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Metro, BLM grappling with rise in illegal activities on public lands

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police and the Bureau of Land Management are working to combat a rise in illegal activities on public lands. This comes amid a surge of visitors during Gov. Steve Sisolak’s stay at home directive.

Some of the illegal activities reported include off-highway vehicles, target shooting, camping and illegal dumping.

According to a news release, Metro has stepped up its patrols in response. Authorities also shut down Calico Basin Road in the Red Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area due to a high-volume of the aforementioned activities.

Violators who are caught could face up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

The following are a few reminders as to what is legal and illegal, per Metro: ... Read More

Las Vegas valley goes blue in support of healthcare workers, first responders in COVID-19 pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Southern Nevada leaders are asking residents to help show our support for healthcare workers, first responders and everyone on the front lines of the fight against the new coronavirus by going blue beginning Tuesday, April 7. 

Officials heading up the supportive initiative said residents can show their support by wearing something blue, and then posting it on social media using the hashtag #VegasGoesBlue.

Local landmarks going blue in support of southern Nevada healthcare workers, first responders and everyone else on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 also  include the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, Las Vegas City Hall and Arizona Street in downtown Boulder City. ... Read More

Protecting yourself from new coronavirus: How to create masks, face coverings at home

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that Americans cover their faces when leaving the home, especially around other people. But with limited access to buying masks, that are meant for healthcare professionals, many are wondering what they can do to protect themselves.

8 News NOW Anchor Kirsten Joyce shows you how you can make a simple face covering at home to protect yourself from COVID-19... Read More

Metro Police look to identify suspect in robbery of west Valley business

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are asking for help identifying the suspect who allegedly robbed a west Valley business on Feb. 18. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. in the 9000 block of West Tropicana

The suspect entered the business and brandished a firearm, pointing it at an employee. He demanded money from the register, and the victim complied. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount.

No one was injured during the crime.

Police released the following suspect description: ... Read More

Psychologist offers tips on dealing with mental health issues during COVID-19 pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Stress and anxiety over the coronavirus outbreak are leading to some mental health issues.

Experts say crisis and suicide prevention hotlines are getting an unprecedented number of calls. With people staying inside their homes during the pandemic, many are feeling more alone than ever. 

But psychologists say there are steps you can take to change that.

“None of us have ever lived through something like this,” said Dr. Renee Solomon, a clinical psychologist and CEO for Forward Recovery.

Solomon said she has been getting more calls from clients due to COVID-19 concerns. She also said calls to suicide prevention hotlines are spiking. 

So, how can you put your mind at ease during these tumultuous times?

“The most important things to do right now are create connection and normalcy,” Soloman said... Read More

DETR working to improve system where people file for unemployment

LAS VEGAS (KLA) — The latest figures from Nevada show the state has more than 1,900 cases of new coronavirus (COVID-19). That’s up by more than 100 cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been a total of 46 deaths, 41 of them alone were in southern Nevada.

As COVID-19 lingers, the unemployment filings continue to climb. The surge in claims has inundated the state’s unemployment office.

On Monday, the Las Vegas Chamber and Unemployment office held a webinar about what’s being done to improve the system. The director of the Department of Unemployment, Training, and Rehabilitation says they know the system is having issues. Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner says they are working around the clock to improve the system.

To give some perspective on just how busy the agency is — in the past two weeks alone there have been more than 164,000 initial unemployment claims. During the full year of 2019, there were only 119,000 claims... Read More

Man handcuffed in front of daughter at Colorado park for allegedly violating social distancing

BRIGHTON, Colo. (KDVR) — A Colorado man handcuffed at a park in front of his young daughter for allegedly breaking social distancing rules says the officers were the ones at fault.

Matt Mooney, 33, said he was handcuffed at Donelson Park in Brighton in front of his 6-year-old daughter Sunday afternoon after police told him he violated the state’s social distancing guidelines.  

Mooney said he refused to provide his identification to three police officers because he was confident he wasn’t doing anything unlawful by playing tee-ball with his wife and daughter at the park... Read More