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Jeopardy! star James Holzhauer donates $25,000 to local high school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After breaking records on Jeopardy!, James Holzhauer is continuing to spread the wealth. On Friday, the local Las Vegan donated $25,000 to Rancho High School.

Since his multi-million dollar win, Holzhauer has been busy with multiple donations, but today’s check was the biggest.

“I’ve been kind of casting a wide net thus far, trying to help a little bit to a lot of different causes. But I think it’s good for us to kind of really find one thing to devote ourselves to, quite a bit this time. It’s one area of focus where we can really devote a lot of our attention [to,]” Holzhauer said.

Holzhauer and his wife, Melissa, were both present at the donation on Friday. They say they wanted to donate to Rancho High School, in hopes the money will go to fixing up the football field and supplying equipment to the school’s sport teams... Read More

63-year-old pedestrian hit and killed, roads closed near scene

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police are on the scene of a deadly crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian. It happened at Ann Road and Camino Al Norte in North Las Vegas.

Authorities are on the scene and say the roads in the area will be closed for the next four hours. Officials do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash, and the driver did stay on scene.

The victim was a 63-year-old, but we do not yet know their identity.

This is a developing story. We will update when we learn more information.... Read More

Educators talk student safety at school summit

(KLAS) —
Educators met Friday to talk about our children’s education, and
a lot of that conversation focused on keeping them safe from predators. It’s a
question to address a serious topic: “If you were a pedophile,
where would you want to spend your days?

Tami Pafford aims to
highlight the issue during the third annual “Keeping Kids in School Summit.” The
one-day event features various topics, but Pafford focuses on red flags of
sexual predators who target youth in school settings.

“We need to
keep the professional pedophiles away from our kids,” Pafford said. “The
bottom line is this is preventable. It’s been a very low instance of reporting
that’s been happening and the more we get it out there, the more that it’s
going to get reported.”

Pafford wants to implement a
universal curriculum in schools... Read More

INSIDE LOOK: A unique downtown city block that has it all

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Downtown is constantly changing, and East Fremont Street has become especially unique. 8 News Now gives you an inside look at a new city block near Fremont and Maryland Parkway that some call the start of the area’s transformation.

“When people come and explore, they’re
always finding something new,” said Kelly Bennett — Marketing Director of
Fergusons Downtown.

Fergusons Downtown is a new city block
that has restaurants, bars and a lot of retail shops. The historic motel,
turned city block, just opened its doors near Fremont Street and Maryland Parkway.

Some say it could be a sign of this
area’s transformation... Read More

ESEA members vote to ratify two-year contract with CCSD

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Friday, the Education Support Employees Association voted to ratify the two-year contract that was previously negotiated with the Clark County School District. The contract was nearly approved unanimously.

The contract goes into effect immediately. Now CCSD and ESEA will decide on a date that retroactive pay will take effect.

The terms of the contract include:... Read More

Giovanni Ruiz indicted by grand jury

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man accused of killing a UNLV student has been indicted by a grand jury. 21-year-old Giovanni Ruiz has been charged with killing his ex-girlfriend — 19-year-old Paula Davis.

He is facing one charge of murder with a deadly weapon. Davis’ body was found by her father in the family’s van which was parked near Desert Horizons Park on Simmons Street, near Gowan Road. She had been shot twice in the back of the head.

Davis had just broken up with Ruiz, and she told her family Ruiz had been overly possessive. According to the arrest report, Ruiz had bought the gun just a few days prior to the shooting... Read More

UPDATE: Arrest report released for man accused of killing Esmeralda Gonzalez

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’re now learning more about the man accused of killing Esmeralda Gonzalez. The woman was first reported missing back in May, but was found dead last week in a concrete and wooden structure in a desert area north of Las Vegas.

45-year-old Christopher Prestipino is accused of her murder, and 31-year-old Lisa Mort is accused of aiding Prestipino after the murder.

According to the arrest report, police received an anonymous tip in July that Prestipino and another woman — known only as “Cassandra” — killed an unknown woman. The victim — who would later be identified by friends and family as Esmeralda Gonzalez — was a prostitute hired by the two... Read More