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who claims she was kidnapped... escapes from a valley home. how many suspects have been arrested in the case... and where police tracked them down. ((denise valdez)) new information regarding the fbi searches conducted across southern nevada. what more we've learned about who is at the center of the controversy. ((dave courvoisier)) > the democratic caucus.. less than 24 hours away... and candidates are making the final push for support. (( i do need your help tomorrow .. i need your help in the caucus .. )) ((dave courvoisier)) where in the valley hillary clinton and bernie sanders are rallying tonight./// < ((voice over: "now, nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 5.")) > ((dave courvoisier)) > a woman escapes after being kidnapped... sending police on a massive hunt for her abductors. thanks for joining us... i'm dave courvoisier. ((denise valdez)) i'm denise valdez in for paula tonight. in all, investigators are working three crime scenes in connection to the incident. 8 news now reporter karen castro
alexandria... where two suspects have been taken into custody. karen? ((karen castro)) police caught up with the two suspects, a man and a woman, at this home. we're told both came out of this house. that's when the woman was taken into custody... but the man ran away. he was eventually arrested after breaking into a home one street over. this all started 4-miles away at this all started 4-miles away at a home in on martin hall drive, near cheyenne and fort apache. a woman told police she escaped from this house and ran to a neighbor's home... who let her in and called 911. we spoke to a man who says the woman first came to his door at around 5-30 in the morning but he couldn't open the door in time to help her. ((mel goldberg - neighbor: someone rang our doorbell really fast like 5 or 6 times. we were asleep so by the time i
through the peephole, the window and i didn't see anyone.)) mel goldberg says it was his nextdoor neighbor who let the frantic woman in. he took these pictures after police arrived on scene. swat was called out... thinking the suspects may still be inside the home. but they weren't. however, investigators did catch up to the duo at a home on broadriver. police say the woman surrendered but the man took off running. they say he broke into a neighbor's home. ((jesse roybal - metro pd: an innocent person was able to flee that residence when detectives where able to make entry there. detectives that were right there on the scene, they were able to take that suspect into custody without any injury.)) here's that suspect being taken into custody. he was strapped to a gurney and wearing a spit mask before eventually being taken away in
((karen castro)) police say the victim is doing okay and talking to investigators. it's unclear her relation to the kidnappers. reporting live, karen castro, 8 news now. ((denise valdez)) you mentioned a neighbor helping the victim -- what are police saying about doing something like that? ((karen castro)) police say it's certainly a brave thing to do and let a stranger in your house. but they also say for anyone who may not feel comfortable in a similar situation... to call 911 immediately. ((dave courvoisier)) > north las vegas police make arrests in two separate child abuse cases...and released disturbing details at a news conference this afternoon. our vanessa murphy was there and joins us live with the latest... vanessa? ((vanessa murphy)) north las vegas police say two women are under arrest for these separate cases.
