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Rock climber Alex Honnold adding his voice to protests in downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Rock climber Alex Honnold plans to join protests tonight in downtown Las Vegas.

In a Facebook post that says a lot about civic responsibility, he recognizes “how privileged I am to be able to put my time and effort into quixotic dreams like El Cap.”

On the three-year anniversary of his famous achievement — climbing the granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with no climbing equipment and no assistance — Honnold also recognizes civic opportunity.

“Free Solo,” the 2018 movie chronicling Honnold’s achievement, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary... Read More

Clark County libraries reopening June 4 — services listed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County libraries will reopen Thursday, but some services will be limited, and strict social distancing will be applied.

Libraries shut down on March 16 and advised patrons that they should keep library materials without fines until normal operations returned. Returns are now accepted in return bins and curbside pick-ups are available at 19 locations. See branch status, below, or go to LVCCLD.org/Locations for library hours and locations.

Full details are available at LVCCLD.org/partial-reopening.

“We are still here for you but due to COVID-19, this will be a different kind of library experience than our customers are used to,” said Fred James, acting executive director of the Library District... Read More

Report: Woman accused of shooting at officers, civilians multiple times leading to vehicle pursuit faces 9 felony charges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Shanita Hearns, the woman who led Henderson Police and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers on a vehicle pursuit throughout the valley and shot at them several times is facing nine felony charges, according to the arrest report released by Metro Police.

Hearns, the 33-34 year-old suspect and Las Vegas resident, attempted to run over at least one NHP trooper and shot at multiple Henderson Police officers during an array of incidences on Sunday, May 31.

A series of events Sunday morning, around 5 a.m., led to the multiple officer involved shootings.

According to the report, Hearns first shot at a couples’ Jeep Wrangler as they were driving southbound on U.S. 95. The couple pulled into the Short Line Express gas station located near Horizon Drive and Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson. ... Read More

Early voting at 17% as June 9 primary election nears in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Early voting in Nevada’s June 9 primary election has brought 276,456 votes as of Tuesday, according to Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.

Overall, voter participation is at about 17%. The 2018 primary brought votes from 23% of registered voters. Primaries in 2006 and 2010 drew 30% participation.

A total of 1,829,050 ballots were mailed to Nevada voters this year. While almost all of the early voting has been by mail, 636 people have voted in person.

Nearly a quarter million ballots — about 14 percent — were returned by the US Post Office as undeliverable.

Early ballots have been divided evenly by party, with 43 percent from registered Democrats and 41 percent from registered Republicans. Another 16 percent have been from independents or people registered to other parties... Read More

3 people arrested on terrorism charges in Las Vegas; men have ties to right-wing extremist groups

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three Nevada men with ties to a movement of right-wing extremists have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI, and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department mad the announcement Wednesday, saying that three alleged members of the “Boogaloo” movement — a term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or collapse of society — have been charged with violations of federal and state law for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas, and possession of an unregistered destructive device (specifically, an improvised incendiary device commonly known as a Molotov cocktail)... Read More

Exclusive poll shows support for George Floyd protests, disapproval of Trump’s response

(NEXSTAR) – Despite support for the protests over George Floyd’s death and disapproval of President Trump’s response, a poll released Wednesday shows that a presidential election held today would be too close to call.

A Nexstar Media/Emerson College poll conducted this week found that 47.1% disapprove of the president’s response as protests continue nationwide and around the world, while 35.7% approve. ... Read More

Murder charge upgraded in Floyd case, 3 other cops charged, AG says ‘We will seek justice for him’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are charging a Minneapolis police officer accused of pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck with second-degree murder, and for the first time have leveled charges against three other officers at the scene, according to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

“We’re here today because George Floyd is not,” Ellison said. “We will seek justice for him and for you. We will find it.”

In an afternoon news conference, Ellison said the three officers will face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and were being taken into custody. Fired officer, Derek Chauvin, who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck had his charge upgraded to second-degree murder, which carries a potentially longer sentence if he is convicted... Read More