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North Las Vegas Fire department responds to several fireworks fires

The City of North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to 34 fireworks-related incidents during the week of June 28 to July 4. The breakdown of these incidents was 16 brush/grass fires, seven house fires, four arson vehicle fires and seven trash fires. The total estimated dollar loss for these 34 fires was $140,000. No injuries were reported. The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges consumers to be fireworks-smart — before, during and after their fireworks display. For more information, contact North Las Vegas Fire Department Community Liaison/Public Information Officer Capt. Cedric Williams at 292-9127.

kids to learn how to resist aggression during Nevada Child Seekers classes

Nevada Child Seekers plans to educate kids on how to resist aggression defensively during radKids classes set through mid-August. The radKids program aims to provide children with basic safety skills dealing with issues such as fire, their home and the Internet and avoid potential bullying and abduction.

The organization, which tries to prevent children from being exploited or going missing, is offering the free program with assistance from Metropolitan Police Department DARE officers. The sessions will consist of five classes held daily for two hours.

Classes are planned for 9-11 a.m. for 5- to 8-year-olds and 1-3 p.m. for 9- to 12-year-olds.

Scheduled dates and locations are:

n Aug. 1 through 5 at the Centennial Hills Community Center YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 348-5200.

n Aug. 1 through 5 at Central Christian Church’s northeast campus, 1460 Tree Line Drive.

Kids will receive T-shirts and wristbands following completion of the sessions, and parents will receive manuals dealing with issues discussed during the program.

For more information, residents can visit nevadachildseekers.org, radkids.org on the web, email carole@nevadachildseekers.org or call 458-7009.

residents warned of suspects impersonating police officers

Over the past few weeks, local law enforcement agencies across the valley have responded to several different incidents of suspects believed to be impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Metropolitan Police Department officials provided tips for potential victims of such incidents:

n If you are driving and someone tries to pull you over but you’re unsure if he is an officer, call 911 and drive the speed limit.

n Be aware that law enforcement officers will never flash their headlights as the only means to pull over a driver.

n Be specific on your location, such as noting mile markers.

n Request that a marked police vehicle be dispatched.

n Pull over only if the 911 operator tells you it is safe to do so.

For more information, visit lvmpd.com or call 828- 3111.

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