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Experts, locals discuss potential long-term future with COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As COVID cases climb and vaccine rates level off in Clark County, some fear the virus may never go away.

But what exactly does a "future with COVID" look like? Will it be the seasonal flu -- or something more dangerous?

Dr. Marc J. Kahn, dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, says the most concerning thing right now is vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. He adds that if not enough people get vaccinated, COVID-19 will continue to transform and get stronger.

Dr. Marc J. Kahn

Some say they are preparing for that potential reality.

"The degree of hesitation we're seeing with this fatal disease is, quite frankly, surprising," Kahn said.

As COVID vaccination rates lag in Nevada and the Delta variant takes hold, it is clear we are not out of the woods yet. Kahn says our current situation is unprecedented... Read More

Henderson Police investigating deaths of 2 children at home near Galleria, US 95

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Henderson Police are investigating the deaths of two children at a home near Galleria and U.S. 95. Units responded to a medical emergency in the 700 block of Calamus Palm Place around 6:33 p.m.

Paramedics observed the children were "beyond assistance" and declared them dead at the scene. Their ages are currently unconfirmed.

According to HPD, the incident "appears to be suspicious in nature."

Residents in the neighborhood tell 8 News Now they didn't hear anything but saw an influx of police cars enter the neighborhood all at once earlier Monday night. They say a man was seen on the ground, undetained, kneeling with his head down.

The Clark County Coroner will release the children's names after next of kin is notified.

No further details will be provided at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing situation. Please check back for updates. ... Read More

Case against former Metro explorer convicted of child sexual assault dismissed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The case against a former Metro explorer convicted of child sexual assault has been dismissed, according to court documents. Joshua Ray Honea was convicted in December 2017.

A judge dismissed the case with prejudice on July 12, 2021.

The trial was centered around Honea's relationship with a girl who was under 16. While he was convicted on the one charge, a jury acquitted him of 51 others, including kidnapping, in 2017.

According to earlier reports, the girl, who was 18 during the trial, recanted her detailed accounts of the relationship.

Honea was arrested in 2015. Defense attorney Jonathan MacArthur said an investigation revealing the relationship began after the former explorer became a whistleblower reporting police misconduct... Read More

8 on Your Side: Local lifeguard shortage leads to increase in wages

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Businesses nationwide are struggling to find employees. The lack of workers is even being felt at pools, with a lifeguard shortage reported at local facilities.

Help may be on the way, though.

Certifications for lifeguard training have increased across the country, and pay raises are the reason why many are diving into the gig. They're happening here in Las Vegas, all the way to New York.

"It's going up from $17 to $25," Nikky Berg of Lifeguard Training NY shared. "We just posted about a job, $30 in the Hamptons, a day camp. Like, hello."

Massachusetts is also offering state lifeguards a $500 bonus. In Texas, wages for lifeguards are up 30%.

8 News Now contacted the City of Las Vegas and found out pay for lifeguards increased in June by $2/hour due to a lack of lifeguards. Pay is now: ... Read More

'Fostering Truly Saves Lives': How one simple act can make a difference in an animal's life

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Fostering, or giving pets a temporary residence, gets them out of the stressful shelter environment and into a happy home. Some have failed at fostering, a win for both pets and people.

When the world closed its doors in 2020, Caroline Ciocca opened her heart.

"I definitely wanted a dog, but I wanted the right dog," she told 8 News Now.

After spotting Stella at the shelter, Ciocca knew she was cute. But what kind of companion would she be?

"Take her home, take her out of the shelter; she's probably gonna be a different dog," she said. "...So, fostering was the perfect way for me to experience that."

It's a trial run for both owner and animal.

"They give you so much," said Kate McLaughlin. "It's so worth it."

She has fostered so many kittens, she lost count! ... Read More

Shelters prepare to help as end of federal eviction moratorium draws near

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In less than two weeks, the federal eviction moratorium will end. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there will not be another extension.

Locally, various organizations are gearing up to help those who may be without a home for the first time in their lives.

One shelter says they're expecting a "tsunami" of people once the moratorium expires on July 31. This will add even more strain on local shelters, which are already trying to assist thousands of homeless individuals.

"We've had lots of individuals who have come in and have come to us and said, 'I have never had to deal with this before. I don't even know where to start; I haven't had to ask for help," Nicole Anderson, director of social services at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, told 8 News Now.

The charity is one of many organizations preparing for evictions. ... Read More

'Happy Feet' thefts add up to nearly $1,400 in clothing, police report shows

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 20-year-old man earned the nickname "Happy Feet" from detectives investigating thefts from a Ross Dress for Less on Charleston Boulevard near Fremont Street.

Gregory Poe is charged with five counts of burglary after nearly $1,400 worth of clothing was stolen from the store at 1720 E. Charleston in five separate incidents.

Poe, described as a transient in a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report, is accused of stealing clothing valued at $1,379.22. Detectives called him "Happy Feet" because he would enter the store and then leave without any attempt to purchase items.

Surveillance video and statements by a loss prevention officer at Ross are the basis for the case against Poe.

The suspect "ignored the employee stationed at the front door" and committed the thefts on consecutive days. In one instance, employees said he appeared to be under the influence... Read More