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Metro: 'There is no environment on this police department for an officer like Derek Chauvin'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police are responding to the Derek Chauvin trial verdict. They call this a crucial moment for law enforcement agencies across the country.

The department says they do not tolerate the actions Chauvin took last summer, and they believe the jury held him accountable. Metro also made it clear that there is no place for that kind of conduct within LVMPD.

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Metro Undersheriff Christopher Darcy says the department has worked hard to create an environment that does not allow officers to behave the way Chauvin did. LVMPD wants to be at the forefront of making improvements.

"This is a case where, fortunately, what occurred there is against our policy. So our policy already prohibits what was going on," Darcy shared. ... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports nearly 400 COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths as test positivity remains below 6%

NOTE: The state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer update on weekends, beginning April 16. Therefore, 8 News Now’s daily coronavirus reports will be available Monday-Friday. “To provide the most accurate data, the Office of Analytics will update the COVID-19 dashboard weekdays, so the Monday and Tuesday updates may be higher than has been seen recently since they will include data from the weekend,” the state noted in a news release on April 16.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting nearly 400 coronavirus cases and nine additional deaths as the test positivity remains below 6%, according to data released Tuesday... Read More

Police investigate after woman found shot to death inside her home

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police are conducting an investigation after a woman was found shot to death inside her home Monday morning.

Around 10:45 a.m., officers responded to a residence located in the south valley near West Wigwam Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South for a report of a deceased female.

Officers arrived and were directed to a room where they found a woman with gunshot wounds.

The department's investigation indicates the woman had not been heard from in a few days. The victim's friends went to check on her and found her dead.

This is an ongoing investigation.

The identification of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office... Read More

Crash closes MLK Blvd at Gowan, avoid the area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A crash has closed MLK Boulevard in both directions at Gowan Road in North Las Vegas, according to RTC.

Officials are asking motorists to avoid the area.

#FASTALERT 8:19 AM, Apr 20 2021
Crash MLK at Gowan Rd
Both directions of MLK blocked
Expect delays
Use other routes

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) April 20, 2021

No other details are available at this time.

Please check back for details on this developing story.... Read More

LIVE: Clark County to vote on reopening plan it will submit to state

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In less than two weeks, the state takes another big step toward reopening the economy and getting back to normal. Clark County leaders will meet today to discuss a proposal for reopening on May 1.

Clark County -- specifically the world famous Las Vegas Strip -- is the economic engine that powers the state. That's why plans laid out in a 33-page COVID-19 mitigation plan are so important... Read More

Family, friends say Las Vegas teen suffered severe reaction to J&J vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A young Las Vegas woman is fighting in the hospital, after her family says she suffered a severe reaction to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.

Family and friends have identified the woman as 18-year-old Emma Burkey. She is described as kind, loving and full of faith. She is slowly recovering in the hospital right now, and family and friends hope the power of prayer will help pull her through.

8 News Now talked with Heiden Ratner, senior pastor at WALK Church. Ratner is speaking on behalf of members of the Burkey family, who have been attending WALK Church services for several years now. Emma even babysits for Ratner and his wife sometimes.

"She's a young woman with a bright future ahead of her," Ratner said.

Loved ones say Emma had a serious reaction to the vaccine earlier this month, on or around April 1... Read More

Parents frustrated with CCSD protocol for positive COVID test in sports

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Sierra Vista Mountain Lions should be gearing up for their first baseball game in more than a year, as the Clark County School District (CCSD) allowed spring sports to resume this month.

"It was exciting to get the go-ahead to come back to the baseball field for the boys," said JR Starkus, whose son plays baseball. "It was exciting to drop my son off and say, 'hey, I'll see you in four hours for practice.'"

But due to a positive COVID-19 test last week, the diamond will remain empty.

"He had everything ready," shared mother Tara Gaber, "just to see the sadness ... you know, another let down.

Gaber and Starkus are frustrated with the district. They say the student in question had no symptoms and re-tested negative twice, just days later. ... Read More