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UPDATE: Woman killed in hit-and-run crash near Charleston, Fort Apache; suspect later arrested after fleeing the scene

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One woman is dead and a man is in custody after what police are saying was a hit-and-run crash in the western part of the valley.

It happened near the intersection of Fort Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard just before 8 a.m.

Police say the preliminary investigation has revealed a 2003 Dodge Ram was traveling eastbound in the far-right lane on West Charleston Boulevard. At that time, a pedestrian attempted to cross Charleston outside of a marked crosswalk.

The pedestrian — a 22-year-old woman — was hit by the truck and was later pronounced dead at the scene... Read More

Neighbors shaken after homicide in west valley neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police are investigating a homicide that originally stemmed from a call made to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFAR). The incident occurred near Westcliff and Durango drives in the west valley around 1:58 p.m.

Metro Lt. Ray Spencer says LVFAR responded to a report of a victim suffering from cardiac arrest in the 8400 block of Dunphy Court. When fire crews arrived to the home, the discovered a white male, believed to be in his 40s, deceased inside... Read More

Family of tow truck driver killed in hit-and-run crash honors his life, calls for driver awareness

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A month after a local tow truck driver was killed in a hit-and-run crash, friends and family gathered in Henderson Friday for a candlelight vigil to honor his life and share an important message. 

Flashing lights and falling tears marked heartbreaking moments, as those who loved Ryan Billotte remembered him. 

"He was absolutely amazing, always funny," Ryan's wife Becca Billotte told 8 News Now. "Always had a smile."

The 48-year-old was working along the 215 near South Decatur Boulevard on March 9 when police said 51-year-old Colette Despain hit him and left the scene. 

Colette Patrice Despain (Nevada Highway Patrol)

Despain, who was later arrested, faces multiple charges including failure to stop at the scene of a crash involving death. 

"He is supposed to be at home with me," Becca Billotte said, fighting back tears. "And he's not because people aren't paying attention."... Read More

A Strip Experience off the Strip: Mariposa Cocina relaunches with new experience

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- After a brief winter hibernation, a new Latin American restaurant in the west valley is blooming into spring with a revamped design, menu and cocktail program.

Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails on Decatur near Sahara reopens April 9. It originally opened in December 2020 but ran into some problems early on.

"The government sanctions, 25% capacity and without having a liquor license, it made things a little bit tough," said Nick Vardakis of Ava Rose Public Relations Agency, which handles communications for the restaurant. "We decided to take a quick hiatus. During that time, we made some renovations, implemented a new menu and we now have a full bar program."... Read More

Sheriff: Camper missing since Tuesday dies, wife rescued in Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — An Arizona tourist has died and his wife has been rescued after their vehicle got two flat tires and they went missing in Death Valley National Park in California.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Office says searchers on Friday reached 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren and 27-year-old Emily Henkel on a steep ledge in the California desert park.

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Lofgren was dead. Henkel was flown to a Navy air base for medical treatment.

The Sheriff's Office says the Tucson residents were reported missing Tuesday after they failed to return Sunday from a camping trip in the park. ... Read More

'A Big Step Forward': World Market Center celebrates expansion

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Well-known exhibition venue World Market Center Las Vegas is adding to its location. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new add on, which is meant to entice more manufacturers to come to Las Vegas and showcase their products.

Friday's event celebrated the expansion and more improvements to Downtown Las Vegas. A few familiar faces attended, including Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Cedric Crear.

It’s official! The Expo at World Market Center is open for business! @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/RcFvTxJlPl... Read More

I-Team Exclusive: Parents of child in federal lawsuit against CCSD break silence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Parents of a child at the center of a federal lawsuit against the Clark County School District (CCSD) are breaking their silence.

In 2017, teacher Kasey Glass was seen in surveillance video at Kirk Adams Elementary School with fourth grader Hunter Howard. He has autism and is nonverbal.

Lawyers for Hunter alleged what was seen in the video is abuse: withholding his food as punishment, which is against the law, and taunting him.

"I was just shocked," said Tammara Tims.

She and Chris Howard are Hunter's parents. They reached out to the I-Team to speak about this for the first time.

"This caught me off guard," said Tims. "It completely blindsided everybody in my family."

They say Hunter's education started off on a positive note, and he was doing well. But they started to notice changes in his behavior, especially toward his sister, who he usually bonded with. ... Read More