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MGM Resorts gaming floors approved to operate at 100% capacity, no social distancing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- All nine MGM Resorts properties on the Las Vegas Strip will return to operating at 100% capacity and no social distancing on their gaming floors.

The announcement came Wednesday following approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Those MGM Resorts properties include:... Read More

Nevada SPCA sees uptick in pet surrender due to people leaving remote work for the office

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As post-pandemic life begins to kick in for a lot of people, some local animal shelters are seeing an uptick in surrendered pets. The main cause: They're leaving remote work to return to the office.

But are some things pet owners should know before making that difficult choice. The Nevada SPCA says pet owners have other options. The video below offers tips on how pet owners can avoid making the tough decision.

8 News Now visited the animal shelter off Decatur and Russell Tuesday. There was a large inventory of pets, including cats, dogs, and rabbits.

The SPCA says it's cat season, so many people are surrendering their four-legged felines on a regular basis.

Rabbits and dogs are also in that mix because people can't attend to these pets as they make the transition from remote working to heading back to the office... Read More

Behind the Gates, Pt. 2: Keeping you, your home and community safe

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In part one of 8 News Now's story on gated communities and home safety, we found nationally, there are fewer residential burglaries in these neighborhoods and less vandalism, speeding and opportunistic crime.

Other studies found gated and ungated neighborhoods with nearly identical rates of burglaries and car thefts.

One definite downside of gated communities? Slower emergency response times.

"I think it's critical that you get to know your neighbors," said homeowner Robert Schultz.

The experts agree.

Two of our local leaders with Henderson PD and Metro highlighted the importance of consistently connecting with neighbors.

"If you know your neighbors, you can refer officers to your neighbors," said Metro Officer Larry Hadfield, "and your neighbors are really going to be wanting to help and assist us in that investigation." ... Read More

'I Will Never Be the Same': Grandmother speaks out after news of toddler's murder

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Carrie Howard, Amari Nicholson’s maternal grandmother, has questions after receiving the devastating news of her grandson’s murder.

Her questions are directed at her daughter, Tayler Nicholson, the 2-year-old’s mother.

"There's more. There are just too many holes," said Howard. "Why in the five days did you not video chat with my grandson on the phone with me other than Friday night from the airport?"

She also told 8 News Now that no matter the circumstance, it didn't have to end like this.

But in the end, she said no matter what was happening, her daughter would not leave Terrell Rhodes, the man arrested in the boy’s killing.

"She had my house, she had two other people in Vegas that would have taken him, so he didn't have to stay with Terrell," Howard said.  ... Read More

Metro thanks nurses at Southern Hills Hospital with donuts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Call it a sweet treat for frontline nurses. On Tuesday morning, Metro Police officers from the Summerlin Area command stopped by Southern Hills Hospital to say thank you to the nurses! It's all a part of National Nurses Week.

Armed with dozens of donuts, Metro officers went around to different departments in the hospital, personally thanking and delivering handwritten notes.

Despite it being Police Week, Metro said they wanted to show their appreciation for nurses who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic... Read More

Vaccine hubs at Convention Center, Galleria mall offers convenience for those wanting to be vaccinated

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- More vaccination sites are popping up across the Las Vegas valley. And the Las Vegas Convention Center is continuing its drive thru vaccine clinics.

The convention center has been a big vaccine hub and central location to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. It's currently doing drive-thru vaccinations Tuesday through Saturday, but there are other locations to make it as convenient as possible, and they also offer incentives!

Tuesday was day one of the vaccines being administered at a clinic at the "Galleria at Sunset" mall, and things were off to a steady start.

"While people are out shopping at the malls or walking through, we want to attract them into this location and give them that opportunty," said Michael Charlton, vaccine clinic pod manager.

The clinic will be operating at the Galleria for the next six weeks. It's a new approach to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated... Read More

Metro Police: Terrell Rhodes booked for the murder of Amari Nicholson

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police say Terrell Rhodes, the boyfriend of Amari Nicholson's mother, has been booked for the 2-year-old's killing. He faces one count of first-degree murder.

Amari was first reported missing from the Emerald Suites near Paradise and Twain on May 5.

Amari Nicholson

Lt. Richard Meyers said, "As the investigation progressed, it became very clear to us that Terrell Rhodes was our primary suspect."

He noted there will be other charges, in addition to the murder charge, as Rhodes "chose" to fight with police officers during his arrest. Meyers says Rhodes briefly retrieved one of the officers' firearm during the altercation. The incident was resolved, and the suspect transported to the Clark County Detention Center

Sources earlier told the I-Team that Rhodes had confessed to the murder. ... Read More