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Advisory board votes to deny magician's tiger sanctuary plan, final vote set for Dec. 22

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A tiger show used to be one of the most popular acts on the Las Vegas Srtip.

However, now magician Jay Owenhouse who is proposing the idea has met a roadblock.

The idea of bringing tigers back near the Las Vegas Strip has many people living nearby upset.

Owenhouse has an idea to bring his magic show to Las Vegas with the use of tigers.

He has a plan to pop-up tents and build a temporary sanctuary on an empty lot, located on Sahara and Paradise a block away from the strip.

"We don't want our tigers to have the stress of being transported from one location to another every day," says Owenhouse.

Christina Owenhouse says it isn't only about the show but also about awareness. ... Read More

Police: Suspect fled moments after starting fire that killed girlfriend, dogs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- 8 News Now has obtained new information into what went on hours before a deadly mobile home fire claimed the lives of a woman and three dogs.

A police arrest warrant notes details of the death investigation of 35-year-old Melynda Bown and her three dogs that died in a fire on Nov. 10 at a home near Sahara Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.

According to the warrant, officers responded to reports of a domestic dispute at the home hours before the fire. The fight involved Bown, her brother Samuel and Coleman and officers did try to speak to the couple but only Samuel came out and accused Coleman of stealing his Wi-Fi Router and laptop and told officers he would file a report for the stolen items and begin the eviction process his sister and her boyfriend.

Later that evening firefighters responded to a fire at the home and told police that the couple was not in the home and that Bown's car was missing. ... Read More

Nye Co. Sheriff: Missing 12-year-old boy has been located

UPDATE: According to the Nye County Sheriff's office the missing 12-year-old boy has been located and is home safe.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nye County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help as they search for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Officials say Drake was last seen at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30 at his home near Blagg and Calvada in Pahrump.

He is described as having shagging blonde hair, 4'11" and 80 lbs.

He was last seen wearing a Rick and Morty T-shirt and jeans with black backpack with neon green zippers. If you have any information that could help, immediately contact Nye County Sheriff's office at 751-7000 or email sheriff@co.nye.no.us... Read More

Sisolak: Large events can admit attendees under 12 regardless of vaccination status

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Governor Steve Sisolak signed an Emergency Directive, which allows event operators at large gatherings to admit attendees under the age of 12, regardless of vaccination status.

Nevadas aged 11 and under recently became authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Attendees who are aged 11 and under are not required to be vaccinated for large events and large conventions where attendance is 4,000 or greater.

However, masks are still required for the 11 and under age group, if they are unvaccinated.

Children under 12 who provide proof of full vaccination are not required to wear a mask during the event or convention... Read More

I-Team: 'We're here to uncover the facts:' Nevada Athletic Commission to investigate UNLV fraternity boxing death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- How did a fraternity boxing match result in a UNLV student's death?

His family says they will hold the people who are responsible accountable. And today, we learned there will be an investigation by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The I-Team broke this story five days ago and no leader from UNLV has agreed to an interview … not the president, and no one from the Board of Regents.

Stephen Cloobeck, chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission, says there will be an investigation.

"With regard to the university having knowledge of this and accepting and allowing it, well, go speak with the university and the Board of Regents," Cloobeck said. "They've got a lot of explaining to do in my opinion. They cannot duck, hide, bob and weave on this."

The UNLV student who died, Nathan Valencia, participated for charity. He collapsed after his fight and died four days later from head injuries... Read More

Most popular pet names of 2021 revealed

(NEXSTAR) – Rover released its annual list of most popular pet names, and this year, the trends are pretty nerdy.

Rover, a company that pairs people with pet sitters and dog walkers, said it used its database of customers to assess which names are most popular. It also conducted a survey of 1,000 pet owners in the U.S. to collect even more data, the company said.

The company noted lots of trending names from streaming shows released over the past year, including Wanda (as in "WandaVision") and Daphne from Netflix's "Bridgerton." The trendiest name, with a 4,000% increase in popularity this year, was Grogu, a reference to "The Mandalorian."

Names inspired by cryptocurrency (like Doge and Bitcoin) were another trend in 2021, says Rover. Dogs named after Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are also becoming more popular. ... Read More

Tiger sanctuary proposal near Las Vegas Strip set for discussion amid outcry from animal rescuers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Magician Jay Owenhouse says he wants to rent a space owned by the World Buddhism Association Headquarters giving him the opportunity to bring his three tigers from Montana to Las Vegas for a 12-month magic show.

"It's a great show to compliment the other shows on the strip and bring an economic boost to that area," Owenshouse tells 8 News Now.

He says the tigers would work and live right on site near Sahara and Paradise.

"We wanted the on-site because that way they only have to work 30 feet to work they don't have to be tailored from other locations," says Owenhouse.

However, plans are very specific, which could include, two 900 square foot containment areas for the tigers, including an 11-foot barbed wire fence, along with 24-hour supervision.

If a tiger were to escape, police and the school district would need to be notified immediately. ... Read More