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 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>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:51 PM EDT2013-05-19 17:51:13 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>>
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 -- Designer drugs, known as bath salts, are being blamed for dozens of bizarre and violent incidents nationwide. Recently there was a cannibal attack on a homeless man that left him without a face.
Despite those cautionary tales, bath salts remain in high demand, including among those who face court-ordered sobriety.
For people charged with drug-related crimes, Nevada's drug courts serve as an alternative to prison. To avoid lock-up, participants must successfully complete treatment, including frequent drug testing. However, those intent on getting high have found a way to beat the system -- but only temporarily.
Few people charged with a crime choose to broadcast their misdeeds, but that's not the case for Austin Graham. He hopes his public confession may save someone else the same fate.
"I knew if I didn't say anything to my counselor, I'd either end up dead or back to square one or in prison," he said.
Graham should've graduated from drug court last month which was a key condition of his probation for felony drug possession. Instead, Graham appears for yet another status check following his admission to the use of synthetic cocaine, or bath salts.
"I hit a breaking point. I knew a couple of people that have been using bath salts in the program for the entire time. I figured, well if they can get away with it, I can get away with it."
Although drug court participants undergo frequent random drug testing, the standard screen does not check for bath salts or for synthetic marijuana, known as Spice. The bath salts and Spice have become a popular alternative to more illicit highs and are sold at some smoke shops.
Drug court coordinator Stephanie Maplethorpe explains the program can and will test for synthetics when counselors suspect its abuse. Each screening costs an additional $30 and results can take up to three days.
"We really try to stay on top of it because it can be so harming. Some of our people, that have used the bath salts, they've had a psychotic break and gone into the hospital because of it. It's very scary," Maplethorpe said.
Graham too experienced health problems, including dramatic weight loss, a rapid heartbeat, even a hole in his nose, after just a few weeks of use. The 23-year-old points to his mind -- or the loss of it -- as the main motivator for coming clean.
"It was really just almost like a nightmare, like living in a nightmare. You couldn't get out of it," Graham said.
Now several weeks sober Graham stands before Judge Kathleen Delaney with pride.
To get a handle on the scope of the problem, the drug court did an unannounced sweep of all of its participants last week to test for bath salts and for Spice. It was the first time the court had done that. While the results are not yet in, of the 128 participants, only two self-reported they would be positive for Spice.