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Grief Center Offers Free Counseling

LAS VEGAS -- The holiday season can be stressful and it's worse for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

One woman is now able to celebrate the holidays after the loss of her young son and she credits a local organization for helping her begin to heal and move forward.

"Usually, he's on my mind as soon as I open my eyes," said Vanessa Jurewicz, who is slowing adjusting to life after the death of her young son, Vincent.

Immense feelings of grief are often accompanies by guilt.

"There are days when I'm OK and then at the end of the day I feel guilty that I got through the day, because I feel it's wrong to not be thinking of him," Jurewicz said.

One Project Ends as Another Begins Near McCarran

One Project Ends as Another Begins Near McCarran

One project is nearly done and another is about the begin near McCarran Airport.

Crews will be working on the final piece of one project Thursday evening. The work starts at 9 p.m. and is expected to be finished around 5 a.m. Friday. Workers will be putting up the last two signs that will help direct traffic to McCarran’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

As part of the construction, workers will shut down the two dedicated right-turn lanes from eastbound Tropicana Avenue onto southbound Paradise Road. Once the sign is in place, the third dedicated right-turn lane will be opened.

The work also includes a second sign being installed farther south on Paradise Road. That means the left southbound lane leading toward the airport and connector tunnel will be closed.

Victim was Murder Suspect's Ex-Boyfriend

LAS VEGAS -- Murder suspect Tracy Kaufmann told Metro Police he shot ex-boyfriend Phillip Wells dozens of times early Monday morning at Wells' workplace.
Kaufmann, 50, told police he traveled from Tennessee to Las Vegas nearly a week ago because he was angry with Wells for having "taken advantage of him." The suspect admitted firing dozens of shots into Wells, beginning at the bar of The Garage, where Wells worked, and continuing into a back room where the victim fled. Kaufmann repeatedly shot Wells while the victim laid on the ground, emptying a magazine, then reloading and continuing to fire at Wells. The victim died at the scene, but no one else was injured.

Runnin' Rebels Hang on Late Against Nevada

Runnin' Rebels Hang on Late Against Nevada

 

Justin Hawkins had 13 points and Chace Stanback added 12 to lead UNLV to a 71-67 win over Nevada, which nearly rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit with 6:36 left in the game on Monday night.

Also for UNLV (2-0), Oscar Bellfield had 11 points as the Rebels have now won six straight in the in-state rivalry.

Guard Deonte Burton led Nevada (0-2) with a career-high 28 points, 20 of which came in the first half. Burton's 3-pointer from the right sideline with 22 seconds left in the game cut the Rebels' lead to 68-67.

Anthony Marshall hit 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 15 seconds to seal the Rebels' win.

Between Marshall's four free throw attempts, Malik Story, who had 19 points, missed a potential tying 3-pointer from the left sideline with five seconds left.

Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press

Police Make Arrest in Bartender's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a bartender.

Homicide detectives arrested Tracy Kaufmann, 50, of Knoxville, Tennessee. The shooting happened early Monday morning at The Garage bar.

Metro Police tell 8 News NOW, the shooting was not the result of a robbery. They are currently looking into other motives. Friends and the bar's owners have confirmed, the victim is Phil Wells.

The Garage is a gay bar and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community is shocked but pulling together for someone many knew. Candles and flowers lay near one of the entrances to the bar.

"Phll is an amazing soul. He'll give the shirt off his back to you. Always had a smile on his face and he would never do anything to hurt anybody. This is completely out of the blue," friend Brandon Busche said.

Education Association Looking for Classroom Superheroes

The Clark County Education Association is looking for the teachers, staff and parents who are going above and beyond to help students succeed. The effort to find and honor those people is part of American Education Week, which started Monday.

Sharon Flick from Cunningham Elementary School and Theo Small of Sandy Miller Elementary School are just two of 70 teachers and support staff that have been nominated for the program called Classroom Superheroes.

Flick says teaching is not always easy but it is always rewarding, especially when former students recognize the effort she has made.

"They find me in the strangest places (and say,) 'You were my third grade teacher and it was the best year of my life,'" Flick said. "I ask them, 'What did I do?' (They say,) "It was the best thing: you cared. You always cared.'"

Small says when it comes to reaching and inspiring kids, teachers must think outside of the classroom.

Person Found Dead After Bar Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say one person is dead after an early morning shooting at The Garage bar near the UNLV campus.

Witnesses tell 8 News NOW, a man walked into the bar just before 6 a.m. and shot the bartender. Friends and co-workers identify the victim as Phil Wells.

Two customers who were in the bar at the time ran across street to call for help. The bar is located near Flamingo Rd. and Maryland Pkwy.

 

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