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"I have a hole in my heart": Family calls for justice two years after man is murdered in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - Two years after a man was murdered in Las Vegas, his family is calling for justice in the unsolved case.

Twayne Allen Junior was shot and killed at a southwest valley apartment complex on Sept. 15, 2019.

Allen's mother and fiancé spoke exclusively with 8NewsNow Wednesday, as they continue to search for answers.

"I want justice for my child," Allen's mother Angela Cooke said. "I miss his smile, I miss laughing with him."

It's been just over 730 days since Cooke last saw her son, while his fiancé, Ebony Jones, has spent the same amount of time learning to live without him.

"Life without Twayne Allen, never imagined it," Jones said. "Not at all."

Allen was just 31 years old when he was killed. He was a prominent performer, rapping under the stage name TCraz3... Read More

Macy's hiring 76,000 nationwide in event set for Thursday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Macy's is putting on a national hiring event on Thursday, Sept. 23, hiring about 76,000 people for the holiday season and beyond.

Full- and part-time positions are available. About 48,000 people will be hired for the holidays. Applicants will work at stores, call centers and distribution and fulfillment centers.

Events will be held at more than 500 stores across the country from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in local time zones. Candidates are encouraged to apply online in advance of the hiring event at macysjobs.com, bloomingdalesjobs.com and bluemercury.com... Read More

NEW: Nevada's cases, hospitalizations both below 1,000 for the first time in 2 months

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Tuesday, Sept. 21

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Several COVID-19 indicators fell -- some dramatically -- at the state and county levels in data released today.

The biggest sign of improvement came in the state's case daily case totals, which dropped to 824. That's well below the 1,000 mark, which the state hadn't been under in the past six weeks. Clark County reported only 352 cases -- the lowest since July 5. Clark County's cases accounted for less than 43% of the state total.

Hospitalizations statewide fell to 986, the first time below 1,000 since July 21.

And the state's test positivity rate dropped to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous day. Clark County dropped to 8.6%, down from 8.7% the previous day.

Nevada reported 30 deaths, with 19 coming from Clark County... Read More

Police seek suspect who allegedly groped teen girl

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police have released photos of a man who they say groped a 17-year-old girl as she walked home from her job.

The incident took place on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 around 7 a.m. near Fremont and 15th streets.

According to Metro police, the teen was walking on a sidewalk when a man in a newer four-door Mercedes sedan pulled up alongside her and asked if she wanted a ride. The teen ignored the man and crossed the street.

Police released this photo of the alleged suspect. (Courtesy: LVMPD)

Police said the suspect drove ahead of the girl and went into a motel parking lot where he got out of his car and walked up to her and grabbed her by the arm and inappropriately touched her.

The victim was able to get away and call police. ... Read More

Former Las Vegas news anchor announces run for Nevada secretary of state

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Former Las Vegas news anchor and reporter Gerard Ramalho is running to become Nevada’s next secretary of state, he announced Wednesday.

Ramalho, who has won several awards for his work as a journalist, told 8 News Now he was running for the Republican nomination. He said he would push for voter identification and tighter laws on who can collect ballots and return them. He worked as a weekend news anchor for KSNV Channel 3 until March.

“Partisan legislatures used the pandemic to manipulate our laws and change the system so that it benefited one party over the other,” Ramalho said in part of his 2-minute campaign announcement. “Now people have a lack of faith in the system.”

In June, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed permanent mail-in voting into law, making Nevada the sixth state to have such a system... Read More

Las Vegas PRIDE parade, festival and other events

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The annual Las Vegas PRIDE LGBTQ+ Night Parade will take place in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 8 and Nevada Gov. Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak will be co-grand marshals, along with Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez, at the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. at the intersection of 4th Street and Bridger Avenue. The parade follows at 7 p.m.

The following day's festival will be held -- for the first time -- in the city of North Las Vegas.

“We are thrilled to be together again to celebrate Las Vegas PRIDE live and in-person in Las Vegas, ” said Las Vegas PRIDE Board President Brady McGill. “And we are particularly excited to bring the Las Vegas PRIDE festival to our new home in North Las Vegas at Craig Ranch Park.”

The festival gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 9 at noon.

(COVID-19 safety protocols are in place at all events)... Read More

Las Vegas church offers 'religious exemption form' against vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A church that sued Nevada over limits on the size of church gatherings during the pandemic is now offering a "religious exemption form" against vaccination on their website for anyone to fill out and submit.

Calvary Chapel Lone Mountain, a church located just southwest of the intersection of Rancho Drive and Craig Road in the northwest valley, features the link to the form at the top right of their homepage at https://cclonemountain.org/.

The form indicates a letter will be delivered in 7-10 days.

The form looks like this:

A link on the letter directs people to the Pacific Justice Institute a non-profit legal defense organization that specializes in the defense of religious freedom... Read More