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Family of 1-year-old killed in crash devastating over wreck; toddler’s mother suspected of driving under the influence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) — A family is in mourning after a beloved toddler is killed in a violent car crash. The deadly wreck happened at the intersection of Rampart and Lake Mead boulevards. According to an arrest report, 23-year-old Lauren Prescia was driving 121 mph in a 45 mph zone when she hit a car and rammed into a nearby marquee.

Police say her 1-year-old son, identified by family members as Royce Jones, was killed in the crash. Responding officers say Prescia had blood-shot eyes, and she told police she had been drinking. Family members are still processing the pain.

“It really is a lot of shock right now. I’m shaking,” said Abriana Hibler, Prescia’s cousin. “[Royce] was a very active kid, and just was always happy, had a smile on his face and always loved dancing in the car with his mom.”

A makeshift memorial was growing Monday night at the intersection of Rampart and Lake Mead... Read More

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Report: Driver who allegedly hit, dragged man in wheelchair with his truck was driving under the influence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man accused of causing a deadly traffic crash Sunday night was driving under the influence, according to an arrest report released Monday. It happened around 10:11 p.m. on S. Decatur Boulevard, north of W. Flamingo Road.

According to the report, the driver identified as Kevin Robinson was traveling on S. Decatur, approaching W. Flamingo in his Dodge Ram 1500 when he hit the wheelchair, causing the victim, Arthur Green, to be thrown from his wheelchair into traffic. Metro Police said Robinson’s vehicle ran over Green and dragged him.

Green was taken to University Medical Center. His condition was critical. When officers arrived at the scene, they smelled alcohol on Robinson’s breath... Read More

I-Team: Federal, local authorities watching extremist group ‘Boogaloo Boys’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Department of Homeland Security predicted back in the spring that the summer of 2020 could be a violent time because of the rapid rise of domestic extremists on the right and left.

One group being watched by federal and local law enforcement is the “Boogaloo Boys”, a loose confederation of armed anarchists who allegedly want to spark a new civil war.

The year 2020 has seen a perfect storm of simultaneous crises: a deadly pandemic, social isolation, high unemployment and massive demonstrations in the streets and at state capitals.

For domestic terrorists, it’s like Christmas in July. For law enforcement, not so much.

“The No. 1 threat to our cops on the street right now, I believe is in that domestic terrorism realm, and again, the extreme political ends, the extreme political ends of the spectrum, the left and the right,” said Metro Homeland Security Sgt. Ashton Packe... Read More

CCSD addresses reopening plan concerns during virtual town hall

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There are still a lot of questions about Clark County School District’s plan to reopen schools in the fall. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara and Board President Lola Brooks held a virtual town hall to address the concerns.

The Board of Trustees already approved a provisional plan, which means it could be subject to change. Based on questions this afternoon, there’s still some work to do.

The blended plan encompasses three groups of students. Two groups would split time between learning in the classroom and learning from home. The third group would only do distance education.

Many questions from parents this afternoon revolved around what that third group would look like. Some are concerned about there not being adequate virtual lessons.

Even Jara said there are not enough cameras for all classrooms, so decisions on how instruction will happen will be determined at each school site. ... Read More

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Boyd Gaming lays off workers at properties across the country

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Boyd Gaming Corporation is laying off workers at its different properties across the country. The lay offs are due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement sent to 8 News NOW Monday night, Boyd Gaming says it warned of this in WARN Act letters, which stands for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, sent to employees a couple of months ago.

David Strow, the Vice President of Corporate Communications, released the following statement:

As was previously reported, in May we issued WARN Act letters advising certain team members of the possibility of layoffs in July. While we have been able to reopen most of our properties since that time, we are still facing significant restrictions on our business, and visitation levels remain well below pre-pandemic levels... Read More

Quest Diagnostics: Slow COVID-19 test result turnarounds due to increase in demand

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Quest Diagnostics attributed slow turnaround times for COVID-19 test results to the rise in demand. According to the lab, the average timeframe for most patients is seven or more days.

Quest says it now has the capacity to perform up to 125,000 molecular diagnostic tests a day, doubling its capacity from about eight weeks ago. However, increased capacity is just part of the equation.

“Despite that dramatic increase, demand for testing is increasing even faster,” said Quest in a statement. “As a result, our average turnaround time for reporting test results is slightly more than one day for our priority patients. However, our average turnaround time for all other populations is seven or more days.”

The increase in testing capacity is also limited, as Quest’s test platform and reagent suppliers are also facing limits due to the surge in demand both domestically and abroad. ... Read More

COVID-19 cases increase, but hospital capacity in good shape, SNHD says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Although cases are rising in the state, the Southern Nevada Health District says hospital capacity is in “good” shape. That was the update SNHD gave Monday morning from the advisory board.

As of July 9, there have been under 300,000 tests for COVID-19 performed in southern Nevada. Most of those were conducted by University Medical Center and other labs. 

The upwards trend in confirmed cases has been happening over the last few weeks. There are over 23,000 confirmed cases in our region.

Along with people contracting the virus, an increase in testing is also driving numbers up.

During a virtual presentation, Dr. Michael Johnson said many people are not following guidelines to socially distance or wear a mask.  He also gave a list of recent events that are also contributing the increase in cases... Read More