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Metro searching for commercial robbery suspect

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a business Friday afternoon. It happened just after 2 p.m. at a business in the 2000 block of North Tenaya Way, near West Lake Mead Boulevard.

The suspect is described as follows:

  • White man
  • Approximately 50-65 years old
  • Wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat, sunglasses, a blue long-sleeved button-up shirt, khaki pants and blue face mask
  • having gray or white facial hair

Anyone with information is urged to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Commercial Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward... Read More

Deadly MGM Grand fire resulted in new safety standards for high-rise, commercial buildings nationwide

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The MGM Grand fire 40 years ago was devastating, but it did bring changes to enhance fire safety standards in high-rise and commercial buildings. 

It was a sight unlike any other in Las Vegas history 

8 News Now video shows plumes of smoke rising from the former MGM Grand Hotel and Casino — the location of one of the worst disasters in Nevada that killed 87 people. 

"It was a major, major fire," said former Clark County Fire Department Chief Fire Investigator Mike Patterson. "It's indwelled upon my brain forever." 

Patterson says various factors, including zero sprinklers in the casino, contributed to the deadly aftermath that morning.  

"It was only a partially sprinkled building which meant the areas that had 24-hour supervision did not have sprinklers and the rest of the areas did," said Patterson.  ... Read More

I-Team: Metro reaction to police protests mirrors progress, willingness to change

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Across the country, demonstrators have demanded police reform -- even the defunding of police agencies. The push for reform was fueled by high-profile incidents in which suspects died in police custody.

Metro leaders say they have already embraced many of the reform measures and are willing to go even further.

The demonstrations that swept across the country this summer were mostly peaceful, with notable exceptions.

Las Vegas didn't see the carnage of some cities, but there were physical clashes with police. As a result, complaints have been filed against officers. Investigators have reviewed thousands of hours of body cam video.

"So far, the ones we’ve gone through, we’re not seeing any misconduct issues but it is appropriate to do the investigation," said Metro Internal Affairs Capt. Fred Haas... Read More

UMC urges public to save COVID-19 testing appointments for symptomatic, exposed individuals amid increased demand

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- University Medical Center is urging the community to save available public COVID-19 testing appointments for patients experiencing symptoms and those who have been exposed. The hospital cites a significant increase in demand at its campus and Clark County's testing sites.

UMC reminds the public that exposure is when you spend 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone with an active coronavirus infection, regardless of whether masks are worn by either party.

If you have been exposed, the hospital says you should make an appointment for five to seven days after exposure to get tested. Any tests before this could result in a false negative.

In terms of repeat testing, UMC notes in a press release: ... Read More

Deaths in police interactions, 2013-2020 -- MAP

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Deaths involving interactions with police show a high percentage of Black people -- nearly 20 percent, while only 12 percent of the population in the Las Vegas valley is Black.

Data gathered for the years 2013-2020 by mappingpoliceviolence.org has been used by the group to promote activism following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. But the cases themselves offer a good look at what has happened in the valley over the past seven years.

To explore the map, zoom in by clicking the "+" symbol, and click on a pointer for more details. To scroll around the map, click and drag:

Mappingpoliceviolence.org did not respond to a request for comment on the data.

State of Metro:... Read More

How to create a 'social bubble'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We are all being cautioned to limit our interactions for the Thanksgiving holiday, to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep interactions to just our "bubble," our immediate family. But in some other cultures, "social bubbles" are encouraged. 

Let's be clear here, when you interact with more people, you increase your odds of acquiring and spreading COVID-19. Staying home and limiting your face-to-face contact with people is still the best way to avoid COVID-19. 

But in New Zealand and parts of the U.K., "social bubbles" are encouraged. They can be an effective way of extending contact beyond the household, if managed properly because you commit to only hanging out with certain individuals.  

COVID bubbles can be made up of close friends, extended family, neighbors and coworkers ... Read More

Henderson Police investigating attempted robbery of bank

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Henderson Police are investigating the attempted robbery of a bank Friday afternoon. The incident occurred in the 2900 block of Bicentennial Parkway around 1:50 p.m.

According to police, the suspect entered the institution and presented a note to the teller, demanding money. They then fled the scene without obtaining any cash or goods. A weapon was not seen or displayed during the incident.

No injuries or road closures were reported.

At this time, police do not have a suspect or suspect vehicle description.

Henderson PD will continue to investigate. ... Read More