and community service. we reached out to safe nest.. a not for profit focused on domestic violence issues.... and they hope the charges stick this time: ((brook: hopefully because this gentleman is in the public eye, then he'll be scrutinized and he'll be held accountable in a more serious manner. vanessa: would you like to see the felonies stick here to send a message? brook: i'd like to see the felonies stick there and in other cases as well and not so many plea deals that that the
they go to jail if they need to and they receive treatment if they need to.)) ((kirsten joyce)) burt's initial appearance before a judge is scheduled for 8:30. we will continue to keep you updated on this developing case both on air and online./// ((kirsten joyce)) > solar customers across southern nevada are upset.. after the public utilities comission voted against suspending the new rates for rooftop solar customers. ((brian loftus)) 8 news now reporter michael stevens is joining us now tensions are pretty high among solar customers in the valley. ((michael stevens)) that's right brian and kirsten. it's easy to say.. people are ticked. they were upset when the p-u-c announced the rate hike at the end of last year... and they were hoping the commission would at least hold off on enforcing them. several groups along with the state's consumer advocate asked the p-u-c to stay the rate hike... so they could file the proper petitions. this happened after solar
be laying off hundreds of employees.. and ceasing operations. more than a thousand people gathered at yesterday's commission meeting... including a hollywood actor. mark ruffalo... who is a big supporter of solar power... demonstrated before the meeting.. and addressed the commissioners.. asking... for them to reconsider. ((mark ruffalo // actor & activist: they're not taking our jobs today... they're not taking food out of our children's mouth today. mark ruffalo // /actor & activist: this is a monumental decision you are making. i don't think you quite realize what this means to your legacy. this is happening all over the u.s. and you are regressing.)) ((michael stevens)) the commisioners said they sympathized with workers, but suggested solar companies themselves were partly to blame... because they sold panels without warning people there could be changes in their bills in the new year. ((michael stevens)) the rates
calls "a cost- shift" that claims traditional energy customers are subsidizing about 17- thousand solar customers. brian and kirsten? ((kirsten joyce)) > michael.. how many local workers have been impacted by the decision? ((michael stevens)) kirsten... hundreds... solar city alone is cutting 550 jobs here in nevada. another company... sun run... is also ceasing operations and laying off workers./// sherry how's the weather today? sherry swensk < good morning on this chilly thursday! temps falling quickly with clear skies again overnight. we finally cleared out yesterday's clouds. ............. clouds holding back our daytime highs to mostly low 50s so not as warm as we'd hoped. ..........
((kirsten joyce)) > the top republicans will square off in another debate tonight. the top seven running for the white house will take the stage in south carolina. latest polls shows ted cruz ahead of donald trump ...with marco rubio in third. the first votes in iowa are a little more than two weeks away. this is the 6th gop debate of the campaign season./// ((kirsten joyce)) > speaking of presidential debates... organizers will spend the next 9 months preparing for the final one in october being held at the thomas and mack. up to 100- million people are expected to tune in for the debate. and thousands of attendees and members of the media will be based in southern nevada in the days before the event. governor brian sandoval says he hopes the exposure will bring issues for our state... into the spotlight.
brian sandoval/(r) nevada: "we have a lot of issues that are national issues, that everyone are paying attention to, the candidates are coming here because they know they need to win nevada, and that's good for us, and it's important the nation knows our nevada issues." )) ((kirsten joyce)) we spoke to a political expert and unlv professor.. who says there's a good chance some of those issues could make it into the debate it's expected the format of the debate will be different than the two primary debates las vegas hosted toward the end of last year./// ((brian loftus)) > and next week... republican presidential candidate carly fiorina will make her first trip back to las vegas since the debate in october. on sunday... she'll visit siena community center on the west side of town. and monday morning... she'll hold an event at the popular peppermill resaurant on the strip./// demetria, how are the roads this morning? < demetria obilor >no accidents in the valley right now.
