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Metro police cite steep climb in fentanyl deaths last year, warn public of dangers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Fentanyl deaths rose 200% in a single year in Southern Nevada, according to Metro police.

That's perhaps the scariest piece of the puzzle in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's fight against narcotics in the Las Vegas valley.

"We're here this morning because of the alarming increase that this community has seen in overdose deaths last year," said Narcotics Crimes Bureau Cpt. John Pelletier.

"Last year alone, we had a 30% increase -- from 591 to 768. What's even more shocking is we had just under a 200% increase in fentanyl-related deaths, from 74 to 219," he said.

"To put it in perspective, in August alone, we had 31 deaths. That is a death a day from fentanyl," Pelletier said.

Pelletier warned the public not to take fentanyl pills, because you might not know what you're getting. A tiny amount of the drug can kill... Read More

Thunderbirds revamp show, with debut set this weekend in Florida

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Thunderbirds have a new show, and will debut their "redesigned aerial demonstration" at the Cocoa Beach Air Show in Florida on Saturday and Sunday.

The announcement came Thursday morning on Twitter:

(1/2) We’re excited to kickoff the 2021 show season and debut our new aerial demonstration and ground show at Cocoa Beach Air Show this weekend.

Learn more about our revised show below:

Press release: https://t.co/c6WcscUkah

Informational video: https://t.co/d6xejRS8yJ pic.twitter.com/i7WRFz9AHU... Read More

7-year-old awaiting surgery out of state after jet ski accident

SALT LAKE CITY (KLAS) -- The family of 7-year-old Izabella Bohannon says she is now being treated out of state. She's been in a medically induced coma at Sunrise Hospital after being hit by a jet ski last weekend near Bullhead City.

Her family told 8 News Now Wednesday night that she's been flown to Salt Lake City for advanced care while awaiting surgery.

If you'd like to donate and help the family, click here... Read More

Local expert weighs in after Nevada woman who received J&J vaccine develops blood clot

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that one of the six people across the U.S. who had severe reactions to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a woman from Nevada. 

In an emergency meeting, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said the 18-year-old from our state developed a disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), which caused severe clotting in her brain.

Officials said she was still receiving treatment as of Wednesday. 

Though the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the single-dose shot be paused Tuesday, many in Las Vegas have already received it. 

8 News Now spoke with a local medical expert, who urged others not to panic. 

"When they first started talking about it, it was like, ‘Hmm, what's going on with this?’" said Las Vegan Mary Rendina... Read More

Pedestrian taken to hospital following crash in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A pedestrian was taken to the hospital following a crash in North Las Vegas.

It happened near the intersection of West Cheyenne Avenue and North 5th Street, just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

Police say a car hit a pedestrian in the area, but no other details were released.

The pedestrian is said to have critical injuries.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Two generations of Kruger coaches enjoy a day at the golf course

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Runnin' Rebels are quickly rebuilding their program under the direction of Kevin Kruger. Many fans were excited to hear Kevin's dad, Lon, is moving back to Las Vegas, too.

Both generations of Kruger coaches were part of the Korn Ferry Tour Pro-Am at Paiute Golf Resort Wednesday. Kevin played as the new face of UNLV basketball, and Lon was there enjoying retirement.

They enjoyed the sunshine and family time, with Kevin taking a break from a busy recruiting stretch, and Lon in town visiting before he leaves to see his other grandchildren. Both father and son are excited about the future of the Runnin' Rebels. Kevin is working to fill the roster.

In 8 Sports Now's first interview with Lon since retiring after 45 years, the 68-year-old says he's excited to sit in the stands and watch his son work. ... Read More

Hospitality workers want 'Right to Return'; bill would make resorts offer laid off employees their former jobs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As more lights come back on across Nevada and on the Las Vegas Strip, laid off hospitality workers are itching to get back to work.

A piece of legislation being discussed at the Nevada State Legislature, known as the "Right to Return" bill, would guarantee workers the chance to get their jobs back. And while everyone wants to see more Nevadans employed as we begin to come out on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic, not everyone thinks the bill is the best path forward.

"We don't have jobs, we don't have anything," said Norma Flores, a laid off hospitality worker.

For two decades, Flores worked as a server at a local casino-resort in Southern Nevada. She was laid off one year ago, as COVID-19 concerns shut down Las Vegas. And ever since then, it has been tough to make ends meet... Read More