Sunday, May 19 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:47:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:10:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure. Officials tells us they stopped working this morning. Right now at least 2 trams are working, butMore>>
Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:26:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead. The driver of a Acura was driving northbound when for some reason he enteredMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:25 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:25:46 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:09:50 GMT
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball. The jackpot has grown to $600 million. People tell 8 News Now they waitedMore>>
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- Two years after Channel 8 began an investigation into Clark County firefighter sick pay abuse, major changes are happening at the department. Taxpayers are set to save several million dollars as the number of firefighter sick days plummet.
Clark County Fire battalion chiefs reported 90 percent fewer sick days than two years ago, yet there are no indications the department is 90 percent healthier. County officials say this highlights just how large the problem of sick leave abuse had become.
Sick leave decreased 57,000 hours compared to 2009 and firefighter sick leave decreased by 40 percent.
"(It is) 28 years worth of work when you figure 2,040 hours a year. That's an enormous amount of compensation that was paid out there. The goodness is the taxpayers are going to benefit to the tune of several million dollars a year," said County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
In previous reporter, 8 News NOW revealed how the system was cheated. Calendars were posted showing who would call in sick so others could collect call back pay. Battalion chiefs called it "the sick roster." One chief alone got $80,000 in overtime.
Fourteen Clark County Fire Department employees were scrutinized. Most have since retired. The FBI and Metro Police continue the investigation they started several months ago.
In the future, the firefighters' new contract requires a "Certificate of Illness," the proverbial doctor's note, when calling out sick.
Clark County Fire Union President Ryan Beaman declined to be interviewed, but released a statement reading, "Local 1908 has always fully supported any disciplinary actions that have been placed on the few abusers of our system. Saving our community's lives and money is a priority. We take fighting fires seriously and abuse will not be tolerated."
From online threats to union political opposition, Commissioner Sisolak feels vindicated at raising the issue.
"I was vilified by some of the supporters, I guess, those who participated in this. It's important that all firefighters didn't do it. I think the misuse was a little higher than any of us even anticipated," he said.
Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington was unavailable for an interview today. Clark county will release more pay numbers with a full report next week.