koval intersection continues as crews work to build bus stops as part of the rtc's flamingo corridor improvement project. there's also some unrelated construction happening at tropicana and koval. crews there are doing sewer work. < > < > back to you. /// ((brian loftus)) > there are three winning tickets out there... for the 1 and a half billion
((kirsten joyce)) > there were three winning tickets sold for the powerball. . ((brian loftus)) one of them was purchased at this 7-11 in chino hills, california.. people swarmed the store to celebrate last night. california state lottery officials plan to head to the store today ...hoping that the state's winner comes forward. folks who live near there just couldn't believe the golden ticket was purchased practically
(((mario frias/ lottery player) i live down the street. what are the odds? i could have won )) two other winning tickets were also sold in florida and tennessee... meaning the big payoff will be split 3 ways. and get this.. a 1- million dollar ticket was sold at the lotto store in primm!/// ((kirsten joyce)) > downtown's plaza hotel and casino is giving you another chance to win big with your powerball tickets. you can get reimbursed for what you paid in tickets... with free slot play. all you have to do is take your ticket to the casino's rewards center. this special runs through sunday.///
sherry swensk < it's another extra chilly night! temps falling quickly with clear skies again overnight. we finally cleared out yesterday's clouds. ............. clouds holding back our daytime highs to mostly low 50s yesterday... so not as warm as we'd hoped, but today should be a little warmer. .......... make sure your sprinklers are set for daytime watering so
this morning, isis fighters claimed responsibility for a terror attack in indonesia. investigators say it began when a suicide bomber set off a blast outside starbucks.. then the suspects grabbed hostages and began shooting at people on the street. the attackers got into a gun and grenade battle with police.. then later set off suicide bombs. at least three people were killed.. and four attackers died. indonesian police believe the attackers imitated the recent
130 people.//// ((kirsten joyce)) > new this morning.. the world health organization says the ebola outbreak in liberia is officially over. the outbreak started in march of 2014 .. killing more than 4-thousand people. health leaders initially said the outbreak was over this past march.... but then more cases of it popped up a month later./// demetria, how are the roads this morning? < demetria obilor no slow downs in the spaghetti bowl and it no project neon- related lane closures for drilling work anticipated today. stephanie street bridge closing for 90 days starting monday. i'll remind you guys about this on friday when i recap the project on friday. > < > < >
/// ((kirsten joyce)) > those who love to shop.... could have an even better reason to hit the mall.. ((brian loftus)) the luxurious purse.. that was just named.. a better financial investment than the stock market. ((kirsten joyce)) plus.. looks like el chapo.. is fashion forward.. the shirt that everyone is now trying to get their hands on.///
((brian loftus)) > there's a new shirt trend.. that's taking the nation by storm.. thanks to el chapo.. ((kirsten joyce)) and ... some customers will be giving e-o-s lip balm some lip in the courtroom! jill wagner joins us live from wall street. good morning jill. good morning brian and kirsten! the 2016 sell off continues... the dow fell nearly 365 points on wednesday. the nasdaq dropped 160. it's now in what's called... correction territory, a drop of 10 percent from recent highs.// despite wall street woes--- americans are feeling good about the job market. nearly half of those surveyed say they'll be looking for a new job this year, according to glassdoor. the job site says this year... benefits and job perks will
and equal pay for men and women will take center stage.// the popular e- o-s lip balm is now at the center of a class action lawsuit. the suit filed by a california woman claims the egg shaped lip balm left her with rashes, bleeding and blistering. the company released a statement on facebook saying -- e-o-s products are safe to use and meet or exceed all safety standards.// q; and jill -- file this under all press is good press... we hear a los angeles clothing store . is cashing in on drug lord 'el chapo' fashion? a: el chapo is wearing a distinct blue and grey collared shirt in this photo with sean penn, taken before he was recaptured. the shirt is sold at the los angeles store. and retailer is now advertising it as 'most wanted shirt'. it costs 128 dollars and is now... on back order.
