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Foundation helps families through grief after pregnancy, infant loss

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Hundreds of local families will gather Friday evening to support each other in a "gone but not forgotten" vigil. They're honoring the babies that never got to take their first breath, after pregnancy or infant loss.

More than six months into her pregnancy, Gaby Foster and her husband found themselves racing to the hospital preparing for very early birth. She could never have imagined leaving empty-handed.

“Losing a child is not the order of life,” Foster said.

But it's a harsh reality for so many families.

Jalen never got to take his first breath but Foster said losing him so far into her pregnancy was unfathomable.

“We may have not gotten to grow up with them, but they’re our babies. They matter,” she said.

Foster said it's why she and her husband created Jalen’s Gift Foundation. They didn't want other families to feel alone during a difficult time... Read More

'I felt really violated,' thousands of dollars in military gear stolen

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- A Nevada Army National Guard soldier is in shock after more than five thousand dollars worth of military gear was stolen from her storage unit in the northwest valley Wednesday.

Sgt. Renauda Hunter says it happened at a storage facility in the northwest part of town, which she has used for several years.

"I felt really violated. I've never been robbed," Sgt. Hunter said.

Sgt. Hunter says photos and messages from her time in basic training were also stolen from her storage unit. And perhaps even more than the thousands of dollars worth of military gear, she wants those sentimental items returned to her.

"I can't replace those pictures and those letters at all," Sgt. Hunter said.

Sgt. Hunter provided 8 News Now with a picture she took of a surveillance video, showing someone carrying her military belongings out of her storage unit... Read More

Renaissance Festival returns for three-day event

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) --- A three-day event will take festival-goers back in time to the Renaissance era with the help of several live performances and activities for the whole family.

An array of authentic period foods and beverages will also take center stage at the 27th annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival.

The three-day event will take place at Sunset Park bringing together the community for a fun-filled weekend.

Other special moments will include numerous villages and different guilds along with historical reenactments.

No pets are allowed at the festival but children of all ages are welcome. ... Read More

Police: One person suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit while crossing east valley roadway

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police investigating an auto-pedestrian crash on the east side of the valley near Lamb Boulevard and Sunrise Avenue.

It happened at approximately 7:34 p.m. Thursday evening when witnesses tell police a person was jaywalking across the street before being hit by a vehicle.

Police tell 8 News Now the pedestrian's injuries are life-threatening.

No other details have been released.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. ... Read More

Vaccine mandate takes effect for MGM and Westgate employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- The deadline for MGM Resorts and the Westgate employees to get vaccinated is Friday.

Westgate CEO David Seigel told staff in a memo last month, that they will be required to show proof of vaccination by October 15th in order to keep their job.

“Westgate is not the first major company to make this decision, and we will not be the last,” Siegel said. “Vaccines are the single greatest tool we have for ending this pandemic, keeping ourselves and our families safe and returning life back to normal.”

Seigel survived a difficult battle against COVID-19 in July. He said he believes if he hadn’t been vaccinated he would not be alive today.

The Westgate resort was among the first properties to require its employees to return to wearing a mask.

Meantime, MGM says all salaried employees who don’t exclusively work at home will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Friday. ... Read More

Gov. Sisolak hints at when you can ditch those masks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- As we inch closer to the holiday season, many are wondering if they will still need to wear masks indoors.

Governor Sisolak says Thursday in order for the mask mandate to go away, the COVID-19 test positivity rate must be below 8%, and the case rate must be below 50 per 100-thousand people, over two weeks. While Clark county is at a 6.9% test positivity, the case rate is still around 115.3.

"You're protecting yourself, your family, and our economy. It keeps businesses open. You see here businesses are open because we have more people getting vaccinated.," Sisolak said. "We need to encourage everyone to go out and get that vaccine so we can continue the progress of opening the economy back up and creating more jobs."

Governor Sisolak says vaccines are the solution to get rid of masks.

As of Thursday, 55% of eligible Nevadans are fully vaccinated. ... Read More

I-Team: Former firefighter arrested in wife’s overdose death, accused in drug trade with colleagues, will plead guilty to lesser charge

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A former North Las Vegas firefighter accused of providing the drugs that led to his wife’s overdose death and trading drugs with other firefighters will plead guilty to a lesser charge, the I-Team has learned.

In July of this year, Henderson police arrested Christopher Candito, 34, in the February 2020 death of his wife, Tiffany Slatsky, 25. Investigators said Slatsky, the mother of a then-3-year-old boy, was found unresponsive at the couple’s Henderson apartment on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, following a party at a downtown Las Vegas hotel with several other firefighters.

Police said Candito took a 23-mile trip from the Henderson apartment to a North Las Vegas fire station while his wife was experiencing overdose symptoms. He took the opioid-overdose antidote Narcan from the station and administered it to her, they said... Read More