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Las Vegas Woman Sentenced for Aircraft Bomb Hoax

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 26-year-old Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to federal probation including 10 months of home confinement for a bomb threat against a Phoenix-bound aircraft her boyfriend had boarded.

U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson on Wednesday also ordered Miki Victoria Sudo to pay $1,240 in restitution for the incident on Sept. 11, 2010. It was the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Sudo told authorities she phoned in the hoax because she was angry with her boyfriend.

Passengers were removed at McCarran International Airport and US Airways flight 399 was searched. No explosive was found.

Sudo pleaded guilty in February to conveying false and misleading information.

Her plea avoided trial and a possible sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

President to Return to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama is coming to Las Vegas in early June. The president will be in town on June 7.

UNLV confirms the president will be on campus for an official event, but they did not release any specifics. The president was last in Southern Nevada in March when he toured the Copper Mountain Solar One Power Plant in Boulder City.

Earlier today, Obama called Mitt Romney to congratulate him on clinching the nomination with last night's win in the Texas primary.

UNLV Stadium Project May Move Forward

LAS VEGAS -- Touchdowns for the Rebel football team could soon be coming indoors when playing at home. Plans for a fixed roof stadium on the northwest part to campus are close to moving forward.

Plans for a major event center at UNLV include an on-campus indoor stadium, along with dorms and renovations at the Thomas and Mack Center. The decision on whether the plan will move forward could be decided on Friday.

The 52,000 seat project will be built near the baseball field and the tennis complex on campus. Those behind the mega-project say it is long overdue, and students agree.

See a slideshow of the proposed stadium

Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will induct four new members in 2012. This year's ceremony will help kick off the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open this fall.

Two of the four inductees are former UNLV Rebels who now play on the PGA Tour. Charley Hoffman is a two-time winner on the tour. He won the 1998 title while playing for UNLV.

Ryan Moore will also be going into the hall. The former Rebel won the 2004 NCAA Individual Title and is also a winner on the PGA tour.

In addition to the two PGA professionals, Seth McCoy will be inducted. He was a long-time superintendent of the Las Vegas Municipal Golf Course. He also helped redesign that course.

Finally, the Valley View Golf Club will be inducted. The club was organized in 1958 as a way for blacks to unite in meaningful competition. Six decades later, the group remains active.

New Details in Shooting Near UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- A young man was shot twice Monday morning near UNLV, sending him to the hospital.

The shooting took place just before 8:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of Grove Circle, just north of the UNLV campus near the intersection of Flamingo and Maryland. The victim was sitting on a staircase when the suspect shot at him five times, hitting him twice in the side. Both the victim and suspect are described as black men in their 20's.

"We talked to all the witnesses we have we have on scene. No one ever mentioned seeing the suspect before or know where they come from. They just show up from the other driveway alley way and start shooting," said Metro Lt. Patrick Charoen.

The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he currently is in surgery. His condition reportedly is serious. 

Police say one eyewitness actually chased the suspect, but the man got away and they did not get a good description of him.

Woman Critically Injured in Accident

LAS VEGAS - Police are investigating an accident that hospitalized an 80-year-old woman. The accident happened at 6 p.m. at Flamingo Road and McLeod Drive.

Police say the woman ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. She was taken to Sunrise Hospital in critical condition. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

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

I-Team: Atomic Testing Museum to Highlight Area 51

LAS VEGAS -- It wasn't too long ago that the Pentagon pretended Area 51 didn't exist. They removed it from all maps and wouldn't admit the name was ever used. Today, Area 51 is known all over the world, in part because of stories that first aired on Channel 8 back in the late 80's.

Now, a new chapter in the lore of Area 51 is about to open -- an interactive exhibit at the Atomic Testing Museum.

For better or worse, the 1989 interview with a then-unknown scientist named Bob Lazar put Area 51 on the map. Prior to Lazar's allegations that he was hired by EG&G to reverse engineer flying saucers -- taking them apart to figure out how they worked -- few people outside of Nevada or shadowy world of black projects had ever heard of Groom Lake or Area 51. All that changed in an instant.