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Celebrating the Decades: An identity crisis through the eighties

LAS VEGAS
(KLAS) —
Before we celebrate the new year of 2020, we continue to look
back at the decades, here in Las Vegas. As the 1980s began, Las Vegas was
suffering an identity crisis.  

The departure of the mob and
its money combined with a struggling economy put a damper on the Strip and
downtown. Las Vegas also began to experience a string of tragedies during this
decade.

On November 21, 1980, 87 people died, and more than 700 were
injured when a fire began in a restaurant on the casino floor of the MGM Grand
Hotel. Toxic black smoke and carbon monoxide traveled up the hotel’s floors.
Many guests were still in their rooms asleep, not aware of the fire below,
because there was no automatic fire alarm system in place.

90 days later, an arsonist started several fires at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Eight people died, and more than 200 were injured... Read More

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Comedian Ian Bagg, entertaining Knights fans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Golden Knights had a rough one Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena losing their fourth straight game.

It was the team’s
first loss to the Chicago Blackhawks and an early season funk with the Knights
dropping six of their last seven games. In the latest edition of ‘Striking Gold’
it’s time to come up with something fun with a comedian from Canada. The
microphone was handed to Canadian comedian Ian Bagg, who took it away with the
punchlines.

8 News Now Sports
anchor Ron Futrell has the story. ... Read More

Man’s body found at home near Eastern and Washington in downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are investigating a homicide in downtown Las Vegas. Everything unfolded just before 6 p.m., Thursday when police were called to the area to investigate a suspicious death.

A man’s body was found in the 2600 block of Brady Avenue near N. Eastern and E. Washington. Metro said the man’s body was found at a home that is for sale.

No other details were released.

This is a developing story. We have a crew on the way. We’ll have an update on 8 News NOW at 11 p.m... Read More

I-Team Exclusive: Steve Wynn responds to Nevada Gaming Control Board complaint

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Disgraced former casino mogul Steve Wynn is fighting back against the Nevada Gaming Control Board after state regulators said he should still face consequences for allegations he sexually harassed his former employees.

In this I-Team exclusive, 8 News Now reveals what was discovered in recently obtained documents just filed in Wynn’s legal battle against the state of Nevada.

Wynn is telling the Nevada Gaming Control Board that the Nevada Gaming Commission has no jurisdiction over him anymore since he walked away from Wynn Resorts in February of 2018. Technically, Wynn is not banned from the Nevada casino industry, yet.

On Oct. 14, the Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint against Wynn that was seeking the following: ... Read More

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Gang violence down in Las Vegas, gang-related events on the rise

LAS VEGAS
(KLAS) —
Last fall we saw a rash of gang-related activity across the
valley. So, has the situation improved, one year later?

While gang membership has
not changed, the types of crimes being committed have.

Clark County District Attorney
Steve Wolfson says there are still 600 gangs in Las Vegas, with about 12,000
gang members total. Some good news: gang violence is down from last year,
thanks in part to a check-in program for gang members on probation.

Still, gang-related events
have gone up.

“Well, we still have a
serious problem,” Wolfson said. “They’re getting a little bit more
creative. They’re getting into fraudulent activities, identity theft, sex
trafficking, human trafficking.”

There are also more
racketeering offenses.

“We don’t do
prosecutions of 20 people in one indictment, but that’s what we’re having to do
now,” Wolfson said... Read More

Wrong-way drivers spark concern across Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS
(KLAS) —
Troopers say a wrong way driver caused two separate crashes and
shut down the I-15 for hours Thursday morning. The woman was driving south in
the northbound lanes of I-15 and the crashes started near Cheyenne.

NHP says 27-year-old Erika Avila was impaired while driving. At Cheyenne
a car swerved to avoid her, lost control and hit the center median wall. When Avila’s
car struck another one, she was killed.

The NHP spokesman told 8
News Now this driver, and almost every wrong way driver he sees, was in the
passing lane.

“Drivers need to stay out of that lane at night-time,” said Trooper Jason Buratczuk. “There is no other way to put it there is no way to sugar coat it. We have people in this town who don’t take responsibility for their actions.”

You just need to be alert everywhere while
driving, as it’s not just one area of town where these types of crashes happen... Read More

Two teens killed, three injured in California high school shooting

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) – Two teens are now dead following the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita Thursday morning. Three other students are injured, and the alleged gunman is currently in “grave” condition after shooting himself in the head.

8 News Now spoke with Chris Wolfe from KTLA who was at Saugus High School with the latest on the situation. You can see that interview in the video above.

….We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those tragically lost, and we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded... Read More