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Beware online scams while shopping this holiday season

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — With more people shopping online for Black Friday, and in general due to the pandemic, there has been an 80 percent increase in hacking and phishing scams. 

That's according to Checkpoint — a cyber security company that has been doing research for the past 25 years on these type of attacks around the globe. 

To help people protect themselves, the company issued a number of safety tips. 

“Credential theft is a huge goal of cyber-attacks, people reuse them often across their accounts,” said Maya Levine — Checkpoint cyber security expert. “If they can get your account on one account, they might have access to multiple accounts.” 

Never share your credentials, be suspicious of password reset emails and too-good-to be true bargains. ... Read More

Cross traffic had green light for 6 seconds before deadly crash Monday night

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The driver of a vehicle involved in a Monday night collision that killed a 50-year-old went through a red light, according to traffic cameras and witness statement.

Jeremy Johnson, 36, faces a felony charge of reckless driving resulting in death in the crash at West Charleston Boulevard and Rampart Boulevard at about 11 p.m.

An arrest report indicates that one car with a green turn light made the turn before the second vehicle was hit by a 2020 Honda Accord driven by Johnson. The turn light was green for six seconds before the collision.

Joseph Strong died in the crash, which was so forceful that the Honda overturned Strong's blue 2007 Toyota Tacoma, which came to rest on its side. Rescuers worked to help Strong, but he showed no signs of life, according to the arrest report... Read More

Early detection is key to prevent vision loss from diabetes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Living with diabetes can force major changes to your lifestyle, but if left unchecked, it can also rob you of your vision.  

Almost 30,000 Nevadans suffer from diabetes, and they are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.  

Research shows after 20 years of type 1 diabetes, 99 percent of people will have some type of diabetic damage to the eyes and 60 percent of type 2 diabetes will have suffer damage. 

The trouble is: there's hardly any warning signs. So, you are urged to get an annual eye exam to spot problems in time. ... Read More

American Red Cross: Need for emergency disaster lodging surges in 2020 amid COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Facing a relentless disaster season, families in the U.S. have spent more nights in emergency lodging from the Red Cross in 2020 than in any other year over the past decade.  

“As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, disasters like the wildfires burning across Nevada this summer— plus relentless hurricanes and wildfires in other parts of the country — have upended hundreds of thousands of lives this year,” said Alan Diskin, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada. “Through it all, more people are stepping up as Red Cross volunteers to help others — even as they cope with these events and COVID-19. It’s a true testament to the humanitarian spirit of people in Las Vegas and in our country.”... Read More

Gov. Sisolak signs off on state election with certificate of ascertainment for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak completed the final step in the election process, signing the certificate of ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This comes one day after the state's supreme court declared Nevada's results final.

#BREAKING: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signs off on election, final step in state process, giving the state's electoral votes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as required by law. #8NN #nvelection #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/Et2sIh27sS... Read More

Washoe County Coroner: Funeral homes approaching 'full capacity' as COVID surges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The number of people dying from COVID-19 across northern Nevada is quickly filling the region’s funeral homes, the Washoe County coroner said Wednesday.

“Locally and regionally, many of our funeral homes are approaching their full capacity,” Dr. Laura Knight said during the county’s weekly COVID response call with officials and experts. Washoe County includes Reno and is the state's second-largest by population.

Some funeral homes, which handle burial and cremation, are 90% full, Knight said.

Since the pandemic began in February, Nevada has reported nearly 2,100 COVID-related deaths. Thirty deaths were reported in Washoe in the past six days, Knight noted.

Nevada reported 3,159 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and a record-high 1,414 hospitalized patients, according to data released Wednesday. It’s the second consecutive day of record-breaking case numbers and hospitalizations in the state... Read More

Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities launches $5 Off one Lyft Ride in effort to eliminate impaired crash during Thanksgiving holiday

LAS VEGAS, NV (KLAS) – In an ongoing commitment to combat impaired driving and eradicate impaired-related fatalities on Nevada’s roadways, the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities has pledged $750 toward access to free Lyft rides in Las Vegas this Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 – Nov. 26.

“In 2019, we saw four fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to someone’s selfish decision to get behind the wheel impaired, there will always be an empty seat at the Thanksgiving table,” said Zero Fatalities Program Manager Andrew Bennett. “The Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities implores everyone to always drive sober, ride smart when celebrating and remember lives are on the line.”... Read More