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Crime and safety news from around the valley, Nov. 12, 2015

Talk Shop with Cops: The event is planned from 7 to 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at Starbucks, 1500 N. Green Valley Parkway. Attendees can meet the people behind the badge and learn about what Henderson Police officers do. The meeting will focus on activities and issues in the East Area Command. Call 702-837-8382.

Small claims class: Nevada Legal Services plans to offer the free session at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at 530 S. Sixth St. The event is set to include a question-and-answer segment. Call 702-386-0404 or visit nlslaw.net.

Rapport Teen Leadership Informational Meeting: The event is planned from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Metropolitan Police Department’s headquarters, 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. The event, put on in conjunction with Rapport Leadership International, 5735 S. Sandhill Road, Suite A, is geared to empower teens and help them develop self-confidence, focus, enthusiasm, communication skills, good character traits and accountability. Contact Marie Tomao at 702-505-8289 or visit rapportleadership.com.

Pill Take Back Day: The Clark County School District Police Department, in conjunction with the Care Coalition, plans a Pill Take Back Day event from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at the College of Southern Nevada, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. Document shredding is also planned, but the primary focus is to collect expired or unused prescriptions so they can be disposed of in a safe manner, which will also help to keep them out of the hands of youths. Contact Officer Mayer at 702-366-5244 or 702-799-7830.

Instructional driving for teens: Las Vegas-based nonprofit Driver’s Edge is conducting its final two events of 2015 to help tackle teen driving-related deaths. They are: Session One, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and Session Two, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Driver’s Edge includes classroom and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction on skid control; evasive lane change maneuvers; anti-lock braking skills and panic-braking techniques; the dangers of texting and other distractions (with extra emphasis on pedestrian awareness and fatigued driving), plus written tests designed to test knowledge both before and after students are behind the wheel; Nevada Highway Patrol interaction, including impaired driving awareness and seat belt safety; and proper car maintenance sessions.

Firefighter T-shirt fundraiser: The Las Vegas Firefighters are selling T-shirts to raise money for the Movember Foundation, which raises awareness for men’s health issues and supports projects that fight prostate and testicular cancer. Firefighters will wear the shirts on and off duty all month and grow mustaches. Movember shirts will be sold within the organization and to the public through Nov. 15 on heroic.supply. Both men and women’s T-shirts are $20 and a long-sleeve style is $25. All proceeds will be donated to the foundation. Visit lasvegasfirefighters.com.

AARP smart driver class: The session is slated from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 inside the Medical Office Building at MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Attendees must pay the sum using a check or money order payable to AARP. They also must bring their driver’s license, their AARP membership card and a pen or pencil. Light refreshments are set to be served. Registration is required two business days before the event by calling 702-233-5474 or visiting mountainview-hospital.com.

Metro volunteer program: The topic is set to be discussed during a free safety forum planned at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave. The event is offered in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department. A safety forum also is planned at 1 p.m. Dec. 19, addressing emergency preparedness. Visit mobmuseum.org or call 702-229-2734.

New legislation directing buskers: Enforcement of a new ordinance that sets performance zones for street performers on the Fremont Street Experience begins Nov. 16 to coincide with the launch of an online lottery system. City Attorney Brad Jerbic explained the registration and lottery for performance spaces on the Fremont Street Experience at a public meeting Oct. 22 at City Hall Council Chambers. The online lottery will be located on the city website at lasvegasnevada.gov, beginning Nov. 16. Performers will be randomly assigned spaces and assigned a QR code to be printed and placed in front of performers on the Fremont Street Experience so that it will be easy to check if the buskers are in their assigned spots. Along with setting the new performance zones, the ordinance also requires a rotation of performers every two hours on the Fremont Street Experience. The ordinance was a joint effort with input from the city of Las Vegas, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Fremont Street Experience and the performers themselves.

Firefighters group announces awards: The Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada announced it has been awarded two International Association of Fire Fighters Media Awards this year. More than 250 entries were evaluated across all categories. The “Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada Flipboard Newsletter” was awarded second place in the Best Online Initiative or Campaign category, and the Coats for Kids Campaign received an honorable mention in the Best Affiliate Public Relations or Political Campaign or Project category. Visit pffn.org.

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.

New Lake Mead signal: A new traffic signal was activated at the end of October on Lake Mead Parkway at Cadence Crest Avenue/Mohawk Drive. The signal at the intersection was needed as traffic increased once the city completed the roadway project on Galleria Drive from Lake Las Vegas to Boulder Highway. Traffic also increased from the Cadence master-planned community. The city worked with Cadence during community planning and had the developer manage construction of the traffic light and surrounding sidewalks, curbing and ramps. Construction took approximately three months at a cost of nearly $400,000, which was paid by the developer. No tax dollars were used for construction. The city approved the plans, inspected the work and now takes ownership of the traffic signal and its maintenance. Visit cityofhenderson.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.

Kids cellphone safety: A free course on children’s cellphone safety is planned Tuesdays and Saturdays in November at Thompson Taekwondo, 9030 W. Flamingo Road. Call 702-469-7700.

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.

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