Crime and safety news, March 17-23, 2016

Simmons Street improvements: Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the Regional Flood Control District, and the Clark County School District plan to celebrate the grand opening of the Simmons Street Improvements, set from 10 to 11 a.m. March 17 at Cheyenne High School, 3200 W. Alexander Road. Visit SouthernNevadaStrong.org.

Landlord-tenant classes: Nevada Legal Services and the UNLV Boyd School of Law plan free community education presentations from 3 to 5 p.m. March 18 and April 1 and 15 on common landlord-tenant issues at North Las Vegas Justice Court, 2428 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Building A. Attendees must go through court security to enter. Call 702-386-0404.

Dive For A Change Rally: Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas announced its rally, set from 8 to 10 a.m. March 19 at the waterpark, 7055 S. Fort Apache Road. The rally is set to feature 11 local charities, speakers from Project 150 and The Center, live entertainment and a relay race where community children will help charities compete for a $1,000 prize. The first 1,000 people to line up at the park gate and attend the rally will gain free entry to the park for the day. The event is geared toward children 17 or younger, and parents and guardians are welcome. The park will open to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Visit wetnwildlasvegas.com.

The Shade Tree Hero 5k Fun Run/Walk: The event is scheduled at 10 a.m. March 19 starting at the Llama Lot, 152 N. Ninth St. On-site registration is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite real-life hero or superhero costume for the event, which includes a vendor fair, raffles, food, music and more. Visit tinyurl.com/stshw16.

Ward 4 Sun City Shredding Event: The event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 19 in the Mountain Shadows parking lot, 9107 Del Webb Drive. It is free and open to Sun City Summerlin residents. Shredding is provided by Opportunity Village and is certified by the National Association for Information Destruction. Limit of five bags or boxes per car. Call 702-229-2524.

Community safety forum: The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., plans to continue its 2016 Community Safety Forums from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of the month. They are sponsored by NV Energy and are free and open to the public. Attendance at a forum presentation includes free general admission to the museum following the presentation as well as live streaming of the event. The next date and topic is March 20, The Ins and Outs of the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Visit themobmuseum.org.

Personal safety series: “Living Safely In Today’s World,” a safety video made by Vantac International, promotes safety through awareness, education, deterrence, mindset and defense. It is set to offer a six-part series beginning at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. The cost to attend is $28.99 in advance online or $32.99 at the door. Each part of the series has four showings available, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 22, April 1, 5 and 15. Visit vantac.com or call 702-376-5908.

Applications for Henderson police: Candidates interested in joining the Henderson Police Department as a police officer or corrections officer are invited to apply. Online applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. March 31. Visit joinhpd.com.

CPR Saturday: The event is planned from 8 a.m. to noon April 16 at the Las Vegas Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road. Attendees can learn how to save a life and become certified in American Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED. Participants will receive a two-year certification after attending and participating in all skill sessions. There is a $20 registration fee, with $1 of each fee benefiting the Nevada Recreation and Parks Aquatics Committee. Participants must be checked in by 8 a.m. on event day. No refunds will be granted. Those wishing to attend must register at NRPS.org by April 14. Cotact Erin Sullivan Clark at 702-229-4726 or esullivan@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Sealing criminal records classes: Nevada Legal Services and the UNLV Boyd School of Law plan to host free presentations on how to seal your criminal record from 3 to 5 p.m. Fridays through May 2 at the Clark County Law Library, 309 S. Third St. There is no class on March 25. To reserve a seat, call 702-455-4696.

Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteers: The Rape Crisis Center is increasing the number of volunteer training sessions in 2016 to better meet the needs of sexual assault victims and their families. This year, the center will offer three 50-hour five-week training sessions in late winter, summer and fall. Those who are interested in participating must complete an application and set up an interview prior to the beginning of training. Interviews are being scheduled. Volunteer training is a total of 50 hours and includes learning about the services of the center, community resources for sexual assault victims, how to respond to individuals in crisis, how the investigation and criminal justice process works for sexual assault cases, and numerous other topics. New volunteers must be at least 21 and be able to successfully pass a background check, drug screening and commit to a minimum of six months of volunteer service of at least six hours per week. Volunteers of varying age, gender identity, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, and language abilities are encouraged to apply. Call 702-385-2153.

