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Family believes squatters burned down their home on Stewart St.

Leah Vandenakker reflects on the home she once grew up in.

“All of my memories, baby pictures, prom dresses, everything is just gone,” she said.

This isn’t the first time the abandoned house next door has caught fire.

In January, another fire was reported at the same boarded-up single story home on Stewart St.

“It’s been really difficult because we knew it was coming,” Vandenakker said.

Vandenakker says squatters have been in and out of the abandoned house for years.

“They cooked there in the winter,” she said. “There was a fire in the backyard constantly.”

The City of Las Vegas installed a temporary fence around the property. City officials were planning on demolishing it before another fire broke out last week. 

“They (City officials) told me that my house has burned down. I just burst out into tears,” said Vandenakker... Read More

Business owners rely on ‘hope’ to move forward following massive building fire

It was a look of sadness and devastation from business owners as they glanced at what is left from the massive fire that broke out early Monday morning on Paradise Road near Twain Avenue.  The Park at 3900, also know to business residents of the complex as the ‘Brick Oasis,’ was completely destroyed by the fire.

Business owners say they’re thankful to be alive, and “hope” will help them move on. 

“This was a very beautiful building; it was an old building very old I think 30 maybe 40 years old,” said Rich Gacovino, who lost his business in the fire.  “I just can’t believe the pile that I’m looking at.”

Gacovino has been working in the building for three years. He built his own studio, Gacovino and More, which provides media production services.

“I built everything piece by piece,” Gacovino said. “I brought every piece of wood up there, hammered every nail, and it’s all gone now.”... Read More

Campus Security Safety Conf. reveals threats to schools goes beyond guns; mental health is factor

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A national school safety conference underway in Las Vegas this week comes at a time when schools, for the first time, are receiving money from the state to be used specifically on campus and student safety.

Through a variety of channels, lawmakers passed upwards of $54 million specifically for school safety this legislative session.  As school safety professionals met at the M Resort Tuesday for the Campus Safety Conference, there was one theme that became increasingly clear: The threat to schools goes well beyond someone bringing a gun to school.

“I think the biggest threat is not so much an outside shooter or even shooting in school; it’s more of a mental standpoint,” said Robert Parsel.

Robert Parsel is an 8th-grade student at Meadows Jr. High School. He says societal pressures wear on students, and it’s something that he sees every day... Read More

I-Team: One-on-one with OJ Simpson’s attorney following ‘getting even’ tweet

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to O.J. Simpson, it’s time to get even. The former football star made that announcement in his first tweet over the weekend.

The first thing I want to set straight is this story Pardo (who was not my manger) is talking about all over the media regarding me & @KrisJenner pic.twitter.com/tZ9EJd4qxF
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 17, 2019

“Hey, Twitter world,” Simpson said in a video that was posted on Twitter.

But it wasn’t the man known to many football fans as “The Juice’s” hello that raised questions.

“I’ve got a little getting even to do,” Simpson continued in the video.

It was the words “I’ve got a little getting even to do.” that caused the uproar... Read More

School employee resigns following arrest for alleged lewdness with student

Clark County School District Police Department obtained a warrant on May 10, 2019, for the arrest of 51-year-old Sonia Garcia on one count of open and gross lewdness for inappropriate contact with a student. 

Garcia turned herself in May 15, 2019.  The arrest stems from an investigation that was initiated at Ed W. Clark High School in Dec. 2018. 

Garcia was placed on indefinite suspension in December 2018, per the negotiated terms with her bargaining unit. She resigned on May 14, 2019. 

Garcia had been working as an office specialist since December 2014. ... Read More

Vegas Strong 5K getting ready for next race

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Vegas Strong 5K and one-mile run was a way to remember those who lost their lives on 1 October, while also honoring survivors and first responders.

The race is being held on Sunday, September 29 in Downtown Las Vegas.

The proceeds will be donated to 1 October related organizations, including Vegas Strong Compassion Scholarship, Vegas Future First Responders Scholarship, Victims of Crime, Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, and the Healing Garden.

For more information on how to sign up, click here... Read More

I-Team: Man who detailed UFO secrets decades ago helped launch Area 51 stampede

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On May 15, 1989,  KLAS-TV aired a live interview with a shadowy man who didn’t use his real name. The story he told was pretty outrageous, but 30 years later, it is still causing waves.

Bob Lazar’s allegations about alien technology being tested in the Nevada desert ignited worldwide interest and put the then-secret military base known as Area 51 on the map. The I-Team has a look at how far the story has spread in the three decades since that interview.

For the live interview, Lazar didn’t want his real name used. So, he was referred to as “Dennis” during the interview. That turned out to be the name of his boss at a place called S-4, a facility built into the side of a mountain, disguised to look like natural terrain. It would be another seven months before the world learned the guy’s real name was Bob Lazar, but the public didn’t wait. The race to Area 51 was on, and the cultural ripples are still being felt... Read More