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Fewer intruders get over security fences at McCarran Airport

Fewer intruders are getting past security fences that protect McCarran International Airport runways than years past.

The Las Vegas airport finished putting razor wire atop its 15 miles of fencing in early 2015. Breaches dropped from eight in 2014 to one in 2015 and one in early 2016.

At the same time, an Associated Press investigation shows intruders breached perimeter security at the nation's ninth-busiest airport more often than officials disclosed.

When AP first asked, McCarran searched to the start of 2009 and found 21 breaches. Federal and other records show six breaches in 2007 and 2008. In a seventh, in 2009, a man climbed over a gate and began preparing a helicopter for flight.

Officials say their original search required hand-checking thousands of police log entries... Read More

Person shot near Maryland and Desert Inn

Metro Police are investigating a shooting near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road. The shooting happened at approximately 10 p.m.

Police say the victim was returning to his vehicle after leaving an ATM, when he was approached by three suspects looking to rob him.

The man was shot by one of the suspects. He was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

Police do not have anyone in custody at this time.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.... Read More

I-Team: McCarran sees spike in drug smuggling

We don't often hear about drug investigations at McCarran International Airport; it is a pretty secretive business. But, an increase in drugs coming through the airport is keeping law enforcement busy.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port Director Warren Eales often sees this different side of Las Vegas.

"Las Vegas has a vested interest in people wanting to come here and projecting a safe and fun and secure environment," he said. "I think that there may be an element that likes to keep that as quiet as possible or certainly not front page news across the country."

His agency is often the last line of defense in the airport for arriving international passengers.
Eales says there has been a significant increase during the past five years in drug smugglers arriving in Las Vegas.

Michael Harris is an assistant special agent in charge for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security... Read More

Hard Rock expanding to appeal to convention goers

A Las Vegas Hotel known more for its wild pool parties and loud rock concerts is switching things up a bit. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has decided to target the conference crowd by adding 18,000 square feet of meeting space that can house conventions.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, convention attendance in the city is up 14 percent so far this year.

The property, known more for rock stars and pool parties is already a major player in the convention business. Typically, 25-32 percent of their rooms are occupied by conventioneers.

"A lot of our groups are continuing to grow, and they were getting to a point where they were getting squeezed out of the space that we had," said Jody Lake, Hard Rock's C.O.O.

With this latest addition, the Hard Rock will have 110-thousand square feet of convention space. At least ten strip properties have more space, but Lake insists the Hard Rock is unique... Read More

Hard Rock expanding to appeal to convention goers

A Las Vegas Hotel known more for its wild pool parties and loud rock concerts is switching things up a bit. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has decided to target the conference crowd by adding 18,000 square feet of meeting space that can house conventions.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, convention attendance in the city is up 14 percent so far this year.

The property, known more for rock stars and pool parties is already a major player in the convention business. Typically, 25-32 percent of their rooms are occupied by conventioneers.

"A lot of our groups are continuing to grow, and they were getting to a point where they were getting squeezed out of the space that we had," said Jody Lake, Hard Rock's C.O.O.

With this latest addition, the Hard Rock will have 110-thousand square feet of convention space. At least ten strip properties have more space, but Lake insists the Hard Rock is unique... Read More

Person detained after running through security at McCarran

Authorities say a man was arrested after he walked the wrong way through a security checkpoint at McCarran International Airport.

Airport spokesman Chris Jones says the man appeared to be intoxicated when he tried to enter through a lane for exiting passengers late Sunday night.

Jones says the man didn't have any kind of weapon, and the incident appeared to be a drunken mistake.

He says that travelers coming into the A and B concourse were delayed as police responded, but he's not aware of any missing flights.

He says operations were back to normal within about 40 minutes... Read More

Fatal crash closes Swenson in both directions

A fatal crash has shut down Swenson Street in both directions north of Flamingo Road, according to Metro Police.

The crash that involved a vehicle and a motorcycle happened around 8:11 p.m.

There weren't many details released to the media about what happened, but traffic investigators are expected to be on scene for about four hours.

Metro has asked that everyone avoid the area.

8 News NOW has a crew at the scene. Refresh this page for updates.... Read More