Crime and safety news from around the valley, Oct. 29, 2015

Northwest Corridor improvement project meeting set: The Nevada Department of Transportation plans to host an open house-style public information meeting on Phases 3A, 2B, and 5 of the U.S. Highway 95 northwest corridor improvement project from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the multipurpose room at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. A brief presentation is planned for 5:30 p.m. to be followed by a question-and-answer period. The highway project will provide operational benefits and landscape and aesthetic enhancements from Washington Avenue to Kyle Canyon Road in northwestern Las Vegas. To submit written comments for public record, email them through Nov. 20 with the project’s name in the subject line to, or mail them to Jenica Keller, Senior Project Manager, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89712.

Small claims class: Nevada Legal Services plans to offer the free sessions at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 at 530 S. Sixth St. Topics are to include reclaiming security deposits, appealing small claims decisions and preparing for court. The event is set to include a question-and-answer segment. Call 702-386-0404 or visit

Free class to address sealing criminal records: The Clark County Law Library and community partners plan to offer a free class Nov. 4 at the Clark County Law Library, 309 S. Third St., Suite 400, on how to seal criminal records in Clark County. Topics are to include requirements for sealing records and how to receive free help. Qualified participants may apply for a pro bono attorney after attending class. The session is being offered by UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Nevada Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. Visit, call 702-455-4696 or email

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 or call 702-229-2734.

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

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

ADA transportation feedback: The Nevada Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on its Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility plans for Nevada roadways and transportation infrastructure. The goal is to address the roads and facilities built decades ago that may not meet current accessibility standards. The department is prioritizing a list of potential future projects to enhance accessibility, such as by improving sidewalk ramps and moving utility poles from sidewalks. Residents can review the plan and provide feedback through Oct. 31 by visiting Concerns, complaints or questions can also be submitted at, via email at or by calling 775-888-7193.

New school zone law: A new state law recently went into effect banning drivers from making U-turns in school zones or active school crossing areas for pedestrians, according to UNLV’s Vulnerable Road Users Project. The law also forbids drivers from passing other motorists in those areas. The law aims to keep pedestrians safe, particularly children. Visit

Fighting fraud: Houldsworth, Russo & Co. plans a breakfast briefing titled How to Protect Your Organization from Fraud at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at 8675 S. Eastern Ave. The discussion is scheduled to cover fraud schemes, recognizing vulnerabilities and strengthening internal controls to mitigate risk. The event is free for clients and $35 for others. Register at

Workshop to help neighbors resolve disputes: A free workshop offered by the city of Henderson is set to provide neighbors with tools to communicate peacefully and resolve disputes. The session is slated from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway. Participants can learn tips on how to approach a neighbor about an issue and resolve it without conflict. Information about the city’s free mediation program will also be available to help resolve neighborhood disputes, such as those involving barking dogs, overhanging landscaping and noise concerns. Visit Call 702-267-2000.

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

Rape Crisis Center expansion: The nonprofit expanded its office space at 801 S. Rancho Drive, Suite B-2, to accommodate growing demand for services and to bolster education and prevention initiatives. The center said it saw significant year-over-year increases in hotline calls and the numbers of victims assisted through the first six months of 2015. With the larger office, the center plans to offer more counseling hours, new support groups and more space for youth volunteers involved in education and prevention initiatives. Visit

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.

Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Restoring classic Corvettes to perfection
Members of the National Corvette Restorers Society Convention talk about what it takes to earn the NCRS Top Flight Award for a restored Corvette at South Point in Las Vegas on Tuesday July 17, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Clark County recount votes in commission’s District E primary
Clark County staff begin the recount requested by candidate Marco Hernandez in the democratic primary for the County Commission's District E seat on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Long-running local hip hop producer wants Vegas rappers to shine
Las Vegas Hip Hop producer and co-owner of Digital Insight Recording Studios Tiger Stylz reflects on 30 years of music production in the city. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Construction for new 51s ballpark underway
New home of the Las Vegas 51s is planned to be finished by March 2019 in Summerlin according to team president Don Logan. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
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