Crime and safety news from around the valley, Dec. 10, 2015

Zero Fatalities at Glittering Lights: The Zero Fatalities team is set to hand out lanyards to the first 250 vehicles Dec. 10 at the entrance to Glittering Lights. Clark County fatal crashes up 27 percent over last year; pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 13 percent from 2014. Zero Fatalities’ goal is to teach people that traffic fatalities are preventable, not inevitable.

Fill the truck: The annual Fill the Fire Truck holiday toy drive co-hosted by Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation is planned through Dec. 20. The public can drop off unwrapped toys or gift card donations at any Clark County Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Toys are also set to be collected at the department’s open house from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Fire Station 23, 4250 E. Alexander Road, with holiday safety and emergency medical service as its theme. The toys will be distributed to children through local charities and churches. For dates and times of collection events outside some Wal-Mart stores, call 702-485-6820 or visit theburnfoundation.org.

Forensic sketch exhibit: The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is set to host a live forensic sketch exhibit featuring forensic artist Jane Billingham from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Billingham will create 2-D forensic reconstructions of unidentified persons with links to the Mob or human trafficking. Circumstances behind each case will be displayed, and team members from the nonprofit forensic services organization, Can You Identify Me, will be on hand to discuss the importance of forensic artistry. The event is free with museum admission and free for museum members.

Animal Advisory board seeking applicants: Clark County is accepting applications for two spots on the Animal Advisory Committee. The six-member committee is made up of people who represent specific groups. The current vacancies must be filled by people who fit the description for each of the openings. One of the positions must be filled by someone who owns large animals or is a member of an equine conservation group. The other position is open to any Clark County resident. Applications are available at tinyurl.com/lb6acq4 and are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 15. The Animal Advisory Committee is a volunteer advisory board that meets at least once every four months to discuss animal issues. Its members are appointed by the County Commission.

Free legal assistance clinic for seniors: The event is set from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, addressing estate planning basics. Contact Carmela Reed at Nevada Legal Services at 702-386-0404, ext. 140, or creed@nlslaw.net.

ReportIt campaign: On Nov. 27, Henderson Police officers were stationed outside a consumer electronics store on Black Friday to help shoppers record the serial numbers of their purchases with an online property inventory service during Operation ReportIt. ReportIt is a free property inventory system that lets people securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures and scans of receipts so that their items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. Each ReportIt account can store up to 100 items and is only accessible by the account holder using a username and password. When police recover a stolen item that has been registered with ReportIt, the rightful owner will receive an email letting them know the property has been found. The service is offered at no charge to residents by LeadsOnline, reportit.leadsonline.com, a technology service used by local law enforcement to help identify stolen items.

Henderson road improvements: On Nov. 17, Mayor Andy Hafen and the Henderson City Council approved improvement projects to two heavily traveled roadways in Henderson. The improvements will include major upgrades, making the roadways safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians through Fuel Revenue Indexing funding. The $16.8 million project will widen Volunteer Boulevard to four lanes from Executive Airport Drive to Las Vegas Boulevard. The project will also include drainage improvements that will help prevent flooding and standing water in the area. A $7.3 million project was also approved for improvements to Racetrack Road. The project will include four travel lanes on Racetrack Road from Boulder Highway to Burkholder Boulevard and two travel lanes on Racetrack Road from Burkholder Boulevard to Athens Avenue. There will also be bike lanes added. Visit rtcsnv.com/fri.

New RTC route: A new bus route introduced in November is Route 121 (Durango and Buffalo drives), a 13-mile route that is set to run every 30 minutes. Visit rtcsnv.com.

Lane restrictions: The Nevada Department of Transportation announced that the right hand westbound lane will be closed along East Craig Road (state Route 573) between the Interstate 15 southbound off-ramp and Berg Street from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Maintenance crews are repairing concrete around a storm water manhole. Three westbound lanes of traffic will still remain open during construction. Motorists should use caution while travelling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate routes, if possible. For current road conditions, visit nvroads.com.

NDOT soil testing: The Nevada Department of Transportation is planning to start geotechnical exploration drilling along the east and west sides of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and U.S. Highway 95 at Martin Luther King Boulevard through Jan. 15. The daytime work is related to soil testing for Project Neon. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor. There will be some temporary noise and vibration disruptions as well as moving lane restrictions. Call the Project Neon hotline at 702-486-0486; the Spanish hotline at 702-384-1694; or visit the project website at NDOTProjectNeon.com.

Radon tests available: Free radon test kits are available through Feb. 29 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner locations statewide. Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, comes from the ground and can enter homes and accumulate to elevated concentrations. At elevated concentrations, the odorless, colorless gas can raise the risk of lung cancer for unsuspecting homeowners. For more information or a list of free kit locations, visit radonnv.com, or call the Radon Hotline at 888-723-6610.

Officials offer cold weather tips: Clark County fire prevention and emergency management officials are offering advice to residents to help them deal with the onset of cooler weather in the Las Vegas Valley. A temperature of 32 degrees or less in the desert can damage vegetation and freeze pipes, causing them to burst. Cold temperatures also can result in frostbite and hypothermia. Officials advise residents to monitor local weather forecasts for information about changing conditions. Tips include home weatherization, home heating safety, dressing to avoid frostbite, winter driving and car tips, and recreation safety tips. Visit clarkcountynv.gov.

Report illegal discharge activity: The Nevada Department of Transportation urges residents to protect water quality through prevention by reporting illicit drainage and discharge onto state roads and transportation facilities. Illicit discharge is anything entering a roadway drainage system that is not natural stormwater. Pesticides, construction dirt or materials, as well as materials from neighboring properties and roadway runoff containing fertilizers, vehicle oil and chemicals are examples. New legislation grants NDOT rights to issue permits for certain water discharges onto state roadways, as well as assess fines if needed. Illicit discharge onto state transportation facilities can be reported by contacting 775-888-7013 with the location and type of drainage or discharge. For more information, visit nevadadot.com/stormwater. In addition, a pollutant spill impacting a Nevada waterway must be reported to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s spill reporting hotline at 888-331-6337.

NDOT road repairs: The Nevada Department of Transportation is set make $250,000 in concrete bridge deck and paving repairs along southbound Interstate 15 between Lake Mead Boulevard and the U.S. Highway 95 interchange as well as north and southbound U.S. Highway 95 from Eastern Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard in Las Vegas. Galt Development is the general contractor. Work was set to occur during weekday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting Nov. 9. One to two travel lanes will be restricted while work occurs. Construction is anticipated to finish by Jan. 15. Visit nvroads.com.

Tropicana Avenue upgrade: The Nevada Department of Transportation plans to upgrade East Tropicana Avenue between Eastern Avenue and Boulder Highway from January through fall 2016. The $7.67 million upgrade is slated to include new asphalt pavement, raised median islands and widened sidewalks. The project is aimed at preventing additional roadway cracking and deterioration and providing pedestrian enhancements, the department said. Work is expected to take place primarily during overnight hours. Visit nvroads.com.

State Route 160 upgrades: The Nevada Department of Transportation plans the $794,000, 21-mile project through early January in Clark County to improve cable median barriers. The project is set to create 14 new paved median crossovers between mileposts 22 and 43.16 to allow emergency personnel to safely cross the highway as needed. Visit nvroads.com.

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