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Jury reaches verdict in Derek Chauvin trial, to be read Tuesday afternoon

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A verdict has been reached in the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the death of George Floyd.

The verdict will be read Tuesday afternoon, between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. PST.

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Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

The jury deliberated over parts of two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison... Read More

Sisolak signs directive for May 1 transfer of COVID-19 decisions to local authorities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed Emergency Directive 044 to transfer powers over COVID-19 mitigation decisions to local authorities. The transfer of power will occur on May 1.

A news release from the Governor's Office in Carson City said the directive will "help achieve the goal of reopening business capacity in all counties by June 1."

"If any provision of a local plan adopted by a county conflicts with a required Statewide Mitigation Measure that provision is void," according to the Governor's Office.

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Among the most significant updates and changes made in Directive 044 are:... Read More

Driver dies from injuries sustained nearly two months after crash on Tropicana Avenue, Torrey Pines Drive

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- On Sunday, February 21 around 11:01 a.m., an auto versus auto traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive.

A preliminary report indicated that a 2008 Dodge Caliber was traveling westbound on Tropicana Avenue approaching the Torrey Pines Drive intersection.

According to a witness, the 2005 Lexus ES 330 started to turn left when the traffic signal turned red, as the other vehicle entered the intersection. As a result, a traffic collision occurred when the front of the Dodge impacted the left side of the Lexus.

Only the driver of the Lexus was transported to the hospital from the scene, according to the report. Police say the Dodge's driver remained at the collision scene and did not show any signs of impairment.

Hospital staff determined the driver of Lexus suffered non-life-threatening injuries at that time... Read More

Unemployment at 8.8% in Las Vegas metro area, 10% in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Unemployment dropped to 8.8% in the Las Vegas metropolitan area in March, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

That compares to 9.3% in February and 9.9% in January.

While the Las Vegas unemployment rate is steadily dropping, it is still above the national figure of 6.2%, and it's keeping the state's unemployment rate at 8.1%. Nevada's two other metro areas reported lower unemployment numbers, with Reno at 4.6% and Carson City at 5.1%, according to DETR.

By county, Clark County still has the highest rate in Nevada at 8.8%. The next-closest is Nye County, at 5.7% unemployment.

Data on cities shows North Las Vegas with the highest unemployment rate:... Read More

Clark County approves reopening plan for May 1 with 80% capacity, reduced social distancing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County leaders approved a reopening plan Tuesday that would increase capacity from 50% to 80% and reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet starting May 1, when the county takes control of mitigation efforts for COVID-19.

County commissioners announced changes Tuesday to its initial proposal for reopening and approved the plan just before noon during the meeting.

As a reminder, Nevada Counties have "Local Control" starting May 1. Boulder City must follow Clark County's Local Mitigation and Enforcement Plan, which now goes to the COVID Task Force for review and recommendations. https://t.co/QhNQQVd9KL... Read More

Arrest Report: Man stabbed multiple times during 'vicious attack' at The STRAT

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man is facing an attempted murder charge in what police are calling a "vicious attack" on a man who was gambling at the STRAT.

Antoine Shaw, who police said is a fugitive from California, was arrested on April 17 for a stabbing that occurred on the evening of Thursday, April 15.

According to the arrest report, Russell Walker was playing at a Keno machine when Shaw came up behind him and asked for $5. Walker told Shaw he didn't have any money but was holding a $50 slot machine voucher. Walker told police, Shaw grabbed the voucher, walked off, and headed to the buffet hallway.

The report said surveillance video shows Walker followed and confronted Shaw in the hallway, and then Shaw pulled what is believed to be a knife from his waistband and flicked it open. Walker punched Shaw as Shaw simultaneously began stabbing him, according to the report... Read More

Motorcyclist dies days after crash in east valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A motorcyclist has died following a crash last week in the east valley, Las Vegas police say.

It happened around 9 a.m. Thursday, April 15, on South Nellis Boulevard, north of East Flamingo Road.

The 56-year-old motorcyclist, traveling north on Nellis, collided with a pickup truck that was exiting a private driveway westbound into the northbound travel lanes.

He had "visible signs of injury," police said, and was transported to Sunrise Trauma for further medical treatment. The driver of the truck remained on scene and did not show any signs of impairment, according to officials.

On Tuesday, the police department learned the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries.

This death marks the 34th traffic-related fatality in LVMPD's jurisdiction for 2021. ... Read More