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North Las Vegas Police Hand Out Dozens of Citations

North Las Vegas Police Hand Out Dozens of Citations

North Las Vegas Police officers handed out dozens of tickets during a saturation patrol over Super Bowl weekend.

The Joining Forces DUI effort targeted major thoroughfares in the city of North Las Vegas along with other areas known for having heavy traffic. Officers made one DUI arrest. They handed out 23 citations for speeding, 11 for driver’s license violations and 11 for red light violations. The officers also gave verbal warnings to 45 drivers.

The Joining Forces effort was part of a statewide push to curb drunk driving on Super Bowl weekend.

SNWA Holds Town Hall on Rate Hike

LAS VEGAS -- The tough economy is forcing the Southern Nevada Water Authority
to push up what customers pay for water.

The SNWA says it has tried to keep rates low, but it now
must hike rates. Under the proposed increase, the average family's monthly bill
would go up anywhere from $5 to $10 a month. Before the rate hike goes into effect,
the authority wants to hear from the public at a series of town hall meetings. The
first one is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Sedway
Middle School in North Las Vegas.

The water authority says the increase is needed just to keep
its daily operations going. The agency says the bulk of its money came from new
home and business hook-up fees. However, when the economy tanked those fees
dried up. New connection fees dropped 95 percent between 2008 and this year.

First Responders Test Communication

First Responders Test Communication


The Las Vegas Motor Speedway was home to a communication exercise involving police and other first responders from around southern Nevada. The project was headed up by North Las Vegas Police.

Local agencies including fire and rescue teams, Amateur Radio Disaster Services, Medic West, Nellis Air Force Base and Volunteer Homeland Reserve Units were all there. They were testing if they could communicate with each other during a disaster or terrorist attack.

The system they tested was developed by the Department of Homeland Security. A large disaster requires communication between all types of agencies. That was one of the problems on 9/11. Police and firefighters could not communicate with each other. Since the attacks, first responders from around the country have worked to make sure they can talk to each other. 

NV Energy Driver Cited in Fatal NLV Crash

Prosecutors in North Las Vegas have filed misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and other charges against the driver of a 40-ton utility truck that police say ran a red light and slammed into a sedan, killing the wife of a Nellis Air Force Base airman and injuring two other women in November.

North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said Monday that 47-year-old Mark Parker is due March 3 in North Las Vegas Municipal Court on charges also including failure to obey a traffic-control device and failure to use due care. Parker could face up to 18 months in jail if convicted.

An NV Energy spokeswoman is declining comment about the company employee and the case.

Twenty-year-old Tayler Council died after the Nov. 4 crash at Centennial Parkway and Losee Road.


(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Eight NLV Homes Evacuated Due to Crash

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The residents of eight North Las Vegas homes were evacuated following a car crash Monday morning.

According to North Las Vegas Police, the two-car accident happened around 7:30 a.m. near El Campo Grande Avenue and Willis Street. One of the cars went out of control and crashed into a gas line between two homes.

No one was injured but residents were evacuated while the gas company made sure there were no leaks.

NLV Mayor Wants to Hear More Talk of Foreclosures

LAS VEGAS -- The Republican candidates have been all over Nevada this week, talking about everything from immigration to online gaming.

One thing that has not been talked about a lot is foreclosures. Nevada is the foreclosure capital of the nation, and thousands in the North Las Vegas 89031 zip code have been foreclosed on. Mayor Shari Buck says it's frustrating to hear the candidates gloss over the biggest issue we face.

"Until this housing crisis is solved, we are not going to recover as an economy in southern Nevada," she said.

The foreclosure nightmare that has plagued her city isn't letting up. North Las Vegas is still the home to zip codes with the most foreclosures in the country.

Concerns Rise Regarding Guns at Las Vegas Schools

LAS VEGAS - Clark County School District Police are planning Friday to release statistics that show an increase in the number of students bringing weapons to class.

"There are some concerns… Last year this time, we had seven weapons. As of today, we are now at five, and we are working a couple of other cases," Clark County School District Police Lt. Ken Young said. "We attribute a lot of it to the weather. Normally, we won't see student increase in activity until it starts warming up. As you know, this year, it has been unseasonably warm weather for us this January."

The most recent incident occurred Thursday at Cheyenne High School. Police following up on an investigation uncovered a student packing a loaded 32-caliber handgun.