Crime and safety news from around the valley, Dec. 3, 2015

Shop with a Cop: Henderson Police Officers’ Association Shop with a Cop event is planned at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at Target, 350 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Santa will leave the Henderson Police Station at 223 Lead St. with a police escort to the Target location. More than 100 pre-teens will be paired up with Henderson Police officers for pictures with Santa and then a shopping trip at the Target store.

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.

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 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Fire Station 23, 4250 E. Alexander Road, with holiday safety and emergency medical service as its theme. For dates and times of collection events outside some Wal-Mart stores, call 702-485-6820 or visit theburnfoundation.org.

Summerlin Parkway improvements: The city of Las Vegas is designing a project to construct traffic safety and capacity improvements on Summerlin Parkway. A meeting is planned to discuss the improvements and answer questions from residents from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Angel Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 100 S. Rampart Blvd. Visit bit.ly/1R1d7vX.

Fatal pedestrian crash numbers dip: The Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation report that fatal pedestrian crashes have dipped 13.3 percent year over year in Clark County. Southern Nevada saw 39 fatal pedestrian crashes through Nov. 15, which is six fewer than in 2014. There have also been nearly 31 percent fewer fatal motorcycle crashes this year. Visit zerofatalitiesnv.com.

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.

Henderson Click It or Ticket event: Henderson Police Department officers will be out in force looking for motorists and their passengers not wearing seat belts during the Click It or Ticket enforcement effort through Dec. 7.

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.

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.

City named bicycle friendly: The City of Henderson was recently named a Bicycle Friendly Community at the silver award level by the League of American Bicyclists, becoming the first city in Nevada to receive this recognition. For more information on biking amenities, events and programs in Henderson, visit bikehenderson.org, or to learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org.

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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