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Awaiting President Biden's new federal mandate, health officials ask for COVID booster clarification

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- New federal mandates are expected to roll out very soon as a result of President Biden's announcement last week.

Health officials say the president's mandates align with those of Nevada's.

However, they are also awaiting clarification on some issues including, the rollout of a COVID-19 booster.

The State of Nevada is looking forward to learning more about the rollout process when it comes to booster shots.

During a meeting on Thursday, health officials said they'd rely on current recommendations as they always do.

"We will be watching that closely and as we have done with all other emergency use with age ranges and other groups that we've been supporting from the federal level, we will be watching what their recommendations will be," says Candice Mcdaniel the Deputy Administrator of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. ... Read More

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'Life is Beautiful' festival to provide economic boost to downtown Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - The Life is Beautiful concert festival is expected to bring more than 170,000 people to Downtown Las Vegas Friday through Sunday. But first, concertgoers must prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative test.

People lined up Thursday to get their rapid tests at Carson and Las Vegas Blvd. ahead of the big event. The rapid testing tent was scheduled to remain open until 9 p.m. Thursday and will be open all weekend.

All three days of the music and arts festival are sound out. This year, attendees can leave the festival area to and shop and eat and then and reenter up to three times per day. That's a boon for restaurants near the festival grounds.

"I think it's really going to boost the economy down here," said Natalie Young, chef, and owner of EAT. "I think it's great for people that wouldn't normally come down and experience downtown Las Vegas... Read More

I-Team: Criminals using dating apps to lure victims; man punched, robbed in Las Vegas hotel room

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Unsuspecting suitors are getting lured, trapped and robbed in what Las Vegas Metropolitan police say is a scheme using dating apps to trap victims.

“You never know who's on the other end of the computer screen,” Lt. William Matchko said. Matchko heads the department’s Vice Unit.

In August, officers arrested two people suspected of isolating, threatening, punching and robbing a man who thought he was on a date.

Police said the man had met Aprileen Sablan, 25, on Plenty of Fish, a popular dating app, at Caesar’s Palace on Aug. 21. Sablan and the man met in person in the casino. Things escalated and the pair ended up in a hotel room.

About a minute later, Zanier Kowlessar, 35, was at the door, police said. The victim tried to leave, but Kowlessar pushed the man back into the room and punched him in the face... Read More

Local man billed $80,000 for lengthy COVID hospital stay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - James Sweeney has insurance, but after spending more than 100 days in the hospital battling COVID-19, he was billed more than $80,000.

Sweeney, 63, was unconscious and on a ventilator at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus in Henderson from November 2020 to February 2021. When he awoke and asked about his bills and was told insurance was covering it.

"I asked to see a doctor and case manager because I was worried about the bills even then," recalled Sweeney.

But the actual bill showed a long list of out-of-network claims, which his insurance will not cover. Sweeney says he now owes more than $80,000 to providers.

"This week has been really tough," said Sweeney. "I haven't slept well any night. I keep waking up every night, trying to figure out how I'm going to cover these bills,"... Read More

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Woman arrested in connection with the death of a motorcyclist who was killed in hit-and-run in 2018

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — North Las Vegas Police arrested a woman in connection to a fatal hit and run that killed a motorcyclist in December of 2018.

Julia Solis Calderon was arrested on Aug. 17 on a warrant, in connection with a fatal crash on Dec. 22nd, 2018 that killed Billy Burts.

Authorities identified Burts after he died in a hit and run at N Lamb Blvd & E Craig Rd. in North Las Vegas.

The I-Team spoke to the husband and family of Billy Burts in 2018.  

“The doorbell rang, and it was the coroner’s office,” said Jeffrey Martinez Burts.

According to Martinez Burts, that’s when he learned his husband, a man he had been with for eleven years, was dead.  He learned the details just a few days before Christmas... Read More

Hiker reported missing at Grand Canyon -- one of several recent searches

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Authorities are searching for a Maryland man who is reported missing at Grand Canyon National Park.

Park officials say they received a report around 9 p.m. Tuesday about an overdue backpacker in the vicinity of the Walhalla Plateau on the canyon’s North Rim.

They say 66-year-old Clifton “Cliff” Beck of Mount Airy had obtained a backcountry permit to spend two nights on the Walhalla Plateau. It is believed that Beck is traveling alone and he was expected to exit the backcountry last Sunday.

Park rangers searched unsuccessfully by aircraft Wednesday for Beck. Thursday’s operations include deployment of nine ground search teams as well as aerial searches by helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft in the Walhalla Plateau area.

Hikers missing in the national park have been in the news frequently over the past three weeks:... Read More

NEW DETAILS: North Las Vegas man arrested after shooting 2-year-old son

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - An arrest report sheds new light on the arrest of a North Las Vegas man who is accused of shooting and wounding his 2-year-old son.

Devon Lewis, 29, was arrested Tuesday, shortly after his son was shot and wounded at a North Las Vegas apartment. The boy was hospitalized in intensive care at University Medical Center.

Lewis originally told detectives he did not know how the boy was shot, according to an arrest report. However, after he was pressed, Lewis admitted he had a .380 caliber pistol in his pocket and that the gun fired when the boy reached for it accidentally.

Lewis also admitted to hiding his pants and his gun in the apartment, which police later recovered after serving a search warrant, according to the arrest report... Read More