the other is accused of hurting another infant.. now that baby is left with permanent brain damage. and this evening...a caution to parents....since both of the women were babysitting.... cynthia lavender is accused of murder. police say she was watching a good friend's five month old boy....and admitted to throwing the baby and later dropping the baby...the infant did not survive. alejandra robles is accused of child abuse and neglect. police say she was working at an unlicensed daycare and admitted to throwing a seven month old child who will have injuries for the rest of his life. police are taking this opportunity to reach out to parents. ((officer aaron patty/north las vegas police this is a very sensitive topic obviously and we decided to talk about a few of these details today and we feel that it's important to address this to the public. our message is simple and it's this if you have a child and you see anything that is cause for concern, ask questions. ))
in the case of the infant who died, the mother had noticed a problem in the past and talked to cynthia lavender.... but as far as we know, there was no formal investigation or report... and she was back watching the child again....two weeks later the child died. police also tell us in both case these women had different stories....they took polygraphs and failed....and then made admissions. reporting live, vanessa murphy, 8 news now.// ((denise valdez)) > a clark county grand jury is hearing testimony about the deaths of hundreds of animals at the boulder city animal shelter. it's an exclusive story obtained by the 8 news now i- team. sources familiar with the criminal investigation confirmed the boulder city police department and animal control program -- testified before the grand jury this week. a criminal complaint alleging dozens of felony violations was submitted weeks ago to the
the affadavit focuses on former animal control officer mary jo frazier. in 2014 -- complaints were first filed that frazier might be violating the law by euthanizing animals that came into the shelter without waiting a required time period, but the city took no action. frazier also allegedly put to husband. overall, more than 12-hundred animal deaths were deemed suspicious. a 2015 criminal complaint was buried by the police administrator. he's since left the job. a new version of the complaint alleges as many as 79 felony counts. sources told the i-team that frazier.. now living in oregon.. was notified about the grand jury proceeding. ((denise valdez)) 8 news now continues to investigate a series of f-b-i raids conducted in the valley, thursday. the public corruption rick leavitt... a financial manager for the bureau of reclamation. reporter brittany edney joins us brittany... case? out to the bureau of reclamation's regional office to
situation but due to the open investigation... they couldn't reveal too much. we've tried to contact rick leavitt several times over the past 2 days but have yet to spot the long time accountant. the bureau of reclamation confirms there is an investigation. rose davis, the public affairs officers says quote: "as far as the events reported yesterday, the f-b-i is leading the investigation and reclamation's lower colorado region is cooperating fully. so what exactly is going on? well, we know the bureau manages the sale of electricity generated by the hoover dam. the contract that allows the sale of power will expire next year so an audit committee was created to make sure proper accounting procedures are being followed. leavitt is one of the members of the committee... he is also listed as the chairman of an audit commitee for vestin mortgage. that company happens to be located in the same building as l-l bradford and company... which is the accounting firm that was awared the contract to audit the dam. law enforcement agencies
leavitt's home in henderson... where our cameras saw authrorities removing boxes containing unknown items. the other locations include his government office in boulder city... plus l-l bradford.... where the investigation appears to be focused. and as of today...the nevada state board of accountancy registry lists leavitt's status as "active" ... which indicicates that his licence is current and in good standing. ((brittany edney)) the f-b-i says so far, no arrests have been made, and none are immediately expected. we will continue following this story... and bring you updates as more details emerge. back to you./// ((dave courvoisier)) > the warmer than usual temperatures continue this weekend... so it may be a good time to get weekend... so it may be a good time to get outside and enjoy it while it lasts... right tedd? < tedd florendo >a lot calmer than yesterday that's for sure. gusts still around in some parts of the region, but not the annoying winds we had yesterday. warmer temps by afternoon too with numbers back inthe 70's.
at this time. ............................... ... regional temps are warmer in phoenix and tucson the farther south you go. los angeles staying cool after some record warmth earlier this week. chilly up in the northern part of the state and in the wasatch. ............................... ...... evening planner shows a pretty tranquil weather tonight. with temps from the 60's to the 50's by late night. winds decreasing more through the night as well. caucus less than a day away -- candidate hillary clinton criss- crossed the valley. ((denise valdez)) one stop was the college of southern nevada for a roundtable with working mothers. (( ... and hillary clinton .. applause)) ((denise valdez)) a crowd of mostly women and college students were eager to hear what she had to say about raising wages -- and improving life. she joined a group of local
