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Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team.

“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in.

Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, arriving while police were still gathered outside the building.

Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders... Read More

Dads in School volunteer program begins first day as school year winds down

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The new volunteer program Dads in School started its first day on a local school campus on Tuesday.

A handful of men were at Lynch Elementary near Lake Mead and Nellis making sure parents and students were able to leave campus safely. Additional volunteers were also outside on school grounds to help students get on buses as the school day ended.

Troy Martinez is the founder of Dads in Schools and said he chose Tuesday as the program's first day on the job because typically the end of the school year is when acts of violence tend to increase.

"We chose today because historically towards the end of the school year there's an uptick in violence, they want to settle scores, they think summer is an eternity and they'll get away with it," Martinez said. "We're just glad today we didn't see any violence, any fights break out."... Read More

School year to end with increased police presence on CCSD campuses, safety remains key issue

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Acts of violence in schools have been rising for months within the Clark County School District, and with a mass shooting in Texas that left at least 19 elementary school children dead, it's clear that violent behavior among our youth is a nationwide issue.

"That's everyone's fear, to wake up to a local tragedy that where your kids are in school, that's a worst nightmare," said parent and grandfather Edward Holmes.

Holmes shared his thoughts on the horrific aftermath of Tuesday's mass shooting.

"It's disturbing and I think children today even, at home they're a little bit on edge, and it seems like the younger generation is more violent," he said.

Locally, CCSD has had more than 5,300 reports of violence on school grounds, along with 26 shootings in this school year alone... Read More

Las Vegas woman enters Alford plea in connection to husband's death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Las Vegas woman has changed her plea more than a year after being charged with open murder in connection to the death of her husband.

On Monday, Emily Aiko Ikuta made the decision to plead guilty by way of the Alford decision for second-degree murder, according to court documents.

Person on live chat overheard man’s death, according to police report

By signing the plea, she admitted she would likely be convicted at trial.

Both parties agreed to a 10 to 25-year sentence in the Nevada Department of Corrections.

The incident took place on March 22, 2021, when Ikuta's husband, Jourell Ng, was shot to death at his home... Read More

Officials discuss international safety procedures at Harry Reid Airport

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- International travel is slowly returning to Las Vegas, and there is now a push from Homeland Security to make sure the experience is safe for foreign visitors.

"The airport here for international visitors is as safe as it's ever been," said Homeland Security chairman Bennie Thompson.

He said a meeting at Harry Reid International Airport on Tuesday was held to get a better understanding of what's needed to increase international visitation.

"A majority of international travelers come through this airport. For Nevada, its a significant part of the economy," he continued.

Congresswoman Dina Titus addressed issues like mask requirements, COVID testing, and check-in procedures at the meeting.

"All of those things are good tools in the tool box, but we need to get the message out, especially  internationally. This is what you have to do to come," she said... Read More

MSG Sphere moves closer to completion date

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- One of the most unique entertainment venues in Las Vegas is one step closer to completion.

On Tuesday, a topping-off ceremony was held at the MSG Sphere near the Las Vegas Strip as the last beams were placed along the exterior.

The next step for crews will be bringing in the world's largest monitor.

There will also be 17,500 seats placed inside the venue, which will be surrounded by monitors to create an immersive experience.

Crews will begin putting in the monitors on the outside of the structure, which is expected to take 10 to 12 months.

Nick Tomasino is MSG Entertainment's senior vice president of construction.

"Up and around us is the structural steel that all the LED will attach to the steel. It is about four acres, that is three football fields in size that all the LED will make up," he tells 8 News Now.

The MSG Sphere is estimated to cost around $1.8 billion... Read More

Man accused of stealing gumball machine from Las Vegas restaurant

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Las Vegas restaurant owner has a message for a thief he says took a unique item from his establishment and it was all caught on surveillance video.

Kevin Mills is the owner of the Omelet House on Charleston and Rancho and says he can't understand the motive behind the robbery that took place on Thursday.

"I just want to let it go if they give me my stuff back," Mills said.

He says the incident started when a man and woman entered the restaurant and spoke to his general manager.

"They came in and claimed they were here three weeks prior and left a black Chanel purse at one of our tables," Mills added.

Nick Cosgrove tells 8 News Now, that the couple seemed nervous and failed to give specific details about that visit, and refused to leave their contact information

The couple then walked away, however moments later the man came back inside the restaurant unbothered he was being recorded... Read More