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Hotel employee who allegedly started Excalibur fire indicted by the grand jury

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County grand jury has indicted a woman accused of starting a fire at Excalibur earlier this year.

According to a declaration of a warrant obtained by 8 News Now in March, 28-year-old Aviaon Lee, an Excalibur hotel employee who allegedly started a fire and fabricated a story about being sexually assaulted, had a history of workers' compensation claims.

Metro Police says detectives also discovered that Lee had an internet search history that included how to sue the company, assault lawsuits, rape, Excalibur, and housekeeper rights.

Lee faces the following charges:

First Degree Arson
Burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon
Malicious destruction of property
Obstruction of Extinguishment of Fire
Performance of Act or Neglect of Duty in Willful or Wanton Disregard of Safety of Persons or Property... Read More

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High Roller putting on Cinco de Mayo colors; restaurants offer festive specials

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The High Roller will be lit green, red and white to mark Cinco de Mayo tonight.

Several LINQ Promenade restaurants will offer Cinco de Mayo specials through Saturday.

Guests are invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with traditional food, margaritas and Mexican-themed décor. Look for specials at:... Read More

VIDEO: First Lady Jill Biden's plane lands at McCarran Airport

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The First Lady of the United States of America Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon after first making a stop in Salt Lake City.

Her plane landed at McCarran Airport at 4:15 p.m. and she was greeted by Governor Steve Sisolak and First Lady of Nevada Kathy Sisolak. Senator Jacky Rosen (D, NV) also exchanged a few words with the First Lady upon arrival her arrival. According to the White House, Congresswoman Dina Titus (D, NV-01), Congresswoman Susie Lee (D, NV-03) and County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D) are also expected to meet with the First Lady of the United States during her stay tonight in Las Vegas.

Dr. Jill Biden is traveling to the state to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members on Thursday to thank nurses for National Nurses Day at University Medical Center in Las Vegas... Read More

U.S. Attorney's Office states commitment to solving crimes against Indigenous communities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada issued a statement today in observance of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day.

The day, designated as May 5, 2021, was established by President Joe Biden's proclamation, and "reaffirms our country’s commitment to solving missing and murdered Indigenous persons cases and addressing the underlying causes of these crimes, including sexual violence, violent crime, economic disparities, and substance use and addiction," according to the statement.

“Native Americans, especially women and children, suffer from disproportionately high rates of violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou... Read More

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House Democrats push clean energy bills to promote electric vehicles

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — House Democrats held a hearing Tuesday, as they push multiple clean energy bills they say are designed to promote the manufacturing and sales of electric vehicles in the U.S.

Democrats say their plans support elective vehicle infrastructure and ensure the manufacturing happens in the U.S., while Republicans call the efforts counterproductive.

"Everyone has to understand electric vehicles are the future, that's coming from the auto industry itself," said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. "To ensure we are ready for this growing demand we must invest in the necessary charging and manufacturing infrastructures."

Democrats and a slate of green energy experts insisted at the hearing that the measures are needed not only to meet President Joe Biden's climate goals, but to beat competitors and create 21st century jobs... Read More

I-Team: Deadly shooting spree suspect could be forced to get injections in jail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man accused of going on a two-state shooting spree, killing one person and injuring several others, will be given several medications in jail. If he refuses, Christopher McDonnell, 29, will be injected with them, a judge ordered this week.

Last month, Judge Christy Craig ruled Christopher McDonnell, who is from Texas, was incompetent to stand trial.  In her ruling, Craig said he should be committed until he can stand trial, writing “he is dangerous to himself and society and that commitment is required.”

Christopher McDonnell; Shawn McDonnell, 31; and Kayleigh Lewis, 26, are charged with dozens of crimes, stemming from the shootings that spanned from Henderson to northern Arizona. Each faces more than 50 charges... Read More

Owner of Las Vegas Lights FC discusses what's in store for team's 4th season

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Lights FC kick off their fourth season Wednesday night in Los Angeles!

Team owner Brett Lashbrook joined Good Day Las Vegas to talk about what's in store for the Lights' season, including the debut of new head coach Steve Cherundolo, as well as multiple new players.

Back at it Tonight in Carson! #VivaLights! pic.twitter.com/1X9jUzeJ4l

— Las Vegas Lights FC (@lvlightsfc) May 5, 2021

Their first four games are on the road. The team will play their first home game of the season at Cashman on Saturday, June 5. ... Read More