Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:30 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:30:30 GMT
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The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime.More>>
HBO and James Gandolfini's managers say the actor famous for his role in "The Sopranos" has died in Italy.More>>
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LAS VEGAS -- A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Henderson man to 15 years in federal prison for multiple child pornography offenses. Richard Carl Brown, 35, was convicted in February on several charges,More>>
A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Henderson man to 15 years in federal prison for multiple child pornography offenses.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:06:17 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Obesity is an epidemic that's plagued our nation for decades. The American Medical Association now labels obesity a disease. There are 78 million obese adults and 12 million obese children. ElectedMore>>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:52:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets. The police academy graduated its last class in Jan. 2012. The money for the additional officersMore>>
Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:43:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Old-fashioned police work, combined with cutting-edge scientific methods, is solving crimes every day across Las Vegas. After almost 36 years, the head of Metro's crime lab is retiring.More>>
Old-fashioned police work, combined with cutting-edge scientific methods, is solving crimes every day across Las Vegas.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:26:47 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The city of North Las Vegas is desperate to fix its vast foreclosure problems and is considering using its eminent domain powers. Eminent domain is usually meant to take over buildings inMore>>
The city of North Las Vegas is desperate to fix its vast foreclosure problems and is considering using its eminent domain powers.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:38:39 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a motorcyclist and a truck. Police say the motorcyclist slammed into the back of a truck on the Sahara westbound exit from I-15 south. TheMore>>
Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a motorcyclist and a truck.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:33:59 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Sue Lowden, a former state senator and the former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party is considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2014. "I am seriously thinking about it. I willMore>>
Sue Lowden, a former state senator and the former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party is considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2014.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW has uncovered documents where Ammar Harris, arrested Thursday on three murder charges, has admitted to killing others and beating women into prostitution.
Harris, 26, was arrested in Los Angeles and is expected to be extradited to Las Vegas to face the murder charges and others related to the early morning shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip Feb. 21 that killed three people.
Metro Police accuse Harris of firing the gun that killed Kenneth Cherry Jr., whose car then crashed into a taxi cab, causing it to explode and killing the passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, and driver, Michael Boldon.
Inside the document, a woman said Harris admitted to being a pimp and beating women to gain respect.
More than that, the document goes into depth, revealing terrifying elements of Harris' pimping lifestyle.
In a YouTube video, Harris openly brags about a lavish lifestyle, possibly the result of pimping on the Las Vegas Strip.
The document stems from a former sexual assault case in 2010. In it, a woman claims Harris beat and raped her.
After his 2010 arrest, the woman told police Harris "has a history of strangling girls to the point that they almost pass out."
She said he "choked one of his girls and pushed her into the fridge."
She also told police he "has killed people before" and "chokes girls to get respect."
Metro Police Lt. Karen Hughes said the department has seen an uptick in the number of pimps abusing women in the past few years.
"The subculture, in general, is very violent," she said.
Hughes said prostitution is happening anywhere there's money and sex to be had, especially Strip hotel rooms and clubs.
Now officers are seeing more problems between pimps, who are fighting over women and the money they make.
"When respectability amongst pimps is not followed, that violence is typically the way they show their loyalty," she said.
Although investigators said they would like to see the problem go away, they're realistic and said it is going to take a community to recognize the signs of sex trafficking.