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State accepts NLV balanced budget plan

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The City of North Las Vegas says the state has no problems with the city's proposed balanced budget plan.

A balanced budget was due Tuesday to avoid a possible takeover by the state. The budget comes after the city made deals with four unions last week, which ended two years of litigation.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee says he believes this budget will put the city back on solid financial footing.

The city has been struggling financially since the Great Recession with an estimated budget deficit of $18 million.

The budget includes property tax revenue holding steady at $45 million, government expenses of approximately $22 million and public safety expenses at approximately $127 million.

A final budget must be submitted to the state by June 1.

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Court date set for Utah woman in North Vegas crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sentencing is scheduled next week for an 18-year-old Utah woman on a felony leaving the scene of an accident charge in a crash that hurt eight pedestrians outside a storefront church in North Las Vegas last summer.

Clark County District Court Judge James Bixler on Tuesday set sentencing April 22 for Nyakueth Tear.

Tear could get probation or up to 15 years in prison.

She pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to driving away after hitting people late Aug. 8 outside Iglesia de Cristo on Losee Road.

A 54-year-old man was critically hurt and a pregnant woman was among the seven others injured. Tear admitted stopping and then trying to drive away on the dark industrial street.

She was caught after crashing the car and running toward Interstate 15.


North Las Vegas faces budget deadline

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - North Las Vegas officials have to present a tentative budget plan to the state Tuesday in an effort to avoid a potential state government takeover.

A spokesperson for the City of North Las Vegas says city officials are working non-stop to finalize a tentative budget by Tuesday's deadline.

This economic plan is expected to get the city out of the red for the next fiscal year. The city faces a budget deficit of nearly $18 million. If the city can't submit a balanced budget, the state could take over the city's finances, which would lead to large tax increases.

City leaders and four unions that represent different entities negotiated for days before coming to an agreement that will help balance the city's budget.

Guy Hobbs, a co-founder of Hobbs, Ong and Associates and former Clark County Finance Director, says collective bargaining is a step toward getting the city back on track.

NLV property owner fed up with taggers defacing buildings

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas property owner is pleading for help because his office continues to get hit by taggers. The worst part is he has to pay for the cleanup or get fined by the city.

The graffiti problem is so bad for business owner Richard Failla that when he cleans up one wall another will get tagged within weeks. It has already cost him $5,000.

In the dead of night, vandals have been tagging nearly every wall of this industrial office complex with graffiti.

"They tagged here, there, there, and around the back of the building," Failla said.

It is not the first time. On one occasion a wall was covered with multiple shades and electric colors, other mornings Failla came to work to scribbled out cuss words.

Failla says neighbors complained to the city of North Las Vegas, and he was hit with a citation to clean it all or pay a hefty fine.

Four departments battle fire at recycling plant

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North Las Vegas, Nev. -- Four fire departments including North Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Nellis Air Force Base and Clark County responded to a fire at a recycling plant in North Las Vegas Friday afternoon.

The fire started just before 3 p.m., but crews took a couple of hours to put out hot spots.

There is still no word on what caused the fire, but it is likely combustible material inside a scrap pile are to blame, officials said.

North Las Vegas Fire will be the primary investigators into the cause of the blaze.

I-Team: One man's trash, one woman's nightmare

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas woman is having to clean up a lot of trash -- $100,000 worth on her property. The trash isn't hers; it belongs to a local businessman running for lieutenant governor.

North Las Vegas businessman and political candidate Mike Little is racking up millions of dollars in fees for illegal dumping for refusing to pick up piles of waste he admits dumping on the woman's property.

Heavy equipment scoops up the piles of yard waste from an otherwise empty plot on North Las Vegas' N. Fifth Street and E. Brooks Avenue. It's mostly yard waste such as palm fronds and tree bark, but the Southern Nevada Health District views it as garbage and gave the Sanchez's until the weekend to clean it up.

"We have a deadline to get this cleaned up and so we're going to do it," property owner Margaret Sanchez said.

North Las Vegas hands of dozens of citations in DUI patrol

North Las Vegas hands of dozens of citations in DUI patrol

North Las Vegas Police handed out dozens of tickets during a DUI saturation patrol held March 15.

Officers arrested four people for DUI, four people for a stolen vehicle and issued 74 citations for a variety of violations. The largest number was for registration and insurance violations.

Officers also ticketed 16 people for speeding, seven for red light violations and 13 for driver's license violations.

The patrol was held throughout the city. It was funded by a Joining Forces Grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.