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Police investigating deadly shooting in gated southwest valley community

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police are investigating a deadly shooting in the area of Blue Diamond and Fort Apache roads.

According to Metro police, the incident was reported at 10:14 a.m. in the 9000 block of Castledowns Street, off of El Capitan Way in a gated community.

Metro Lt. David Valenta said a 49-year-old man was found shot to death in the doorway of a home. His family members -- in the home -- called 911.

Valenta said no suspect has been taken into custody, at this time. Police are in the process of interviewing people at the scene.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates... Read More

Murders in 2021 increase Las Vegas area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Data compiled from law enforcement agencies in the Las Vegas area showed that police investigated nearly 200 homicides in 2021.

Las Vegas Metro police handled 147 murders in 2021. This was a 44% increase, which had 102 homicides in 2020.

2 arrested in parking garage homicides, may be tied to other crimes

(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer believes easy access to guns helped last year become the busiest year for homicides since he began heading the unit in 2018.

North Las Vegas police handed 33 killings in 2021, compared to 21 in 2020. So far in 2022, there have been 2 homicides. ... Read More

No entry fee at Lake Mead on Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- There are no entrance fees at Lake Mead National Recreation Area today to honor the birthday of the Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the first of five free days this year at national parks:

  • April 16 -- first day of National Park Week
  • Aug. 4 -- anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Sept. 24 -- National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day

The National Park Service marks the holiday as "MLK Day of Service," calling the holiday "a defining moment in volunteerism."

Lake Mead's low water levels have caused boat ramp closures. Boulder Harbor and Temple Bar ramps are currently closed, and restrictions are in place at other boat launch facilities. For more details, check the National Park Service's website... Read More

#BettyWhiteChallenge celebrates the actress's 100th birthday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Fans of actress Betty White, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, are celebrating in her honor by taking part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge and donating money to animal shelters.

The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas is participating.

The virtual fundraiser is an effort to raise money for homeless pets in honor of White who was known for her love of animals and often made generous donations to animal charities.

The Animal Foundation says it wants to honor her legacy by making a difference for pets who need help. You can make your own donation on the Animal Foundation's website... Read More

Holding out hope for some rain

A cloudy start to our MLK holiday Monday, but we should see more sunshine by the afternoon. The clouds are sliding in from a system off the southern California coast that will finally make a move inland tonight and spread just a little moisture across the desert. That means we could see some showers in southern Nevada before daybreak tomorrow. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast says you'll need the sunglasses for the rest of the week... Read More

N95, KN95, or KF94? What's the difference in masks?

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now encouraging people to wear "the most protective mask you can." It's a new recommendation as cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant keep adding up.

The Southern Nevada Health District says the medical-grade N95 or the KN95 offer the best protection because they seal tight around the face. If you're wondering about the difference between the two -- the N95 is certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and uses head straps. Here is the CDC's guide for spotting fake N95s. The KN95 is certified in China and is typically for commercial use. It has ear loops. You do have to be careful of counterfeits.

They should also be thrown away after five uses... Read More

What's Driving You Crazy? - Bridge demolition, round 2

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - Freeway bridge demolition over Eastern, round 2.

Hope you're not caught off-guard by the closure of Eastern under the 95/515. The Nevada Dept of Transportation is demolishing another part of the freeway bridge overhead as part of the 95/515 fix-up project.

The on-off ramps to & from Eastern are open and freeway traffic should be used to shifting lanes through the area.

The closure of Eastern is scheduled to last until next Tuesday, the 25th, with the recommended detour taking you on either Bonanza or Stewart over to Maryland Pkwy for north south travel. Local business access is still open on Eastern.

Lots more to come on this big project, including more lane restrictions and another closure of Desert Inn under the freeway later this month.

All this information, including links to the NDOT i515project.com website, on 8newsnow.com when you click “Traffic” then “Driving You Crazy.”... Read More