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6th West Nile virus case in 2019 reported in Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A day after reporting three new West Nile virus cases in the Las Vegas valley, the Southern Nevada Health District added another one. That pushes the total number of cases to six in 2019.

After about 15 percent of the 33,000 mosquitoes tested this year came in positive for West Nile, the county is recommending people take precautions against mosquito bites. About 1.5 percent of the mosquitoes tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.

The newest case involves a woman under the age of 50 who contracted the neuroinvasive form of the illness.

“The West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses are being actively transmitted from infected birds to mosquitoes, which then places the public at increased risk for disease,” The health district’s news release said... Read More

Former Metro detective fired 10 shots into former son-in-law

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge says the 10 gunshots that authorities say a retired Las Vegas police detective fired into the body of her estranged son-in-law shows she intended to kill him.

Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair made the comment Thursday while rejecting a bid by Pamela Bordeaux’s attorneys to have the murder charge against Bordeaux thrown out.

The 55-year-old Bordeaux also uses the name Schoening. She’s free on $1 million bail and house arrest pending trial Feb. 3

She’s accused of emptying her gun into 32-year-old Sean Babbitt at her home April 22 following his weekly supervised visit with his 3-year-old son.

Prosecutors call the slaying an execution.

Defense attorney Robert Draskovich casts the killing as self-defense in response to threats he says Babbitt posed to Bordeaux and her family... Read More

Man killed in gunfight as police investigate shooting at same apartment complex

A gunfight at a Las Vegas apartment complex left one man dead, and occurred as police were on the other side of the same complex investigating an earlier shooting on Thursday night.

Calls to police indicated multiple reports of two men shooting at each other just before 10:30 p.m. Officers heard the shots, and found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The shootings happened at a complex in the 6500 block of West Charleston Boulevard, near Rainbow Boulevard.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives are investigating the possibility that the two shootings were related, but have not identified any suspects at this time.

Police said the victim might have been chased through the apartment complex as he was shot... Read More

Police release photo of park stabbing suspect

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A woman is facing a murder charge following the stabbing death of another woman whose body was found in a Las Vegas park bathroom Thursday afternoon.

According to Metro police, Liliani Pinto was seen running from a bathroom at West Flamingo Park, near Flamingo Road near Jones Boulevard, after the stabbing occurred. Police found her hiding in a nearby abandoned home.

Pinto has a history with police. Court records show she has been arrested at least nine times in Clark County since 2003 for, five times for battery or assault.

The identity of the victim, a 30-year-old woman, has not been released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office... Read More

Food program change could cost 46K Nevadans their benefits

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than 46,000 people in Nevada could lose their eligibility for food stamps under a rule change announced by the federal government.

SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — benefits currently go to 419,350 Nevadans, and the change could cut benefits to about 11 percent of that group, according to estimates by the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services.

“This proposal will negatively impact families all across our state,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said.

The change would require passing an eligibility test to qualify.

Public comment will be accepted on this proposed rule until September 23, 2019 through https://www.regulations.gov/ by searching for “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Hilton’s resort fees misled customers in Nebraska

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nebraska’s attorney general is suing the Hilton hotel company, alleging the chain hid the true price of rooms from consumers and charged hidden fees.

While consumers have bristled about resort fees in Las Vegas, no lawsuits have named properties here.

The lawsuit reported earlier this week by The Associated Press accuses Hilton of violating Nebraska’s consumer protection laws. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the company failed to heed warnings from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and customer complaints.

The lawsuit seeks to force Hilton to advertise the true prices of its hotel rooms up front, provide monetary relief to affected Nebraska consumers, and pay civil penalties... Read More

VIDEO: Henderson home covered in grasshoppers

We’ve shown you several videos of grasshopper swarms around the Las Vegas valley, but this one may take the cake.

An 8 News Now Facebook follower sent us a video of the grasshoppers covering a Henderson home’s patio and yard.

According to the Nevada Dept. of Agriculture’s Jeff Knight, the kind of grasshopper migrating to town is known as Pallid-winged grasshoppers, which is a common desert species.

He’s only seen large populations like this a handful of times in his 40-year career and he believes they’ll move as far north as central Nevada. ... Read More