Area Briefing, July 24-30


The Rape Crisis Center, 801 S. Rancho Drive, Suite 2, plans a TeenSPACE Everywhere Youth Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

The free event aims to bring together youths for learning and brainstorming ideas for ending sexual assault and related violence in their communities.

Rape Crisis Center staff members will start the conversation and serve as facilitators as students work with each other to formulate ideas. At the end of the day, students will be asked to choose one project and commit to making it happen during the 2014-15 school year. The center in turn will commit to supporting students with information and resources to help make their project a reality.

Students in grades nine through 12 and recent graduates from the class of 2014 may attend the event. Students can email to request a registration packet. The registration deadline is Aug. 15.


The Clark County School District Police Department plans a Pill Take Back Day from 7 to 11 a.m. July 26 at Sierra Vista High School, 8100 W. Robindale Road. Free document shredding is also scheduled.

Many teens and parents believe abusing prescription painkillers is safer than taking street drugs, according to organizers. Fifty-seven percent of people acquire prescription drugs from friends or relatives, and one out of 25 teens says he takes cough medicine to get high, organizers said.

For more information, call officer Robert Mayer at 702-366-5244 or 702-799-7830.


The Clark County Fire Department recently received body armor through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative grant.

The protective equipment is for fire personnel assisting law enforcement in active shooter situations and mass casualty incidents.

The department received 118 sets and is slated to receive an additional 348 by Jan. 1. Plans call for each county fire station to receive at least 15.

The grant program is designed to allow greater safety for firefighters and provide quicker response times for medical assistance and firefighting during a coordinated attack.


The Metropolitan Police Department recently held its second annual Best of the Badge ceremony to recognize officers who saved lives, risked theirs and withstood some of the most dramatic events.

Twelve groups of officers received medals of commendation, including the Purple Heart, the Medal of Honor and the Medal of Valor.

One of the recipients was officer Frank Harris, who was awarded the Purple Heart. Harris became locked in a struggle with a fleeing burglar when he was shot in the leg. His back-up, officer Matthew Kovacich, ran to his aid and stopped the suspect before he could do any more harm. Harris would later tell investigators that it looked like Superman had arrived.

Officer Brian Jackson, who was shot in the head after an ambush inside a dark house, also was awarded the Purple Heart, as was officer Darren McCray, who was attacked inside the lobby of the Clark County Detention Center by a man wielding a bat.

Resident Michael Elgas was honored after risking his life to save an officer in distress.

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The third annual National Night Out Block Party at Providence is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at Knickerbocker Park, 10695 W. Dorrell Lane.

The event will feature exhibits, information and demonstrations from area first responders, including emergency vehicle displays. Participants include the Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Zero Fatalities and the Amazing Clowns.

The Providence Master Homeowners Association will oversee a large-scale version of the classic Red Light Green Light game and share information about the Prevent Any Road Tragedy Campaign. Activities also will include an obstacle course and slide, video games from Game Truck of Las Vegas, volleyball, soccer, and P.D., the Providence dog mascot. Free popsicles and water are slated to be available, and other treats will be for sale from vendors.

National Night Out is aimed at raising crime prevention awareness, strengthening neighborhood spirit and unity and fostering partnerships with law enforcement personnel.

For more information, call the Providence Master HOA at 702-216-2020.


A city of Las Vegas storm drain improvement project is planned through December on Racel Street between El Capitan Way and Finch Feather Street.

The project will require lane restrictions on Racel and occasional street closures, according to the city. Work hours are set for 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New 42-inch reinforced concrete pipe is slated to be connected to an existing 42-inch storm drain at the intersection of Racel and El Capitan and be continued down Racel to just east of Finch Feather.

Additional improvements along Racel near Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs between Al Carrison Street and North Cimarron Road are scheduled to include inlet modifications and new asphalt with sidewalk ramps, curbs and gutters.

Harber Construction is the contractor, and the city is managing the project. The estimated cost is $498,820, provided by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.


The North Las Vegas Police Department recently announced a partnersship with Nextdoor, a free, private social network for neighborhoods to build stronger, safer communities.

North Las Vegas residents can create and join private neighborhood groups to share information regarding safety, community events, local services and lost pets.

Neighborhoods establish and manage their own Nextdoor groups. The North Las Vegas Police Department will have the ability to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, within the groups.

Those who are interested can visit and enter their address.


The Valley Health System recently reminded residents to take precautions during flash flood season, which runs July through September in Clark County.

— Do not drive or walk through water when the street or pavement are not visible.

— If caught in a vehicle during a flash flood, stay inside of it until help arrives. It’s easier to find people in a car than in rushing water, where people could be swept away and/or struck by debris.

— Know where the detention basins and washes are in your neighborhood, and if it looks like rain, stay away from those areas. This could include walking, biking and hiking trails and other recreational areas.

— It’s not safe to play in the water for a variety of reasons, including current and dangerous debris and fluids, such as garbage, fertilizer, oil, feces and rocks.

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A Ward 1 Safety Fair & End-of-Summer Pool Party is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane. Admission is free. Music by DJ Brando, community vendors and refreshments are planned. For more information, call 702-229-6405.


Las Vegas Municipal Court recently introduced a new warrant search website.

Residents and law enforcement personnel can visit for information on individuals with warrants in the city of Las Vegas.

Anyone can submit anonymous tips, or people with warrants may surrender themselves. They also may contact the court to satisfy their warrants. Additionally, law enforcement personnel can view or print wanted posters to assist in locating defendants.

Other new online features are available at, where individuals can view their cases, enter a plea on most traffic cases, make payments, view class requirements and check court dates. Site upgrades also allow individuals to post bail for eligible inmates in the city Detention Center. Another new feature allows attorneys to look up client cases, get case assignments and act on behalf of their clients. Bondsmen may also look up bond information.

The court’s new interactive phone system, meanwhile, enables members of the public to make payments for most traffic tickets on which they have entered a plea, check a warrant status and obtain case information. The services are available by calling 702-229-3504.

In addition, those seeking information about Municipal Court cases can look up and print a case report via

For more information, call 702-229-3504.


With triple-digit temperatures descending on the valley, shelters are scheduled to be open for homeless people and other individuals looking to escape the outdoors and keep hydrated.

Shelter is available daily during the summer from:

— 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for men at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, 1511 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

—7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for adults at The Salvation Army, 31 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas.

— 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for women and children at The Shade Tree, 1 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas.

The Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program also offers extra daytime shelter options to anyone in the community. In addition, some valley organizations and facilities offer cooling stations during heat waves.

Residents can dial 211 to find the nearest cooling station or visit


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