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Surveillance video shows southwest valley business robbed for the 2nd time

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Surveillance video shows robbers cleaning out the register and shelves while holding employees at gunpoint at the same southwest valley business that was targeted three years ago.

Two robbers targeted the Smokes Mart Shop just after midnight on Tuesday.

Minh Fearnley and his wife own the store and have been operating since 2015. Since their first experience dealing with an armed robbery, they've made some changes.

"Yeah, we we added additional cameras. We got over 30 something cameras both inside and outside, " Fearnley said.

They also installed a new crime-fighting tool: DNA security solutions.

"They spray the invisible ink," he said.

But that tool wasn't enough when the robbers came in.

"They were waiting outside, so the door was open when they came in," he said... Read More

Former therapist files civil rights lawsuit against police officer after losing career amid accusations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- After prosecutors dropped all charges in her in March, a former behavioral therapist has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of North Las Vegas and a police officer.

Amy Villareal had been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old client who has autism. All charges were dropped on March 16.

Villareal, who worked at Crescent Academy, was arrested in September 2021 and charged on allegations that were "vague, inconsistent, uncorroborated, and objectively unbelievable," according to her lawyers, the Law Office of Jordan Marsh.

The lawsuit accuses North Las Vegas police officer Jorge Correa of violating Villareal's Fourth Amendment rights. Villareal lost her career and her reputation, and spent months fighting charges that could have put her in prison for the rest of her life, according to a news release distributed by her lawyer... Read More

Hydrogen plant Air Liquide officially opens

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's the first of its kind on the west coast and Las Vegas.

The $250 million dollar facility opened its doors Tuesday, May 24 with the goal of growing the hydrogen mobility market.

CEO of Air Liquide, Holdings Mike Graff said the plant is a stepping stool to providing clean energy and zero emissions in the transportation sector.

"This will provide enough renewable hydrogen for 40,000 fuel cell vehicles," said Graff. " So currently in the state there are 13,000 vehicles, so plenty of room for expansion and growth. However, in the interim, we are starting to see others that are looking to see renewable hydrogen to meet their needs."

The facility is able to produce 30 tons of liquid hydrogen daily, transporting them to nearby fuel stations.

Hydrogen advocate Dave Edwards said there are no hydrogen fuel stations in Nevada right now... Read More

I-Team: Las Vegas man accused of murder at Dotty's worked with co-conspirator to target jackpot winner

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The man accused of running over a manager at a Dotty's casino, killing her, had targeted a customer who had won several jackpots during the day and was tipped off by a co-conspirator inside the business, investigators wrote in documents obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team.

Samuel Schmid, 28, faces charges of murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and battery. Police identified Schmid as the suspect in 60-year-old Alicia Gibellina’s murder last week. Gibellina, the casino’s manager, was killed on May 11 when she ran after Schmid, who stole a customer’s purse, police said.

Police believe Schmid entered the casino, gambled for a few minutes, and then ran off with the purse of a woman who had won about $30,000 throughout the day, they wrote in an arrest report... Read More

Over 500K fentanyl pills discovered after 2 women pulled over for speeding

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the amount of fentanyl pills seized. The actual number of pills seized is over 500K and the error has been corrected. We apologize for the error.

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (KLAS) -- Two women were arrested and over 500,000 fentanyl pills were seized on Monday after a traffic stop.

31-year-old Martha Lopez and 30-year-old Tania Luna Solis were stopped near Casa Grande, about 50 miles from Phoenix. They were stopped for speeding in an SUV that Lopez was driving, according to police.

Police said that two juvenile passengers were also in the car.

During the stop, officers discovered around 500,000 pills concealed in collagen supplement bottles, alongside a gun and a "large amount of U.S. currency," police said... Read More

Uvalde school gunman: What we know so far

Few details have been made public about the 18-year-old gunman in the shooting Tuesday at a Texas elementary school.

Salvador Ramos has been identified as the shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. He was killed by police officers, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

21 killed in Texas elementary school shooting; gunman dead

Here's what we know about Ramos at this time:... Read More

Man charged in April 24 shooting at Apex Apartments

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 39-year-old man has been arrested in an April 24 shooting that left a man dead at the troubled Apex Apartments.

Danyele Daniels faces charges a murder charge and also an attempted murder charge. A woman was also shot. Police said the male victim was 46 years old and the woman was 25.

Danyele Daniels. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert on April 24 in the 900 block of East Twain Ave. and found the man and the woman with gunshot wounds. The man was declared dead at the scene and the woman was taken to Sunrise Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The I-Team has reported recently that the owners of the Apex Apartments have taken federal funds as crime at the complex has made the apartments unsafe. There have been four murders and 67 arrests at the complex in the past year.

The shooting followed an argument, according to Metro police... Read More