ground last january, and are now expected to finish up some time this month. expect to see contractors at the durango/cheyen ne intersection throughout this month as they finish installing a 1.1 mile pipeline. work was initially expected to finish up last month, but it seems things are running a bit behind schedule. you can use buffalo and lake mead as alternates until the work is completely finished. what's driving you crazy? remember, you can write me at. traffic 8 at las vegas now dot com. back to you. /// ((brian loftus)) > feeling the effects of smoking... without ever picking up a cigarette. ((kirsten joyce)) the new and alarming findings about how secondhand smoke is effecting teens.///
arrested over the past month.. what experts say can cause them to step over to the wrong side of the law. ((michael stevens)) > plus... the solar energy debate in nevada is heating up... the hundreds of protesters.. upset over the recent rate increase. ((brian loftus)) > and... we may finally find out... what they are feeding that smelly cat.. the "friends" reunion some 12 years in the making./// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > brian loftus > good morning and thanks for waking up with us. i'm brian loftus. kirsten joyce i'm kirsten joyce. the investigation continues... into a former metro officer
on a civil rights violation. ((brian loftus)) richard scavone's case reportedly hinges on his body cam footage.. and it's proving difficult to get it released.. the u-s attorney's office says it won't prevent the department from releasing it... however, metro says they will not-- referring to it as evidence. even though.. they are not handling the case and fired scavone in september. the video is public record.. that footage is key.. because it's expected to show scavone roughing up a woman suspected of working as a prostitute. scavone is then accused of lying about the incident in a police report./// ((kirsten joyce)) > since december, we've learned that three officers were arrested... plus the former policeman we just mentioned.... we reached out to community counselor, ron lawrence who says stress on the job can be a contributing factor if a police officer crosses the line into unlawful activities. ((ron lawrence/communi ty counselor: "when you are out in that maze everyday and you become traumatize and become high stress sometimes the brain becomes rewired // "do they always ask for help...not
((kirsten joyce)) ron lawrence says abuse of power can happen in law enforcement...a s in any other profession./// brian loftus > regulators here in the state are denying... thousands of requests to suspend controversial rate hikes. kirsten joyce the increase effects rooftop solar customers... 8 news now reporter michael stevens is looking into the numbers and the fall-out from the decision. good morning michael? ((michael stevens)) brian, kirsten... the group alliance for solar choice... says customers will start seeing thier service charges climb to 17- dollars and 90- cents a month. and people are upset because it was much lower just a few days ago. the new rate hike took effect on jaunary first. before the new year... solar energy customers were only paying 12- dollars and 75- cents a month. yesterday... thousands of people made their voices heard... in a special meeting... asking the public utilities commission to reverse its decison to increase costs for residential solar panel users. a move that has now angered thousands of customers who'd
layoffs in what was a growing industry. and the accusations are mounting... from local residents... and solar advocates like actor mark ruffalo: (( bryan miller // alliance for solar choice: it has been very clear what has gone on. the governors two top energy advisors are nv energy lobbyists. that's a fact that has never been denied.)) (( mark ruffalo: it's a shame that you are on that screen and not in the building. because outside you should really feel the energy here, there's a thousand people out here.)) (( ruffalo: you have a lot of angry people out there because they see what's happening. they know it's a game, it's a rigged game and you're not working for the public, you're working for the utility.)) ((michael stevens)) commissioners said they sympathized with the laid- off workers. but they also suggested solar companies were partly to blame for selling panels to thousands in recent months while
they could see big changes in their bill in the new year. the rates aim to correct a cost-shift that has traditional energy customers subsidizing about 17,000 solar customers. ((brian loftus)) michael... how big of an impact does this decision have on the community? ((michael stevens)) brian... aside from the lay-off's at these local solar companies... the people at solar city... one of those solar companies say... the new rate hikes won't only effect families... but potentially businesses, schools, and public agencies... and the hike could impact their overall budgets./// ((kirsten joyce)) > a lot of people are weighing in on social media... upset over the decision to increase the rate... you can take part in the conversation... just go to our 8 news now facebook page./// ((brian loftus)) > the oscar nominees are being announced... ((kirsten joyce)) actor john krasinski, along with the academy's president and a couple other filmmakers are revealing who is up for an academy award. let's listen in. < nominations announced for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best
sherry how's the weather today? < sherry swensk good morning on this chilly thursday! temps falling quickly with clear skies again overnight. we finally cleared out yesterday's clouds. ............. clouds holding back our daytime highs to mostly low 50s so not as warm as we'd hoped. .......... now back to the cold 30s again with the clearing overnight. .............. most of our thursday will be
clouds sliding in quickly through the afternoon, but by then we should be reaching those mid 50s. > < kirsten, brian... back to you./// > ((brian loftus)) > a former las vegas pastor testified in his own defense... accused of sexually assaulting young girls in his congregation. otis holland has pleaded not guilty to 17 felonies. holland was expressive in court yesterday when talking about
didn't do anything inappropriate: ((otis holland, former pastor: did you force yourself upon her? no i didn't.. (long pause)...and i want a lie detector test. council: objection your honor. may we approach? holland: i want them to know the truth." )) ((brian loftus)) if convicted, holland could be sentenced to life in prison. the trial will resumes next tuesday./// demetria, how are the roads this morning? demetria obilor < we're out at i-15 near saint rose parkway. no delays out along this stretch right now. if you're out overnight, you may see ndot crews out between jean nevada and the spaghetti bowl replacing freeway lighting with led lamps. this work is scheduled through february. >
along with the academy's president are revealing who is up for an academy award. let's listen in. < nominations announced for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, directing, film editing, foreign language film, original score, best picture, production design, visual effects, adapted screenplay and original screenplay. > comedian chris rock will host the oscars on february 28th./// brnous)) > goodbye late te show.
