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on how police are taking on advanced criminal organizations. ((kirsten joyce)) > and watch out, starbucks! why this coffee company is getting big business from around the world. /// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((kirsten joyce)) > thanks for joining us, i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) and i'm brian loftus. solar customers are now playing a waiting game... to see if the p- u-c will decide to "grandfather- in" existing customers... on the old net-metering rate. ((kirsten joyce)) the p-u-c pushed back their meeting to friday to decide... but a henderson man has come up with his own way... to fight the issue. terry kniess installed his rooftop solar panels in 2014. he says before the rate change... n-v energy reimbursed him for his excess electricity... by giving him portfolio energy credits. now he gets reimbursed less per kilowatt hour... than what n-v energy pays him
kniess produces enough electricity now... to cover the cost of what he uses: ((patrick walker: "do you feel your chances are good?" terry kniess: "honestly, no, i don't think they're very good, nevada power is the goliath, i'm david with a little rock, and i don't know how good my aim's going to be, i hope it's really good!")) ((kirsten joyce)) kniess is taking the 79- percent base rate increase to the p-u-c... which has nothing to do with usage. he admits he installed solar panels as a way to make money... but says the new rates impact all solar customers... regardless of why they chose to install the panels. /// ((brian loftus)) > graffit continues to be a growing problem in the southwest valley... and police want parents to make sure... your kids are not getting involved. the most recent tagging was at canarelli middle school on sunday. there was also nearby property that was spray painted. one resident who lives in the area... says that part of town has been defaced multiple times by taggers: (( jennifer deocampo, neighbor "it's been going on for years. i mean it is on and off, like there will be graffiti somewhere and we ill complain to the school andhen it will be gone.
later, it will back again in different places.")) ((brian loftus)) school officials at canarelli middle school say... over the weekend, they sand blasted a majority of the graffiti off. they're also adding more security lights. c-c-s-d police are urging parents to know where your kids are when they're out. /// ((sherry swensk)) > we're seeing a nice warm up... with temperatures nearly 70 degrees every day this week. but the folks over in california are a little confused... considering they started the season with lots of rain. now they're expecting a long stretch of dry weather... and el nino could be behind it: (( alison bridger / professor, san jose state: "we always have a mild spell in february ... it lasts for 1, 2 maybe 3 weeks, and then it'll get cool and rainy again. in fact, i'm telling all my friends: "enjoy it while you can." because cool rainy weather is right around the corner, and it could go on until at least april." )) ((sherry swensk)) el nino is still sitting out in
such gorgeous mild weather this week... and well above normal again yesterday. .. we had highs in the mid to low 70s and plenty of sunshine. ......... this morning clear skies and light winds, with dry air. more sunshine today and highs back to the 70s. .. right now just below 50 degrees and feeling nice outside - but more like april instead of february! ........... the warm pattern is sticking
((brian loftus)) > if you haven't been to the strip in awhile, be forewarned. ((kirsten joyce)) while most visitors and locals have enjoyable experiences at the hotels and restaurants, a new crime wave is underway, including an explosion of prostitution- related robberies, gangs, drugs, even pickpockets. ((brian loftus)) the i-team was allowed to tag along with both uniformed and plainclothes teams who have their hands full trying to keep the strip safe. george knapp has the exclusive story. sgt. mike ford/metro detective: we are dealing with a mini new year's eve every friday and saturday night up here with the same amount of officers we had 5 years ago. riding with metro sgt. mike ford is always an eye opener. a few years ago, when he headed up a uniformed squad, he showed us the gritty underbelly of the strip, the part that most locals
he recently returned as head of a team of detectives with the flexibility to follow crime wherever it leads. there's no such thing as a slow night. ford: there's so many more criminals on the strip now. it's... gk predators? ford: that's a great word for it. the mob may be gone, but organized crime is alive and well on the strip. the prostitution rings that are now prominent in most casinos with nightclubs are largely fronts for violent, high end robbery rings. ford says there are 5 or more trick rolls per night and many more that are never reported because the victim doesn't want his wife to know. ford: they show up, get to your room, spike your drink with a sedative and you wake up 15 hours later with your rolex missing..credit cards, all that stuff is gone... the same gangs have their fingers in human trafficking and drug sales on the strip. we could walk a 100 foot area up
