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Losing father with Alzheimer’s devastates North Las Vegas family

Robert Rascon was reported missing from his North Las Vegas home around noon on Friday.

His wife and primary caregiver, Josephine, called police and a search began, but darkness fell and he hadn’t been found.

Not only did Rascon suffer from severe Alzheimer’s. He battled high blood pressure, too.

Rascon was walking in the left travel lane on Interstate 15 north of Apex when he was hit by two cars and died early Saturday morning.

He was 87.

Robert Rascon with his wife, Josephine, in their youth in a family photo at Rascon’s North Las Vegas home. (Sally Jaramillo/KLAS-TV)

Thousands of Nevada families struggle with caring for an elderly family member with Alzheimer’s disease. For the Rascon family, it came to a tragic end.

Josephine had told Robert she wasn’t feeling well so she was going to lay down.

She remembers hearing the garage open.

And he was gone. The family’s life changed in an instant... Read More

Person dies following West Flamingo crash, possibly related to medical episode

Police are working at the scene of a fatal accident near the intersection of West Flamingo Road at South Fort Apache Road.

One driver was transported to Southern Hills Hospital and later died, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. Two cars were involved in the crash. No information was available on how many people were in each car, and their conditions.

The victim may have had a medical episode before the crash. The investigation is continuing.

Police said the accident occurred on westbound Flamingo approaching the Fort Apache intersection. Traffic is continuing to move through the area... Read More

Classes will begin in Las Vegas before deans know their fate

Clark County students and teachers are back in the classroom on Aug. 12, but deans won’t have a resolution to their situation until Aug. 14.

That’s when Judge Nancy Allf will hear evidence in the teachers union lawsuit over the decision to eliminate 170 dean positions at high schools and middle schools.

A temporary restraining order is in place until then, keeping the dean positions intact.

That creates uncertainty for the deans, who won’t know what their role will be until the judge rules.

The district ordered the deans to accept a teaching post by July 3 or lose their job.

Lance Jarrel, a dean at Greenspun Elementary School, discussed the frustration.

“Part of this just really disturbing and anxiety driven time is the fact that we don’t have any control,” Jarrel said. “So what I did have for faith is also kind of just, it’s deteriorating each day that we don’t have answers for this.”... Read More

New Orleans mayor declares state of emergency as rains pound city

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city’s Treme neighborhood got 8.4 inches of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way.

Numerous officials urged residents to stay home, check that they have supplies for at least three days and make sure neighborhood storm drains are clear.

Cantrell has declared an emergency. She and other officials spoke at a news conference Wednesday after storms swamped city streets and paralyzed traffic.

National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott says a hurricane hunter aircraft was going to look for the center of the developing tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico. He says the aircraft will provide information about its likely landfall... Read More

WATCH: Vice President Pence on trade issues

WATCH LIVE: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the "USMCA: A Better Deal for American Workers" event at the Naval Air Station Lamoore in California.

Posted by 8 News Now on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Watch as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the USMCA “A Better Deal for American Workers” event in Lemoore, Calif... Read More

James Holzhauer headed back for Jeopardy! Champions tourney

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — James Holzhauer tops the list of 15 contestants coming back for the Jeopardy! 2019 Tournament of Champions, which will air Nov. 4-15.

Holzhauer, a Las Vegas sports gambler, amassed $2.4 million in winnings during his 32-game streak. Host Alex Trebek once commented that Holzhauer’s game has “no weakness.”

Among the other Champions competitors is Emma Boettcher of Chicago, who took down Holzhauer and won $97K.

Holzhauer’s winnings were more than 15 times the next highest participant in the tournament, Josh Hill of North Little Rock, Ark.

The contestants are all from seasons 34 and 35 of the game show... Read More

1 October review subject of Sheriff Lombardo news conference today

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sheriff Joe Lombardo will speak at 3:30 p.m. to review police response to the 1 October shooting, and ways the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can improve.

The news conference will be livesteamed here at lasvegasnow.com. Stay tuned... Read More