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'Engage Studio' to help students transition back into classrooms

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new work facility for students is about to open its doors filled with a variety of resources just in time for the transition back to the classroom. 

“Engage Studio” in Summerlin is a concept inspired by a local mother to provide mental and physical support for teens. It is located on Covington Cross Drive near Town Center. 

8 News Now got a sneak peak into the new facility and has more on how it works. 

The transition back to the classroom can be rough for many students. This facility, according to the owner, may help.  

Engage Studio is a safe working space developed by Yindra Dixon, for middle and high school students. 

It provides physical and mental support as they transition from home study to the classroom.  

“It’s a space that's not home, not school and they can do things together,” Dixon said. “There is a lot of isolation with home study and depression teens are facing.” ... Read More

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Purrfect Match: Dating app 'Tabby' designed for cat lovers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- 8 News Now had fun sharing with you about the awesome dating app for dog lovers called "Dig." But now it's time for the cat lovers out there to have their moment!

Sisters Leigh D'Angelo and Casey Isaacson launched "Tabby," the cat person's dating app, last August on International Cat Day.

They say it's all about helping people find love during these times when it's hard to get out and date. D'Angelo says generally, straight men get a bad rap if they are a cat lover, but she notes it's unfounded. ... Read More

Horsford, Lee: $1.9T relief package would help get Las Vegas ‘back on track’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic seems headed toward House passage with a vote expected along party lines.

Nevada Democratic Reps. Steven Horsford and Susie Lee both praised the law during a news conference Friday.

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance coverage.

“The American Rescue Plan to me is about several things,” Lee said.  “Getting shots into peoples' arms, getting our children back in school and getting people back to work.”

“The American Rescue Plan provides billions of dollars to help crush this virus, get our economy back on track and to safely reopen our school buildings and expand our vaccination efforts,” Horsford said... Read More

'When things get tougher, you've got to give a little': Experts predict the evolution of Las Vegas nightlife

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As COVID-19 restrictions are eased on the Las Vegas Strip, we are inching our way toward normalcy. 

That includes the return of nightlife, but nightclubs will look a lot different. 

For years, a typical night out for many on the Las Vegas Strip involved partying at nightclubs at various properties, but that trend is changing. 

Experts tell 8 News Now, especially following COVID-19, nightclubs might never be the same again. 

Lorenzo Doumani has something majestic in mind for this dirt lot near the Las Vegas Strip. Just feet away from the convention center expansion is where he's building the “Majestic Las Vegas” — a non-gaming, non-smoking resort. 

It will have a new form of nightlife. 

"We wanted to do something very different here,” Doumani said. "No DJs allowed." 

 The majestic will not have a nightclub. Instead, there will be live entertainment near the pool area. ... Read More

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Video evidence appears to show Lesly Palacio's body being dragged by accused killers, according to grand jury transcripts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Witnesses were questioned Thursday in the case against the accused killers of Lesly Palacio. Palacio was murdered back in August 2020; her body was later found near Valley of Fire State Park in September.

Police said 25-year-old Erick Rangel-Ibarra killed Palacio then left the country with his father, 46-year-old Jose Rangel. 

Rangel was arrested near the U.S.-Mexico border last month and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Jose Antonio Rangel. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

8 News Now obtained the grand jury transcripts from Thursday's proceedings. You can read them in full below:... Read More

Arrest report: Suspect in 'Note Be Stupid' robberies faces 31 charges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man facing 31 charges in a series of 11 robberies from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22 used hand-written notes to demand cash and sometimes made his getaway on RTC buses.

Police called the series the "Note Be Stupid" robberies in an arrest report that details the crimes.

Geovani Baltadano, 20, was arrested just after 3 a.m. on Feb. 24 at his home in the 6300 block of Cyclone Ave., near East Charleston Boulevard and Sloan Street. Police had identified him as a suspect based on matches to descriptions of clothing worn by the robber.

He is charged with 16 counts of robbery with a firearm, 2 counts of robbery with a knife, 9 counts of burglary with a firearm, 1 count of burglary with a knife, 1 count of attempted robbery with a firearm, 1 count of attempted burglary with a knife and 1 count of grand larceny auto.

Baltadano took amounts ranging from $60 to $950 in each of the robberies... Read More

California man pleads guilty in shooting of Douglas County deputy

GARDNERVILLE — A 22-year-old man who had been paroled after serving time for assaulting a California police officer has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of a rural Nevada sheriff’s deputy last year.

Nicholas Berreman of Markleeville, California, also pleaded guilty this week to being a prohibited person in possession of a gun and battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm.

Authorities say Berreman shot Douglas County Sgt. John Lenz multiple times Dec. 20 during a traffic stop in Gardnerville.

Lenz was hit in the cheek. He also was shot twice in the chest but body armor deflected those bullets and may have saved his life... Read More