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5K poker run May 21 at Sunset Park benefits veterans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 5K poker run at Sunset Park on May 21 will raise money for needy veterans -- and you just might win a prize.

The Marines' Memorial Challenge event is open to families, joggers, walkers, and trained distance runners. You complete the course at your own pace. A tax-deductible $45 entry fee will get you a T-shirt and a runner's bib, and you'll be contributing to help veterans who have had it rough during the pandemic. You'll also be helping the "Devil Pups," a youth program that promotes future Marine leaders.

Competitors purchase one or more poker hands and vie to win a gift card of $200, $300, or $500. You'll receive a map with station locations and you can follow your own path. The poker run begins at 9 a.m... Read More

Las Vegas gymnastics team heads to Arizona nationals with high hopes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A group of local athletes has made history with their success in gymnastics, and we could be looking at the future of Team USA.

Five of the valley's finest gymnasts with Salcianu Elite Gymnastics are headed to nationals this weekend in Arizona. They are the largest group ever from Nevada to compete at this level, and they hope to shine at the competition.

Their coach, Tammy Salcianu, said she has some high hopes for the team.

"For them to just go out and do their best, and, you know, most of these girls already committed to college," Salcianu said. "We have four athletes going this year, and some are aspiring to go into elite gymnastics potentially in the future."

The group said they are expecting a great time this weekend.

"Just to have fun and go for four, and then hopefully everyone wins," said Trista Goodman... Read More

I-Team: Ex-Las Vegas car dealership manager accused of stealing hundreds of thousands

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A former sales manager accused of embezzling more than a quarter-million dollars from a Las Vegas car dealership was taken into custody after a car crash Thursday, the 8 News Now I-Team confirmed Friday.

Michael Sims, 51, of Henderson, the former sales manager at Cardinale Way Acura, is accused of embezzling more than $250,000. The dealership is located on Sahara Avenue near Rainbow Boulevard.

Las Vegas Metro police took Sims into custody after he was involved in a car crash at the intersection of Eastern and Serene avenues. Police arrested Sims at the hospital.

The general manager for the dealership reported Sims to police in March 2021, officers said, after he was unable to locate contracts for six cars. The general manager discovered “[Sims] had been taking cash down payments, writing receipts out of a receipt book and keeping the cash,” police wrote in a warrant for Sims’ arrest... Read More

How to watch the total 'Super Blood Moon' eclipse Sunday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A special show will take place in the sky Sunday night when the Earth aligns between the sun and moon creating a total eclipse that will be visible for most of North and South America and other parts of the world.

Sunday's moonrise over southern Nevada will be around 7:31 p.m. and by 8:30 p.m., the "Super Blood Moon" will be in total eclipse which means the entire moon will fall within the darkest part of Earth's shadow. It is during that time the moon will take on a reddish hue, hence the name Blood Moon.

8newsnow.com will live stream the total eclipse

No special equipment is needed to observe a lunar eclipse but being away from bright city lights will give the best viewing.

The total eclipse will last for about 90 minutes.

This is the first of two total moon eclipses for 2022. The next one will be on Nov. 8... Read More

North Las Vegas opens splash pads ahead of first triple-digit weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The City of North Las Vegas has opened its splash pads ahead of the summer season, just in time before temperatures hit triple-digits for the first time this year.

The splash pads are now open during daylight hours in the following parks:

  • Craig Ranch Regional Park: 628 W. Craig Road
  • Tropical Breeze Park: 1505 E. Tropical Parkway
  • Hartke Park: 1301 E. Tonopah Ave.
  • Prentiss Walker Park: 1509 June St.
  • Flores Park: 4133 Allen Lane
  • Nature Discovery Park: 2627 Nature Park Drive
  • Joe Kneip Park: 2800 Judson Ave.

For more information about the pads and other water activities in North Las Vegas, visit this link... Read More

5 murderers convicted in week's time in Las Vegas, including man who killed son

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County District Attorney's Office noted that in the span of a week, five murderers were convicted of first-degree murder, an office first, according to the district attorney.

The cases include Wendell Melton who shot and killed his son, 14-year-old Giovanni Melton, in 2017. At the time, the teenager's mother claimed her ex-husband killed Giovanni because he was gay. Melton will be sentenced in July.

Another case involved Angell Fernandez, who shot and killed 40-year-old Ronnie Craven, a Las Vegas-based rapper.

“In my 40-plus years of working in the criminal justice system, I can’t recall that many first-degree murder convictions in such a short time frame.” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a statement. "Although many industries were shut down during the pandemic, crime never stopped. Now that courts have resumed trials, we are seeing these violent criminals brought to justice."... Read More

Hot temperatures and a cool lunar eclipse this weekend

Plenty of sunshine and light winds this Friday with much warmer temperatures on the way for the weekend. We're trading cool gusty days for some hot summery ones very quickly so it's really important to pace yourself outdoors, stay hydrated, and keep slathering on the sunscreen to keep your skin from burning. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has the toasty temps we haven't felt here in southern Nevada since last fall... Read More