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Teen suicides on the rise, mental health crisis in our schools, experts say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Another reminder tonight of a hard truth -- many teens have struggled during this pandemic.

Tonight, a mental health expert says we need to remember to keep a close eye on our kids' well-being.

Some say it's the price of the pandemic. The CDC reports a 48% increase over the past year of emergency room visits for teens who have attempted suicide. And unfortunately, some do, sadly, die by suicide.

The principal of Centennial Hills High School sent a letter home to parents Tuesday, indicating a 16-year-old student at the school died.

Dr. Sheldon Jacobs, licensed marriage and family therapist said, "I think whenever someone takes their life it's just very difficult."

It will be a hard road for students at Centennial High School.

"When I heard that, I was heartbroken of course. My heart goes out to the family and the peers of that student," Jacobs added... Read More

'Anytime, anywhere:' Summerlin neighbors have questions after restaurant shooting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- People who live near a Summerlin restaurant where a man was shot and killed Tuesday night were surprised it happened in their neighborhood.

Police continue to search for a suspect in the shooting at Teriyaki Madness, located at Charleston Boulevard and Town Center Drive.

The shooting occurred after 7 p.m., and it has people asking a lot of questions.

Police say the victim may have been targeted, but they have released few details. They say a male shooter allegedly followed a 40-year-old man inside the restaurant and opened fire. A female cashier, 48, was also injured and taken to a hospital.

"There are a lot of questions that are not answered that do concern me," said Bridgette Butler, who works nearby.

"It's one of the restaurants I eat at on the regular," she said.

The restaurant remains closed.

"Couldn't believe it," said Doug Rickman, who lives nearby. "This is a safe neighborhood... Read More

'He loved to ride:' Mother remembers talking with son before deadly crash in northwest valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Kimberly Davis holds onto the last belongings touched by her son, too emotional to show her face.

Aaron Barrus, 30, died after midnight on Tuesday when his motorcycle crashed in the northwest valley.

"He rode every chance he got," Davis said. "He loved to ride."

Nevada State Police say Barrus was riding on the onramp of U.S. 95 at a high rate of speed when his 2020 Suzuki motorcycle wheel-locked, causing it to skid and hit the median barrier wall. Barrus was thrown off and hit a light pole.

"He looked for that bike for a long time. He just got it six or eight months ago," Davis said.

She said he had just finished his shift working security at Wynn Las Vegas when the crash happened. Barrus was an army veteran, and worked at a sheriff's office in Florida before moving to Las Vegas recently to be closer to his son, Colt... Read More

Tiger sanctuary proposed near the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - The World Buddhism Association Headquarters has requested a permit to install a tiger sanctuary at the corner of Paradise and Sahara Blvd. just one block off of the Las Vegas Strip.

The request, first published by Vital Vegas, is with the Winchester Town Advisory Board. While many assume the Strip is Las Vegas, it is actually not and is located within the unincorporated town of Winchester.

According to property records, the World Buddhism Association Headquarters bought a little over 11 acres at this corner in 2018 for $17.5 million.

The request asks for a use permit to allow "inherently dangerous exotic animals" and a "recreational facility with accessory retail sales, restaurant, and on-premises consumption of alcohol."... Read More

Culinary Academy distributes free food for those in need

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)--  The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distributed boxes of free food for those Nevadans in need the day before Thanksgiving Wednesday.

The Culinary Academy gave out nearly 700 boxes of food. Each box came with 40 lb. of food. It contained frozen chicken and produce to help make a full meal.

Governor Steve Sisolak helped staff and volunteers at The Culinary Academy to distribute food through our community food assistance program.

"Lots of smiling, tears that are coming from some of the people in the cars that are so thankful and so appreciative of what they’re getting," Gov. Sisolak said. "It’s really heartwarming and shows you how giving this community is when there are people in need,” ... Read More

One person killed, another hospitalized following crash in southeast Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A two-vehicle crash on E. Russell Road and N. Stephanie Street has killed one person and sent another to the hospital, according to police.

Police say a call came in around 2:15 p.m. reporting a vehicle crash on E. Russell Road and N. Stephanie Street. The crash involved a white Ford SUV and a Chevy pickup truck.

#BREAKING: A deadly crash has closed Russell at Stephanie in the SE valley.

Avoid the area. @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/vztfH4IGzC... Read More

Sexual harassment lawsuit against Steve Wynn can move forward, court rules

LAS VEGAS — Nine unnamed women who allege they were sexually harassed by casino mogul Steve Wynn can move forward with a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts Ltd. and the Wynn Las Vegas, a federal appeals court has decided.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed part of a district court's decision to dismiss the case and will allow the salon employees to amend it for reconsideration.

The women, manicurists and makeup artists in a salon at the Wynn Las Vegas, allege Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Resorts knew about misconduct allegations against Wynn but covered up and did not investigate them.

Wynn has consistently denied sexual misconduct allegations, which were first reported in January 2018 by the Wall Street Journal.

Wynn resigned in February 2018 as chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts... Read More