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Man accused of killing UNLV student due to appear in court

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Giovanni Ruiz, 21, the man accused of killing 19-year-old UNLV student Paula Davis, is scheduled to be arraigned in North Las Vegas Justice Court Monday morning.

Davis’ body was found by her father in the family’s van which was parked near Desert Horizons Park on Simmons Street, near Gowan Road. She had been shot twice in the back of the head. Davis told her family she was breaking up with Ruiz, a UNLV grad student, because he was overly possessive.

Davis’ family said she ended the relationship with Ruiz just a few days before the Sept. 6 shooting. According to the arrest report for Ruiz, he bought the gun two days prior to the shooting... Read More

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What’s Driving You Crazy? – Motorcycle lane-splitting

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – Some motorcyclists are driving one 8NewsNow viewer crazy.

We’ve all seen them: motorcycle riders weaving in and out of traffic – or – in many cases – splitting lanes to keep moving forward. Viewer Donna writes:

“I
see motorcyclists cutting people off. They drive in between two lanes
a lot of the times. My question is, is it legal for motorcyclists to
drive between the lanes of cars and weave in and out of traffic?”

Donna, the answer in Nevada and many other states is “no.” The website zerofataltiesnv.com has a page devoted to motorcycle law, with a specific paragraph on lane splitting:

“Lane splitting or filtering is illegal in Nevada. Riders cannot ride between moving or stationary vehicles occupying adjacent traffic lanes. Side-by-side motorcycle riding is allowed, but only when both parties consent.”

Donna, thanks for your question... Read More

Not your typical summer camp

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Summer camp isn’t just for kids. About 60 people just spent three days and two nights on Mount Charleston at Camp Silver Pines. This particular camp caters to those young at heart. Everyone was at least 50 years old.

The camp includes a half-dozen or so multi-bunk cabins where the campers could enjoy the cool mountain air, as well as the recreation hall for a line dancing class, and the tee-pee classroom where 8 News Now traffic anchor Nate Tannenbaum played the flute and talked about weather.

This is just one of the older photos that was among the collection.

A guest speaker from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority was also there with a large selection of old Las Vegas photographs. The LVCVA is working with the Nevada State Museum and Las Vegas News Bureau to see if Las Vegans can help identify some of the famous, and not so famous, people in photographs taken over the years. ... Read More

The ghost of Project Neon lives on

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – Even though the Nevada Dept of Transportation held a celebration last month to mark the end of the state’s biggest, most expensive construction project, work crews are not done.

NDOT’s Tony Illia has explained multiple times since the ribbon cutting that the ceremony marked what’s known in the construction industry as “SUBSTANTIAL” completion – which, in Project Neon’s case – meant work was 98% done.

The remaining 2% includes a three-night closure of the ramp southbound US95 to southbound I-15. The work is scheduled to run from 10pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights until 5 each of the following mornings.

Drivers will basically take the same ramp that eventually leads to the I-15, but, instead, they’ll be coned off at Charleston, where the exit ramp leads right to the Charleston on-ramp to the south 15... Read More

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World’s biggest bounce house coming to Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The world’s largest bounce house is coming to Las Vegas. The bounce house was set up in Chicago over the weekend giving visitors 10,000 feet of pure bouncy fun. It’s on a 27-city tour across the country right now.

The giant castle includes a basketball court, a massive slide, huge ball pit, dance stage, obstacle course, DJ and much more.

It’ll be in Las Vegas at Craig Ranch Regional Park from September 28 through October 13. All age groups are welcome... Read More

Sentencing set for man who killed Garrett Meriwether in drunk driving crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sentencing for 19-year-old Alexander Brewer is set for Monday. He’s the man charged in the DUI crash that killed 18-year-old Garrett Meriwether.

It’s been almost three months since that deadly crash. On Monday, the Meriwether family will be in court to watch as the man charged in their son’s death is sentenced… on a day that was already important to the family for a different reason.

It’s the same day as Garrett’s
19th birthday.

It’s the first time the
family won’t be celebrating with their son. Instead, they’ll be in a courtroom.

“I visit Garrett every
single day to take care of his grave because that’s all I have left to do for
my son,” Garrett’s mother Debra said. “Being a mom and losing your
baby, even though he was six-foot-tall, that is just overwhelming.” ... Read More

VICTORY: Martin Truex Jr. takes NASCAR South Point 400 race

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing emerged the winner of the NASCAR South Point 400 race amidst the heart-pounding excitement at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

VICTORY LANE: Martin Truex Jr. wins the South Point 400

Posted by 8 News Now on Sunday, September 15, 2019

The race was the start of NASCAR’s 10-race playoff series, and Truex’s victory clinched him an automatic spot in the second round.

It was a bit of a heartbreaker for Las Vegas, as native Kurt Busch fell out after a flat tire caused his car to crash.

The top nine finishers were: ... Read More