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Local illusionist forced to cancel shows after thieves steal equipment

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Several thousand dollars worth of equipment was stolen from a local warehouse. It belonged to a popular illusionist named Dan Sperry. Sperry performs at “The Griffin” every week. But, he was forced to cancel his shows until he can find a way to get it back.

Sperry is known for his unhinged and eccentric humor on stage. He’s amassed hundreds of thousands of dedicated fans online. 

On Wednesday night, Sperry’s warehouse was broken into near Valley View Blvd. and Hacienda Avenue.

Surveillance video captures two people jumping out of a jeep. They steal his tools, props, sound equipment, and lighting.

“They didn’t seem too worried. They seemed like they knew what they were going for,” he said. 

But, that’s not all. The thieves also found Sperry’s spare key inside of the warehouse.

“To do what they did and everything else was like next level.”

So, they took his van too. ... Read More

I-Team: Local photographer includes different methods of feeding babies in photo that goes viral

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three babies, three mothers, and the perfect shot: That is what was captured by a local photographer in a photo that has since gone viral. 

For Felicia Saunders, capturing all three beautiful babies in their essence in one shot was a “Once in a lifetime thing.” 

“How do you ever get three babies to do what you want them to do,” Saunders asked?

 Each year Saunders takes a photo for National Breastfeeding Month, but this year, Saunders switched things up a bit.

 “It was just something a little bit different,” she said.

This year, Saunders included feeding by breast, bottle, and tube. When she posted the inclusive photo on social media, she couldn’t believe what was happening.

 “And the next morning I woke up and I was blown away,” Saunders said. 

The inclusivity captured in her photo received thousands of shares and several headlines... Read More

CCSD trustee holds first virtual community meeting; hopes to increase parent engagement

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Using technology for success: A Clark County School District Trustee successfully attempted the first virtual community meeting on Tuesday.

8 News Now Reporter Cristen Drummond has more on how the new effort may enhance parent engagement. ... Read More

Homeless man arrested for threatening to ‘shoot all the rich kids at UT’

AUSTIN (CNN) — Texas police arrested a homeless man who threatened to shoot ‘rich kids’ who attend the University of Texas. Dakota Blakely was arrested at Dell Seton near UT Monday for an assault. But according to police, while Blakely was processed, he began to express threats towards students.

According to court documents, Blakely repeatedly told the threats to a nurse at the university. He also threatened the responding officer, the reports said.

“I’m glad the police were there, and they were able to handle it the way that they did before it turned out to be an incident that would be a bigger deal,” said a student.

Police were also alarmed with the white supremacist messages, along with pictures of guns that cluttered Blakely’s Facebook page.

“It definitely does make it feel more real,” one student said... Read More

School rallies around Las Vegas teacher after cancer diagnosis

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Jessica Hopson is a first-grade teacher at C.C. Ronnow Elementary in the northeast Las Vegas valley.

Ask anyone at the school
about her, and they’ll tell you how much she cares about the kids. She’s known
as a cheerleader for Ronnow. And now, students and staff are cheering her on.

Michelee Crawford is the
principal at Ronnow, which is near Washington Avenue and Pecos Road, just north
of Freedom Park.

Crawford says Hopson means a
lot to the school. And the school means a lot to Hopson.

Crawford says she has seen
the many changes for Hopson over the years, including the birth of her two
children.

But now a difficult change
is ahead.

“We found out a couple
weeks ago that Mrs. Hopson had in between stage 2 and stage 3 breast cancer,”
Crawford said.

The news devasted the school.

“We have so many things
going on right now,” Crawford said... Read More

Locals worry about wildlife amid border wall construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — For acres in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Park there’s nothing, but cacti.

But as you drive closer to the Lukeville Port of Entry, the road signs turn into caution signs — warning visitors of “smuggling and illegal immigration.”

And then right before you can see the border, you can hear it.

Construction for the border wall.

But the construction doesn’t bother the few locals who live in the area.

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Hector Molina says he frequently crosses the Lukeville Port of Entry because it’s easy — there’s not a lot of people who live nearby.

“Most of the people’s concern about the wall is nature,” says Molina.

He says the wall doesn’t really bother him, but it does bother the wildlife.

“If you put a wall, animals won’t be able to go across.”

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Las Vegas cafe’ makes list of ‘Most Instagramable Restaurants in America’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — To people who live in the Las Vegas valley Cafe’ Lola is picture-perfect. But after making the Food Network’s list of ‘Most Instagramable Restaurants in America,’ the cute and chic little coffee shop is quickly becoming more known nation-wide.

The European inspired cafe is the brainchild of co-founders Alexandra Lourdes and Lin Smith Jerome.

Cafe’ Lola co-founders Alexandra Lourdes and Lin Smith Jerome.

The friends and business partners have set out to transform a standard strip mall site on Hualapai near Flamingo, into a feminine and floral destination restaurant.

With more than 34,000 followers on Instagram, the stylish cafe’ is a must-visit for social media influencers around the world.

And get this: A second location is coming to Henderson. Follow them on Instagram to see when it will open... Read More