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Driver enters plea deal in crash that killed five bicyclists on Dec. 10

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The man accused of driving under the influence in a Dec. 10 crash that killed five bicyclists has pleaded guilty.

Court documents indicate Jordan Barson, 45, entered a guilty plea agreement on Tuesday and is scheduled for sentencing on June 9.

The plea deal reduces the number of charges Barson was facing. He had faced separate counts of DUI and reckless driving for each of the five bicyclists killed and other charges -- 14 counts in all.

He has pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI resulting in death. Each count carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison.

Terms of the plea agreement also include a fine of $2,000 to $5,000.

The cyclists were all from Las Vegas and included 39 year-old Erin Michelle Ray, 57-year-old Michael Todd Murray, 48-year-old Aksoy Ahmet, 57-year-old Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, and 41-year-old Gerrard Suarez Nieva... Read More

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1 person hurt after vehicle hits business

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- One person was hurt after a vehicle hit a building in Henderson Tuesday morning. It happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. in the 700 block of East Horizon Drive.

The business was occupied at the time of the crash and, a person who is underage sustained a "very minor" injury as a result of falling debris, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to an area hospital. Authorities think the driver possibly suffered a medical episode.

The City of Henderson inspected the business, so it's allowed to stay open... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports 400+ COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

NOTE: The state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer update on weekends, beginning April 16. Therefore, 8 News Now’s daily coronavirus reports will be available Monday-Friday. “To provide the most accurate data, the Office of Analytics will update the COVID-19 dashboard weekdays, so the Monday and Tuesday updates may be higher than has been seen recently since they will include data from the weekend,” the state noted in a news release on April 16.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting more than 400 coronavirus cases and 11 additional deaths as the test positivity remains below 6%, according to data released Wednesday... Read More

City of Las Vegas will offer incentives to attract businesses to 'Brewery Row'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The City of Las Vegas sees an opportunity to get in on the craft beer movement and it plans to do it by giving an incentive package to new businesses willing to open in area designated by the city as Las Vegas Brewery Row.

According to a city news release, the incentive bill was introduced at the city council meeting Wednesday and will be voted on later. The proposed package would offer authorization on a temporary basis of the waiver of the liquor license origination charge for qualifying businesses that establish on Brewery Row.

“This new opportunity will be the key to continuing the momentum many pioneer brewers started. I am confident these incentives will attract many who are interested in pursuing their life’s passion and dream,” said Councilwoman Olivia Diaz. ... Read More

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I-Team: Las Vegas man detained overseas for consuming marijuana before trip headed back to US

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Las Vegas man who reportedly consumed marijuana before visiting the United Arab Emirates and who was then detained for nearly two months has been released and was due back in the United States on Wednesday, his lawyer told the I-Team.

Peter Clark, 51, flew to Dubai in late February on a business trip, his lawyer, Radha Stirling said. Clark became ill with pancreatitis and was hospitalized. After a urine test found traces of marijuana in his system, Clark was detained and put in jail, Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai, said.

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Nevada, but not in the UAE. Even so, Clark faced a prison sentence of several years, Stirling said... Read More

Factory making J&J vaccine was dirty, improperly run, FDA inspection found

The Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of material that was going to be put in the shots, U.S. regulators said Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement and a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory.

Agency inspectors said a batch of the bulk drug substance for J&J's single-shot vaccine was contaminated with material used to make COVID-19 vaccines for another Emergent client, AstraZeneca. That batch, reportedly enough to make about 15 million J&J vaccine doses, had to be thrown out.

Other problems cited in the inspection report were peeling paint, black and brown residue on floors and walls in the factory, inadequate cleaning and employees not following procedures to prevent contamination... Read More

Comedian Dave Chappelle and Friends announces Las Vegas MGM show

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Dave Chappelle and Friends will be the first headliner to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena since the property reopened following the pandemic closure.

The internationally-recognized comedian will perform on Friday, July 2. He has performed more than 1,600 shows worldwide and his performances often sell out quickly. Chapelle is known for his quick wit and irreverent social commentary that explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs and fame.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at this link.

Guests can review the MGM Resort's Live Entertainment Protocols at this link... Read More