Yellow Dot program: The 2015 Nevada Legislature passed AB 176, bringing the Yellow Dot program to Nevada. The voluntary program has participants provide important medical information about themselves and their passengers in the glovebox of their vehicles. First responders are alerted that this information is in the vehicle by a yellow dot decal placed in the lower left corner of the rear window. Residents can pick up a free Yellow Dot kit at one of more than 40 participating locations across the valley. For a list, visit rtcsnv.com/yellowdot, or to request the kit, call 702-676-1754 or email YD@rtcsnv.com.

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.

Fraudulent contractor: The Nevada State Contractors Board is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Southern Nevada residents, specifically those located in and around North Las Vegas, that unlicensed contractor and convicted felon, Michael Delbridge, is back out in the community and taking advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. In the two weeks since his release, the board has received three additional complaints from homeowners that Delbridge has taken their money with little to no work performed. Each of these cases are pending approval from the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute on related unlicensed contractor charges. Delbridge has preyed on unsuspecting homeowners, usually seniors, by claiming to be a licensed contractor, underbidding the job, promising to absorb the cost of all fees and permits associated with the project, and asking for a 50 percent cash deposit so he can take advantage of his “vendor sales,” allowing the homeowner to get a better deal on materials. Delbridge then performs a small percentage of the work using hired help in most cases and then abandons the project. After abandoning, Delbridge has offered his victims a refund of all or part of the homeowner’s money, yet has failed to do so, generally citing a number of excuses. Delbridge has operated under the names, “Southwest Construction,” “Roadrunner Construction” and “Michael Delbridge Construction.” On April 22, 2015, he pleaded guilty to felony charges of engaging in business without a license. The board encourages anyone looking to have work performed on their home to always verify a contractor’s license number on the Board’s website or contact the board directly at 702-486-1100 before signing a contract.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Red Rock construction update: The first phase of transportation improvements at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Construction is complete. Traffic has been rerouted and now crosses new low water bridges at the Sandstone and Red Rock washes. The new bridges replaced the existing at-grade road alignments on the 13-mile Scenic Loop Drive and will improve visitor safety during flash floods in both areas as well as improve traffic flow by reducing the frequency of closing the scenic drive during rain or storm events. The first phase of improvements also included paving and other improvements to the parking lots at the visitor center. Work on the first phase began in January 2015 and was funded by Federal Highway Administration and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. The potential improvements for phase two include rehabilitating the pavement along the 13-mile Scenic Loop Drive and improving parking at the following parking lots: Calico 1, Calico 2, Sandstone Quarry, White Rock, Willow Springs, Ice Box Canyon, Red Rock Wash, and Pine Creek Canyon; improving a section of the road from the visitor center to Sandstone Quarry to two-way traffic; and constructing a one-way return route from Sandstone Quarry to the visitor center. The proposed improvements will be prioritized based on input from the public as well as available funding. A public meeting will be held later this spring to provide additional information. Visit blm.gov.

Seeing Orange: As Southern Nevada rebounds from the economic recession, it is experiencing growth in population and development. In response, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada launched Seeing Orange, a campaign to provide the public with information about construction projects. The community can call 702-928-2663 or visit seeingorangenv.com to submit questions and get project information.

Airport Connector Project construction: Ongoing construction of the Airport Connector Project will reduce the number of travel lanes on a half-mile section of the eastbound 215 Beltway between Exit 10 (Sunset Road, McCarran Airport) and Exit 9 (Warm Springs Road) for the next 15 months. This section of the beltway typically has four traffic lanes but will be reduced to three lanes until spring 2017. The lane reduction is necessary while crews install new storm-drain facilities, build a new retaining wall, and reconstruct a ramp linking to the Warm Springs Road exit. This construction will not impact traffic on the westbound beltway at this time. Previously enacted lane restrictions and closures will remain in place, including the closure of the ramp that brings traffic from Sunset Road to the southbound Airport Connector, and lane reductions on southbound Airport Connector as vehicles exit the tunnel. Also, access to the northbound Airport Connector from George Crockett Road remains closed. These closures are all part of the Phase 2 Airport Connector Project, which includes construction of a new flyover ramp and bridge connecting southbound Airport Connector to the eastbound beltway, widening the off-ramp from the eastbound beltway to Warm Springs Road and construction of a new bridge for that off-ramp, and the widening of a bridge carrying westbound beltway traffic over the Airport Connector. The entire project is expected to be finished in fall 2017. Additional lane closures and lane shifts are expected during the project, and notice of those traffic impacts will be provided on electronic message boards in the area and through Clark County social media sites. The Public Works Department has set up a page at ClarkCountyNV.gov/PubWorks to provide details on the scope of the project. The public can also contact the department at 702-455-6000 or via email at InTheWorks@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

