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Weekend DUI patrol results in over a dozen arrests across Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A DUI patrol conducted on Saturday, Oct. 16 resulted in 13 DUI arrests across the Las Vegas valley according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's traffic section.

During the patrol, officers conducted over 160 vehicle stops.

Additionally, officers gave 40 citations, recovered three guns, and made one felony arrest.

The department was assisted by officers from the Southeast Area Command, South Central Area Command, and Las Vegas City Marshals.

The patrol is part of an ongoing effort aimed at catching impaired drivers who choose to get behind the wheel.

Impaired driving fatalities have consistently been the most common cause of motor vehicle crashes resulting in injuries and deaths in Nevada.

Police want to remind motorists to always drive and ride sober or to use a designated driver to reach their destinations safely. ... Read More

Man accused of dismembering roommate, leaving him in trash returns to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man accused of killing his roommate and leaving his body to decompose in a trash can is back in Nevada to face the charge against him, court records showed.

Christopher Berrios, 55, is accused of killing Bernard Robledo, 46, the I-Team first reported last week. Court documents indicate the men lived at an apartment in the 1500 block of Arville Street.

On Sept. 4, a person called 911 saying they had found a body inside a trash bin. The body was covered in spray foam used for insulation, investigators wrote in court documents.

Police said Robledo had several limbs removed. His cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said they also found a handsaw with tissue and blood on it... Read More

NEW: COVID-19 hospitalizations, test positivity rates fall over the weekend

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Oct. 15-17.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Hospitalizations dropped by more than 50 and COVID-19 test positivity rates for Nevada and Clark County both declined over the weekend, according to data released today.

Declining numbers continued the trend from the past several weeks.

Nevada's test positivity rate has dropped from 7.9% to 7.7%, the lowest it has been since before the July 4 weekend. In Clark County, the rate dropped from 6.9% to 6.7%.

Hospitalizations statewide have now dropped below 700, dropping by 51 to 698 patients over the weekend.

New COVID-19 cases from Friday, Saturday and Sunday totaled 1,334 statewide, with 891 from Clark County -- about 66% of Nevada's total.

Nevada reports 29 deaths over the weekend, with 20 from Clark County... Read More

Dust, wind advisories issued for Monday, wind gust recorded at 84 mph in Spring Mountains

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Monday will be a sunny but windy day. There are wind and dust advisories in effect for the Las Vegas valley.

The most powerful wind gusts were in the mountains overnight. Angel Peak which is at 8,800 feet in the Spring Mountains had a recorded gust of 84 mph at 7 a.m. Kyle Canyon had wind gusts from 45 to 50 mph into the early morning hours. Valley residents can expect gusts between 30 to 40 mph throughout Monday. The wind advisory will expire for the higher elevations at 11 a.m. and the lower elevations at 5 p.m.

Happy Monday! We issued a #VegasAirQuality dust advisory today, due to high winds. As a result, AQ will be in the MODERATE range for ozone and particulates. Go to our Forecast page for more: https://t.co/8oDoliOQVp. pic.twitter.com/uTsQP1wROc... Read More

Driver rescued from vehicle after plunging into drainage channel in northwest valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Rescue crews responded Sunday night after a vehicle caught fire after crashing through a fence and plunging into a drainage channel in the northwest valley.

The driver was extricated by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue crews from Heavy Rescue 44. ... Read More

Howard Hughes makes his mark in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes rolled into Las Vegas in 1966 to live in a room at the Desert Inn hotel but prior to that he'd been to Las Vegas and spent time in a small house just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Reporter George Knapp talks with legendary newsman Bob Stoldal, who now sits on the historic preservation board. ... Read More

DETR: Debt paid on unemployment trust fund before interest came due

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Anyone who has ever had credit card debt knows it's the interest that kills you.

Nevada has emerged from the pandemic without owing any interest on debts that built up as it paid millions in unemployment claims, according to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

Nearly $2 billion that was in the trust fund was wiped out in the first nine months of the pandemic. After that, the state borrowed money -- $332.4 million -- from the Social Security Administration to cover the payments.

And the interest was about to come due.

Nevada has now paid off the debt using eligible funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, eliminating the need for businesses to bear the brunt of repaying the loan or the interest.

(Stateof NevadaWeekly UI FilingStatisticsforWeekEnding 10/09/2021)

Unemployment insurance payments have already started to rebuild the trust fund, according to a graph from DETR... Read More