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NTSB preliminary report: Helicopter involved in deadly crash at Red Rock Canyon was under maintenance hours before it was taken out

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The preliminary report has been released for a helicopter that crashed near the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area Visitor Center last month. Two people were killed in the accident.

The report said as Robinson R44 II Raven went down when it crash on Oct. 23. The helicopter, owned by Binner Enterprises LLC, and operated by Airwork Las Vegas took off from North Las Vegas Airport at 3:35 p.m., and it crashed at 3:53 p.m. 

The airline transport pilot and passenger survived the impact, but they both later died from their injuries. The reporter said the helicopter was getting maintenance before it was rented out... Read More

Arrest Report: Murder victim Esmeralda Gonzalez held on, fought for her life; suspect was combative with police

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The arrest report for Casandra Garrett, 39, reveals new details about the death of 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez.

According to police, Garrett told an ex-boyfriend “you wouldn’t believe how hard the human life will hold on to life, ” this after she and Christopher Prestipino, 45, beat Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was first reported missing in May 2019, and her body was discovered by authorities in a concrete and wood structure in a desert area of North Las Vegas on Oct. 8.

Police say Garrett was “defensive,” “argumentative,” and “denied any knowledge” of the Gonzalez investigation during an interview in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Read More

Family of victim in fiery DUI crash mourns, reflects on her life and memory in emotional interview

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Norma Rosario Ortiz, 45, was killed in a fiery crash when 24-year-old Aaron Kruse slammed into the back of the Toyota she was in. Her mourning family sat with 8 News Now and reflected on her life and the memory she leaves behind.

Her daughters told Sally Jaramillo she was bright and always lit up the room she entered. They revealed she loved hiking and loved to laugh.

“The laugh in every silent moment. Everybody loved her, everybody here. Everywhere she went she would make friends,” said Norma’s daughter Mirka Ortiz.

Her daughters expressed their shock after finding out Kruse’s blood alcohol was so high, he was going 115 miles an hour. Mirka said there is no amount of prison time or money that could justify what happened to their family.

For the full interview with Ortiz’s daughters, Mirka and Claudia, please watch the video above. ... Read More

Rescue: ‘Unicorn’ puppy doesn’t notice ‘tail’ growth on head

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A rescued puppy is attracting a lot of attention because of his cute resemblance to a unicorn.

The nearly 10-week-old puppy, named Narwhal, has a tail-like appendage growing from his forehead.

Narwhal was rescued over the weekend and sent to Mac’s Mission in Jackson, which specializes in fostering animals with special needs.

Mac’s Mission founder Rochelle Steffen says Narwhal doesn’t notice the extra tail and is otherwise a happy, healthy puppy. Although it looks like a tail, Narwhal cannot wag it.

Steffen says the rescue group has been flooded with requests from people wanting to adopt Narwhal since his picture hit social media. But he’ll remain at Mac’s Mission so his caretakers can be sure the tail doesn’t grow out of proportion to his face and cause him problems.
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EXCLUSIVE: One-on-one with Golden Knights ‘Flag Guy’

“My favorite part of the team is how friendly the players are with the fans… how they show the love back to the fans that we show to them.” – VGK Flag Guy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Since their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights romanced their way into valley residents’ hearts. It was a time when the city needed unity, teamwork and someone to cheer for together. ... Read More

First ever ‘Donut Fest’ in Las Vegas this weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Donut lovers have the opportunity to celebrate their favorite sweet treat at Las Vegas’ first-ever “Donut Fest” this Sunday, Nov. 17. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas and Eatertainmint Events are teaming up to host the festival... Read More

Woman extradited, charged in the murder of Esmeralda Gonzalez

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A third suspect in the killing of a Esmeralda Gonzalez is now in Las Vegas after being extradited from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Cassandra Garret, 39, is facing charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and first degree kidnapping the death of 24-year-old Gonzalez who was first reported missing in May 31, 2019. Her decomposing body was found by police on Oct. 8 in a structure made of wood and concrete in a desert area of North Las Vegas.

According to police, an anonymous person reported Christopher Prestipino and Cassandra Garrett hired Esmeralda Gonzalez, an adult entertainer and while at the residence, Gonzalez was left tied up to a bedpost for a long period of time. Gonzalez started yelling and threatened to call the police.

A court document said Prestipino and Garrett were fearful Gonzalez would report them to police. Gonzales was strangled and injected with pool cleaner. ... Read More