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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

Plane makes hard landing at McCarran

An airplane had to make an emergency landing at McCarran International Airport Wednesday.

It was a Cessna airplane and it had to make a hard landing because the landing gear collapsed, officials at the airport said.

No one was hurt. The runway will be shut down until the plane is cleared from the area, McCarran Airport... Read More

Metro: 3 shot, one killed near Nellis and Vegas Valley

Metro Police investigated a shooting Monday evening. Officers said around 6:55 p.m. they received several calls about four to 10 shots fired in the Silverwood Apartment complex located at 3050 S. Nellis Blvd.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found three people with gunshot wounds. One of the injuries was minor, police said.

The victims were taken to Sunrise Trauma. One person was pronounced dead at the hospital.

No word on the suspects.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Stabbing caps off deadly Friday

For first responders anywhere in the world, there is no such thing as normal days because as a first responder, every day can be hectic in its own way. Especially a day like Friday the 13th.

We're not saying we're superstitious, but May 13 has been a pretty sad and crazy day for the Las Vegas valley. Between fires, accidents, and acts of violence, it's safe to say Friday has been a trying day for first responders.

It all started around 4 a.m. when flames burned through an apartment complex near Rainbow and Charleston. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Shirlena Rutherford intentionally started the fire.

Neighbors say they heard a domestic dispute fright before they saw the flames.

"The next thing we know the neighbor's coming out screaming, 'she started the fire'," said Markeish Wilson, a resident... Read More

Motorcycloist hurt in crash, intersection of Warm Springs, Eastern closed

A serious crash closed the eastbound lanes of Warm Springs Road at Eastern Avenue Tuesday.

According to Metro Police, a truck and a motorcycle collided at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Tomiyasu Lane.

It happened around 3:13 p.m. The rider was taken to University Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time.

There weren't any other details released... Read More