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Community rallies around iconic Las Vegas National Golf Course

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A roar of approval went up Friday night when residents in the Paradise Palms neighborhood heard the news: business is good at Las Vegas National Golf Course.

In a 20-plus-year drought, golf courses have had targets on their backs lately. But after seeing the list of casualties grow -- Badlands, Silverstone, Black Mountain, and Desert Pines next on the chopping block -- Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom wants residents to know he is committed to keeping the golf course in place.

Redevelop? "Over my dead body," Segerblom said Friday.

"I have a personal commitment to that course," he said. Segerblom said he was surprised that there was no covenant between the course and surrounding residents in Paradise Palms, the first master-planned community in Las Vegas... Read More

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Nevada man convicted of torturing, killing dogs denied parole

RENO, Nev. (KLAS) -- A board has denied parole for the Reno man serving time for torturing, killing and dismembering seven dogs.

During his parole hearing last month, Jason Brown, 32, said what he did to animals was “cruel” and “disgusting” but he has served his time.

In 2015, a judge sentenced Brown to 28 years in prison, which would have meant he was not eligible for parole until 2025, but it was determined — under Nevada law — he was actually eligible for parole in 2019.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Brown’s crime was mistakenly classified as violent which would be accurate if the victims were human. But because dogs are considered personal property, the crime was reclassified as non-violent. That classification makes him eligible for parole much sooner... Read More

Judge vacates murder conviction for Margaret Rudin, known as Las Vegas' 'Black Widow'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A federal judge vacated the murder conviction of Margaret Rudin, who became known as the "Black Widow" during her high-profile trial more than two decades ago.

Rudin, now 78, served a 20-year to life sentence, before her release on parole in 2020. The judge's order overturns Rudin's conviction and releases her of any parole obligations.

Margaret Rudin is released from prison (Jan. 10, 2020)

Rudin was convicted for her husband's murder in 2001. Police had suspected Ron Rudin was shot in the head in 1994 at their Las Vegas home. His remains were discovered dumped in the desert near Lake Mohave.

In July 1996, a diver found a handgun with a silencer wrapped in grocery bags in Lake Mead. Police identified the gun as the murder weapon.

At the time of his death, Ron Rudin was helping his wife open an antique store. He had an estimated net worth of between $8 million and $11 million, court records said... Read More

I-Team sources: Man threatening employee at Downtown Summerlin prompts police response

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man who threatened to stab an employee at a Downtown Summerlin business prompted a large police response on Monday morning, sources told the 8 News Now I-Team.

The man stole an item from a store and then threatened an employee, sources said.

The suspected thief then hid in a parking garage, before being taken into custody.

Several stores were closed as a precaution, but business had returned to normal by Monday morning.

8 News Now was working to get more information, including the suspect's name... Read More

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LIVE: Vegas Golden Knights fire Coach DeBoer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Golden Knights fired Coach Pete DeBoer on Monday. He was the franchise's second coach.

This was the first year the Golden Knights did not make the playoffs.

General Manager Kelly McCrimmon released the following statement:

We would like to thank Pete DeBoer for his commitment to the Vegas Golden Knights
over the past three seasons,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly
McCrimmon. “Since joining the organization, Pete and his staff have guided us through
some of the most unique and challenging circumstances we’ve witnessed since our
franchise entered the NHL. After lengthy discussions over the last two weeks, we believe
that a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season.

GM Kelly McCrimmon

DeBoer was hired the same day the team's first coach Gerard Gallant was fired. ... Read More

Suspect in California church shooting from Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Orange County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspected shooter at a Laguna Woods church as 68-year-old David Chou of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Chou, an Asian man, is being held on $1 million bail. He has been booked on one felony count of murder and five felony counts of attempted murder.

During a noon news conference, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said the shooting was a "politically motivated hate incident" because of a grievance Chou had against the Taiwanese community at large.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes holds news conference. (KLAS)

Barnes said Chou had no connection to the church but drove to Orange County on Saturday.

"The suspect was able to secure the doors within the church with chains and tried to disable locks within the church with superglue. He started shooting inside the building and five people were wounded by gunshots and Mr. Cheng, as I mentioned, lost his life," Barnes said... Read More

Mid-May temps staying hot

Weekend clouds have cleared and we're back to sunny skies to start the week and temperatures staying extra hot. Southerly breezes will pick up today and Tuesday as a cold front sweeps through the Great Basin, but we'll only feel a slight difference in temps for the next couple of days so keep yourself cool and hydrated as afternoons stay up near the century mark for many neighborhoods. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast says we'll get a bigger break right before the weekend that comes with bigger winds again, too... Read More