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I-Team: 'You will definitely catch COVID,' Hawaii lieutenant governor says about visiting Las Vegas unvaccinated; these communities advise against travel

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Amid an increase in coronavirus cases and no all-encompassing mask mandate, some communities across the country are advising their residents not to travel to Las Vegas unvaccinated.

A mask mandate that applies to employees at all businesses in Clark County went into effect Thursday. Last week, the Southern Nevada Health District recommended everyone — vaccinated or not — wear a mask in crowded indoor public settings.

Before county commissioners voted for the mandate, which expires Aug. 17, leaders in at least three communities expressed concern about travel to Las Vegas for the unvaccinated.

Last week, Chicago added the entire state of Nevada to its travel advisory list. Health officials in Los Angeles also expressed concern about Californians traveling to Las Vegas amid Nevada’s rise in cases... Read More

PHOTOS: Strong storms leave behind damage across Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Thousands of people were without power Thursday afternoon after strong storms made their way through the Las Vegas valley.

Microbursts were reported in the valley for the first time in three years. The last microburst was nearly three years ago to the day, coming on July 20, 2018.

Reports of downed trees and power lines came in from 8 News Now viewers in Henderson and the Summerlin areas.

Below is a slideshow of the damage, with photos sent in by 8 News Now viewers. You can send your weather pictures to pix@8newsnow.com.... Read More

Man arrested after threatening to rape, kill woman on Ring doorbell video

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man was taken into police custody in connection with a Ring doorbell video that showed him knocking on the door of a downtown Las Vegas home and making a threat to "rape and kill" the woman inside.

That woman, Amanda Nowak, is thanking police and wrote in a post on her Facebook page Thursday "the power of using social media is strong and this proves so! Thank you, everyone! I'm just glad he's off the streets."

The incident happened on Wednesday evening on S. 6th Street near Charleston and Las Vegas boulevards when Nowak was home alone. She didn't know the man at her door.

In the Ring video, the man can be heard repeatedly asking, "Are you sure? Are you positive? I just have a few questions for you."

Nowak says she never responded to the man, hid in her home, and called 911. Nowak's husband, who was not at the home, accessed the intercom system and asked the man who he was... Read More

NEW: COVID-19 cases hit 942; Nevada's test positivity now at 12.7%

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, July 21

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 942 new COVID-19 cases as the state's test positivity rate increases to 12.7% in data released today. Clark County's test positivity rate held steady at 14% on the day the county's new mask mandate takes effect.

A day after logging 28 deaths statewide, Nevada reports eight deaths, with seven of those coming from Clark County.

Hospitalizations dropped by 23, and are now at 971 statewide.

Clark County continues to fuel the higher numbers, reporting 827 of the state's 942 cases -- nearly 88% of Nevada's COVID-19 cases. But two additional counties were flagged by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for elevated risk of transmission. Nine of the state's 17 counties are now flagged... Read More

I-Team: 'Someone chose violence and took his life,' Horsford, teen shooting survivor work to break cycle of gun violence

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KLAS) -- Democratic Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford was 19 when a gunman shot and killed his father. Now, 30 years later, he hopes his experience prompts change through programs aimed at keeping young people away from violence.

“Someone chose violence and took his life,” Horsford said. “That doesn't have to be.”

The congressman's "Break the Cycle of Violence Act" would prompt the federal government to invest in community-based opportunities and jobs for teenagers and young adults. The legislation also targets gun violence survivors through hospital-based services to deter retaliation.

“We're talking about breaking the cycle of violence so that no one has to experience it,” Horsford said... Read More

‘Who Are We Protecting?”: Employees question new Clark County mask mandate’s effectiveness

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As of midnight, masks are back for thousands of employees in Clark County.

This comes after county commissioners voted to require masks for employees in indoor, public spaces at their workplace. It’s part of an effort to combat a COVID-19 surge in Southern Nevada.

But some workers are questioning how effective it will be since it does not apply to customers or visitors.

"Who are we protecting?" questioned Robin McDermott.

That is a question she’s been asking herself ever since the commissioners’ vote Tuesday. The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced on Wednesday that the rules also apply to gaming employees.

"It's very frustrating, like, I don't mind wearing a mask," McDermott said.

She works as a dealer at one of the Las Vegas Strip casinos and says she is fine following the rules. However, she believes only mandating masks for workers does not make sense... Read More

'It's an image that I'll never get out of my head': Woman shares horrific discovery of mutilated dog

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As another animal cruelty case rocked Las Vegas this week, 8 News Now spoke with the woman who found a mutilated and murdered dog.

"It was just really a terrible scene for anyone to have to come up on," Lisa Jagodzinski said Wednesday. 

Jagodzinski described the moment she made the horrific discovery; a dog abused, killed, and left in a metal crate on the side of a northwest valley street. 

"Who could possibly ever harm a dog like this?" she exclaimed. "It's an image that I'll never get out of my head."

This cruelty case follows a disturbing trend in the valley, as a dog was found with severe chemical burns, another dog was hung from a fence in the heat, and several animals were left in hot cars and garages over the last few months. ... Read More