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Woman who killed 3 Las Vegas teens while driving drunk to be sentenced today

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A woman who killed three Las Vegas teens and injured another while driving drunk will learn her fate Thursday.  She is scheduled to be sentenced in California and could get life in prison.

Bani Duarte, 29, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit and was speeding when she caused that crash in March of 2018 on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.

The students attended Centennial High School and had gone to California for spring break when the horrific crash happened.

Brooke Hawley, Dylan Mack, and AJ Rossi were killed. A fourth teen, Alexis Vargas, was severely injured.

Duarte was convicted in October of three counts of second-degree murder and one count of DUI causing injury. It took jurors about an hour to decide the verdict. Her sentencing was delayed because her attorneys pushed for a new trial... Read More

Coronavirus concerns hit home as outbreak hits South Korea

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As Coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket across China and South Korea, passengers and employees at McCarran International Airport told 8 News Now they’re concerned. 

A Korean Air flight left Las Vegas for Seoul, South Korea Wednesday night. This is one of several that departs the valley every week. 

The State Department has asked people in the United States to avoid travel to South Korea, as authorities said a Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for coronavirus. 

That person had been on flights between Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles, California. 

The concern has also spread to Hawaii, where Hawaiian Airlines announced the suspension of all flights to South Korea for two months. 

At least 1,500 cases were reported across the country as of Wednesday, in what’s become the largest outbreak outside of China. ... Read More

No one to vote? Nevada Democrats puzzle over empty precinct

RENO, Nev. (AP) — What if a neighborhood precinct was voting in Nevada’s presidential caucuses and nobody came?

Democrats in one county were left scratching their heads about the possibility they had stumbled onto a phantom precinct during the party’s third-in-the-nation presidential contest last week.

Not only did no one cast a ballot during early voting in precinct No. 7321, but nobody from there showed up to participate at Saturday’s caucus site at the University of Nevada, Reno, where hundreds gathered from six other precincts in Washoe County.

Worried about the potential for a meltdown like the one that delayed official results in Iowa, site leader Austin Daly said they were prepared for the possibility of glitches with the iPads that were used to tabulate results or other software-related emergencies... Read More

Cousins, Fleury lead Golden Knights past Oilers 3-0

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nick Cousins scored in his Vegas debut and the Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Wednesday night in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Pacific Division.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves to earn his 61st career shutout, tied for 17th all-time with Turk Broda. The 16-year-veteran netminder is now 5-0-0 in his last five starts.

Cousins, acquired from Montreal at the NHL’s trade deadline Monday, became the 10th player in Golden Knights history to score a goal in his team debut. He knocked home a rebound on a power play for his sixth overall goal to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead midway through the third period.

Max Pacioretty and Shea Theodore also scored for Vegas, which won its seventh straight game... Read More

Surprise party held for service dog with terminal cancer

(KLAS) —
A special service dog was celebrated downtown Wednesday

“Wonka” and his
owner thought they were visiting kids at the Discovery Children’s Museum. But
it was actually a surprise party for Wonka, who had the attraction listed on
his bucket list.

Wonka was diagnosed with
terminal cancer in December, so he and his owner are checking off a bunch of
goals. So far, they’ve visited fire stations, met the golden knights and he
even got married!

His owner says he’s made
such a difference in her life and many others.

“He is happy every day,”
said Wonka’s owner Kelly McMahon. “He helps people. He helps a lot of the dogs
at our rescue organization. He helps them when they’re sad, when they’re scared
and come from pretty tough backgrounds. He helps bring them out of their shell.
He helps bring them happiness and courage and know everything’s going to be
okay.” ... Read More

Drug manufactured by Bay Area company being tested to treat coronavirus patients

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases among cruise ship passengers quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield is rising.

This as a new drug, manufactured by a Bay Area company, is being tested to treat the disease. 

The CDC says the number of Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers to test positive for the coronavirus has increased to 42.

21 of those had been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base. Four are being treated in Spokane, Washington and 17 others are being treated at local hospitals in the Bay Area.

So far, Santa Clara County and San Francisco have declared states of emergency and they will soon be joined by Contra Costa County. ... Read More

Man indicted for abuse, exploitation of elderly

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man has been indicted for abusing and exploiting elderly people at an unlicensed group home. Calvin Leslie is facing 14 charges related to his crimes that officials say he committed last year.

Leslie allegedly took advantage of elderly people, including some who were mentally disabled, at an unlicensed group home in the 3100 block of Parkdale Avenue in Las Vegas.

Police were made aware of the home in September, which is when 54-year-old Bruce Wycoff was arrested for operating the home. Throughout the investigation, Leslie, along with two others, were arrested for crimes, including elder abuse.

The victims were promised their medical needs, and that their health, and food would be taken care of, but the facility had unhealthful or unsanitary conditions. The facility also didn’t have any operational bathrooms, police said. ... Read More