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NEW: Nevada's test positivity drops slightly, with only 3 deaths reported

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada's COVID-19 test positivity rate fell slightly to 5.6% after nine days at 5.7%, according to data released Thursday.

The state's test positivity started climbing on April 3, passing 5% on April 12. But it leveled off in late April and has been steady since.

Clark County's test positivity was also at 5.6%.

Data shows 27.55% of Nevada’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Nevada reports 394 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (335) in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s total cases are now at 317,482. Clark County has a total of 245,693. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.... Read More

DUI Strike Team busts numerous impaired drivers on Cinco de Mayo

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol was busy the night of Cinco de Mayo. According to NHP, its DUI Strike team was able to get 20 impaired drivers off of Las Vegas valley roads.

There were no reports of injuries.

To report an impaired driver, call 911 on surface streets or *NHP on the freeway, NHP said... Read More

Police make arrest in child sexual assault case from 1995

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- DNA helped Las Vegas police identify and arrest a sexual assault suspect in a case that went cold decades ago.

Matthew Laycock was arrested May 3 and is facing two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 and is currently in the Clark County Detention Center.

According to his arrest report, he is accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 16 on Nov. 29, 1995. The girl was on her way home from school when the suspect allegedly grabbed her from behind and directed her into the breeze way of a nearby church. The girl told police the man said, "If you do anything stupid, I'll kill you."

At the a time of the attack, evidence was collected but there wasn't a break in the case until May 2019 when police got a match in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The DNA matched Laycock, the report said.

The case was reopened but detectives could not locate Laycock who was reported to be a transient... Read More

Housing prices hit record high; 30% are cash sales

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Southern Nevada home prices set another record. The average cost of an existing home in April was $375,000 which is the highest it's ever been.

The Las Vegas REALTORS released its April report and said "local home prices have never been higher while the local housing supply has rarely, if ever, been lower."

The average sales price is 21% higher than it was a year ago.

Prices for condos and townhomes also increased, selling for a median price of $202,450 which is up 12.3% from last year.

"Homebuyers should stay persistent, because our numbers show that over 20% of accepted offers
get cold feet and those homes are then awarded to the second, third and even fourth buyer in line,"
said 2021 LVR President Aldo Martinez. "Last month, our MLS reported 8,056 times when a property went from active to under contract, and 1,644 of those went back into active status again."... Read More

'National Teacher of the Year' honored at her Las Vegas school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey was honored at a celebration at Kermit R. Booker Sr., Elementary School Thursday.

Governor Steve Sisolak, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, Congresswomen Susie Lee and Dina Titus, as well as educational leaders personally congratulated Urtubey on her award.

Urtubey is the first educator in Nevada to get the recognition as National Teacher of the Year. She teaches special education in grades pre-k to 5th at Booker Elementary in the historic westside neighborhood -- an underserved part of the valley.

She served on the superintendent's supervisory committee during the course of the pandemic and met with the state superintendent weekly voicing concerns from her students.

She's now in the national spotlight, not only representing CCSD, but all teachers across america. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said she's an example of the American dream... Read More

Metro investigating report of missing 2-year-old near Paradise and Twain

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are investigating a missing child case that was reported Wednesday in the area of Paradise Road and Twain Avenue.

Two-year-old Amari Nicholson was reported missing near the 3600 block of Paradise Road. The area is just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

He was last seen around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the child may be in severe emotional distress and in need of medical assistance.

Officers and detectives are following any leads or tips that might lead to the location of the child.

"We are aware of citizens providing tips to news outlets informing that officers have located a body in a dumpster, but this information is inaccurate," according to a Metro statement. "Officers have been looking into nearby trash containers as a precaution."

This is an ongoing investigation. Metro will provide more information when it becomes available... Read More

Technology allows doctors to take prenatal care to homeless women -- even ultrasounds

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Prenatal care is essential to deliver a healthy baby, and now staff and students at Touro University are working to expand medical care so everyone has access.

A partnership between Touro and the United Health Foundation is working to get prenatal care to women who are experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Carl Allen of Southwest Medical Associates is a practicing OB-GYN here in the valley.

"We need to know that we are ranked 47th in the nation when it comes down to women's health care from health care providers," he said. "We have a growing population, and we need to make sure that every patient, every woman, gets high quality care. And this partnership is going to be very important to get service to underserved women throughout the community."

Touro is taking advantage of new technology to help get prenatal care to where it is needed.

Two medical students from Touro demonstrated the technology... Read More