U.S. Highway 95 lane restrictions: In an effort to give a major upgrade to Stephanie Street, U.S. Highway 95 northbound lanes and southbound lanes will shift to use a temporary lane for about 30 days starting the week of Feb. 14. The work is part of the $18.5 million Stephanie Street Bridge and Roadway project. Work began in June 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in April 2016. It includes a new two-lane bridge on Stephanie over U.S. 95 to augment the current two-lane structure, along with construction of the new Stufflebeam Avenue to intersect with Stephanie Street. Bicycle and pedestrian features will be added along both roadways, including slightly elevated bike lanes on Stephanie Street and Stufflebeam Avenue.

Flood control project: A flood control and road widening project will cause lane shifts and lane closures on Rainbow Boulevard between Sunset and Russell roads for about 15 months beginning Feb. 15. That section of Rainbow will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, and for those same hours overnight Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Moving forward, this same lane reduction will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings daily. Also, lane shifts will be in place from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, with two travel lanes open to traffic in each direction during those hours. The project is expected to be complete sometime in April 2017. The project includes the installation of a new flood control tunnel under approximately 1.3 miles of Rainbow between Sunset and Russell Roads. There will also be some work on storm drain infrastructure facilities and underground utilities near adjacent to Rainbow on Sunset, Russell, Post Road, Sobb Avenue, Patrick Lane and Oquendo Road. When complete, the flood control improvements will remove the flood zone designation from the rural neighborhoods that are east of Rainbow, south of Hacienda, north of Sunset and west of Jones Boulevard. Also, as part of this project, Rainbow will be widened to provide three continuous lanes of travel in each direction from Sunset to Russell. The widening, which entails filling gaps in the pavement and paving the road shoulder, will be done first to accommodate the lane shifts for the flood control work. Visit rtcsnv.com/fri.

NDOT lighting installation: In January the Nevada Department of Transportation is set to make $1.2 million in lighting improvements along a 35-mile stretch of Interstate 15 from Jean to the I-15/U.S. Highway 95 “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in Las Vegas. Acme Electric is the general contractor. Work calls for replacing 550 high-pressure sodium fixtures with light-emitting diode lamps. Work will occur during nighttime hours when traffic is minimal. Anticipated completion is by spring 2016. Visit nvroads.com.

Tropicana Avenue lane restrictions: The Nevada Department of Transportation plans to restrict one lane of west and eastbound traffic along East Tropicana Avenue (state Route 593) between Eastern Avenue and McLeod Drive through April 3. The 24-hour-a-day lane restrictions are needed for $7.67 million in upgrades along Tropicana. Aggregate Industries is the general contractor. The 4-mile-long project between Eastern and Boulder Highway calls for new asphalt pavement, raised median islands, and electrical wiring, among other things. Construction is scheduled to finish in October. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate routes, if possible. Visit nvroads.com.

State Route 160 changes: The Nevada Department of Transportation awarded a $16.5 million contract to Aggregate Industries SWR Inc. for a 5-mile widening of state Route 160 (Blue Diamond Road) in southwest Clark County. The project will widen the highway from two lanes to four travel lanes between Mile Marker 10.89 (just past state Route 159 or the Red Rock Canyon Road junction) and Mile Marker 16.63. The improvements will flatten side slope shoulders for safer vehicle turnouts while installing new drainage pipe and tortoise fencing. Other work consists of placing barrier and guardrails as well as hydro-seeding 38 acres. Construction will entail moving enough dirt to fill 1,800 average sized swimming pools, and enough placing asphalt to pave 8,000 driveways. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2017. Although the speed limit will be lowered to 55 mph during construction, one lane will remain open at all times. Visit nvroads.com.

Boulder Highway improvements: The Nevada Department of Transportation is planning on making several pedestrian safety improvements to Boulder Highway (state Route 582) in 2016 and 2017, including an overhead rapid flashing beacon and Danish-offset median island at Boulder Highway and Sun Valley Drive, near the Eastside Cannery. NDOT will also be lowering the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph along a two-mile stretch of Boulder Highway from Galleria Drive north in early 2016.

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