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Scott Gragson pleads guilty in deadly DUI crash, will spend time in prison

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A prominent Las Vegas businessman accused of a DUI crash that resulted in the death of a woman and injury to others last summer has pleaded guilty. Scott Gragson, 53, faced a judge this afternoon as the deal was finalized.

8 News Now was in the courtroom and learned more about the plea deal.

By entering the guilty plea, Gragson’s reckless driving charges were dropped, but he is guaranteed to spend some time in prison. Both the prosecution and the defense were happy with the outcome.

Gragson pled guilty to two felony charges, including one count of DUI resulting in death and one count of DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm.

Investigators said last May, Gragson was driving drunk in a Summerlin neighborhood when he lost control of his SUV. Melissa Newton, a 36-year-old mother of three, was killed in the crash.

Gragson’s three other passengers were injured. ... Read More

Reuters: Trump postpones Las Vegas ASEAN Summit amid coronavirus outbreak

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The coronavirus outbreak is now leaving its impact on the Las Vegas Valley. President Trump has postponed next month’s “ASEAN Summit” that was scheduled to meet in Las Vegas.

The summit between President Trump and the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was planned for March 14, according to Reuters. President Trump invited the leaders to Vegas after he failed to attend a summit with the group in November.

A senior official in President Trump’s administration called the decision to postpone “difficult,” but reinforced that the US values its relationships with ASEAN nations... Read More

Oregon has first coronavirus case, elementary school employee

OREGON (AP) — Oregon’s first coronavirus case emerged on Friday, and the infected person worked at an elementary school in the Portland area, which will be temporarily closed, authorities said.

Oregon health officials announced the first presumed case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in a news conference on Friday. See the full conference video below.

“The case was not a person under monitoring or a person under investigation. The individual had neither a history of travel to a country where the virus was circulating nor is believed to have had close contact with another confirmed case — the two most common sources of exposure,” the Oregon Health Authority said in a statement.

The Lake Oswego School District sent a robocall to parents saying that Forest Hills Elementary will be closed until Wednesday so it can be deep-cleaned by maintenance workers... Read More

Arrest Report: Convicted pimp behind bars again on domestic battery, burglary charges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In an arrest report obtained by 8 News Now, officers detail what landed 42-year-old Ocean Fleming back behind bars. Fleming had just become a free man in January.

In 2012, he was convicted of 23 counts related to his role as a pimp. Police say he forced women to sell sex and terrorized them. Fleming was granted parole on Jan. 1, 2020 after agreeing to a new plea deal. This came after allegations of police corruption in Metro’s Vice Unit surfaced.

Fleming was free for only about two months before being arrested again. This time, he faces charges for domestic battery by strangulation and burglary.

Ocean Fleming Mugshot

On Feb. 24, Metro received a call from a woman who said she got a call from her daughter. The mother said she could hear her daughter saying “leave me alone” to someone else. ... Read More

Scam Alert: Coronavirus “cure” is a con

LAS VEGAS (NEXSTAR) — Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Many people will hear about products claiming to prevent or “cure” the virus on social media, in an email or a website.

Be wary of personal testimonials and “miracle” claims
The message or website contains a lot of information about this “miracle” product, including convincing testimonials or a conspiracy theory backstory. The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are reporting one scam email that claims the government has discovered a vaccine but is keeping it secret for “security reasons.”
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Senator Rosen urges precautions in Nevada, passing of legislation to combat coronavirus

WASHINGTON D.C. (KLAS) — Senator Jacky Rosen urged Nevadans to take precautions against novel coronavirus in a statement released Friday.

“Protecting Nevadans is my top priority. I am working closely with our Governor and the Nevada congressional delegation to fight for federal funding and provide the services our constituents need. The current situation with the coronavirus reminds us that we must take precautions, including frequently washing hands and practicing cough etiquette,” Rosen said.

She also introduced and pushed for the passage of bipartisan legislation that would increase the number of medical professionals across the country and expand access to medical care. ... Read More

Advocates leery about White House halting ‘Remain in Mexico’ program

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Even as migrant advocates celebrated a temporary halt to the Trump administration’s practice of making people seeking asylum in the U.S. wait in Mexico, several questions remained.

Most pressing among them is whether the Administration would actually abide by Friday’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. Another is if the 60,000 claimants already escorted back to Mexico will be allowed to return and wait on U.S. soil for a resolution to their cases.

“Our first priority is ensuring that the Department of Homeland Security respects this injunction and allows our clients — and every other migrant subjected to MPP — to enter the United States to await their asylum hearings in safety,” said Brooke Bischoff, staff attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso... Read More