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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.




All four unions reach agreement with NLV

LAS VEGAS -- Leaders from the City of North Las Vegas say they have reached tentative agreements with all four unions that were involved in a dispute with the city.

North Las Vegas Mayor John J. Lee announced the final deal with the police supervisors union late Thursday afternoon.

The City of North Las Vegas was facing a deadline to balance its budget by April 15 or possibly be taken over by the state. The mayor says with these agreements in place that possibility is now gone.

The city announced a deal with the police officers union earlier in the afternoon.

Police union president Mike Yarter said it was a last minute deal and described it as "hard fought negotiations." He also said he was "very happy" with the deal. The details of the agreement will be released to the union's members soon.

NLV Police investigating deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead.

According to police, at around midnight Thursday, officers were called to an apartment complex at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Lake Mead Boulevard in reference to a man being shot.

When officers arrived they found a 20-year-old man lying on the ground and unresponsive. Medical personnel took him to University Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

Detectives have not released information on the motive for the shooting or on a suspect.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the victim's identification and cause of death.