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Trial starts for woman accused of deadly DUI that claimed the life of 3 Centennial High School students

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial against Bani Duarte, a California woman suspected of driving drunk and hitting a car full of teens who were visiting Huntington Beach on spring break. The students were from the Las Vegas valley.

Duarte is facing murder charges for the crash that claimed the life of three Centennial High School students.

During the first day of the trial, photos of the victims, Dylan Mack, Albert Rossi, and Brooke Hawley, were shown in the courtroom.

Brooke’s sister, Heather Hawley told 8 News Now Wednesday that she 

was anxious to join her parents in California for the rest of the trial... Read More

Officer buys car seats for mother in need

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) — When you get pulled over during a traffic
stop, you typically expect to drive off owing money. But during a Saturday
night stop, three Savannah police officers sent a young mother off with a gift
she never expected.

Saturday night in Albany, Georgia, Savannah Police Corporal Stephen Bland, and APO Austin Neumann and William Daniels set up a road check as a part of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. They pulled over a car with a tag written in ink then something else inside the car caught their eyes.

“We noticed the two kids in the back seat were in the car
seats but neither of the harnesses were showing,” Cpl. Steve Bland said.

The officers pulled over a
young mom with one-year-old twins sitting in frayed car seats. The mother told
them she recently was the victim of car theft and just got the car she was
riding in. The officers say she told them she couldn’t afford new seats. ... Read More

Villanos Booster Club ready to welcome Raiders to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas is getting closer and closer to welcoming the Raiders to their new home and many fans are eager for the team to arrive. There is one fan group that’s already making a difference in the community. They are called the Villanos Booster Club. 8 News Now’s Sally Jaramillo met with a few of them to find out what it means to be a Hispanic “Raider” fan in Las Vegas.

The club started about 3
months ago with only 15 members. Now they have more than 75. In this club you
can find people from all over southern Nevada.

 “We’re a group of Raider Fans people that love
the Raiders, live the Raiders, die with the Raiders,” said Edward Cerda — Owner
of Chancla Cantina. “We have a lot of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters,
little ones, too. It’s a whole big family.”

The tattoos, bald heads and
gang affiliated fans you may have heard of is not what this group is about... Read More

Professional poker player from Henderson tries to ‘outwit, outplay, outlast other contestants on CBS’ Survivor

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Henderson resident is lacing up his sneakers and brushing up on his gameplay for the latest season of Survivor. Ronnie Bardah will put his professional poker playing skills to the test as he tries to outwit, outplay, and outlast several other contestants.

Survivor fans can catch their first glimpse of Bardah Wednesday night on Survivor: Island of the Idols which premiers at 8 p.m. on CBS... Read More

$237M needed to pay for Lake Mead’s projects on ‘deferred maintenance’ list

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Lake Mead National Recreation Area has nearly $237 million in maintenance projects that have been put off for a year or longer. The bulk of the projects involve park roads.

Great Basin National Park needs almost $15 million to tackle the projects they have on hold.

A September 2018 report from the National Park Service indicates almost $12 billion in maintenance projects are competing for funding nationwide and in places like American Samoa, Puerto Rico and Guam. Each year, the park service decides what it can afford and what will have to wait. Public safety is an important driver in setting priorities, and each park determines its own priorities.

California’s deferred maintenance alone is nearly $1.9 billion for 27 locations that include Yosemite National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park... Read More

Fate unknown for 41 dogs found in North Las Vegas home

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The future of more than 40 dogs is up in the air after they were found at a home in North Las Vegas Tuesday. Fire crews came across the animals, while rescuing two people from a house fire near MLK and Cheyenne. As Orko Manna reports, there are questions about what went on in that house and what will happen to the dogs.

The 41 dogs are now here at
the animal foundation and in good condition. While North Las Vegas Police and
animal control continue to investigate, animal advocates tell us they know exactly
what’s going on.

Rebecca Anderson works
closely with dogs, and despite officials saying these precious pups show no
signs of neglect, she’s still concerned by the sheer size of the group.

“That’s definitely way
exceeding the amount,” said Rebecca Anderson of Home for Spot Animal
Rescue “They need to be socialized, exercised, everything makes a rounded dog,
and you can’t do that with 40. There’s no way.”... Read More

Fmr. actress files lawsuit against Animal Foundation claiming shelter won’t return 70+ animals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A former Hollywood actress filed a lawsuit against the Animal Foundation. Susan Mechsner, who was in the 1981 film Stripes, says the shelter won’t return more than 70 animals despite here claims that she did nothing wrong. She also said no formal charges were filed against her. 

Animal Control seized the various pets from her northwest Las Vegas home in July. They were staying in a single-family home that sits on less than an acre of land in a residential neighborhood. 

“That was kind of daunting to hear that she was having a zoo in her house,” said her neighbor Beth Ziebarth. The confiscation shocked nearby neighbors.

“There’s not enough space for animals like that,” said Porter Sultzbaugh, neighbor.

Mechsner, the homeowner, is determined to get them back, so the lawsuit filed last week claims she was wrongfully and unlawfully deprived of her pets. ... Read More