Area Briefing, Feb. 12-18, 2015

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

The Nevada Council for the Prevention of Violence is offering scholarships to support domestic violence survivors’ educational goals.

Five scholarships of $1,000 each are set to be awarded to applicants who: are enrolled or will enroll in a college, university or trade school; submit a letter of recommendation from a professional or someone knowledgeable about their experience with domestic violence; and explain how the scholarship will help their educational goals.

The scholarship program is funded by a grant from Michael Bolton Charities, according to the Nevada attorney general’s office.

The application deadline is March 2. To obtain an application, visit tinyurl.com/survivorscholarship. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/nvscholarshipinformation.

CAMPAIGN AIMS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FIRE VICTIMS

The American Red Cross and the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada recently launched their annual Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps fundraising campaign.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $250,000 to assist valley residents who have lost their homes and belongings due to fire.

As the primary sponsor and partner, the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada donated $10,000.

To donate, call 702-369-3674, visit redcross.org/cm/southernfirehurts-pub or mail donations to the American Red Cross, 1771 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 206B Las Vegas, NV 89119.

LAS VEGAS FIREFIGHTERS DONATE TO HONOR FLIGHT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

The Las Vegas Firefighters recently donated $2,000 to Honor Flight of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit dedicated to taking World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials in their honor.

The Las Vegas Firefighters raised the funds by selling Veterans Day T-shirts in November.

For more information, visit iafflocal1285.com.

REAL ESTATE SCAM ASKS CONSUMERS TO USE PREPAID DEBIT CARDS

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt recently warned consumers to be mindful of real estate rental scams.

As part of the scam, real estate companies and advertisements on craigslist send fraudulent rental agreements to consumers asking them to pay their rent or deposit with a prepaid debit card, according to Laxalt. The Realtor then makes false arrangements to give the consumer keys to the rental property.

Often, the letterheads of existing real estate management companies are used in false documents to convince consumers that the transaction is legitimate, Laxalt said.

Consumers are advised to:

— Be wary of vendors or websites that seek payments with prepaid debit cards.

— Treat the prepaid debit card like a credit card by protecting your PIN and card number.

— Search the business’ name online or with the Better Business Bureau to check its legitimacy before proceeding with any transactions.

— Keep your receipts.

For additional assistance, call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357. To report a scam involving prepaid debit cards, visit ag.nv.gov/complaints/file_complaint.

CLARK COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT PLANS OPEN HOUSE AT STATION 25

The Clark County Fire Department plans an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at Fire Station 25, 5210 S. Pecos Road.

The focus of the event is set to be heart health, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency medical services.

The open house is scheduled to feature fire station tours and Jaws of Life and CPR demonstrations. Educational materials from the American Heart Association also will be on hand.

For more information, visit clarkcountynv.gov/depts/fire.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLED AT ALEXANDER AND CIMARRON ROADS

The city of Las Vegas recently activated a new traffic signal at Alexander and Cimarron roads.

The latest traffic data indicates that nearly 10,000 vehicles travel through the intersection daily, according to the city.

The signal was constructed as part of a $2.65 million project to add 10 signals around the city.

HENDERSON OFFICERS DONATE $25,000 FOR NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM

The Henderson Police Officers’ Association recently donated $25,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum being built in Washington, D.C.

The museum will honor America’s law enforcement officers. For more information, visit hpoa.us.

HEALING HEARTS 4K TO BENEFIT RAPE CRISIS CENTER

The Rape Crisis Center’s second annual Healing Hearts 4K run/walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Feb. 21 at Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Parkway.

Participants are encouraged to wear red and bring posters in support of domestic violence survivors for a chance to win a prize for the most creative statement/poster.

The event is family- and pet-friendly and features a 2.5-mile loop course. Registration is $40. Proceeds are set to benefit the Signs of Hope Counseling Center at The Rape Crisis Center, 801 S. Rancho Drive, Suite 2.

For more information, visit rcclv.org.

NONPROFIT TO OFFER SPONSORSHIPS FOR KARATE PROGRAMS

Local nonprofit Get High on Kicks, Not Drugs plans to offer 20 sponsorships for the first 20 people to contact Allen Sarac’s Professional Karate Center, 5455 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 100.

The sponsorships are for up to $500 for any program 12 months or longer at the center, which can be reached at 702-798-5425.

