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Las Vegas police renew commitment to immigration program

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police have renewed a partnership program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — a move that county commissioners are questioning.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Friday that the program was renewed last month for another year allowing police to continue to report people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally to ICE.

Las Vegas police say they can only check immigration status of those booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Clark County commissioners say they want the department to keep them informed on how many people are being detained because the county funds the jail.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has opposed the program, saying it’s unconstitutional and police resources should be focused on local law enforcement... Read More

Reno child dies after bounce house blown into power lines

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 9-year-old Reno girl has died from injuries she suffered when strong winds blew an inflatable bounce house with three children inside into powerlines last weekend.

The family of Lizzy Hammond issued a statement Friday confirming her death from the “horrific incident” last Sunday. They thanked first-responders and law enforcement for their help and support.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports law officers were among the hundreds of people who lined the hallways of Renown Regional Medical Center Friday when Hammond’s family donated her organs for transplants.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says the bounce house was uplifted about 10 feet (3 meters) and got caught on the lines in a south Reno neighborhood.

Deputies and firefighters rescued the children. They treated two for minor injuries at the scene and transported Hammond to the hospital where she’d been since Sunday... Read More

Casino tower eyed for temporary UNR dorm housing after gas blast

RENO, Nev. (AP) — University of Nevada, Reno officials are negotiating to house 1,300 students in a tower that is part of a casino resort while two dormitories are closed to repair damage from a July 5 natural gas explosion.

Officials said the talks with Eldorado Resorts call for the student housing department to use all of a newly renovated tower that is separate from the Circus Circus Reno casino.

A statement released Friday said security features would include placing a university police substation in the tower and having officers patrol the building.

Both dormitories will remain closed for at least a year and the most severely damaged one isn’t expected to reopen until at least the fall of 2021.

The blast blew out windows and walls but caused only minor injuries to eight people... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Local company creates commemorative pens to honor 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A company in Boulder City will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this weekend by creating four commemorative pens. The writing instruments range in price but feature the patented pressurized ink cartridge, which is what is in the ink pens the astronauts carry with them to space.

A company in Boulder City that manufactures the pens astronauts use in space, is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Posted by 8 News Now on Friday, July 19, 2019

One of the pens features 24 karat gold, a piece of space-flown material from the Apollo 11 mission as well as a coin set. The company’s original Astronaut Space Pen has been on every crewed space mission since Apollo 7. ... Read More

Valley couple pushes for an end to dog and cat meat trade overseas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After 8 News NOW received such a positive response from Thursday’s story about four dogs rescued from the South Korean meat trade, Reporter Sasha Loftis decided to check in on two pups who previously scored a second chance with an American family.

Starz and Bonnie lived months of their lives beaten and neglected in cages; they were on their way to die. Now, their valley family wants to help all dogs like them find the same fate.

“She’s fitting in really, really well,” Angela Berkowitz said of Bonnie, who they adopted just over a month ago.

“I think in the beginning she was very shy and timid,” Art Berkowitz added about their dog, Starz. “Even though you see a little bit of it now.”... Read More

Center stage, welterweight weigh-in showdown

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – The weigh-in is one of our most explicit but inexplicable sports traditions, a parade of boxers in nothing but briefs.

The public is sometimes adamant that fighters pick on someone their own size, so we insist they publicly do something we are afraid to do privately. The two competitors’ step on the scale and tell the truth in convincing fashion.

8 News Now Sports Anchor Jon Tritsch has the story. ... Read More

Family remembers mother killed, found dead in desert

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Described by family as a woman who “loved to be a mom,” 29-year-old Natalie Carbajal was found shot dead and burned in the desert near 7 Magic Mountains on July 4. On Friday, Carbajal’s family visited and placed candles and a religious cross at the site where her charred remains were discovered.

“We don’t want this type of person out there doing this again,” said Diana Yera, the victim’s aunt.

Yera’s family believes Carbajal’s death was domestic violence-related, but they declined to comment any further because the investigation was still an open case.

After the family learned of Carbajal’s death, the 29-year-old’s mother died of stage 4 cancer a day later. The family’s trying to cope with two tragedies... Read More