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Crews Demolishing Inside of Hoarder's Home

Crews Demolishing Inside of Hoarder's Home


Work crews are tearing out walls, carpeting and anything else that might contaminated inside a Summerlin house that was home to one of the worst cases of hoarding officials have ever seen.

The home near Hills Center and Lake Mead Boulevard belongs to 55-year-old Kenneth Epstein. By the time the problem has been discovered, he had filled the home with trash, furniture, boxes, animals and refrigerators filled with rotting food. The conditions inside the home became so bad that it was declared a public health hazard.

Epstein will have to pay the $13,000 it is costing the city of Las Vegas to clean out the home. If he does not pay, the city will place a lien on his property. He is also facing several misdemeanor charges, including fire code violations, being a public nuisance and not having a cat fancier's license.

Crews are replacing windows and electric work. It is expected to take until next week to clean up the house.

Resort Co. Settles Irish Pub Sex Harassment Suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A resort company is paying $155,000 to settle claims that a Las Vegas pub supervisor sexually harassed three female employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a settlement Wednesday with Hotspur Resorts Nevada Ltd., which runs a Las Vegas Marriott franchise.

The lawsuit filed in 2011 claims a male employee at the resort's J.C. Wooloughan's Irish pub verbally and physically harassed three female staffers since at least 2003. The man later became the women's supervisor.

The suit claims the harassment continued until the man was fired in 2007, but that the company didn't adequately prevent or correct the problems.

As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to change its sexual harassment policy and have a monitor track how well the company is complying with it.

Car Crashes into Home

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a car that ran into a house near Grand Canyon Drive and Sahara Avenue.

The crash happened just after noon Tuesday. No one was transported to the hospital. According to police, a building inspector has been called to the neighborhood to check the house to make sure it is stable enough to remove the car.

There is no word on what caused the driver to crash into the house.


Stores Optimistic on Retail Growth

LAS VEGAS -- Stores across the Las Vegas valley are getting ready for the holiday rush and for many shop owners this holiday season will be their first.

Store owners said they are growing more confident as the latest retail statistics show an upward trend.

According to research firm Colliers International, the Las Vegas retail market vacancy rate has decreased to 10.3 percent in the third quarter of 2012, down from its peak of 11.9 percent in the second and third quarters of 2011.

However, in the valley's retail submarkets, Henderson's vacancy rate is 0.2 percent higher for the year than the rest of the valley.

The northwest valley was the only submarket to have an increase in asking rents. Rents in the southwest remained stable, and rents in North Las Vegas and near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas decreased.

Motorist Sentenced in Halloween DUI Death

Justin Caramanica

LAS VEGAS -- A 42-year-old Las Vegas man received the maximum sentencing in the drunken driving death of a 12-year-old trick-or-treater a year ago.

Justin Caramanica appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom before a judge Monday following his guilty plea in July to driving under the influence involving death in the Oct. 31, 2011, crash that killed Faith Love.

Caramanica was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and was fined $2,000. He will not be eligible for parole for at least eight years.

Love was dressed as a Native American princess when she was struck by Caramanica's car as she went trick-or-treating on a residential street in western Las Vegas.

Police say Caramanica's blood-alcohol percentage was just under the .08 limit for driving in Nevada, but that he might also have been under the influence of prescription drugs.

Plumbers Blamed for Starting Blaze

Plumbers Blamed for Starting Blaze


Plumbers are being blamed for a fire that damaged two apartments and displaced two people.

The fire started just after 11 a.m. Friday at the Pavilions apartment complex near Westcliff and Buffalo Drive.

When fire crews from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue arrived, they found the fire in a water heater closet on the patio of a downstairs apartment. The fire and smoke had moved up the chimney shaft that extends from the ground floor to the roof. It had moved into the upstairs apartment.

Crews brought the fire under control in less than ten minutes. The fire was mostly inside the walls. It spread along the upstairs apartment patio and bedroom.

Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental. Investigators say the plumbers using a torch while working on water heater on the first floor caused the blaze. 

VP Candidate Paul Ryan to Visit Vegas Thursday

LAS VEGAS -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be making a stop in Las Vegas Thursday to thank volunteers.

Ryan is scheduled to stop by the Romney campaign's Las Vegas headquarters, 9640 W. Tropicana Ave., Suite 106, in the southwest valley.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Ryan will also be campaigning at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno that afternoon.

8 News NOW will update this story when more details on Ryan's visit are released.