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Elko woman convicted of 2nd degree-murder in 24-year-old daughter's death

ELKO, Nev. — An Elko County woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her adult daughter in 2020.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Judith Zavala “snapped” and strangled the 24-year-old with autism because of pent up emotional stress from serving as her primary caregiver for decades.

Elko County Deputy District Attorney Justin Barainca had asked jurors to find her guilty of first-degree murder.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the jury returned the verdict on the lesser charge on Thursday.

Public defender Kelsey Angeley told jurors that Zavala had not left her home in two years and finally “broke” after “years of exhaustion” and “months of desperation”... Read More

Loud laughter on RTC bus leads to fight, deadly shooting Sunday night

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man who got into a fight with people who laughed at him Sunday night on an RTC bus was eventually shot to death, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report.

Jettoni Zendel, a man in his late 20s who was on a bus northbound on Paradise Road at Sahara Avenue, yelled to the bus driver that he pressed the button for the wrong bus stop Sunday night. "My bad," he said.

A female passenger in the back of the bus yelled at Zendel and told him to walk, according to the report.

That made another man laugh -- and he continued to laugh loudly, prompting Zendel to confront him.

"Don't look at me," said the man who was laughing. The man is identified in the police report as a suspect wearing yellow.

The two were talking to each other, along with another man who police later identified as John Kirby, 22.

The three men got off the bus to fight just after 10 p.m... Read More

NEW: COVID-19 cases drop under 500 in Nevada, and below 300 in Clark County

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Oct. 14.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- New COVID-19 cases in Clark County dropped under 300 for the first time since June in data released today. Cases statewide dipped under 500 heading into the weekend.

The decline in daily cases is the latest good news as the summer spike of COVID-19 cases is winding down.

The state reported 10 deaths, with five coming from Clark County.

Test positivity rates for the state and the county were both unchanged since yesterday. Nevada's rate is at 7.9% and the county's rate is at 6.9%. Nine of the state's 17 counties still have rates in of 10% or higher, with Elko County topping the rest at 22.6%... Read More

Winds blamed for Aug. 13 collapse at La Bonita Supermarket

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Aug. 13 collapse of a canopy on the front of a Las Vegas grocery store was caused by wind, according to an engineering review of the damage.

The La Bonita Supermarket at 2500 E. Desert Inn Road showed no unusual signs that suggest a structural defect caused the collapse, a letter sent to the Clark County building inspection supervisor Brian Johnson says.

Four people were hurt when the collapse occurred after a windy night. Gusts were reported at 35-45 mph the previous day, but the winds were not as bad when the front of the building fell in front of the store.

About 150 people who work at the store were reassigned to other locations.

The report was prepared by Kimley-Horn and Associates, a national engineering company with a Las Vegas office.

The structure was in good condition at the time of the collapse, according to the letter... Read More

MGM Resorts International hiring for 12 properties at job fair today

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- MGM Resorts International will be hiring full-time and part-time employees at a job fair being hosted by Goodwill of Southern Nevada.

The job fair is taking place on Friday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goodwill's Boulevard Mall thrift store location at 3700 S. Maryland Parkway.

There will be on-the-spot hiring at the event for the following vacancies:

  • Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Porter
  • EVS
  • Retail
  • Fountain workers
  • Baristas
  • Lifeguards

MGM Resorts International has openings at the following properties:

  • Bellagio
  • Aria
  • Vdara
  • MGM Grand
  • The Mirage
  • Park MGM
  • Mandalay Bay Delano
  • Luxor
  • Excaliber
  • Circus Circus
  • New York, New York

MGM Resorts has a mandate that requires all new employees to be vaccinated and show proof of that vaccination... Read More

215 Beltway near Centennial Bowl to close overnight Tuesday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The 215 Beltway will be closed in both directions near the Centennial Bowl overnight on Tuesday, Oct. 19, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

The planned closure, between the Sky Pointe ramp and Grand Montecito Parkway, will give crews time to pour concrete on a new bridge over the Beltway, NDOT said.

The closure will begin Tuesday at 8 p.m. and last until Wednesday at 5 a.m.

Marked detours will be in place while the Beltway is shut down, according to NDOT... Read More

Metro police looking for suspects in series of convenience store burglaries

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects in a series of convenience store burglaries in the Las Vegas Valley.

The burglaries began on Sept. 30. Police provide photos from surveillance video at the stores.

Three suspects enter the story, usually when there is only one employee working, according to a news release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. While one distracts the employee, another enters the office area and steals money and other items of value.

The suspects are Black male adults in their 30s, from 5-foot-5-inches to 5-foot-9-inches.

(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Police believe they are using a newer-model black GMC Terrain with temporary license plate NX188082... Read More