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Business leaders seek end to drug violence in Mexican border city

JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — With Christmas sales around the corner and a fragile tourism industry on the line, Juarez business leaders want to make sure the violent drug cartel attacks of the past few days that have left more than a dozen people dead and 24 vehicles on fire has been contained.

On Monday, members of the city’s Business Advisory Board (Centro Coordinador Empresarial) met behind closed doors with the top law enforcement officials in Juarez and the state of Chihuahua, who assured them the “uprising” by one of the city’s most ruthless gangs has been contained, according to people who participated in the meeting... Read More

Dreamers hold collective breath as Supreme Court tackles DACA

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The fate of 700,000 young immigrants hangs in the balance as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday regarding the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The program in 2012 allowed people who were brought into the country illegally before age 16 to be spared deportation and get work permits — something that has allowed many of them to graduate from college and work in professional fields.

President Trump ended the program in 2017, saying that the Obama administration had no legal basis to enact it. The termination drew lawsuits from immigrant advocacy groups whose merits the Supreme Court will weigh. As the process plays out over the next few months (a decision could come any time between January and June, according to experts), program beneficiaries in Texas say they won’t give up if they lose... Read More

Father and daughter charged with kidnapping, rape and attempted murder of a Valley woman

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A father and daughter in california are facing several charges of kidnapping, rape and attempted murder, after leaving a las vegas woman to die.

The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s department beleives the victim is lucky to be alive.

8 News Now has learned of a new developments in this case. Among them, that the ex-wife and mother of the two people behind bars facing these serious charges says the alleged victim made the story up.

The victim is a woman in her 40’s from North Las Vegas who was found wandering outside Edward Airforce Base in California on Wednesday.

This, after police say she was kidnapped from outside a North Las Vegas business the day after Halloween at gunpoint.

Arrested are 54- year- old Stanley Lawton and his 22- year-old daughter, Shaniyah Lawton.

The victim says she was driven to California where she was forced to withdraw money out of an ATM. ... Read More

I-Team: $500k bond posted for accused killer Christopher Prestipino, but he remains in jail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man accused of murdering a local model and stuffing her body into an enclosure in the desert, is expected to appear in court this week. Christopher Prestipino posted a $500,000 bond last week, but jail records show he is still at the Clark County Detention Center.

The I-Team learned it takes time to process house arrest, but there are concerns about when exactly Prestipino will be released. The 46-year-old is accused of killing 24-year old Esemeralda Gonzales. Metro Police said he injected her with a pool cleaner and put her body in a structure in a desert area.

Before Prestipino’s arrest, police say he went to Belize. He also had access to financial resources to post the half a million dollar bond... Read More

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek gets choked up over contestant’s sweet message in ‘Final Jeopardy!’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man who has been nothing but calm and shown so much bravery since his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, showed a little of his beautiful, emotional side Monday night.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek got a little choked up during the Final Jeopardy when a contestant in the Tournament of Champions Semi-Finals made his final wager and revealed a sweet, heartfelt message for Trebek.

The contestant wagere4d 1995 and wrote, “What is we love you Alex!”

As Trebek read the answer, his voice quivered with emotion, and as he tried to collect himself and keep his composurem, it was clear he was moved and touched by the gesture.

“Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions kicked off its second week with the Semi-Finals round on Monday. Tomorrow, Las Vegas’ own, James Holzhauer, nicknamed, ‘Jeopardy James,” will once again take center stage. ... Read More

Suspected DUI driver was driving at high rate of speed when he caused deadly crashed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two lives were lost when an accused drunk driver slammed into a car, causing it to burst into flames. Aaron Kruse, 24, is the driver who police say caused the crash.

Metro crash detectives say Kruse was driving at a high rate of speed when he hit the car on Boulder Highway and Flamingo. The identities of the victims have yet to be released.

The passenger in that car who died was in the back seat. But there are still no answers to the question of whether it was a child killed, or a passenger of a rideshare car.

According to Metro, when officers made contact with Kruse after the crash, he smelled of alcohol. He also admitted to drinking on the Strip.

Kruse appeared in court Sunday morning on two counts of DUI resulting in death and two counts of reckless driving... Read More

VETERANS DAY SPOTLIGHT: WWII vet makes the world a little shinier with one shoe shin at a time

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Many U.S. veterans are still serving today, but their service is in different ways. Take James “Jim” Agati: He’s a World War II vet who’s making every day a little brighter, one shoe shine at a time.

“There’s nobody that shines better than me,” Agati said. “I’m the best shoe shiner in Vegas.”

Agati, who’s 95 years old, takes pride in his work. Day in and day out, he shines shoes for Goodfellows at Mandalay Bay. He never misses a beat.

“You got to look at it to see what it needs,” said Agati.

It’s that same kind of dedication Agati showed while serving our country. The World War II veteran was a part of the group of servicemen who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. That was 75 years ago.

“There was so much firing, that the shrapnel came down on my shoulders, red hot,” Agati described.

He also recalled when a bomb landed just feet away from his ship... Read More