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Plans for permanent 1 October memorial move step closer to reality

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Thousands of people have answered surveys about a permanent 1 October memorial to honor the victims of the mass shooting in 2017.

The committee in charge of getting those plans together meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. to review design proposals and give an update on the funding and development of the project.

The permanent memorial will be located at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Festival where the shooting occurred.

MGM Resorts International donated two acres of property at the festival site for the memorial which will be near the corner of Reno Avenue and Giles Street... Read More

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Man shot while walking his dogs, no suspects in custody

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man was shot in the early hours of Wednesday as he walked his dogs in an east side Las Vegas neighborhood.

The shooting was reported around 1:11 a.m. near Lighthouse Avenue and Honolulu Street which is near Pecos and Bonanza roads.

According to Metro Police Lt. David Gordon, the man was on a walking trail when he was approached by three men and shot. The victim was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition.

Gordon said it's not clear what led up to the shooting.

Police are looking for the three suspects... Read More

Police investigate deadly crash involving wrong-way driver

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police are investigating a deadly crash involving a wrong-way driver on the north side of the valley.

It happened Tuesday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. along Rancho Drive near Gowan Road.

Police tell 8 News Now a male driver in a Chrysler 300 was driving on the wrong side of the road on Rancho Drive and Michael Way when he hit the driver of a Ford F-150 head-on.

The driver of the Chrysler was not wearing a seatbelt.

No other details have been released.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. ... Read More

Building material shortage delays new home construction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- If you are waiting for your new home to be built, you could be waiting for a lot longer than you had previously expected.

Supply shortages are causing delays in the home building industry and they could soon be getting worse.

Some people are having to wait several weeks to several months to begin building.

Not only do these delays create headaches for homebuyers, but also home builders.

Cyndi Koester's parents are building a new home in Mesquite and like many families, they are facing delays.

"Back in June, they were told 6 months," Koester tells 8 News Now. "The end of July went to eight months and now they are running eight to 10 months."

Koester says her family is now living in an Air BNB which is ramping up their costs.

These delays with construction are happening to many homebuilders... Read More

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I-Team: Tony Hsieh's final months described as drug-addicted 'psychosis,' family fights claims to estate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The family of late Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh claims some people in his inner circle allowed the former Las Vegas entrepreneur to enter into contracts even as his health deteriorated due to longtime substance misuse, court records said.

Hsieh died in a house fire in November 2020 in Connecticut. He was 46. In December, a judge named his father, Richard Hsieh, and brother, Andrew Hsieh, as special administrators to his estate since the entrepreneur did not have a will.

In the two lawsuits filed in February, Hsieh’s longtime assistant, Jennifer “Mimi” Pham, claims she is owed some of Hsieh’s “vast fortune” for work she performed on his behalf, documents said. The lawsuits estimated Hsieh’s wealth at $840 million... Read More

Father of slain toddler speaks out on what would've been his birthday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Tuesday would have been the third birthday for Amari Nicholson, a toddler who was allegedly killed earlier this year by his mother's boyfriend.

8 News Now talked to Amari's father, who mentioned this birthday is especially hard.

"Amari is my motivation because he is still my baby boy he is still someone I have to provide for and give unconditional love," said Jyrigio Hayes.

28-year-old Terrell Rhodes is accused of killing Amari at an Emerald Suites, east of the Las Vegas Strip back in May.

Police say Rhodes hit the child several times with his fist after he soiled himself.

According to an arrest report, at one point the toddler's face turned blue and he stopped breathing, that is when Rhodes says he attempted CPR on the toddler. ... Read More

Explicit text messages describe sex acts between CCSD employee, student

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A criminal complaint filed against a former Clark County School District employee reveals explicit text messages detailing her relationship with an Eldorado High School student.

Jennifer Courtad, 48, is charged with two counts of statutory seduction. Charges indicate the boy was under 16 at the time.

Courtad bragged about her sexual exploits with a male student in text messages with another woman, who was identified only as "Candace" in an affidavit contained in a criminal complaint filed on Sept. 13. The sex acts happened in late January of 2019, when Courtad was an occupational therapist at the school.

She has been assigned to home since October 2020, which is when police began investigating the case after the boy's mother complained to police that her son was in "an ongoing sexual relationship with Jennifer Courtad and that (redacted) was currently living with Courtad."... Read More