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Man arrested for deadly hit-and-run crash lied to police, attempted to hide SUV, police say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Surveillance video, broken vehicle parts, and a concerned citizen helped police unravel a deadly hit-and-run case.

Michael Gerald Hughes is now facing charges including failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to give information, and destroying or concealing evidence.

He's accused in a hit-and-run crash on Jan. 3, 2021, on Sahara Avenue and Santa Rita Drive, east of Las Vegas Boulevard. Police say Leeland Rayburn, who was walking in and out of traffic and possibly exposing himself to passing vehicles, was struck by Rayburn's Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rayburn, who wasn't in a crosswalk, suffered critical injuries and died on Jan. 12... Read More

Passenger travel up more than 17M in 2021 at Reid International airport compared to 2020

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A steady increase of more than 17 million travelers at Harry Reid International Airport for the year 2021 compared to the previous year in 2020, that's according to newly released numbers by an airport spokesman.

Overall the airport served 39.7 million passengers during 2021, which was another year that the COVID-19 pandemic hampered plans for many across the nation.

Passenger volume began moving up early in the year as access to vaccinations allowed for
local restrictions to be lifted. While not yet at pre-pandemic levels, monthly passenger totals hovered
around 4 million from June onward, primarily due to domestic travel numbers.

Departure area at Harry Reid International Airport. (KLAS-TV)

The monthly total in December for arriving and departing passengers ended the year at 3.8 million. The numbers are a nearly 9% drop from two years ago in Dec. 2019. ... Read More

Las Vegas police arrest man after airport argument over Spirit Airlines baggage fees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan police arrested a man after he reportedly got into an argument with Spirit Airlines staff over their baggage policy.

Officers arrested Olalekan Oguntiba on charges of violating airport rules and resisting a public officer during the incident last week at Reid International Airport where he planned to fly to Cleveland, they said.

According to a police report, Oguntiba paid for Spirit’s additional baggage fee but continued to argue with gate staff.

Once officers approached the gate area, they advised Oguntiba to stop yelling they said, but “he persisted and as he approached the boarding area, he stated comments about the staff of Spirit Airlines being judged at the time of their ‘deaths,’” an officer wrote in the report.

Airline staff then denied Oguntiba boarding and police advised him he had to leave the airport... Read More

NEW: COVID-19 cases dropping as 35 deaths reported in Clark County

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Jan. 25.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County reported about 600 fewer COVID-19 cases -- 2,540 cases, compared to 3,159 the previous day -- and test positivity rates dropped again.

Statewide, 3,480 new cases were reported in data released today.

Nevada reports 40 deaths, with 35 from Clark County.

The test positivity rate in Clark County is now at 36.0%, down from 36.7%. Statewide, the rate fell to 34.7%, down from 35.1% -- a sign that COVID-19 isn't spreading as fast as before. It's a long way to the state's goal of 8% (or lower) test positivity, but the rate has now dropped for three straight days... Read More

Check your signature: Here's how to opt-out of receiving a mail-in ballot in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office has launched a new tool to opt out of the state’s automatic mail-in voting program.

Last summer, the Nevada Legislature and Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak implemented the law, which requires a Nevada voter to opt-out rather than opt-in to receive a mail-in ballot.

With the bill’s passage last year, Nevada became the sixth state to have such a system.

Nevada moved to a temporary mail-in ballot program for the November 2020 election due to the coronavirus pandemic. Every voter, regardless of if they wanted a mail-in ballot, received one. Nearly half of all votes in the 2020 election in Nevada were cast by mail.

With the new Secretary of State’s Office tool, registered voters can verify their voter registration and update their mail-in preference. You can also approve the signature the state has on file for you... Read More

New Weddings.Vegas site serves as one-stop-shop in Clark County

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A new website celebrating Las Vegas' steep history in bringing couples together to say "I do" has launched online.

The website Weddings.Vegas showcases a variety of wedding couples, locations, and venues that make Clark County the top wedding destination in the world.

Couples wait in line for marriage licenses at the Marriage License Bureau, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Las Vegas. The bureau was seeing busier than normal traffic ahead of 4/3/21, a popular day to get married in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

More than 75,000 couples were married in Las Vegas in 2021 and to better cater to couples, the new site will provide easier access to wedding services in Clark County... Read More

Judge sets bail at $25K for man accused of attacking Asian business owner

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man accused of a hate crime for allegedly attacking an Asian business owner was given a bail of $25,000 during his court appearance Wednesday morning.

Anthony Joseph Dishari, 36, is facing charges of attempted robbery, battery resulting in substantial bodily harm, a hate/bias crime, and resisting a public officer.

He appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court for his bail hearing.

According to the prosecutor, Dishari went on a profanity-laced tirade yelling anti-Asian slurs at employees of a tea shop on S. Buffalo Drive. Police said the suspect left and returned before midnight and attacked the owner outside of the business.

The arrest report said when the owner showed up at the business, he informed Dishari he was armed with a gun. It was at that point, he said, Dishari knocked him to the ground and told him "give me the gun, and I'll leave." The business owner said the gun was in his pocket the entire encounter... Read More