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Many rely on pre-made meals to avoid crowds this Thanksgiving

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- With coronavirus numbers growing, this Thanksgiving will be a lot different for many valley families.

"It's hard because we can't celebrate with families," said Sherry Fernandez. "I invited eight max, and then now we are down to three."

It may be an untraditional Thanksgiving, not celebrating with family or friends, but many are adapting to changes and grateful for what they have planned.

"I ordered the turkey, ultimate turkey package, and it's a whole turkey with sides and apple pie," Fernandez shared.

Marie Callender's General Manager Yuri Martin says pre-made meals are in demand.

"That started on Oct. 1, we started taking the orders," she said. "As Thanksgiving gets closer, immediately, you start getting over 60-70 orders per day."

To avoid the lines, customers started showing up Monday. ... Read More

On the Front Lines: The National Guard’s COVID-19 response across Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An 8 News Now viewer reached out to say how much he appreciated the National Guard. You may have seen soldiers if you've been to COVID-19 test sites throughout the valley. 

This Thanksgiving eve, 8 News Now introduces you to a group many of you are likely thankful for. 

Nevada is home for these National Guardsmen.  

For Sergeant Thomas Jacobellis, the call for duty came in April to provide help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We're neighbors helping neighbors,” Sgt. Thomas Jacobellis said. “This is a very unique deployment.  I've been to Afghanistan. That was much different because I was away from family.” 

Sgt. Jacobellis is at the Cashman Center in downtown Las Vegas where testing is offered. While he is grateful he is home, he also acknowledges the risk of being on the front lines. ... Read More

I-Team: 'I'm going to put it in God's hands,' family of 8 faces eviction, lack of rentals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Many Southern Nevadans facing eviction are dealing with a second problem: there’s nowhere to go.

“I'm guessing we've spent close to $600 or $700 just on applications,” said Amber Todd of Henderson. Todd lives with her fiancé and six children. She lost her job amid mass pandemic furloughs and layoffs in March. On top of that, her landlord wants to sell her home, she said, but finding a new place has not been easy.

8 News Now spoke with Todd in October, a day before the state’s eviction moratorium was due to expire.

A federal moratorium, which protects against evictions due to the pandemic, expires at the end of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order requires a landlord not take action to remove a covered tenant through Dec. 31... Read More

COVID-19 slows travel, but millions stick to holiday plans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Today is typically one of the busiest days to travel by car and plane. But this year, AAA expects a drop in travel.

If you have traveled the day before Thanksgiving, you know it can be a nightmare. People noticed less people on the roads Wednesday, and some say despite the virus, they still felt okay to travel.

"We didn't catch any traffic going here," said Louis Sambedro, who drove from California.

People traveling to the Las Vegas area by car say it was a smooth ride.

"We did not expect to be at this location at this hour," Sambedro noted.

Kiley Merrill, who drove from Utah, shared, "We did not see too many on the road. Actually, we drove through last night ... no, it wasn't as bad as bad as it has been."

Seven Magic Mountains proved to be a popular spot today. ... Read More

Cross traffic had green light for 6 seconds before deadly crash Monday night

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The driver of a vehicle involved in a Monday night collision that killed a 50-year-old went through a red light, according to traffic cameras and witness statement.

Jeremy Johnson, 36, faces a felony charge of reckless driving resulting in death in the crash at West Charleston Boulevard and Rampart Boulevard at about 11 p.m.

An arrest report indicates that one car with a green turn light made the turn before the second vehicle was hit by a 2020 Honda Accord driven by Johnson. The turn light was green for six seconds before the collision.

Joseph Strong died in the crash, which was so forceful that the Honda overturned Strong's blue 2007 Toyota Tacoma, which came to rest on its side. Rescuers worked to help Strong, but he showed no signs of life, according to the arrest report... Read More

Gov. Sisolak signs off on state election with certificate of ascertainment for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak completed the final step in the election process, signing the certificate of ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This comes one day after the state's supreme court declared Nevada's results final.

#BREAKING: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signs off on election, final step in state process, giving the state's electoral votes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as required by law. #8NN #nvelection #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/Et2sIh27sS... Read More

Arrest Report: Woman posed as nurse, performed 'Vampire Facials' for clients

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas woman is in custody for illegally practicing medicine without a license. Maria Gutierrez was arrested after police were tipped off about an unlicensed nurse performing "Vampire Facials."

A "Vampire Facial" is a medical procedure in which a patient has their blood drawn, before a medical professional separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then injected into the patient's face.

The procedure can help reduce wrinkles and give the patient's face a smoother look... Read More