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Police: Man dies in custody after repeatedly banging head against patrol car window

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man is dead after reportedly injuring himself while in police custody.

This originated from a call just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police responded to a call in the 3500 block of Paradise Road, south of Desert Inn Road.

The caller said a man had damaged the front door of a business in the area. The caller also said the subject was yelling inside the business and not making any sense.

Security had originally tried to detain the man, but they were unsuccessful.

Once police arrived on the scene, they say the man immediately tried to run away. Officers caught up to him and contained him next to a building.

As police tried to take him into custody, they say the man punched an officer in the face. Police then used empty hand tactics to take him into custody.

Once the man was in handcuffs, the man continued to resist. Police say he then kicked an officer... Read More

DETR facing criticism over 'ID.me' verification issues

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — DETR is facing criticism from many Nevadans over its recent use of "ID.me" identity verification. This was recently implemented to help avoid fraud.

We have received many viewer concerns over this identity verification which they say is preventing claimants from getting their unemployment. They say the phone lines are busy or the website is not working properly.

8 News Now spoke to Las Vegas resident Andrew Wilczynski who says he has been on unemployment since the beginning of last year. He has navigated through different issues over the past months, but when DETR implemented their ID.me layer of protection, he says it created a big headache.

Other viewers tell us phone lines are busy or told to call back later... Read More

I-Team: Californians relocate to Nevada, commute across state lines

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The relocation of Golden State residents to the Silver State continues to increase. Currently, more California drivers are opting to take a longer commute to work.

Bob Martin is one of many who recently relocated to Nevada. He tells the I-Team his commute to work crosses state lines into southern California.

“It's not too bad. I just take long weekends in Nevada," he shared. "I am getting tired of the drive.“

Martin says his commute without traffic is about four hours, which he has been doing for more than a year.

He says he was a lifelong California resident, but he and his wife decided it was time to leave. Martin adds, the timing to leave his job, though, wasn’t quite right.

“Quite honestly, it's just refreshing to get into Nevada, get into Las Vegas and leave California on my commutes," Martin said. "So, I can appreciate that a lot of people do it."... Read More

Las Vegas swim team bringing multiple Olympic medals back from Tokyo

TOKYO (KLAS) — A local swim club is overwhelmed with pride as they watched one of their own snag a silver medal in Tokyo. Not one, but five of their athletes have the eyes of the world on them in Tokyo.

Cheers erupted as Las Vegas swimmer Erica Sullivan snagged her silver medal in the women's 1500-meter freestyle swim Wednesday.

"To see her follow the race not going too hard and chasing everyone down, that’s kind of what we are known for its something we will remember forever,” said Thomas Farrell, coach of the Sandpipers of Nevada.

Farrell tells 8 News Now Sullivan and the rest of her teammates continued to train for the Toyko Olympics even though it was canceled last year.

"We were working until the Olympics were officially shut down going into 2020 we had to keep training as if they were going on,” Farrell said... Read More

Will wearing masks all day present a challenge for CCSD students? One mom expresses her concern

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Students in the Clark County School District (CCSD) have less than two weeks before classes start. On Tuesday, CCSD announced students of all ages and staff will be required to wear a mask indoors and on district buses.

One mom told 8 News Now this is going to be a challenge for young kids.

"I guess, how do we make masks into our norm for our younger ones?" Cassandra Bouakka questioned.

She's preparing to send her three kids back to class soon. While her two oldest are fine with masks, her soon-to-be third-grader had a hard time wearing one.

"I've got mixed feelings for it because I know my son's going to have .... a problem, and I don't want it to become a disciplinary issue," Boukka said. "So, my concern is, how are teachers going to handle that?"

CCSD Board of Trustees president Linda Cavazos says exceptions can be made for those with medical or developmental conditions. ... Read More

I-Team: Deputy district attorney accused of driving drunk with child in car

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Clark County deputy district attorney faces DUI and child endangerment charges after a trooper arrested her in the middle of the night last week, the I-Team has confirmed.

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper arrested Nicole Malich around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 18. According to her arrest report, the trooper was patrolling on U.S. 95 southbound near Tropicana when he observed a car failing to stay in its lane and going over the fog line.

A child, whose age was redacted, was sleeping in the backseat at the time, the trooper noted. The trooper described Malich’s speech as “thick and slurred” and said her movements in the car were “sluggish.”

Malich told the trooper she drank one beer two hours before the stop, the report says. Malich agreed to a field sobriety test, which the trooper wrote she failed. The trooper also noted that they could smell “a strong odor of unknown intoxicating beverage."... Read More

Second man faces murder charge in shooting that followed fistfight in parking lot

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police have arrested a second man in a July 1 shooting that followed a fistfight in a parking lot near Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard.

Caleb Soto, 20, faces a charge of murder with a deadly weapon. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, and two counts of battery with a deadly weapon resulting in severe bodily harm.

Soto was arrested Tuesday, according to Clark County Detention Center records. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Additional information about Soto's role in the incident was not provided by police.

Andy Contreras, 23, was killed when shots were fired during a fistfight between two workers at a business in an industrial area north of Craig Road. The shooting happened on Copper Sage Street.

Jonathan Lopez, 19, was arrested July 7 and charged with murder... Read More