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UNLV begins series of in-person graduation ceremonies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It was a special day for thousands of UNLV graduates. The university held it's first in-person ceremony since the pandemic.

"I am super stoked. I am so excited. I’ve been waiting for this day. It’s been three years coming. I’m just really excited," said graduating student Rhiannon Brusch.

UNLV will hold a series of commencements over the next two days at the Sam Boyd Stadium... Read More

NEW: Nearly 30% of Nevadans fully vaccinated as state reports 436 cases, 8 deaths

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remains at 5.4% as the state reports 436 new cases and eight deaths, data released Thursday shows.

The state reports that nearly 30% of Nevada’s population is now fully vaccinated, and more than 47% of the people eligible have initiated vaccinations.

The rate stayed at 5.4% for a second day after it was at 5.5% for two days. It started climbing on April 3, and passed 5% on April 12. It reached 5.9% but it leveled off in late April and has fallen since.

Clark County’s test positivity rate matches the state, at 5.4% in data released Thursday... Read More

Loved ones remember Amari Nicholson, as they begin their fight for justice

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Loved ones of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson are still numb following his death, but they are honoring his life and legacy.

Close family friends and community members gathered Wednesday night for a vigil outside the Emerald Suites near Paradise and Twain.

Metro Police say Amari was killed, and they arrested 27-year-old Terrell Rhodes, the boyfriend of the toddler’s mother, on Tuesday. He is charged with murder and made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

As those closest to Amari and his family continue to grapple with grief, they are beginning their fight for justice.

"For it to be so close to home, it hurts. It does. It hurts a lot," lamented Mekala Hal, a family friend, who is particularly close to Amari's maternal grandmother... Read More

I-Team: Police see uptick in theft of bank, credit card information across valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Thieves across the Las Vegas valley are stealing bank and credit card account information with just one swipe of your card.

The practice is called skimming. Metro Police tell the I-Team it is a growing problem over the past several months, with the rise in the number of Nevadans getting unemployment benefits drawing criminals in.

“It was smaller amounts, and it was just like, 'Wait a minute,'” Erin Kelly, a skimming victim, said. “At one of the ATMs, I probably was skimmed.”

Last year, Kelly realized his Bank of America account, the one the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) issues unemployment benefits to, was slowly getting drained. In all, he estimated hundreds of dollars were stolen... Read More

'You can't think somebody could hurt a child': Community gathers to remember 2-year-old Amari Nicholson

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Dozens gathered for a vigil Wednesday to honor Amari Nicholson, as the 2-year-old's death has shaken the entire Las Vegas community. 

"You can't think somebody could hurt a child," Las Vegan Lilian Lemus told 8 News Now. "An innocent child like that."

Lemus was one of many who gathered to grieve for the toddler and show support. 

"We brought candles and felt like we had to do our part," vigil organizer Erica McCoy said. "To help the rest of the community out."

Many also wanted to make sure others speak up for children in similar situations. 

"If you see it, I know it might not be something you want to do," fellow vigil organizer Nichole Grossman said, speaking to anyone who sees a child being harmed or abused. "But it's something that you need to do, because if not, this is where we are, this is the outcome."... Read More

Father, son indicted for murder of Cornell Black

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A father and son accused of murder have been indicted by a Clark County grand jury. Reino Pina-Castillejo, 68, was on house arrest at the time of the alleged crime.

Pina-Castillejo and his son, 23-year-old Walther Pina-Freijo, are charged with:

  • Murder with use of a deadly weapon
  • Robbery with use of a deadly weapon
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery

According to court documents, the victim, 32-year-old Cornell Black, died of blunt force trauma to the head. He passed away five days after he was beaten at a bus stop near Twain and University Center.

Pina-Castillejo was on house arrest after being accused of sexually assaulting a child. ... Read More

SNHD now offering Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children 12-15

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) will now offer Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15 at its own and partner sites. This comes after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made its final recommendations.

The health district says children under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian when they arrive to receive their vaccination.

"The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children is welcome news," said Dr. Fermin Leguen, district health officer for SNHD. "Children are just as susceptible to getting the virus that causes COVID-19 as adults. Younger people may not be as likely to get severely ill, but it is still a risk, and they can spread the virus to others who may be more at risk for complications from the illness. The more people that are vaccinated in our community, the better protected everyone will be."... Read More