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Life is Beautiful festival ready for Friday opening

LAS VEGAS -- Last-minute preparation are underway as downtown gets ready to host the second annual Life is Beautiful festival.

Nearly 100,000 people are expected to make their way to the festival on Fremont Street and the surrounding area.

Stages are going up and performers are getting in last minute rehearsals. Several streets are already closed because of the festival which will last all weekend. Even more roads will be shutdown at midnight Thursday.

Organizers say they've been working with local businesses to help them prepare for a busy weekend.

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Downtown waiting to cash in on 'Life is Beautiful'

LAS VEGAS -- Rapper, Kanye West and the rock band, The Foo Fighters, are just a couple of the many headliners that will draw tens of thousands of people to downtown Las Vegas for the Life is Beautiful Festival.  This is something businesses in the area are hoping to cash in on.  

“We're expecting a lot of people.  We're going to be selling beverages outside of the restaurant because we're expecting that many people,” said Marissa Nichar, E.A.T. Restaurant Manager.

'Life is Beautiful' road closures impact downtown

LAS VEGAS — Those looking to travel downtown from now through the weekend should be prepared for detours and road closures during the Life is Beautiful festival. The 3-day event kicks off Friday.

The following streets are already closed: 

Lockdown at CC Ronnow Elementary School lifted

LAS VEGAS — A lockdown at a Las Vegas elementary school has been lifted. 

CC Ronnow Elementary School, near Pecos Road and Washington Avenue, was put on lockdown shortly after 8 a.m. and Metro lifted the lockdown at around 11:30 a.m.

Police arrested the robbery suspect they were looking for in the area. 

 

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One critically hurt in 2-car crash

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a serious crash at Decatur Boulevard and Rancho Drive.

According to police, the crash happened at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when two pickup trucks crashed into each other. One person was taken to the hospital in critical condition with head injuries.

The intersection of Decatur and Rancho is shut down.

Metro's Fatal Detail is investigating.

Downtown Project opens first hotel: Oasis at Gold Spike

LAS VEGAS — There's one more place to rest your head in downtown Las Vegas with the opening of a new boutique hotel — Oasis at Gold Spike.

The hotel, which is a first for the Downtown Project, has 38 rooms and six suites just steps away from Fremont Street. The renovation of the three-story hotel began in 2013.

“We are excited to introduce this unique and creative hotel venue to our neighborhood,” said Kim Schaefer, spokesperson for Downtown Project. “Oasis at Gold Spike is a great addition to the ongoing efforts to help revitalize Downtown Las Vegas.”

For reservations and more information, visit their website.



I-Team: Homeowner succeeds at getting squatters out

LAS VEGAS -- A homeowner has taken back control of his home after a bogus lease gave control to the squatters and forced the homeowner out.

The incident caused Harry Dietz to go through a lengthy civil process to evict people who didn't have the right to be there in the first place.

It took about a month to give all of the necessary legal notifications and warnings to the people who moved into his rental home without his permission, but eventually they left. However, the so-called squatters didn't leave the home the way they found it.

Dietz says he has a lot of work to do because the people who occupied his home left it dirty, and items, like the washer and dryer, were missing.

“What recourse do I have? Now I have to hunt them down to try to file a civil suit for a washer, dryer and other things? They count on the fact that people don't have time to do this. You know, they just go on to the next victim,” Dietz said.