Crime and safety news from around the valley, June 18-24, 2015


FREE CLASSES TO FOCUS ON SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

A free class on sealing Southern Nevada criminal records is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through July 22 at the Las Vegas Urban League, 3220 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 50.

The classes are being offered by UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law and Nevada Legal Services.

For more information, call 702-386-0404.

WEBSITE, HOTLINE OFFER INFORMATION ON ROAD CONSTRUCTION

State and local officials recently launched the Seeing Orange campaign to provide residents with a resource for gathering construction information to help them plan their commute.

Residents can visit seeingorangenv.com or call the hotline 702-928-2663 for details about area construction projects.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada launched the campaign in partnership with local jurisdictions, the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the Associated General Contractors.

FREE TENANTS’ RIGHTS CLINICS SCHEDULED

Tenants’ rights clinics are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. June 26 and July 10 and 24 at the North Las Vegas Justice Court, 2428 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Building A.

Nevada Legal Services and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law are slated to host the free clinics, set to address common landlord-tenant issues and be followed by a question-and-answer segment.

For more information, visit nlslaw.net or law.unlv.edu.

PILL TAKE BACK DAY PLANNED JUNE 20

The Clark County School District Police Department and the CARE Coalition plan a Pill Take Back Day from 8 a.m. to noon June 20 at Palo Verde High School, 333. S. Pavilion Center Drive.

Attendees can safely dispose of outdated or unneeded medications at the event. Free document shredding for individuals also is scheduled.

For more information, contact school district police officer Robert Mayer at 702-366-5244 or 702-799-7830.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN VIDEO CONTEST PROMOTING SAFE DRIVING

Cox Communications, the city of Las Vegas and Findlay Automotive Group recently recognized the winners of the second annual iChoose to Drive Safe Driving Campaign, which invited youths ages 13 to 18 to create a 30-second public service announcement video about safe driving habits.

Southwest Career and Technical Academy students Jake Tolbert, Jaden Bailey and Ariel Rojas received $1,000 cash for their winning video, called “Fight.” The academy, 7050 W. Shelbourne Ave., also received $1,000 cash. “Fight” can be viewed at ichoosetodrive.com.

MEDIAN ISLAND CONSTRUCTION SET ON CHARLESTON BOULEVARD DOWNTOWN

The city of Las Vegas plans to construct center median islands along Charleston Boulevard between Sixth and 11th streets, with work set to be completed in August and cost $700,000.

Work also will include adding a pedestrian crosswalk with a solar-powered flashing beacon at 11th Street. Three of the median islands are slated to be landscaped with trees and shrubs, and one median island is set to feature decorative rock.

Construction is scheduled primarily between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. During daytime hours, all travel lanes will be open except for one eastbound and one westbound lane on Charleston Boulevard.

For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov.

DONATIONS SOUGHT TO BENEFIT SAFETY EVENTS IN HENDERSON

The Henderson Police Officers Association Charitable Foundation is seeking donations for its annual safety outreach campaigns, charitable initiatives and community programs.

Donations are set to benefit Cross With a Cop, S.A.F.E. House’s annual Run for Shelter 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk and Shop With a Cop, among others.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online via PayPal at hpoa.us under the “Charitable Foundation” tab or can be mailed to the Henderson Police Officers Association Charitable Foundation, 145 Panama St., Henderson, NV 89015.

Each donor will be invited to a Donor Appreciation Luncheon as a way of recognizing them for their contribution.

For more information, visit hpoa.us.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS HIGHLIGHT EFFORTS TO END HOMELESSNESS FOR VETERANS

Federal officials recently visited the World Market Center, 495 S. Grand Central Parkway, to highlight efforts to end homelessness among U.S. veterans in the valley by the end of 2015.

The secretaries of the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and Labor and the executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness were on hand for the event, which also included a Mayors Challenge Forum to celebrate area mayors who have signed on to the nationwide Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/usmayorschallenge.

