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North Las Vegas Opens Doors to New City Hall

North Las Vegas Opens Doors to New City Hall

North Las Vegas city leaders are defending the new $127 million city hall building at a time when the city is on the brink of insolvency. They are telling residents it will save taxpayers $750,000 in just the first year.

City workers started to move into their offices Monday. The new building boasts a number of cost-saving features, including solar panels that will save the city $250,000 in energy costs every year.

The building puts most city departments under one roof. City manager Tim Hacker says the move saves the city $500,000 a year because it doesn’t have to lease space for offices all around North Las Vegas.

"By having us all under one roof, there are additional savings. We don't have leased facilities. We do not have inefficient, temporary buildings being used, and frankly, our customers come to one spot now to receive services that they may have had to travel around town to receive," Hacker said.

Police Target Dangerous Drivers Over Holiday

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- With the holidays fast approaching, law enforcement is pushing for safer drivers on the roads through the Click It or Ticket distracted driver campaign.

Two Las Vegas-area women had their lives changed by distracted driving. Celine Apo's cousin Monica was killed in a car crash. She wasn't wearing her seatbelt.

"She was making a left hand turn onto Blue Diamond and we're told that she did not yield to oncoming traffic," said Apo.

So far this year, 212 people have been killed on Nevada roads. Law enforcement is taking a no tolerance approach at keeping the roads safe this season.

Lucy Johnson was nearly killed in a rollover accident. "If that car would have rolled one more time, it would have crashed on me because I was partially ejected," she said.

She admits that when the crash happened, things were important than her safety and others on the road.

Desert Underwater: The Hardest Hit Neighborhoods

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- There is no bigger challenge in the local housing market than getting the thousands of foreclosures sold. One zip code in particular is most affected.

Banks own more homes in 89031 than any other zip code in Clark County. It's a mix of old and new homes and densely populated.

Map: Hardest Hit Zip Codes in September

Only half of the area's 35,000 residents are employed which has made it tough for many homeowners to pay their mortgages.

According to Foreclosure Radar, In September, 1,723 homes received notices of default which is the first step in the foreclosure process. As of September, banks have taken over one-third of the homes and are re-selling them are a huge loss.

Police: North Vegas Arson Not to Hurt Firefighters


North Las Vegas police now say they doubt a fire on the second floor of a vacant home was deliberately set to injure firefighters.

Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said Wednesday that investigators still think arson is the cause behind the 4 p.m. Saturday fire at the graffiti-marred house near Gowan Road and Decatur Boulevard.

He says two firefighters were treated for minor injuries after falling from a staircase that had the hand rail removed.

Neighbors tell police the house was a magnet for partying vandals, and Bedwell says investigators haven't found evidence that firefighters were a target.

The blaze caused about $100,000 damage.

(Copyright 2011 Associated Press)

NLV Police Nab Drivers Not Paying Attention at Crosswalks

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police have been cracking down on drivers who pose a serious danger to people trying to cross the street.

A pedestrian safety event Tuesday was aimed at getting drivers and pedestrians to pay more attention. The department says it is hard to say how successful a safety campaign is because they can't measure how many lives they may save.

A North Las Vegas Police sergeant acted as a decoy during the enforcement. Officers targeted mid-block crosswalks. Those types of crossings tend to be the most dangerous for people on foot. North Las Vegas Police issued more than 140 tickets to drivers Tuesday. Many of the drivers admitted to police, they were not paying attention. Police did not issue any tickets to pedestrians.  

North Vegas Police set Crosswalk Enforcement Blitz

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas police are conducting a pedestrian safety blitz at two busy crosswalks near schools, including one where a 6-year-old girl was killed and two other girls were badly hurt when they were hit by a car last month.

Officer Chrissie Coon says officers will focus on enforcing vehicle laws at a crosswalk on Craig Road and Ferrell Street from about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday until the last morning bell at nearby schools including Cheyenne High School. Officers will focus during the afternoon on the mid-block crosswalk at Camino Eldorado and Bent Arrow Street near Eldorado Park and Lee Antonello Elementary School. That's where Amelia Decker was fatally injured and sisters Alyssa and Rain Mowery were injured Oct. 21.

The 78-year-old driver faces misdemeanor charges in that case.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Official: North Vegas House Blaze was Intentional

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.  -- A North Las Vegas fire official says several witnesses have called with information about a fire that investigators believe was set deliberately at a vacant home to injure firefighters.

Fire Capt. Cedric Williams says no one was hurt in the 4 p.m. Saturday fire at the house in a neighborhood near Gowan Road and Decatur Boulevard.

Williams says the second floor was filled with smoke and flames when firefighters arrived. Investigators later determined the cause was arson with the intent to injure responders. No suspect has been identified, and Williams isn't releasing details. He says authorities are taking the case very seriously.

Fire and police investigators are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)