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Police: 1 dead, driver injured following suspected DUI crash Saturday morning

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- One person is dead and another is injured following a suspected DUI crash early Saturday morning, Las Vegas police say.

Just before 4 a.m., a Ford pickup truck was traveling east on Tropicana Avenue, approaching the intersection with Paradise Road, when the driver failed to maintain the lane, left the roadway and crashed into a traffic signal pole.

The driver, 24, and the passenger, 22, were transported to Sunrise Hospital with critical injuries.

Despite life-saving efforts, police say the passenger succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

"The driver of the Ford sustained substantial injuries and remains in stable condition at Sunrise Hospital," police noted in a news release Saturday. The driver, according to the department, displayed signs of impairment and was booked for applicable charges... Read More

California leaving: State population declines for first time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state that halted a growth streak dating to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their fortune in the West.

The figures released Friday followed last week's announcement from the U.S. Census Bureau that California would lose a congressional seat for the first time because it grew more slowly than other states over the past decade. Still, California's population of just under 39.5 million and soon-to-be 52-member congressional delegation remain by far the largest... Read More

Inside Nellis Air Force Base, Pt. 3: The Aggressor Squadron

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- We're taking you inside Nellis Air Force Base to highlight the advanced tactics and technology airmen are using to help defend the country.

Part of this includes learning how to engage the enemy, and there is a specific squadron that does just that: the Aggressors.

Menacing machines fly high in the sky. Pilots prey on American aircraft.

Although the threat feels real, it is a simulation, carried out by some of the most able airmen in the country.

Meet the Aggressors.

"I like to equate it to running a marathon and playing four games of chess at the same time while you're in the air," said Lt. Col. Jan Stahl, deputy commander of the 57th Operations Group, which oversees the Aggressors at Nellis.

Right now, the Aggressor Squadron consists of roughly 30 aircraft and 60 pilots. The F-16s act as our enemies in the air to help prepare the U.S. Air Force against any attacks... Read More

As 'First Friday' continues its downtown comeback, many cite signs of economic rebound

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — First Friday was back downtown this week for the second time since COVID-19 shutdowns, and many have called it a sign of our local, economic rebound. 

"You hear everyone talking about Vegas coming back," First Friday attendee Ashley Watkins said. "But First Friday is where you actually see it."

So many have been waiting for the sound of music, the sound of people laughing and the smell of good food in the Arts District. 

"I think it's a really nice addition to come back," First Friday attendee Max Perea added. "It's been a long time, man."... Read More

11-year-old girl dies trying to save her puppies from house fire at Florida RV resort, family says

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) -- An 11-year-old girl died Wednesday after family members say she tried saving her two puppies during a house fire at the Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, deputies received multiple 911 calls around 5:45 p.m. for two homes on fire.

Witnesses told deputies a young girl, later identified as Rilee Beisler, went into one of the homes and never came back out despite bystanders trying to help.

Laura Alden, Beisler's aunt, told WFLA that the young girl went back into the house to save her dogs. ... Read More

Family of missing two-year-old pleads for his safe return

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The family of Amari Nicholson, the two-year-old who went missing in Las Vegas, is pleading for his return.

He was last seen near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue.

A short time ago, Amari’s aunt told 8 News Now they are increasing the reward to $30,000 as the search for the 2-year-old continues.

He went missing from the Emerald Suites two days ago.

According to Amari’s mom, Tayler Nicholson, the 2-year-old taken from the apartment complex on Twain Avenue and Paradise Road two days ago. When he went missing, she says she was in Colorado helping her mother who was recently injured.

Nicholson's boyfriend, Terrell Rhodes, who also spoke with 8 News Now, says he was watching Amari, but he says someone claiming to be the toddler's aunt came and took the child... Read More

The importance of safety during your day on the water

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As we gear up for boating season, Lake Mead is sure to be a hot spot destination. But with so many people out on the water, it's important to know how to stay safe.

Even if you are a good swimmer, the waves that occur in a lake are a lot different than the waves you will encounter in your pool. “They never stop, and they are unrelenting," said Nick Duhe of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

While they are fun to lounge on, pool floats are for the pool. Duhe says bringing these toys to the lake is not recommended.

"The wind will catch those pool toys, catch an edge, blow it over, and if that doesn't cause the problem, what happens is it starts to go away, and people try to go out and swim and catch it," he explained.

Usually, places like Boulder Beach have life vests to use, but the problem is, they don't get returned... Read More