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Las Vegans share COVID-19 concerns after Thanksgiving gatherings

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Though many celebrated a very different Thanksgiving this year, some still chose to travel and gather against CDC guidelines. It had people in Las Vegas concerned Friday. 

"You need to wash your hands continuously," Alejandro said. "You have to wear the mask."

This is a sentiment we've all shared since the start of the pandemic, but as we head into the holidays, some lines have blurred. 

"I think the middle," Alejandro added, speaking on the importance of precautions. "To take care and be mindful of other people is the right path."

AAA reported up to 50 million Americans planned to travel for Thanksgiving this week, even though officials urged everyone to stay home. 

Here in Nevada, we're already seeing a coronavirus spike, with a new record of 3,159 positive cases and 1440 confirmed or suspected hospitalizations set Wednesday alone. ... Read More

Arizona DPS releases more details on trooper-involved shooting with alleged suspects in deadly Henderson shooting

LA PAZ COUNTY, Arizona (KLAS) -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) has released additional details on the trooper-involved shooting that involved the alleged suspects in a deadly Henderson shooting early Thanksgiving.

In the Henderson incident, a 22-year-old man died and several others were injured in random shootings across the city.

On Nov. 26, authorities say AZDPS received reports of suspects in a dark-colored car shooting at vehicles along SR 95 around 8:48 a.m. This occurred near Parker, Arizona.

Dispatchers provided descriptions of the suspects and vehicle, as well as their direction of travel, to nearby troopers. According to a news release, the descriptions matched an "attempt-to-locate" authorities received earlier regarding the deadly Henderson incident. ... Read More

Passing of a Visionary: Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO, dies at 46

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Tony Hsieh, former CEO of retail giant Zappos and founder of DTP, has passed away at the age of 46.

DTP Companies, formerly known as the Downtown Project, confirmed the visionary died peacefully with family by his side in Connecticut. The company released a statement, including words from Hsieh's family. It reads:

Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, and forever brightened the world. Delivering happiness was always his mantra, so instead of mourning his transition, we ask you to join us in celebrating his life... Read More

Rebels remain winless in 2020; fall to Wyoming in Allegiant Stadium

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – In a game that saw both sides playing football for the first time in a while because of COVID-19 issues, UNLV (0-5/0-5) fell 45-14 to Wyoming (2-2/2-2) in a special Friday afternoon holiday week meeting at Allegiant Stadium. 

The Cowboys, who saw their previous two games canceled, struck first with a 78-yard TD run less than a minute into the game. The Rebels, who did not make their scheduled trip at Colorado State last week, posted a 98-yard drive at the end of the first half to draw to within 17-7 at the break after quarterback Max Gilliam ran it in from two yards out. However, Wyoming pulled away in the third quarter, powered by turning a pair of fumble recoveries into touchdowns.

UNLV true freshman quarterback Doug Brumfield made his collegiate debut in relief of Gilliam and ran in his team’s other touchdown on an eight-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.

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Metro Police arrest 6 suspects in connection to light pole copper thefts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police arrested six suspects in connection to a string of copper thefts between Nov. 19 and Nov. 25. They allegedly removed the metal from light poles.

Their names are as follows:

  • Rio Hunt, 29
  • Timothy Grassmyer, 51
  • Katherine Cole, 42
  • Michael Fox, 58
  • Keith Schwingdorf, 55
  • William Ralston, 54

The suspects face the following charges:

  • Injury to property of another
  • Theft of scrap metal or utility property
  • Conspiracy to commit theft of scrap metal or utility property

The suspects were taken into custody following an investigation at a residence in the 200 block of West Philadelphia Avenue near the Strip.

During the investigation, detectives found 6,290 pounds of stolen copper wire and a U-Haul box truck. They say the vehicle was used to transport the metal. ... Read More

Welcome to 'Wanderland', a new holiday experience at AREA15

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's a one-of-a-kind holiday experience, complete with hundreds of lights, elves, snow globes and all kinds of other festive things. We're talking about "Wanderland" at AREA15!

The experience made its debut today.

Wanderland is a fun way to celebrate the start of the holiday season with aliens in a safe and socially distant atmosphere! It kicked off with a tree lighting ceremony.

This place is great! Definitely worth checking out. I know we’re having fun!

It runs through January 3- from 4 pm to either 10 pm or midnight, depending on the day of the week. @8NewsNow pic.twitter.com/h0PcdOPtaD... Read More

Dog inspires local artist to create ‘Baxter the Dog’ book collection

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Graphic designer Jennifer Hart changed course -- to illustrator and author because of this guy.

“I just think dogs in general are just super kind and curious,” Hart said.

That curious nature inspired Hart to write and draw a story with Baxter as the central character.

“He's really kind of embodied what I’ve been trying to bring into these teaching moments in the books,” Hart said.

“Baxter Goes to Imagination Land“ is a whimsical story of fantasy and fun, encouraging creativity, kindness, acceptance and adventure.

“One of the things I really love about picture books, you have these really big concepts that you can bring into these smaller worlds,” Hart said. “I think humor is a great way to help kids understand a big idea.”

The pair visit schools sharing his voice on the page and in real life... Read More