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Only on 8: Friends of elderly homicide victim honor her memory one week after her death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A week after her murder, friends of Mildred Olivo came together to honor her memory with a special balloon release Thursday night. 

The 71-year-old was shot and killed by her longtime neighbor, 36-year-old Andrew Cote, at her home near Smoke Ranch Road and Decatur Boulevard on June 25. 

Olivo’s friend, identified as Timothy Hanson, was also shot and killed by Cote. Family members said Hanson had come to stay with Olivo to protect her. 

As close friends of Olivo remember her spirit, they said they want to focus on the joy she brought to all of their lives. 

The group gathered balloons, candles, flowers and cocktail glasses the color of Olivo’s native Puerto Rico Thursday. They then released the balloons with special messages to their friend.

Andrew Cote faces two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon. ... Read More

Clark County to begin enforcing state mask mandate at various businesses Friday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Just over a week after Governor Steve Sisolak made face masks mandatory in Nevada, Clark County officials will begin enforcing the directive Friday. 

Individuals will not face penalties if they are caught without a face covering, but public and private businesses must comply by requiring them at all times.

“I think that we all have to do whatever we can do,” local business owner and Southern Nevada resident Glen Uslan said of COVID-19 precautions. 

“It feels safer to shop, to move around, daily life,” Southern Nevada resident Megan Bell added of mandatory masks. 

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said her team is stepping in to keep everyone safe, especially as more people venture out to local businesses. 

“We just have to make sure that public health continues to be the top priority,” Kirkpatrick said. ... Read More

Downtown Arts District to host virtual First Friday; local photographer making masks to adapt to new normal

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Friday, the ‘Arts District’ in downtown Las Vegas will have its virtual First Friday event. At the same time, small businesses are adapting to the changing times. Local photographer Glenn Adams changed his business inside the Arts Factory to stay afloat.

He sold his photography equipment and is now making custom face masks.

It’s the funniest thing in the world because I hated sewing machines,” said Glenn Adams, Founder, Studio 110 LV. “My mom tried to teach me how to sew back in the day. I could never pick it up. Here I am today, keeping my business open using sewing machines.”

To help the businesses in the Arts District, the First Friday Foundation is hosting a virtual tour that will be very reminiscent of Mr. Rogers meets the neighborhood... Read More

I-Team: Community rallies around Metro officer, veteran and mom fighting cancer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Metro Police officer, veteran and single mom is in need as she battles cancer. The I-Team shares Crystal Sanchez’s story and struggles, as she reminds us all of what’s truly important.

She may only have months to live.

“So, with receiving that news, my first thought was, ‘how do I live my life with my daughter?”Crystal said. Her daughter is 6-year-old Evelyn.

In 2018, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was treated, but the cancer returned and spread.

Crystal said doctors revealed her time is limited.

“With chemotherapy, it would be nine to 12 months. That’s if it doesn’t work” she explained. “And if it does work, then possibly longer than the 12 months, but we’re not sure how long.” ... Read More

7 Harrah’s Laughlin employees test positive for COVID-19

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (KLAS) — According to a statement from Caesars Entertainment, seven Harrah’s Laughlin workers have tested positive for COVID-19. All seven of these positive tests have come since the Harrah’s reopening on June 4.

Caesars Entertainment says they have followed their COVID-19 health and safety protocols through each of the instances... Read More

UPDATE: Mahogany Fire now at 64% containment

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We now know the cause of the Mahogany Fire, which ignited on Sunday and burned nearly 2,800 acres near Mt. Charleston. It’s now 64 percent contained with 396 personnel still assigned to fighting the fire, according to officials with the Humboldt-Toyaibe National Forest.

The map below outlines the Mahogany Fire.

The red areas are areas of open line where crews are continuing to work. The black on the map are areas where crews had full containment on the fires of early Thursday afternoon. 

Firefighters have made progress this week following the flames igniting on Sunday, near the Mahogany Campsite between Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon.

“It was a campfire, human caused,” said Jeremy Kiesling, incident command trainee. “It wasn’t in the campsite. It was a camp outside the campground that was in the woods.”

“I would’ve bet $100 against a dollar on that,” said Lee Canyon resident George Crosby... Read More

City Of Las Vegas holds fireworks safety event with a live demonstration

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Officials from the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department held a fireworks safety demonstration on Thursday, July 2, at 2 p.m. along with Ward 3 Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, Ward 1 Councilman Brian Knudsen, and Ward 2 Councilwoman Victoria Seaman at the city’s Fire Training Center, 633 N. Mojave Road.

Fire Inspector Scott Thompson for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says,”We don’t want anybody to get displaced right now, with illegal fireworks, once they leave the air, are open to the air, you can’t control where they go…Be cautious, alert and be safe.”... Read More