Get High on Kicks, Not Drugs is an anti-drug and anti-abuse group for youths ages 5-18.

For more information, visit lvkarate.com.

STATE OFFICIAL WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT FIRE SAFETY SCAMS

Residents should be aware of a fire safety scam in which consumers receive invoices for inspections they did not request, according to Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

All legitimate fire inspection companies must be registered with the state. To avoid being scammed by fraudulent fire inspectors, residents can ask for a state fire marshal license number.

To report fraudulent fire inspectors, contact the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Fire Marshal Division at 775-684-7500. A complaint also can be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection by visiting tinyurl.com/nvconsumercomplaints.

CITY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN PARKING

The city of Las Vegas announced that it has expanded its partnership with the Downtown Project to help create additional parking downtown by opening a new lot.

The new spaces became available Jan. 23 in the Downtowner Lot on Eighth Street just north of Fremont Street.

Through the partnership with the city, the Downtown Project develops empty lots into parking areas to accommodate visitors to downtown. The city’s parking services division operates and patrols the lots while the Downtown Project sets the rates.

The Downtowner Lot includes 53 spaces. During the day, the metered spots are $2 per hour or a flat fee of $10 for all-day parking. Only the $10 flat fee is available on nights and weekends, and special-event parking costs vary, according to the city.

Other lots available through the partnership include:

— The Llama Lot on Fremont Street between Ninth and 10th streets.

— The Gold Spike Lot on the northeast corner of Fremont Street and Ogden Avenue.

— The Container Park Lot on Seventh Street between Carson Avenue and Fremont Street.

For availability, rates and contact information for all public parking facilities, download the ParkMe app or visit parkme.com.

TRAFFIC SIGNALS ADDED IN EAST AND NORTH VALLEY

The city of Las Vegas recently activated two new traffic signals at Ann and Cimarron roads and at Washington Avenue and Sandhill Road.

Nearly 16,000 vehicles travel through the Ann and Cimarron intersection daily, while nearly 17,000 vehicles travel through the Washington and Sandhill intersection each day, according to the city.

The lights are part of a $2.6 million project to enhance safety. Twelve signals and other traffic safety improvements are a part of the project.

SEWER PROJECT UNDERWAY IN DURANGO HILLS AREA

A sanitary sewer pipe installation project began Jan. 20, extending from south of the Rampart Boulevard/Cheyenne Avenue intersection north to the Durango Hills Water Resource Center, 3271 N. Durango Drive, and running east along Cheyenne past Cimarron Road.

The city of Las Vegas project is expected to take about 11 months, causing lane restrictions on Rampart and Durango and on Cheyenne.

Work is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Two lanes of travel in each direction are slated to be maintained in both directions on Rampart and Durango and on Cheyenne whenever possible, the city said. Lake Mead Boulevard is recommended as an alternate route for east-west travel, and Buffalo Drive is suggested as an alternate route for north-south motorists.

The project’s estimated cost is $11 million. For more information, call 702-229-6276.

TALK SHOP WITH COPS EVENT SET FOR FEB. 25

The Henderson Police Department is scheduled to host a Talk Shop with Cops event from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the North Police Station, 225 E. Sunset Road.

A presentation is set to cover traffic issues and crime trends, focusing on the area surrounding the police station. A question-and-answer segment is slated to follow the presentation.

For more information, visit cityofhenderson.com/police/home or call 702-267-5000.

BOOTH TO OFFER INFORMATION ON DEALING WITH DISASTERS

An information booth dealing with disaster preparedness is scheduled to be at several locations in the next few months.

The city of Henderson Office of Emergency Management plans to man the booth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, March 18 and April 16 at the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at the Henderson Events Plaza farmers market, 200 S. Water St.; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at the Henderson Pavilion farmers market, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway.

The booth is set to include information on preparing an emergency supply kit, developing a disaster-response plan and staying informed.

For more details, visit tinyurl.com/hendersonemergency or call 702-267-2272.

ELDER EXPLOITATION TO BE DISCUSSED AT FEBRUARY SAFETY FORUM

Free safety forums on various topics are planned from 1-2 p.m. monthly at The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart ave., through a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department.

Forums are: Feb. 21, elder exploitation; March 21, homeless liaison presentation; April 18, narcotics; May 16, robbery; June 20, 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.

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