popular theme song... the "how you doin?!" and "smelly cat" ... because everyone's best friends are getting back together. nbc just announced the cast of "friends" are reuniting for a 2- hour special next month. it's not going to be quite like the original show.. but all 6 main characters are signed on for the special.. that pays tribute to the director. it will be the first "friends" reunion since the show ended in 2004./// sherry how's the weather today?
yesterday's clouds. ............. clouds holding back our daytime highs to mostly low 50s so not as warm as we'd hoped. .......... now back to the cold 30s again with the clearing overnight. .............. most of our thursday will be spent in sunshine then high clouds sliding in quickly through the afternoon, but by then we should be reaching those mid 50s. . more lake effect snow and snow for new england today with cold air. our area will make it to the 50s today. > back to you./// > ((kirsten joyce)) > mark your
green super recycling event is ((brian loftus)) coming up saturday, january 23rd at the thomas and mack. you can recycle all sorts of electronics.... get rid of your unused and expired medicine, and bring paperwork that needs shredded. goodwill will also be collecting household items. for the complete list of what we'll be accepting -- head over to las vegas now dot com./// demetria, how are the roads this morning? < demetria obilor accident on harmon, east of i-15 near vdara... lots of traffic heading through
((kirsten joyce)) > if you're looking for a good investment.. a new study found buying one of the famously expensive "hermes birkin handbags" is better than the stock market or gold. "baghunter" says the purses' increase in value about 14- percent each year... and have increased more than 500- percent over the past 35 years. but they're not easy to get your
and the purses are typically only sold to special clients. and they cost between 10 and 60 grand.//// sherry how's the weather today? sherry swensk < sherry swensk < good morning on this chilly thursday! temps falling quickly overnight. we finally cleared out yesterday's clouds. ............. clouds holding back our daytime highs to mostly low 50s so not .......... now back to the cold 30s again with the clearing overnight. .............. most of our thursday will be
((brian loftus)) that's the word from a new c-d-c report. holly firfer takes a closer look at these new findings. according to the centers for disease control and prevention, nearly half of middle-and-high school students are exposed to secondhand smoke. the results come from the c-d-c's national youth tobacco survey... given to sixth- through-twelfth- graders. the survey found 48-percent of students who had never used tobacco products were still exposed to smoke in places like their home or the car. in addition, that exposure was nine-times higher in teens without smoking rules in their home and car... compared with those who have "smoke-free" rules. more than a third say they were exposed to smoking in public areas, followed by work, and at school. the result comes from a 20-13 survey off more than 18- thousand participants. the researchers say this just
more when it comes to smoking, and encourage smoke-free homes and cars. holly firfer. demetria, how are the roads this morning? demetria obilor < no delays into mccarran this morning from 215 or your surface street routes. seeing more cones in the northwest. right now crews are working to build the centennial bowl interchange, which will create new ramps linking us 95 to 215. > < > < > back to you./// ((kirsten joyce)) > imagine.. flying to europe for under a hundred bucks? ((brian loftus)) coming up at 6:00...