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I-Team: Nevada veteran believes toxic burn pits gave him brain, lung cancer

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Mathew Whetnall, 41, survived two tours in Afghanistan and an IED blast, but more than a decade after returning to civilian life, he is battling metastatic brain and lung cancer.

He blames burn pits, small trash-fueled fires spewing toxic chemicals, as the cause.

“Your concerns are the needs of the mission and not necessarily those aftereffects,” Whetnall, a husband and father of two young sons, said from his kitchen table. “I missed my first son being born. My time coming home was my first time to actually meet him for the first time.”

Whetnall enlisted at 26, serving eight years in active duty and later joining the Army Reserves. He deployed twice to Afghanistan: first from 2008 to 2009, where he served mainly in an office role as a forward observer, and then again from 2010 to 2011, where he saw combat... Read More

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Aviators get approval for 50% capacity in May, will seek 100% for June

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Aviators have approval for bringing back fans at 50% capacity, 8NewsNow has learned.

The team will apply for 100% capacity in June.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.... Read More

Henderson man dies in Sunday motorcycle crash near Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A motorcyclist who lost control on a curve at Lake Mead on Sunday died when he crashed on Northshore Road near Mile Marker 43, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP).

Roger Loftis, 51, of Henderson died of his injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, NHP said.

The crash, involving a black Ducati motorcycle that was northbound on Northshore Road, happened at about 10 a.m., NHP said.

The site of the crash isn't far from a July 2020 crash that killed a North Las Vegas man riding a Ducati.

This marks the Nevada Highway Patrol – Southern Command’s 23rd fatal crash resulting in 29 fatalities for 2021... Read More

UPDATE: Arrest report in Henderson home invasion reveals attacker's trail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Henderson police officers who apprehended a suspect in an April 21 home invasion followed a wide trail of his encounters with others leading up to the attack.

Demetrius Walker, 27, who likes to go by the name "Pharoah," is in the Clark County Detention Center. He faces a charge of open murder in the death of 85-year-old Mary Lacella. He also faces a list of about a dozen additional charges including home invasion, burglary and unrelated charges of domestic battery and child abuse.

Lacella died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center a week after the home invasion. She suffered a brain bleed and "extensive" head and facial injuries, according to information in a Henderson Police Department arrest report... Read More

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Clark County officials applaud effort to vaccinate employees at Wynn, Cosmopolitan

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- County commissioners were upbeat about progress in the hospitality industry to vaccinate employees.

At Tuesday's Clark County Commission meeting, two hotels were singled out for their efforts, and Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick hammered home the importance of getting vaccinations done.

"This has been a hard year for many, and we don't want to have to do it twice," Kirkpatrick said.

She said Clark County continues to be the "gold standard" for reopening.

Commissioner Tick Segerblom noted progress at Wynn Las Vegas.

"I don't know if you saw it, but they actually got 88% of their employees vaccinated, and now they are able to open up at 100%," Segerblom said. "So, that should tell the rest of the community that we can do this. As you know, we are trying to get to 60% by June 1 so that we can open up 100%. Everybody's got to pull together. This is the next big event for Las Vegas."... Read More

Walmart, Sam's Club now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at 50 Nevada pharmacies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- People are now able to walk-in to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Nevada.

The vaccines will be offered for walk-up and scheduled appointments as supplies allow at 50 pharmacies in the state, the company stated in a news release Tuesday.

Click HERE to make an appointment online at Walmart. Click HERE to make an appointment at Sam's Club.

The pharmacies are administering all three available vaccines, including Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen.

Individuals do not need to be a Sam's Club member to get the shot. ... Read More

'New Educator of the Year' awards going to 7 CCSD teachers who went above and beyond

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Seven Clark County School District teachers are getting recognized for their hard work as they start their careers as educators.

The district is issuing "New Educator of the Year" awards to some new teachers who went above and beyond during a challenging school year.

Among the first to be recognized was first grade teacher Eric Hufford at Dondero Elementary School. Hufford was pulled out the classroom by his principal and thought he had done something wrong but instead was surprised to learn he had received the award.

He was nominated by former and current administrators as well as a grandmother of a student. Hufford managed to keep his students engaged with remote learning while he also attended school full-time. He also wants his students to learn more than academics... Read More