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Old Cell Phones Create Problems for Police Dispatchers

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police say they are having a big problem with kids who are playing with cell phones and unknowingly calling for help. Dispatchers say they get nearly 100 non-emergency calls a day from kids who are pushing buttons on the old cell phones. It turns out those disconnected cell phones can still call 911.

Some of the older cell phones are programmed to call 911 by holding down one button. Within a two-hour period on Thursday morning, dispatchers for the North Las Vegas Police, had already received 12 non-emergency calls.

"This is very dangerous because dispatchers put in the diligence of staying on the line long enough to determine whether there's an actual emergency. So, if they're on the phone with a child, trying to find out if there's an actual emergency, someone else is on hold," Chrissie Coon with North Las Vegas Police Department said.

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

A local farm is asking people not to throw out their old jack o' lanterns but instead recycle them into pig feed.

R.C. Farms is taking in pumpkins to feed to its hogs and cattle. This is the 19th year the farm has taken in jack o’ lanterns. The pumpkins can be dropped at the farm at 555 E. El Campo Grande Avenue, near the corner of Ann Road and North 5th Street.

There will be other drop off points around the valley:

  • 1383 American Pacific Drive, Henderson
  • 0405 S. Eastern Avenue, Henderson
  • 9892 W. Flamingo Road
  • 7335 S. Rainbow Boulevard
  • 6400 SE Centennial Center Dr.

People should look for the large light blue containers with the R.C. Farms logo. Last year, the farm collected 15 tons of pumpkins. Pumpkins will be collected through November 5. 

Final Dinner for Project Dinner Table Planned

Final Dinner for Project Dinner Table Planned

 

The date and chef have been set for the final Project Dinner Table event.

Chef Kim Chanteenwalla of Society Café will prepare the meal set for Sunday, November 13. The dinner will be held at Three Square, 4190 North Pecos Rd. It will benefit Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Homeless Alliance.

The event starts at 2 p.m., with the meal starting shortly afterward. Chef Chanteenwalla’s menu will focus on the bounty of fall. After the passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvre, the five course feast will feature Nantucket bay scallops, red lentil soup, lobster agnolotti, smoked pork shoulder and a dessert menu with a 14-layer chocolate cake.

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

Books and Buddies is a reading mentor program sponsored by Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy non-profit group, that matches elementary school students from a list of 26 adopted schools with adult mentors from the community. The organization has been serving low-income children and families from the adopted schools within the Clark County School District since it was founded in 2001.

Volunteers interested in helping kindergarten through fifth-grade students improve their reading proficiency, comprehension, and verbal recitation skills are encouraged to make a minimum 12-week commitment for one hour a week. Training will be provided and fingerprinting for background checks will be required.

Volunteer Contact

Libbi Erickson

Office: (702) 564-7809

Libbi@spreadthewordnevada.org

 

Crash Victims Remembered in Candlelight Vigil

LAS VEGAS - One week ago, a car struck three young girls as they crossed a street near Camino Eldorado and Tropical Parkway in North Las Vegas.

Six-year-old Mia Decker died. One girl recovered. The third girl remains in extremely critical condition. Friday night, loved ones gathered to remember Decker and pray for the girl still fighting for her life.

Loved ones and strangers alike crossed the street Friday night - using the same marked crosswalk where a car struck three young girls last week.

The car struck the girls as they crossed a street near Camino Eldorado and Tropical Parkway in North Las Vegas. Six-year-old Mia Decker died. One girl recovered. The third girl remains in extremely critical condition.

The 78-year-old driver never hit the brakes when the accident occurred. Two teen girls were walking behind the young girls and watched the accident unfold.

Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -  The Boys and Girls Club normally provides a safe place for young people to learn and grow.

At the James Clubhouse on Carey Ave. and Webster St. in North Las Vegas, police say trouble wasn't far away. Police allege 26-year-old Steve Adarkwa was ready to take a sick step and sleep with a 14-year-old girl.

"The allegations are pretty serious. This is not your average type of criminal," said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell.

Bedwell says officers were alerted to Adarkwa's alleged dirty deeds by the victim's father. Police say the girl met two teenage boys at the Boys and Girls Club July 12.

Through them, police say she met Adarkwa the next day. The 14-year-old victim told police she smoked pot and had consensual sex with the two teens and with Adarkwa at several apartments in their neighborhood near Las Vegas Blvd. and Carey Ave.

More Complaints About Life-Threatening Intersections

North Las Vegas --  The death of a 6-year-old girl who was hit while crossing the street has people coming forward with complaints about other intersections they say are dangerous.

Jeanine Bright-Hooper says she still has nightmares about the day her son was hit by a truck while trying to cross the street. He was at Ferrell Street and Craig Road. She says the crosswalk signs are visible but no one seems to pay attention to them.

"There needs to be a better way for the kids to cross. Maybe more lives would be saved," Bright-Hooper said. "Maybe they can put a light-up strip. Every time someone steps on it, it will light up. You can see it from afar and some lights up top."