balance between work and family. clinton was stunned by a nevada statistic that reports it costs about 65- hundred in tuition to send a child to a 4 year public university .. but 95-hundred dollars a year to send them to childcare: (( hillary clinton: "i want to provide 12 weeks of paid family leave so that families can actually take time off for a newborn or aging relative or sick spouse or even yourself and still get paid .. right now we don have family leave huge step forward .. but it's unpaid .. need to move toward paid family leave a lot of need for that." )) ((denise valdez)) the focus of the talk -- real families with ordinary challenges. later in this newscast -- we'll tell you about the unlikely support clinton picked up while visiting the vegas strip. ((dave courvoisier)) > supporters for bernie sanders are also making their voices heard tonight. locals are filing in to a rally
kick off in less than an hour at the henderson amphitheatre. sanders is not here yet... and won't be until later this evening. he's still making his way to southern nevada... after visiting sparks and elko today for campaign events./// ((dave courvoisier)) > 8 news now is your local election headquarters leading up to the general election this fall.. starting with the caucus this weekend. we'll be live tomorrow with the latest restults beginning tomorrow at 4pm... followed by 8 news now at 5 and 6:00... then a live edition of politics now at 7./// ((dave courvoisier)) > you can also get all your questions about both the republican and democratic caucuses answered on just go to las vegas now dot com./// ((dave courvoisier)) > a shooting on the strip... safety. taken... to make sure visitors are not placed in dangerous < ((voice over: "now, nevada's
no matter to whom they are born. i want to make sure that every child has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. i've spent my life fighting for children, and i'm not stopping now. i'm hillary clinton, and i have always approved this message. at 5.")) > ((denise valdez)) shootings, stabbings, hit and runs... the popular las vegas strip has certainly seen it's share of violence. ((dave courvoisier)) and just this morning... two women died after a shooting
sharie johnson is live on the strip with more on how casinos are working with metro to make the strip a safer place. ((sharie johnson)) with year- round events on the strip, there could anywhere from 2-300,000 people any given weekend. but on any normal night... pimps, prostitutes and pick-pocketers prey on tourists. and before 2am this morning... several people were inovlved in a fight inside the parking garage of the miracle mile shops. after security broke up the fight... the people involved left in 2 separate cars. minutes later a shooting at harmon and aldebaran avenue.. that's right by the panorama towers.. when police arrived they found a woman shot... then they were notified another woman and man drove to the valet at cosmopolitan with gun shot wounds. both women died and the man is recovering at the hospital. . and we talked to henderson's former police chief who says properties that have a lot of clubs...
keep people safe: ((tommy burns, police & security consultant some of these clubs spend up to a million dollars a year in ot to have metro, anywhere from 3-5 officers including a supervisor on duty )) tommy burns is a police and security consultant and retired henderson police chief with 26 years in law enforcement. he says metro's "safe strip initiative" has put more cops on the strip and helped reduce crime. ((sharie johnson)) metro is asking for your help finding a dark gray 2015 toyota camry driven by a black male in his early 20's connected to this incident. reporting live, sharie johnson, 8newsnow./// ((dave courvoisier)) what did metro have to say about "strip safety" ? ((sharie johnson)) they we're not availalbe to talk
but says this is a high priority and they're working with casinos to improve strip safety. ((weather toss)) < tedd florendo >back to some < tedd florendo >back to some nice clear skies again with calmer winds today. still some locals seeing a southwesterly breezy this afternoon, but not as strong as yesterday. this evening turns nice with even calmer winds and cool conditions but not cold as we head through the evening.
yesterday at this time. ............................... ............... afternoon temps jumped back into the 70's late day. compare that to what we had yesterday with all the clouds and cooler 60's for the high. we didn't even reach 70 for many neighborhoods yesterday. today the 70's returned and it looks like they'll stay a while. ............................... .............. regional temps also brought 70's back with some 80's in a few also brought 70's back with some 80's in a few locals. warmest spots obviously were in the laughlin and death valley late day, with cooler to chilly temps still sticking around in the central great basin. ............................... ......... weekend forecast lookds good. plenty of sun with temps in the mid 70's from saturday through monday. expect some breezes on sunday and early week but otherwise and above average weekend temperature wise.
