Our network

Metro Police arrest 6 suspects in connection to light pole copper thefts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police arrested six suspects in connection to a string of copper thefts between Nov. 19 and Nov. 25. They allegedly removed the metal from light poles.

Their names are as follows:

  • Rio Hunt, 29
  • Timothy Grassmyer, 51
  • Katherine Cole, 42
  • Michael Fox, 58
  • Keith Schwingdorf, 55
  • William Ralston, 54

The suspects face the following charges:

  • Injury to property of another
  • Theft of scrap metal or utility property
  • Conspiracy to commit theft of scrap metal or utility property

The suspects were taken into custody following an investigation at a residence in the 200 block of West Philadelphia Avenue near the Strip.

During the investigation, detectives found 6,290 pounds of stolen copper wire and a U-Haul box truck. They say the vehicle was used to transport the metal. ... Read More

UPDATE: Hit-and-run suspect dies days after fleeing scene, getting struck by car

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- UPDATE Nov. 27, 5:15 p.m.: The hit-and-run suspect who was struck by another vehicle after fleeing from a crash scene on Nov. 16 has died.

Police say he was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital on Nov. 26.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the man's identity, as well as cause and manner of death at a later time.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to contact Metro's Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website.

* Original Story *... Read More

Welcome to 'Wanderland', a new holiday experience at AREA15

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's a one-of-a-kind holiday experience, complete with hundreds of lights, elves, snow globes and all kinds of other festive things. We're talking about "Wanderland" at AREA15!

The experience made its debut today.

Wanderland is a fun way to celebrate the start of the holiday season with aliens in a safe and socially distant atmosphere! It kicked off with a tree lighting ceremony.

This place is great! Definitely worth checking out. I know we’re having fun!

It runs through January 3- from 4 pm to either 10 pm or midnight, depending on the day of the week. @8NewsNow pic.twitter.com/h0PcdOPtaD... Read More

Dog inspires local artist to create ‘Baxter the Dog’ book collection

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Graphic designer Jennifer Hart changed course -- to illustrator and author because of this guy.

“I just think dogs in general are just super kind and curious,” Hart said.

That curious nature inspired Hart to write and draw a story with Baxter as the central character.

“He's really kind of embodied what I’ve been trying to bring into these teaching moments in the books,” Hart said.

“Baxter Goes to Imagination Land“ is a whimsical story of fantasy and fun, encouraging creativity, kindness, acceptance and adventure.

“One of the things I really love about picture books, you have these really big concepts that you can bring into these smaller worlds,” Hart said. “I think humor is a great way to help kids understand a big idea.”

The pair visit schools sharing his voice on the page and in real life... Read More

Black Friday takes on a new look amid pandemic; shoppers note smaller crowds

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Black Friday shopping looked a bit different this year, as many retailers adjusted their plans to avoid large crowds. Instead of long lines and early crowds, there was a slower stream of holiday shoppers.

Due to health and safety protocols, stores like The Arsenal at City National Arena only let a certain number of shoppers in at a time.

"You've gotta keep your distance, but at the same time, it kind of makes you excited for the future when we get back to games and look at things that we took for granted and kind of appreciate it more," said Black Friday shopper Braxton Egbert. ... Read More

Witness to random Henderson shooting says she heard a dozen gunshots

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Random shootings across Henderson left a 22-year-old man dead and several others injured on Thanksgiving, police said. At least two suspects believed to be involved in the murder were arrested in western Arizona.

Officers said they received several calls from around the city about reports of gunshots. Police were called to the 7-Eleven on East Lake Mead Parkway and Sunset Road around 1 a.m.

Police found the victim deceased from an apparent gunshot wound in the store’s parking lot, they said. Three men and one woman were also injured, all with gunshot wounds. All four are expected to survive.

“I heard a gunshot and it echoed into the whole neighborhood,” neighbor Melissa Wells said. “Not even 30 seconds later, I heard maybe three more gunshots, and then after that, another sequence, probably two or three. I'd say there were probably a total of maybe 12 or 13.”... Read More

Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation’s most populous county.

The three-week order takes effect Monday. It came as the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. The five-day average of new cases was 4,751.

Nearly 2,000 people in the county are hospitalized.

“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge.”

The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible" and to wear a face covering when they go out. It bans people from gathering with people who aren't in their households, whether publicly or privately... Read More