GROUPS RECEIVE GRANTS FOR LEGAL SERVICES

The State Bar of Nevada’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service recently announced grants for several Nevada nonprofits dedicated to providing legal services and education to the community.

Local funding recipients were:

— Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 725 E. Charleston Blvd., for technology and infrastructure upgrades.

— Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center, 2828 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 11, for a disability rights workshop.

— Project REAL, 310 S. Fourth St., for the Your Day in Court program.

— Southern Nevada Senior Law Project, 340 N. 11th St., for a technology upgrade.

— UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, for the Alternative Spring Break program.

The grant program receives applications annually from organizations seeking funding for a variety of legal services and public service programs and activities.

For more information, visit nvbar.org/content/Iris-grants-0.

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY BOARD HONORS ADVOCATES

The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board recently presented awards to individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities and safety.

Local recipients were:

— Advocacy/Activist: state Sen. Mark Manendo.

— Individual Employee-Agency: Mike Janssen, city of Las Vegas.

— Agency: city of Las Vegas.

— Bicycle/Pedestrian Organization: Outside Las Vegas Foundation.

— Special Achievement: Sherie Moore and Traci Traasdahl, coordinators for the Clark County School District’s Nevada Safe Routes to School program.

— Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Member of the Year: Loy Hixson, Nevada Highway Patrol.

The governor-appointed Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities. The board also promotes programs and facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

For more information, visit bicyclenevada.com.

WEST CHARLESTON BOULEVARD PROJECT TO CAUSE LANE RESTRICTIONS

Lane restrictions are set to be in effect through December in both directions along West Charleston Boulevard between Montclair Street and Decatur Boulevard due to a Las Vegas Valley Water District project, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

District crews are replacing a 24-inch diameter water pipeline that dates to the 1950s. Construction is planned from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with periodic work from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Left-turn lanes at the intersection of Charleston and Decatur boulevards will be reduced to single lanes. Montclair Street will remain open, but there will be no access to or from westbound Charleston Boulevard.

Northbound traffic on Montclair Street will be restricted to right turn only onto Charleston Boulevard. Motorists turning from Montclair Street onto eastbound Charleston Boulevard can only turn right onto Decatur Boulevard.

Existing access points to some neighboring businesses may be temporarily altered and travel lanes reduced in the construction zone.

For more information, visit nvroads.com

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND EDUCATION CLINICS SET FOR SENIORS

Clinics for free legal assistance and free legal education are planned for seniors in the coming months.

— Legal assistance clinics at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., are set from 1 to 3 p.m. July 15, dealing with debt collection; Sept. 16, covering identity theft; and Nov. 18, focusing on estate planning basics.

—Legal assistance clinics at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 19, addressing debt collection; Oct. 21, identity theft; and Dec. 16, estate planning basics

— Legal education clinics at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., are slated from 5 to 6 p.m. June 24, dealing with foreclosure basics; Aug. 26, fundamentals of landlord/tenant law; and Oct. 28, sealing criminal records.

For more information, contact Carmela Reed at Nevada Legal Services at 702-386-0404, ext. 140, or creed@nlslaw.net.

BABY-SITTING INSTRUCTION TO BE OFFERED

American Red Cross baby sitter training for youths 11 to 15 is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. June 23, 25 and 26 at the Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive.

The training includes child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic first-aid skills and pointers on starting a baby sitter business.

The cost is $75. For more information, call 702-229-1488.

FORUM ON TRAFFIC AWARENESS PLANNED JUNE 20

Free safety forums on various topics are planned monthly at the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., through a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department.

Forums are slated from 1-2 p.m. June 20, dealing with traffic awareness; July 18, gang awareness; Aug. 15, district attorney court procedures; Sept. 19, K-9 operations; Oct. 17, missing persons; Nov. 21, Metro Volunteer Program; and Dec. 19, emergency preparedness.

The presentations are also scheduled to be live-streamed at themobmuseum.org.

For more information, call 702-229-2734.