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Former Nye County sheriff DeMeo dies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nye County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday that former sheriff Tony DeMeo has died.

DeMeo served as Nye County sheriff for 12 years, leaving office in 2015.

This was posted on the Nye County Sheriff’s Facebook page: “Our badges have been shrouded in his honor and we offer Mrs. DeMeo and his family the honor, gratitude, respect and assistance during these trying days ahead.”... Read More

Boiler explosion triggered natural gas blast at Nevada dorm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s state fire marshal says a small explosion in a basement boiler at a University of Nevada, Reno dormitory caused a natural gas leak that triggered a much larger blast last week, severely damaging two dorms and injuring eight people.

Fire Marshal Bart Chambers said Tuesday the initial explosion occurred Friday afternoon while a contractor was working on a boiler that had suffered mechanical problems and was shut down earlier last week. The cause of that first explosion remains under investigation... Read More

Experts warn online daters after woman arrested for allegedly trying to rob date

The woman accused of attempting to rob a 25-year-old man she met through an online dating app appeared in court for the first time Tuesday morning. According to Metro Police, 21-year-old Diamond Williams met the man through an online dating app and allegedly attempted to rob him early Monday morning, along with three unidentified men.

According to employees of the Siegel Select apartments near the Las Vegas Strip, Williams was a resident of the complex and allegedly met up with the 25-year-old man on-property.

Just like that young man, many people across the valley have used different mobile applications that make going on dates as simple as a swipe. “I’ve talked to people here and there on apps, and there are definitely some people that are kinda sketchy or say things that are alarming, so I’m always really cautious,” says one user, Olivia... Read More

FREE FOOD: Valencian Gold offers first 100 in line at grand opening free paella

LAS VGAS (KLAS) — Valencian Gold, a restaurant serving Spanish cuisine to Las Vegas’ Southwest side, is offering a full weekend of free food in honor of its grand opening, Friday, July 12, 2019. But there’s just one catch: You have to be one of the first 100 people waiting in line for the big day.

Developed by Chefs Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss, Valencian Gold is an all-new fast-casual concept offering an approachable take on true Spanish cuisine.

The deals offered at the Valencian Gold all weekend are as followed:

Friday, July 12 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
First 100 guests in line will receive a free signature or customizable bowl with a side and drink... Read More

Route 91 Strong funds going to Vegas Strong Resiliency Center delayed; 1 October survivors say they feel misled

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Survivors of the deadly 1 October shooting who were hoping to get a break, may have to wait even longer to get paid. Two weeks ago, 8 News Now reported that Route 91 Strong, a non-profit organization that supports survivors, plans to give the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center their remaining funds. But that process has since been delayed.

When it gets the money, the Las Vegas Resiliency Center said it plans to give survivors up to $500, twice in any 12 consecutive months period, up to four times in their lifetime.

Li Shey Johnson is one of many survivors dealing with the aftermath, including the financial ramifications, of the mass shooting. She has undergone several surgeries since 2017 on her shoulder and her ankle. She was trampled at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“So, at this time I’m learning how to walk again,” Johnson said.

According to Johnson, she spends most of her time healing on her couch... Read More

NV Energy looks at managing risk of wildfires by de-energizing infrastructures

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — During the summer months, Mount Charleston is very dry, making it prone to wildfires. It was just six years ago when the Carpenter 1 Fire devoured so much of the natural habitat. It was the largest to occur in decades, and because of that fire N V Energy is working on long term strategies to harden its electric grid, replace wood poles with metal poles, and install wildfire alert cameras. But changes in climate calls for something that can be done almost immediately.

“The risk of droughts of monsoon in our state is growing; the wildfire is growing,” said Kevin Geraghty, the senior vice-president of operations for NV Energy.

Compared to a few years ago, right now in southern Nevada the drought conditions and the dryness aren’t as severe, but six years ago, around this same time, it sparked the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston... Read More

GLVAR: Home value prices going up; Las Vegas valley still recovering from the recession

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Home values are once again going up, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. With that said, experts also say the Las Vegas valley is still recovering from the recession which hit our housing market harder than anywhere in the country.

So far, the recovery period has taken about seven years. The price jump in the housing market is not like what valley residents saw before the recession. But experts say the slower pace is good.

During the recession, foreclosure signs could be seen all around the valley. A desert underwater, after the housing bubble, burst during the Great Recession. But now, as more and more new homes pop up, home prices are trending up as well.

“It’s not to the level that we saw before we had the crash, and I don’t think we’ll ever see that level again; hopefully not, because that was too much,” said Tom Blanchard, president-elect, GLVAR... Read More