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Man accused of stealing casino chips in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Las Vegas Metro police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man accused of stealing casino chips.

The thefts have occurred on five separate occasions, dating as far back as November of 2021.

According to police, the suspect enters a casino, grabs the chips from a table game, and flees the area.

Police describe the suspect as a black male between 30 to 40-years-old, six feet one inch tall, and 185 pounds.

Man accused of stealing casino chips caught on surveillance camera.

Anyone who recognizes this person or has any information about these incidents is urged to contact LVMPD Downtown Patrol Investigations by phone at 702-828-4314 or by email at DTACPD@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com... Read More

Nevada's private sector employment above pre-pandemic levels, DETR says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The economic recovery reached a milestone in Nevada in April as private sector employment went higher than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

But strong job growth in construction, manufacturing and several other sectors has occurred while jobs in leisure and hospitality have yet to recover -- still at about 90% of levels seen before the pandemic hit.

Las Vegas job growth continued, with 1,900 jobs added in April. Reno followed with 700 new jobs and Carson City grew by 100 jobs. Overall, Nevada added 5,200 jobs in April, DETR said.

“Total statewide employment continues to close in on its pre-pandemic peak as the public sector is yet to see a full recovery," according to David Schmidt, Chief Economist. "Las Vegas saw the fastest job growth in the state over the year, and all three metro areas added jobs over the month."... Read More

I-Team: Accused California church shooter apologized after firing bullet into Las Vegas neighbor's apartment

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas man suspected of opening fire inside a southern California church accidentally fired his gun into a neighbor’s unit while cleaning it and then apologized, a report obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team said.

David Chou, 68, is accused of opening fire in the Irvine Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. According to authorities, Chou was from China, but has lived in the United States for years. He lived in Las Vegas in a Spring Valley apartment.

Balmore Orellana, who was Chou’s neighbor, said the suspect had moved out in February and described him as “nice,” but said he had some concerns.

David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas. (Orange County Sheriff's Department/KLAS)

Chou told police he was “cleaning his firearm” in June 2020 when he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was unloaded, officers wrote in a report... Read More

Nevada Republicans looking to unseat Cortez Masto, Horsford slam bipartisan plan to send aid to Ukraine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada’s entire congressional delegation voted in favor of sending $40 billion to Ukraine, but several Republican candidates seeking to unseat them said they would have voted against it.

All Democrats and most Republicans rallied behind the latest, and possibly not last, U.S. financial boost to the country. The approval comes three weeks after President Joe Biden requested a smaller $33 billion version.

Though the margins in both chambers were overwhelming, many of the "no" votes in the House and Senate came from supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Nevada’s two Democratic senators – Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Sen. Jacky Rosen, and the entire House delegation, including Republican Rep. Mark Amodei, voted for the measure... Read More

Republican candidates to debate on KLAS-TV on May 25

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- KLAS-TV (8 News Now) announced today that it will host an exclusive live multi-market telecast of a debate between the candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor of Nevada.

“Your Local Election Headquarters: Nevada Race for Governor, the Republican Primary Debate,” will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. PDT, at the 8 News Now studio in Las Vegas and will be telecast in both the Las Vegas and Reno viewing areas.

The one-hour debate will bring together potentially 3 million television viewers across Nevada, and in addition to 8 News Now, will be carried live by broadcast partner KTVN 2 News in Reno, Nevada. All radio stations throughout Nevada also will be provided free access to broadcast the debate... Read More

LVMPD seeks help locating missing endangered teen

Las Vegas (KLAS)-- Las Vegas Metro police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 16-year-old Jaylese Wainwright.

Wainwright was last seen on May 18 near the 900 block of Ridge Hill, on the southwest side of Las Vegas, wearing a black t-shirt with a red Slipknot logo, turquoise pajama pants, and white shoes.

Missing endangered juvenile Jaylese Wainwright.

Anyone with information regarding Jaylese Wainwright and her whereabouts are strongly encouraged to
contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702) 828-3111, the Missing Persons Detail during
business hours at (702) 828-2907 or email at missingpersons@lvmpd.com... Read More

Woman faces DUI charge after running over, killing nephew on skateboard

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 19-year-old woman accused of running over her nephew after she allowed him to skateboard while holding onto an SUV she was driving is facing charges. The 15-year-old suffered critical injuries when he was ejected off the skateboard and run over.

According to a family member, Anthony De La Torre died on Tuesday, May 17, four days after the crash. The family member said he is an organ donor and is in the process of having his organs harvested.

His aunt, Destiny Jimenez, 19, is now facing charges of felony DUI resulting in death and driving without a license for the incident which happened on Friday around 9 p.m. on Forsythe Drive near Charleston and Nellis boulevards... Read More