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I-Team: Babysitter accused of killing child appears in court

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A babysitter accused of killing a child remains in jail. Many 8 News Now viewers responded after the I-Team first broke the story in March, and we continue to follow the criminal case.

WARNING: The details in this report are of a disturbing nature.

Laurren Courtney, 22, appeared in a courtroom at the Regional Justice Center Tuesday. Metro Police say she beat a child to death while babysitting him, and it was caught on video.

Courtney faces murder and child abuse charges.

A prosecutor said in court she received autopsy results for 5-year-old Ryan James Peralto, which could result in amended charges. The child died on March 12.

According to Courtney's arrest report, she told police she'd babysat for Ryan and his 7-year-old sister since August. ... Read More

Free live music returns to Fremont Street Experience June 1

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- If you're looking to get down and party, the Fremont Street Experience will be the place to be come June 1. Free live music will return to the Downtown Las Vegas destination at 12:01 a.m.

This comes after the Clark County Commission announced the county will fully reopen on that same date. Restrictions involving capacity limits, large gatherings and dancing will be lifted.

Guests will be able to enjoy the entertainment nightly at all three stages, with the full schedule to be announced next week, according to a tweet from the experience.

We’re Baaaaa-aaaack!!!!
FREE Nightly Music returns Tues, June 1st at 12:01 am.
Full Entertainment Schedule TBA next week.
Who’s in?!... pic.twitter.com/ySNo88FBHs

— Fremont Street Exp (@FSELV) May 18, 2021... Read More

Visitors can 'Boom Boom Clap' their way to glamorous Vegas in new ad

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Visitors can "Boom Boom Clap" their way to Las Vegas' most glamorous destinations in the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's (LVCVA) latest ad. It's part of the "Vegas You" campaign, which aims to let tourists around the world know our city is open for business.

You'll see some of Vegas' most recognizable spots in the ad, from the Bellagio's famed fountains and the High Roller Observation Wheel to The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan.

"The ad shows Vegas as the destination that allows visitors to choose their own adventure and revel in the excitement that only Vegas -- and its iconic landmarks -- offers," LVCVA wrote in a news release.

A couple of the Strip's biggest acts make an appearance, too, including ABSINTHE's Green Fairy and the Jabbawockeez.

The full spot debuted today. You can watch the full clip in the video above. ... Read More

I-Team: 23-year-old's liver cancer linked to Real Water, lawsuit claims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A woman claims drinking Las Vegas-based Real Water made her develop liver cancer, a lawsuit filed in court said.

Real Water sold alkaline water, which has a lesser acidity, through a home delivery service and in bottles sold in stores.

According to the lawsuit, Grace Zimmerman, who is in her mid-20s, drank the brand’s bottled water between May 2019 and November 2019. In June 2020, she went to the emergency room, where doctors told her she had elevated liver enzyme levels. She was transferred to a Los Angeles hospital, where her condition improved.

Last fall, Zimmerman was diagnosed with acute hepatitis, the lawsuit said. Acute non-viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can be caused by exposure to toxins, autoimmune disease or drinking too much alcohol... Read More

Rampart Casino gets OK to reopen at 100% capacity

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Rampart Casino reports it has been given the OK to open at 100% capacity effective immediately.

A statement from the casino said anyone who is fully vaccinated will not have to wear a mask.

"Those who haven't been fully vaccinated are asked to still take precautions," according to the statement... Read More

Expect closures, delays at Lake Mead boat ramps at Hemenway Harbor, Temple bar

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Hemenway Harbor and Temple Bar boat ramps will have temporary closures and reduced lanes beginning as early as Thursday, May 20, according to a news release from Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Delays could last through June as the National Park Service (NPS) installs and repositions pipe mats to extend boat ramps due to lower water levels.

Boaters can continue to access Lake Mead via Callville Bay and Echo Bay.

Ramps on Lake Mohave are not expected to be affected through 2021.

Beginning May 20, Hemenway Harbor will have one launch lane available on pipe mat. The NPS recommends that boats over 25 feet consider launching at other locations. Boulder Harbor can be temporarily used for lake access while Hemenway Harbor’s launch ramp is unavailable, according to the National Park Service... Read More

NEW: Nevada's COVID-19 test positivity rate falls below 5%

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has fallen below 5.0%, data released Tuesday shows.

The rate dropped from 5.0% to 4.9% in the past day, continuing a trend of decreases reported over the past month. The last time Nevada recorded a 5% test positivity rate was on April 11.

Nevada reported 287 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (218), in the past day. Nevada’s total cases are now at 321,368. Clark County has a total of 249,011. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.... Read More