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Ride share driver accused of luring 13-year-old appears in court

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A driver for the ride share company, HopSkipDrive, made his first court appearance Wednesday morning in a Las Vegas courtroom.

Rainer Braga, 50, is facing charges of unlawful contact with a minor and luring a child.

Metro police say Braga, who was giving a ride to a 13-year-old girl, allegedly asked her inappropriate questions before he dropped her off at a middle school.

During the court appearance, it was learned Braga is an experienced ride share driver with no criminal history and the father of a teenage boy.

Braga was released on his own recognizance. The court ordered he be placed on high-level electronic monitoring. He is also not allowed to have contact with any children... Read More

Report: Suspect shoots, kills older brother after dispute

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The suspect involved in a domestic-related shooting shot and killed his older brother after the two got into an argument, according to an arrest report released by Metro on Wednesday.

Eric Perry, 44, was arrested Tuesday following the deadly shooting at an apartment complex in the west valley. According to the report, the brothers’ mother called 911 and reported that one of her sons had shot her other son.

Officers responded Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m. to the Broadstone Flamingo West apartment complex located on Flamingo Road, near El Capitan Way.

Police arrived and found a man, later identified as Richard Perry, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to UMC Trauma, and later pronounced dead... Read More

Cause of deaths released for Alpine Motel fire victims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two of the victims who died in the Alpine Motel fire in downtown Las Vegas died from burns, four others died from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Officer.

  • Henry Lawrence Pinc, 70, Las Vegas (Acute carbon monoxide toxicity)
  • Tracy Ann Cihal, 57, Las Vegas (Thermal injuries)
  • Francis Lombardo, Jr., 72, Las Vegas (Acute carbon monoxide toxicity)
  • Cynthia Mikell ,61, Las Vegas (Thermal injuries)
  • Donald Keith Bennett, 63, Las Vegas (Acute carbon monoxide toxicity)
  • Kerry Baclaan, 46, Las Vegas (Acute carbon monoxide toxicity)

The Dec. 21, 2019 fire was the city’s deadliest residential fire and involved some dramatic rescues because people were trapped in the burning building. More than a dozen people were injured in the fire... Read More

MSG Sphere reaches new heights in construction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MSG Sphere at The Venetian is under construction to become the largest spherical structure in the world. Because it is a unique project, the 4th largest crawler crane in the world has made its way to Las Vegas to help with the installation of the venue’s steel domed roof and exosphere.

The crane, known as the “DEMAG CC-8800,” is 580 feet tall, towering 30 feet higher than the High Roller’s 550 feet. It traveled more than 6,000 miles over land and sea to make it to Vegas.

After departing on a cargo ship from a port in Zeebrugge, Belgium, the CC-8800 crossed the Atlantic Ocean, made its way through the Panama Canal and then arrived at Port Hueneme, California.

It then took 120 tractor trailers to deliver the entire crane to the MSG Sphere site. The crane took 18 days to assemble. The fully assembled crane, including the body, boom, and cables, weighs 869 tons... Read More

What’s Driving You Crazy? – a mini-Project Neon on the valley’s east side

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – An east valley intersection gets its own mini Project Neon – with a much shorter timeline!

It’s Charleston and Lamb – about halfway between Charleston at the 95/515 and Nellis.

Drivers there are already seeing what the City of Las Vegas says will be a 6 month repaving project that will include a lot of other stuff, like:

Sidewalk improvement, traffic signal and street lighting work, as well as storm drain and landscaping improvements.

The project announcement says work during the weekdays will be from 7 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon with no lane restrictions on Charleston. If any lanes on Charleston do get taken away, the city says that’ll happen in the overnight hours starting Sunday nights at 9 and running until 5:30 each following weekday morning, ending on Friday mornings – and leaving weekends alone... Read More

Power outage reported at Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Tower

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A representative from the Cosmopolitan says the resort’s Chelsea Tower is experiencing a power outage.

According to a guest visiting the resort, the power went out around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.

There is a crew on site working to restore the power.

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

Stick to the sunny side of the street today

Blue skies and chilly temps on this Wednesday so far, but at least the winds have calmed down. It will feel better in the sunshine rather than the shade today as highs stay below normal. But we’ll jump up quickly by tomorrow in Sherry’s most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast which has 70s returning. But maybe not for long... Read More