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NLVPD to host blood drive for officer’s daughter who is battling leukemia

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- The North Las Vegas Police Department and the City of North Las Vegas are hosting a blood drive next week in honor of an officer's daughter who is battling leukemia. 

Arabelle Tetlow, whose father is an NLVPD officer, was recently diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which affects the body's bone marrow and blood.

As a way to give back, her family is trying to spread the word about the ongoing and critical need for blood in the community.

The blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 30 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m at the North Las Vegas City Hall, located at 2250 North Las Vegas Blvd.

It is open to the public and appointments are strongly encouraged. ... Read More

I-Team: Pain med prescriptions did not cause opioid epidemic, courts rule

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Five years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiated a crackdown on opioid pain medications, experts have concluded the policy has been a miserable failure. Overdose deaths have gone up, not down, and now, courts are starting to recognize the arguments used to justify the crackdown are largely bogus.

"So these numbers, they just push these false numbers and now you have courts of law calling them out," said Dr. Dan Laird. 

As a Las Vegas physician, Laird has a unique vantage point from which to evaluate the great opioid crackdown.  Laird is a pain management doctor and an attorney who represented patients who suffered pain after being denied legal medications. 

Of the 50 million Americans plagued by chronic pain, about 20 million depend on prescription opioids to try and lead somewhat normal lives. Since 2016, those millions have suffered immensely because of a war on legal pain meds. ... Read More

Teen suicides on the rise, mental health crisis in our schools, experts say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Another reminder tonight of a hard truth -- many teens have struggled during this pandemic.

Tonight, a mental health expert says we need to remember to keep a close eye on our kids' well-being.

Some say it's the price of the pandemic. The CDC reports a 48% increase over the past year of emergency room visits for teens who have attempted suicide. And unfortunately, some do, sadly, die by suicide.

The principal of Centennial Hills High School sent a letter home to parents Tuesday, indicating a 16-year-old student at the school died.

Dr. Sheldon Jacobs, licensed marriage and family therapist said, "I think whenever someone takes their life it's just very difficult."

It will be a hard road for students at Centennial High School.

"When I heard that, I was heartbroken of course. My heart goes out to the family and the peers of that student," Jacobs added... Read More

Driver crashes through wall and into home's swimming pool, Police suspect impairment

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Police are investigating an incident where a driver crashed through a wall and into a swimming pool Wednesday morning.

The crash happened at a home near Bermuda and Windmill around 3 a.m.

8NewsNow's Kate Houston spoke to the homeowner as they assessed the damage.

Concrete, debris, and car parts were still littered across the backyard as the homeowner tells us it is going to be tens of thousands of dollars in repairs... Read More

Southwest Medical Hospice to deliver holiday meals to patients in need

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Many hospice and palliative care patients miss out on the joy and fellowship of the holidays, but thanks to one casino in the valley more than 100 patients and caregivers can enjoy a holiday meal this Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday, dozens of volunteers at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall packed up 135-holiday meals to be donated to Southwest Medical Hospice Care.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day at 8 a.m., Southwest Medical Hospice Care volunteers will deliver the meals directly to patients all across the Las Vegas Valley... Read More

'Anytime, anywhere:' Summerlin neighbors have questions after restaurant shooting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- People who live near a Summerlin restaurant where a man was shot and killed Tuesday night were surprised it happened in their neighborhood.

Police continue to search for a suspect in the shooting at Teriyaki Madness, located at Charleston Boulevard and Town Center Drive.

The shooting occurred after 7 p.m., and it has people asking a lot of questions.

Police say the victim may have been targeted, but they have released few details. They say a male shooter allegedly followed a 40-year-old man inside the restaurant and opened fire. A female cashier, 48, was also injured and taken to a hospital.

"There are a lot of questions that are not answered that do concern me," said Bridgette Butler, who works nearby.

"It's one of the restaurants I eat at on the regular," she said.

The restaurant remains closed.

"Couldn't believe it," said Doug Rickman, who lives nearby. "This is a safe neighborhood... Read More

'He loved to ride:' Mother remembers talking with son before deadly crash in northwest valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Kimberly Davis holds onto the last belongings touched by her son, too emotional to show her face.

Aaron Barrus, 30, died after midnight on Tuesday when his motorcycle crashed in the northwest valley.

"He rode every chance he got," Davis said. "He loved to ride."

Nevada State Police say Barrus was riding on the onramp of U.S. 95 at a high rate of speed when his 2020 Suzuki motorcycle wheel-locked, causing it to skid and hit the median barrier wall. Barrus was thrown off and hit a light pole.

"He looked for that bike for a long time. He just got it six or eight months ago," Davis said.

She said he had just finished his shift working security at Wynn Las Vegas when the crash happened. Barrus was an army veteran, and worked at a sheriff's office in Florida before moving to Las Vegas recently to be closer to his son, Colt... Read More