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Family relieved convicted killer will remain behind bars

The man involved in what prosecutor’s call one of southern Nevada’s
most gruesome murders, will stay behind bars. Shane Johnson asked the Nevada Board
of Pardons Thursday for a commuted or reduced sentence, but was denied.

He pleaded guilty in 2004 for his role in the murder of
18-year-old Jared Whaley. The victim’s family was at the hearing.

Family members describe Jared Whaley as fun, smart and
good-hearted. They’re pleased with the board’s decision but they know nothing
will bring back their loved one.

“It’s been 15 years, but it feels like yesterday,” said Patricia Knight, Jared Whaley’s mother.

Jared Whaley

The emotions are still raw for Knight. Her son, Jared, was brutally
murdered in the fall of 2003. Investigators say Shane Johnson was part of a
group of young men who killed Whaley, beating him until he was unrecognizable... Read More

What’s Driving You Crazy? HOV fines start Thursday

This is where the H-O-V road meets the crumb rubber asphalt.

From the “where did the time go” department, it was a month ago that the HOV lane on I-15 opened from Silverado Ranch to the Spaghetti Bowl – with the already-existing 95 HOV lane from the 15 west and northwest to Elkhorn joining it in going into 24/7 operation.

Viewer Leandra writes:

”The express lanes being replaced by hov lanes. how was this a solution? i’ve noticed that when there’s congestion, people with only 1 passenger take the hov lane and there seems to be no consequences!”

First, Leandra, my guess is that NDOT’s Tony Illia would have me point out that one of the two I-15 express lanes was returned to regular service, with the other becoming that new HOV lane. Secondly, we spoke frequently around May 20th about how the Nevada Highway Patrol was giving drivers a 30-day grace period before enforcing the 2-or-more passenger rule for cars using any HOV lane... Read More

Derailed hazmat train closes I-80 in Nevada near Utah line

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — A 60-mile stretch (96 kilometers) of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada has been closed while emergency crews respond to a train derailment. Authorities were investigating whether any hazardous materials were aboard the train.

There’s been no immediate report of injuries.

MAJOR INCIDENT @NHPNCEast: I-80 W/B at MM 355 (3 miles east of Wells). Train derailment with cause unknown at this time. This is an ongoing incident with responders on scene. I-80 is open with no restrictions.@NevadaDPS pic.twitter.com/TRY4bFwEQb— NHP Northern Command (@NHPNorthernComm) June 19, 2019... Read More

Doctors push for increase in age to buy marijuana

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A group of doctors is urging states that allow legal recreational marijuana to push the minimum age for buyers to 25 or older.

In a recent New York Times editorial, they noted that marijuana can have a “deleterious impact on cognitive development in adolescents, impairing executive function, processing speed, memory, attention span, and concentration.” They cite long-term studies that show substantial negative effects of marijuana use on brain development of teens and young adults.

Retail marijuana was passed by Nevada voters in 2016, and legal sales began at licensed dispensaries in the summer of 2017. Like alcohol, marijuana buyers in Nevada must provide legal proof that they are 21 or older. ... Read More

Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County.

LIVE: Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County. The health district is holding a news conference at 11:15 a.m.

Posted by 8 News Now on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Between Jan. 1 and May 31, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period. People who are at increased risk for infection of hepatitis A include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. ... Read More

City of Las Vegas to launch a reality show about government

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The city of Las Vegas is launching a reality show on streaming services that will tell behind-the-scenes stories about how the government navigates local issues.

Las Vegas officials announced Monday that the show “Inside Vegas” will premiere Thursday and be available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and the city’s GoVegas app.

The show’s first season includes three episodes detailing a massage parlor suspected of prostitution, a nonprofit in trouble with police and the city’s grappling with party houses and short-term rentals.

The show will be produced by the city’s communications office... Read More