Our network

Betty Willis, designer of 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign, dies

LAS VEGAS — Betty Willis, the woman who designed the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, has died. She was 91.

Willis died at her home Sunday.

She spent most of her life in Las Vegas before moving back to Overton in 2008.

While probably most known for designing the welcome sign, she was also responsible for the signs at Moulon Rouge and Blue Angel Motel.

Funeral services are planned for Friday in Overton at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 226 W. Thomas Ave.

Community Sponsors

Arrest Report: Stoll busted at pool entrance after voluntary patdown

 LAS VEGAS -- LA Kings center Jarret Stoll agreed to the patdown at the entrance of the MGM Grand's Wet Republic pool on Friday that resulted in his cocaine possession arrest.

According to his arrest report, there was a sign posted at the entrance saying pool security would conduct patdowns and Stoll agreed to one. A security guard found an off-white powder in two baggies and numerous gel caps with an off-white powder inside. The items were found in the back pocket of Stoll's swimming trunks.

When Stoll was asked if the powder was cocaine, he said, "yes."

The seized items were tested and found to be 3 grams of cocaine and 8 grams of the narcotic MDMA, also known as "Molly," the report said.

Anchor Bar to open at Venetian this summer


LAS VEGAS — The Buffalo, N.Y., bar that introduced the world to buffalo chicken wings is headed to Las Vegas.

The restaurant told 8 News NOW its first location out west will open at the Venetian in June.

The Anchor Bar currently has locations in upstate New York and Ontario, Canada.

If you're interested in working for them, apply via email at info@esplv.com.

Free cone day Tuesday at most local Ben & Jerry's

LAS VEGAS — Most of the local Ben & Jerry's in the valley will participate in the shop's annual "Free Cone Day" on Tuesday.

To get in on the action, you can visit the following participating locations from noon to 8 p.m.:

  • The Shops at Green Valley Ranch, Henderson
  • Miracle Mile Shops, Las Vegas
  • Sunset Station, Henderson
  • Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas 

If you live outside of Las Vegas, here's where you can find if your local shop is participating. 

Community Sponsors

Metro: Man arrested for punching man to point of snapping neck

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a man who they say punched another man so hard it snapped his neck.

According to an arrest report released Wednesday, the suspect, 21-year-old Alex Vongsouphanh was at The Venetian Hotel when it happened on Dec. 28, 2014.

The victim, William Yar Parke, was having a party for his girlfriend, Chriszhan “Nicole” Fontanilla's birthday. Vongsouphanh was one of the guests.

The party was getting too loud, so Parke asked several people including, Vongsouphanh and an unidentified man who goes by the name “Minox," to leave The report said Vongsouphanh and “Minox” stayed at the hotel for a while.

When the party was over Parke, and other guest headed for the valet lobby near the hotel shopping mall area. Police said that's when “Minox” started walking aggressively towards Parke, but Fontanilla tried to calm “Minox” down.

Hooters says largest location coming to Palms Casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The restaurant chain made famous for their waitresses -- or their wings if its marketing is to be believed -- says its largest location to date is coming to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas not far from the casino bearing the brand's name.

Hooters of America and Palms Casino announced Wednesday that a 15,200 square-foot franchise location would open by June with a poolside bar opening May.

The size outdoes a 10,000-square-foot Dallas location and planned restaurant in Thailand.

Hooters' global development executive Mark Whittle says there are no geographic restrictions in the franchise and license agreements it has that would bar the new location despite another restaurant less than three miles away inside the Hooters Casino Hotel.

Whittle says proximity shouldn't be an issue attracting customers.

Las Vegas gets $3M in counterterrorism funds

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Las Vegas is scheduled to receive a $3 million federal grant to fund counterterrorism efforts.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that the Las Vegas urban area would receive a $3 million grant as part of the department's Urban Area Security Initiative.

The grant is a $2 million bump from last year. The city was not included in the program in 2013.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Dina Titus released statements thanking the department and said past funding amounts ignored the millions of tourists and high-visibility potential targets in Las Vegas.

Nevada lawmakers including Sen. Harry Reid in the past have lobbied the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ask for additional counterterrorism funds. The region got more than $9 million in 2007.