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2 men arrested for allegedly shooting, killing man during drug deal in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two men were arrested by North Las Vegas Police for allegedly shooting and killing another man during a drug deal.

According to police, it all unfolded Sunday just after 11:00 p.m., when officers who were at North Vista Hospital on an unrelated call, were approached by an arriving vehicle. Inside the vehicle, there was a 22-year-old man in the passenger seat suffering from a gunshot wound.

Shortly after the victim arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced dead, police said.

NLVPD’s preliminary investigation indicates the shooting occurred near Hamilton Street and Putnam Avenue. The victim allegedly met up with 18-year-old Rodrigo Chavez and 19-year-old Blake Whittington to purchase marijuana. ... Read More

NASCAR Weekend: Expect heavy traffic delays on I-15 this weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas motorists should expect heavy delays on I-15 during NASCAR weekend, happening Feb. 21-23. The Nevada Department of Transportation says drivers should avoid the northbound lanes at Exit 54.

The department estimates 25,000 additional vehicles and 100,000 people during the Penzoil 400 race weekend. These folks will be attending race-related events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We expect heavy traffic along northern Interstate 15 during NASCAR race weekend. We advise taking alternate routes, if possible. But, if travel through the area is unavoidable, please plan accordingly and budget additional time to reach your destination, said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia.

NDOT advises visiting nvroads.com or calling 511 before driving for the latest driving conditions. ... Read More

Rod Blagojevich speaks at Denver airport prior to flight home

DENVER (WGN) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was released from a Colorado prison Tuesday hours after President Donald Trump announced he commuted Blagojevich’s  14-year prison sentence.

In a WGN News exclusive, reporter Julie Unruh spoke with Blagojevich as he arrived to the Denver airport to catch his flight home to Chicago... Read More

DEA introduces ‘360 Strategy’ to combat Las Vegas drug problem

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new program is addressing the heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid problem in Las Vegas. “DEA 360 Strategy,” a three-pronged approach, will be run by the Drug Enforcement Administration and community partners.

It targets drug traffickers, encourages responsible prescribing by doctors and engages the community in some new programs.

The DEA said it’s able to do this through an increase in funding.

It said one way to stop the violence and drug addiction in our city is to engage with kids in the community about the dangers of opioid abuse.

The DEA will bring new programs for kids, such as a soccer team and dance team, as well as work with the Golden Knights and Raiders. ... Read More

Songwriter and ‘Good Times’ actress Ja’Net DuBois dies an hour ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died.

DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The Jeffersons” during the show’s 10-season run.

BernNadette Stanis, who played Thelma Evans Anderson on “Good Times” and remained close to DuBois, said she learned of her death Tuesday from the actress’ daughter.

Ja’net Dubois, Quentin Tarantino and BernNadette Stanis (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

“She used to keep us laughing all the time,” Stanis said, warmly recalling her friend. “She was very, very talented. If she wasn’t singing … she was creating a character to make us laugh.”... Read More

I-Team: Final day for Nevada caucus early voting wrapping up

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is the first state in the West to officially weigh in on choosing presidential candidates. This is the final day of early voting ahead of the caucus, and locations are closing at 8 p.m.

Nevada Democrats said in the first three days of early voting, more than 36,000 people voted. Many of them waited in lines for three hours or more.

And while early voting is coming to an end, the Nevada caucus is just four days away.

Early voting for the Nevada Democratic caucus allows participants to skip the process, which could take several hours Saturday.

Albert Henry said he was allowed to skip the 45-minute wait at the Doolittle Community Center in North Las Vegas.

“I had an advantage because of my disadvantage … because I don’t have transportation to stay any place all day, so this was convenient, and I wanted to take advantage of it.” ... Read More

Report: Suspect who strangled, punched elderly woman in hotel elevator was on probation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man accused of strangling and punching an elderly woman during a robbery at the D Hotel & Casino Jan. 15 was on probation, according to a declaration of warrant obtained by 8 News Now. James Moore is charged with robbery of an elderly person and battery by strangulation of an elderly person.

Around 9:21 p.m. the day of the incident, Metro Police responded to reports that a 73-year-old woman was viciously attacked in a lobby elevator. The man, identified as a black male wearing all black clothing, had reportedly ripped the woman’s purse from her and ran out towards the Fremont Street experience.

According to the report, two witnesses found the victim bleeding and chased Moore across the casino. He then reportedly dropped the purse. ... Read More