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Flood control project on Mt. Charleston moving forward

MT. CHARLESTON, Nv. -- A temporary fix is on the way to help the people whose homes were destroyed by flash flooding on Mount Charleston a year ago. The state has decided to move forward with a flood control project that would divert the water away from the properties.

The Army Corps of Engineers was ready to build the temporary structure at the beginning of June, but Clark County lawyers put a stop to it over concerns that the county would be liable if the structure failed.

Governor Brian Sandoval announced Monday the state will accept liability so the project can move ahead.

Without the flood control berm, when it rains, water pours down Rainbow Canyon Boulevard washing out the road and flooding homes. The berm is expected to last 10 to 12 years and construction is set to begin in a few weeks.

Ex-lawmaker agrees to plea deal

LAS VEGAS -- Former Nevada lawmaker Steven Brooks waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Thursday morning.

Brooks has agreed to plead guilty to resisting arrest with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. His attorney is hoping the judge will let the sentences for both crimes run concurrently.

Brooks was expelled from the Nevada Assembly after a series of run-ins with the law, which started with allegations that he threatened to harm an Assembly leader just days before the 2013 legislative session started.

He was arrested in California hours after he was expelled from the Legislature after a chase and fight with California Highway Patrol. He spent 16 months in jail there.

Ex-state lawmaker pleads not guilty to gun charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former Nevada state lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to a gun charge dating to allegations that he threatened to harm an Assembly leader days before the 2013 legislative session began. Prosecutor

Thom Gover said a judge on Tuesday scheduled a jury trial for Steven Brooks to begin Oct. 6.

But Clark County District Court Judge Abbi Silver also set an Aug. 28 pretrial status check.

The case is one of two pending against the 42-year-old Brooks.

He spent 16 months in a California jail for a March 2013 freeway chase and fight with police that happened the day he was expelled from the state Legislature.

He's jailed awaiting a Thursday preliminary hearing on felony and misdemeanor charges dating to a February 2013 scuffle with police investigating a domestic dispute.



Health center opens in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A new nonprofit, low-cost health center is providing service in an underserved community.

Hope Christian Health Care Center opened near Pecos Road and Craig Road in North Las Vegas on August 9. The clinic gives people in the area access to a full scope of general practice and pediatric care at a low cost. Center representatives say it doesn't matter if patients have insurance or are unable to pay.

CEO Steven Flores says they plan to offer more than just quality health care to the poverty stricken community.

"We want to be here to serve the community through substance abuse issues, financial classes, community days, bringing organizations together to just do clean-ups, to just love North Las Vegas and to be open for all the other organizations that serve North Las Vegas also,” he said.

Driving You Crazy: Road conditions on I-15

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A viewer says the condition of southbound I-15 between Lamb Boulevard and Craig Road is horrendous. She says she worries the choppy road will destroy her tires.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the road.

NDOT has plans for this stretch of I-15. The I-15 North Phase 2 Project is one of four phases to improve the I-15 corridor stretching from the Spaghetti Bowl to the Apex interchange. That section stretches 15 miles.

Phase 2 addresses the problems on southbound I-15. The project consists of pavement restoration, pavement widening, replacement of the existing right-of-way fence and more. This particular project will stretch 4.8 miles.

NDOT says the roadwork will improve safety, reduce travel time, decrease congestion and increase the life of payment.

One person killed in crash in NLV

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a truck and motorcycle at the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and Bruce Street.

According to police, the crash happened shortly after 3:45 p.m. Monday. The 20-year-old motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The 52-year-old truck driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash appears to be speeding as witnesses told police the motorcyclist went through a red light at the intersection. All directions of traffic at the intersection re-opened after 8 p.m. 

The identity and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner's office. 

Driving You Crazy: Centennial Parkway connection

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A viewer wonders if crews will ever connect Centennial Parkway between Aviary Way and Tropical Parkway.

Traffic8 reached out to the City of North Las Vegas. The city’s traffic engineer says land developers are starting construction on the northwest corner of Valley Drive for a new residential community called Centennial Springs.

As part of this new community, the developers will build a portion of Centennial Parkway between Ranch House Road and Valley Drive. The remainder of the road, from Valley Drive to Aviary Way, has been dedicated. The road work is dependent, however, on continued land development in the area.

So, Centennial Parkway will eventually connect from Aviary to Tropical, once the developers finish their construction. The development company did not respond to Traffic8’s request for an estimated completion date.