times by people trying to sell narcotics. ome of them are smut peddlers, the people who hand out the stuff. you go to buy some dope, the person walks up to the smut peddler and brings it to you, it's all pretty linked up in cliques.... although dope is not a primary focus for ford's team, they can't avoid it. during the briefing at the start of their shift, they outlined a plan for sending an informant in to make a controlled buy of meth. mike: we're buying 20 worth? the detectives on this squad were hand picked voice of mike ford they want to catch bad guys and be proactive and want to be able to take someone who robbed somebody's mom dad grandpa.. we take them into custody the same night. the team targets some dope dealers because of the related crimes--robberie s and burglaries done to support the
as we waited outside a notorious apartment complex, three unknown men burst in, then left in a hurry. ford's team ran them down within a few miles. mike: any guns knives drugs in the car. mind if we check. guns and stacks of cash were found. one suspect was wanted in an armed robbery case. heading back to the strip, ford told us about rings of auto thieves who prowl parking garages nightly to pick out the exact vehicle they want to steal. and, a new twist, rings of modern pickpockets who target cell phones in crowded nightclubs. ford: really good pickpockets, and they're really coordinated. you might feel a bump and you look down and your phone is gone. teams of 5 or more thieves will hit a club and walk out with as
night. ford: absolutely it's organized crime. they fly out here for the sole purpose of doing that. one of ford's detectives spots a known drug dealer in front of a strip hotel and snatches him up. on a table in the security office is a thick wad of cash and grocery store of drugs. including baggies of fake cocaine. but the suspect offers a deal..informatio n on the location of a dangerous fugitive. the team springs into action, regroups at a crime-ridden apartment complex off the strip...and collars the suspect, who's wanted for attempted murder in another state. all in a night's work. ford: the tourists and the people at home don't come up to the strip, they don't see it and they don''t pay attention to it because they're not immersed in it everyday. ((kirsten joyce)) we've been working with sgt. mike ford for the past several weeks in setting up our ride- alongs... and we've worked with him many times over the last 10 years on other stories.
died at home overnight. ((brian loftus)) one thing mike wanted to see happen is for elected officials and maybe some casino bosses to take this same kind of ride along... and see for themselves what it is like out there at night. people have no idea. /// ((brian loftus)) > the strip is opening up a new place... for you to have fun and party this summer. ((kirsten joyce)) which hotel is hiring for it's brand new
((demetria obilor)) > a coffee company beat thousands of other people... to win a super bowl commercial spot... and now, there business has been going through the roof! as carmen chau reports... death wish coffee is getting lots of hype. (nats) "death wish coffee company! starting their small town business in a basement, they're now known worldwide. they have a team of 13 people - the masterminds behind the strongest coffee beans. from entering the contest to being in the top ten to the top
death wish has become the ultimate success story. (thomas dragonette, death wish coffee graphic designer) "it was kind of insane like, the phones ringing off the hook, you know, people making orders talking about how they never heard about the company and really excited to try it!" getting calls from japan, australia, the uk and canada ... they say it's a bit overwhelming but still hard to believe they made it this far. (eric donovan, death wish coffee company) "a lot of calls to deal with so we're sifting through a lot of that and trying to work with who makes the most sense to work with and who's going to be the best for our customers to find them on the shelves and all that kind of stuff." the fame and glamour will stick around for awhile, but death wish says they're getting back to business and planning the next big thing ... death wish coffee vodka. (eric donovan, death wish coffee company) "a lot of excitement, everybody was really happy and really proud and then it was pretty much time to get back to work right away." let's get to sherry with a look
((kirsten joyce)) > a new beach club is heading to the las vegas strip... and they're looking to hire! ((brian loftus)) the tropicana announced the sky beach club will open on april 8th. the venue will embody vegas' summertime party vibe... with bottle service, two luxury pools, v-i-p cabanas, a dj booth and two bars. for more information on how you can apply for a job... go to las vegas now dot com... and click on the links we mentioned. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > share a sweet drink with your sweet heart this valentine's day. ((brian loftus)) the new special creations you can pick up at starbucks... to celebrate the holiday! that story and more, coming up at
> homeowners in a golf course community... are getting a break on property taxes. ((kirsten joyce)) residents went before the clark county board of equalization... claiming their properties dropped in value... after the golf course closed last september. the board sided with some homeowners who have a property backing up to the golf course... granting them 25-percent off this year's taxes: ((hobie hellerstein - resident: the people that paid those huge amounts to be on the course deserve something so i think they should be happy for now because we have a bigger fight ahead of us.)) ((kirsten joyce)) other property owners will not receive a tax break... but they plan to appeal the board's decision with the state. ///
they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities r their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's rigged by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people.