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NDOT: Newest plans for major construction project on US 95

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- More than two years after Project Neon wrapped up on I-15, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is planning another major construction project on U.S 95.

The plans, called the Downtown Access Project, will create improvements between Rancho and Mojave on the busy stretch of the freeway.

In a meeting Tuesday night, NDOT discussed its three-part project in creating better access to the downtown area of Las Vegas. Senior Project Manager for NDOT Ryan Wheeler said that upgraded infrastructure, convenience, and safety are their top priorities.

"Those old bridges are not going to stand forever, that's the number one reason why we are looking to implement this. The second one is the crash rates on the freeway," Wheeler said. "We want to build a freeway that is safer and we want to fix that ramp spacing, which will fix the congestion for several miles in each direction."... Read More

Petition created to stop parents' effort to regain custody of children after child abuse conviction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Viewers are taking action after a story reported by 8 News Now Monday involving a mother and father on probation for child abuse who are trying to regain custody of their children.

A petition has been created to urge a family court judge to deny that request. Sources tell the I-Team that Family Court Judge Stephanie Charter will decide whether the children will be returned to their parents... Read More

37 new officers join Metro police with diverse backgrounds and reasons

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – New officers are joining the ranks of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. On Tuesday, 37 police recruits graduated at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The graduating class -- 32 men and five women -- includes many who come from different parts of the world: Aruba, Brazil, Germany and the Philippines. These new police officers hope to encourage more people to join law enforcement.

Officer Brianna Durazo was born and raised in Las Vegas. She says her decision to become a police officer arose from an event that we will never forget -- the October 1 shooting.

"Honestly, I never wanted to do this,” Durazo said. "When I was there, under a bleacher talking to my dad, it just clicked.”

Durazo knew she wanted to help people in her community. She became an emergency medical technician (EMT) after that terrible night. There was more she wanted to do.

"I just hope to make an impact bigger than my size,” she said... Read More

Police, rangers investigate after two animals killed at popular tourist spot

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- After two animals were killed at popular tourist spot Cowboy Trail Rides on Fossil Ridge and Charleston in the Red Rock Conservation area, park rangers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have been trying to find who's responsible.

Ranch manager of Cowboy Trail Rides Michael Flood said he was worried about the rest of his animals following a series of attacks on his horses and mules.

"When you hear of innocent animals being shot, I think you'd have to be a sick individual for it not to bother you a little bit," Flood said.

The first incident began four weeks ago when Flood suspected someone unlocked the gate and let all the horses out... Read More

Senators seek study to see if dogs can sniff out COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is supporting a proposal to fund a study to see if police dogs could detect coronavirus in passengers moving through the nation’s airports.

The proposal is part of a larger slate of tourism-related bills: The Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act of 2021.

Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen is the chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, which worked to combine several proposals into the larger package.

The omnibus plan passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation last month with unanimous bipartisan support.

Republican Sen. Rick Scott, of Florida, and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, first introduced the Fly Safe Canine COVID Detection Act last year... Read More

Juvenile motorcyclist critically injured in Summerlin crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Police responded to a crash on the valley's west side involving a motorcycle. Police originally said this was a hit-and-run, but after reviewing video and talking to witnesses concluded there was not another vehicle involved.

Police now say the motorcycle rider was a juvenile going west on Alta before Fox Hill Dr. when the rider veered left, hit the median, and was ejected into a tree. The rider was flown by helicopter to UMC Trauma in critical condition.

Police say the rider was on a 2007 Harley Davidson Night Rod. Police have not released the rider's age and will not release their name because of their age. ... Read More

Arizona man indicted on murder charges after 1-year-old dies at UMC in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 27-year-old Arizona man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a 1-year-old child in early January.

Nikko Demitri McLachlan of Fort Mohave, Arizona, a community on the Colorado River south of Laughlin, is the child's mother's boyfriend, according to information posted on the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

When deputies responded to a Jan. 7 call, they found the 1-year-old not breathing. McLachlan was giving CPR to the child, along with a neighbor who was trying to help. The child was taken to a medical center in Fort Mohave before being flown to UMC Children's Hospital in Las Vegas.

The child died on Jan. 10 at UMC. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office informed investigators that the child died due to an extensive brain injury and indicated it was non-accidental.

McLachlan was arrested Jan. 13 and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman... Read More