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Family, friends hold private vigil for Destiny Jackson, woman found dead by hiker

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Tonight, friends and family have gathered in an intimate ceremony to honor Destiny Jackson.

The vigil just started, but friends and family are present and have been here for quite some time remembering Jackson as the charming young woman she was.

To give you a little back story, an Instagram post showed Jackson was out. A mutual friend said she was supposed to pick up her boyfriend, but never showed up.

On Sunday, Jackson's mother said she got a call from the coroner saying that Jackson's body was found by a hiker in a desert area near Sloan, south of Las Vegas.

Jackson's aunt Maria says this whole ordeal has their family in disbelief and hopes that today's ceremony will bring them some peace... Read More

Mt. Charleston Resort owner hosts job fair for displaced lodge workers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Dozens of employees of the Mt. Charleston Lodge are mourning the loss after yesterday's devastating fire, but they are also now without a job. The resort just down the mountain is hosting a job fair for them.

8 News Now Victoria Saha joined us from Mount Charleston, as the mountain community picks up the pieces.

The small community in Mount Charleston is slowly rebuilding.

The employees at the lodge aren't worried about being without a job any longer because the resort is opening its doors to them.

The owner of the Resort on Mount Charleston, Deanna Crossman, flew in Saturday morning to help her neighbors at the lodge any way she can.

"We just want to work together, we are stronger," Crossman said.

She knew the significance the lodge had on the mountain and employees who now had nowhere to go... Read More

Local woman helps underrepresented students overcome challenges she faces as first-generation high school, college graduate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Our Hispanic Heritage Month special airs tonight featuring City of North Las Vegas Senior Deputy Attorney Marisa Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is a first-generation high school and college graduate who is helping underrepresented students overcome challenges she faced.

Watch live at 6:30 pm. on Channel 8.

In tonight's Hispanic Heritage Special, Hector Mejia introduces us to one of the driving forces behind the Andale 5K race, Marisa Rodriguez.

Helping Latino students sprint to law school, the Andale 5K scholarship fundraiser is doing its part to close a huge gap in the legal field.

Fewer than 5% of the nation's attorneys are Hispanic, but make up more than 18-percent of the population... Read More

St. Baldrick’s event at McMullan’s Irish Pub raises more than 875K

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As of 2 p.m., the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised $875,000 at their fundraising event happening today until 11 p.m at McMullan's Pub in Las Vegas.

St. Baldrick's Foundation is a private funder of pediatric cancer research grants. Their mission is to support research to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers.

"Every 2 minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer," a host at the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event said.

8 News Now's Sherry Swensk and Brian Loftus had the pleasure of emceeing the event from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and say there were 156 shaves, 31 teams, and 51 volunteers. There will be different emcees throughout the day.

A record-breaking 875,000 was raised, the most for any St. Baldrick's Las Vegas event... Read More

I-Team: Police officer held on $100K bail in crash that killed 2nd officer; 2 other department employees were also in car

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A judge ordered an out-of-state police officer charged in a fatal crash that killed a colleague Friday held on $100,000 bail as officials with the department said two other employees were also in the car that crashed.

Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, with the New Haven Police Department, in Connecticut, was driving a Rolls Royce westbound on Spring Mountain Road near Decatur Boulevard around 4 a.m. Friday when he lost control, crashing into another car, several utility poles, and a fire hydrant, police said.

Robert Ferraro (KLAS)

Officer Joshua Castellano, 35, a 7-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department, was killed. Two other New Haven police officers, Officer Matthew Borges and Officer John Truhart were also passengers in the car, police said Saturday... Read More

NHP investigating 4 fatal crashes early Saturday morning

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) is reporting four fatal crashes in a matter of hours early Saturday morning.

The first crash occurred on Sunset and the 215 northbound on-ramp involving two vehicles. One person was confirmed deceased.

The second occurred on the northbound US95 / Lake Mead Blvd. eastbound ramp involving a motorcycle. One person has been confirmed deceased.

— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) September 18, 2021

NHP then responded to a crash on the US 95 freeway and Lake Mead Boulevard eastbound ramp. This crash involved a motorcyclist and one person was confirmed deceased... Read More

Las Vegas woman pleads for information after husband's deadly motorcycle crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - A Las Vegas woman is asking the public for information about the crash that took her husband's life in March.

It's been six months since Steve Whited died in a motorcycle crash, but his wife Debra Whited told 8NewsNow she believes there is more to the case.

"In December, we were married 40 years," Whited said of her late husband. "It's just been really hard for me because nobody was expecting for him to die."

Debra said Steve died after crashing his newly purchased motorcycle on Lamb Boulevard near Wyoming Avenue.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police traffic crash report, witnesses described an unknown car that reportedly turned in front of Steve on Lamb Boulevard, which caused him to swerve, lose control and run into a wall.

The case is closed, and no charges were filed, but Debra hopes to hear from the other person behind the wheel that day... Read More