........... u.s. temps show the warmth now down to the southern plains. dallas at 76 by afternoon. those areas there have to worry about high fire dangers. cold weather sticking around to the east with new york a couple of digits about the freezing mark this afternoon and cold conditions in boston. ............................... ............. dry and mainly clear right now th high thing clouds andat's about it. stormy conditions will ride out the high we'll have and be deflected tothe pacific norrhwest again. they have already had the wettest winter on record. ............................... ................re's your travelers forecast. 72 in los angeles and sun.me goes for san francisco at 62.oenix plenty of sun at 83 andrmerst here. for san diego tomorrowafternn.............................. ............night staying chilly byrning der mostly clear skies and lig winds for w.morrow expect highs back in the 70's again and warrght breezes for yousaturdayd looking nice with pleny of nshine returng.'re still above average again for temps since we're typically around 64 forhis time of year.......................... ...............tended forecast shows plenty mid 70's this coming weektather dry weather ttern.e comfortable 70'will beound with minor changes late week. eeekend los nice withmaybe some bree late weekend rly week, buttill looking nice and above average. > ((denise valdez)) > a las vegas headliner...
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courvoisier. the news of southern nevada is now.")) > ((dave courvoisier)) > mgm resorts international continues to hold a positive reputation around the world. the company has been named one of the world's most admired companies by "fortune". the list is made up of about 15- hundred companies... all rated on nine criteria... including investment value to social responsibility. rounding out the top five... walt disney... berkshire hathaway... amazon... google... and apple at number one./// ((denise valdez)) > remembering a famous author -- plus a popstar and politics crossover. just some of the things people are talking about online today. demetria obilor is here with "what's trending". demetria obilor: today we bid adieu to a literary legend.. harper lee, author of "to kill a mockingbird," died this morning in her hometown of monroeville, alabama. she was 89. lee won the pulitzer prize for fiction back in 1961 for "to
the book is considered an american classic and is required reading for many high schools throughout the united states. a year after its publishing, lee's novel was made into a three-time oscar award winning film. this past july, lee published her second book, "go set a watchman." the book sold over 1 million copies in a week. lee actually wrote watchman before the mockingbird book, but itis not a prequel. it's technically the first draft of to kill a mockingbird. when lee originally submitted watchman, publisher's declined the piece, asking for a younger protagonist. lee revised and voila. a bestselling masterpiece. one of vegas' own leading ladies is in the social media spotlight after posing with hillary clinton. britney spears posted a picture with the former secretary of state on her instagram page. the picture has been trending on facebook and twitter all day. in the post, britney calls clinton an inspiration with an intense presence. of course, clinton is in town ahead of nevada's democratic
for what's trending. i hope everyone has a great weekend. i'll see you dark and early monday morning! ((dave courvoisier)) > spinning for the win. ((denise valdez)) where some of the best sign spinners will be competeing for a world title this weekend. ((dave courvoisier)) you've heard plenty about the upcoming caucuses... coming up at six... we explain exactly how a caucus works... so you'll know ahead of time if you plan on attending one./// ((coming up... the race to win nevada and south carolina and their key roles in the presidential race. plus, a life lesson from a young boy who sacrificed his own birthday to honor the men and women in blue. coming up on the cbs evening news with scott pelley. )) <
this is 8 news now at 5.")) > ((dave courvoisier)) > you've seen them on street corners all across las vegas... now sign spinners from all
over the world are coming together to compete for bragging rights. it's the 9-th annual world sign spinning championships. the competition kicked off this afternoon... and the finals take place tomorrow on fremont street. this is video from last year's tournament. more than 100 spinners from around the world are going head to head to be crowned number one. the event is free and open to the public./// ((dave courvoisier)) > thanks for watching 8 news now at five. ((denise valdez)) > the cbs evening news is next. we'll see you at six. ///
>> pelley: pax romana. >> i think he's a terrific person. >> pelley: trump makes peace with the pope on the eve of a critical weekend for both parties in the presidential race. also tonight, law enforcement's battle for access to the cell phones of criminal suspects. remembering author harper lee, and her american classic. >> it was a sin to kill a mockingbird. >> pelley: and steve hartman, when a young boy summoned the police, they responded in force. >> i didn't know it was going to be this big, really. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. tomorrow could be a turning point in the race for the white house. democrat hillary clinton, who squeaked by in iowa, only to be buried in a new hampshire