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Former Metro officer with history of excessive force could be headed back to prison

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A former Las Vegas police officer who became the first officer to be charged with a crime based on his body camera footage could be headed back to prison.

Richard Scavone, who now lives in New York, is accused of violating his probation. On Feb. 4, 2020, Scavone was arrested by New York police and charged with two counts of assault with intent to cause physical injury. According to court documents, Scavone, who worked as a security guard at a bar, punched a patron in the face causing serious injury that required a metal plate. He is also charged with twisting the arm of another patron causing injury.

It is also noted in the filings that Scavone hasn’t fully paid his fines, refused to do a video deposition and has a history of violence. A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday to revoke his probation. ... Read More

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NEW: Nevada sets new record for hospitalizations, more than 800 new COVID-19 cases reported

*NOTE: Daily lab data on the DHHS Dashboard and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada set a new record Sunday for the number of hospitalizations with more than 950, according to data from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

After seeing a few days of decreases in hospitalization cases, Nevada recorded its highest number of confirmed/suspected hospitalizations on Sunday with 953. The highest number of hospitalizations have all been reported in the last week... Read More

Ventura County officials ‘confident’ that Naya Rivera’s body found at Lake Piru

Breaking news update: The body of missing actress Naya Rivera was found floating in Lake Piru on Monday morning, days after she went missing during a boating trip with her young son and presumed dead, Ventura County officials said. 

“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said, delivering the grim news at an afternoon news briefing. 

Authorities concluded her remains had been discovered based on the location, clothing, physical characteristics and the physical condition of the body, as well as an absence of any other missing persons reports in the area, according to the sheriff. 

Dental records will be used to make a positive identification, he said. 

Detectives have found no immediate indication of foul play or suicide, according to Ayub. An autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause of death. ... Read More

NDA: Multiple cases of rabid bats found in Clark, Washoe Counties

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Rabies has been found in bats across both Clark and Washoe Counties, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) Animal Disease Laboratory. The lab has confirmed seven positive rabies cases in bats in Nevada’s two largest counties.

The NDA says rabies is most commonly found in bats, and bat activity tends to peak between the months of May and October throughout Nevada.

The agency urges that people or domestic animals who may have come in contact with any bats, dead or alive, should report it immediately. ... Read More

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Police investigating homicide near Decatur, Pennwood

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police are investigating a homicide in the area of Decatur Boulevard and Pennwood Avenue, south of Sahara Avenue. There is a large police presence in the area.

According to Metro, the homicide was reported around 5:30 a.m. A briefing with more details is expected to happen between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more information... Read More

More unemployment claims expected to be filed this week due to shutdown of bars, DETR call center closed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The forced shutdown of local bars Friday night to slow the spread of coronavirus is expected to lead to a spike in unemployment claims filed this week. This comes just after Nevada’s unemployment agency announced its call center is closed due to an employee getting COVID-19.

During this time, all claims normally handled at the Las Vegas call center will be handled by the staff in Carson City. Claimants are urged to use the online services as much as possible during this closure.

Since March, Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, or DETR, has been swamped since the coronavirus shutdowns begin in March leading to record numbers of people filing for unemployment insurance benefits. ... Read More

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago.

A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for Nintendo’s NES console during an auction conducted Friday by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

The $114,000 price eclipsed Heritage Auctions’ previous record amount for a video game, which was a $100,150 bid made early last year for an unopened copy of the same game.

The Super Mario Bros. copy that sold for a new record was part of a collection of video games from the 1980s and 1990s that sold to various buyers for nearly $700,000, which was well above Heritage Auction’s initial target of about $500,000. ... Read More