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Reputed crime family captain arrested in Henderson

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say they're sending a message to the mob in New Jersey.

They announced on Thursday the arrests of 10 members and associates of the DeCavalcante organized crime family. They're accused of plotting to commit murder, distribute drugs and promote prostitution.

The suspects include reputed captain 71-year-old Charles Stango of Henderson, Nevada, and reputed consigliere 72-year-old Frank Nigro, of Toms River.

Prosecutors allege Stango sought and obtained permission from Nigro to kill a rival member in New Jersey. Authorities say Stango discussed his plans with an undercover agent.

Stango and his son, Anthony, also allegedly planned to operate a high-end escort service in the Toms River area.

Some suspects are due in federal court in Newark on Thursday. Stango is due to appear in a Las Vegas courtroom.

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Police in Henderson ask help to find 2 men in casino robbery

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- Police are asking again for public help to find two suspects in a closing-time armed robbery at a sports betting area at a casino several miles south of the Las Vegas Strip.

Henderson police released a new security photo of the men being sought, along with an image showing a distinctive design on the back of a jacket one of them wore.

Police say the men displayed handguns in the 9:45 p.m. Jan. 28 robbery at the M Resort sports book.

No one was injured. Police say the robbers appeared to be in their early- to mid-20s and wore dark baseball caps. They fled in a black four-door sedan.

The sports book had been taking Super Bowl bets, and officials noted it had been scheduled to close at 10 p.m.

Driver arrested for DUI in crash that killed 2

LAS VEGAS -  The driver involved in a crash that killed two women Thursday morning at the intersection of Boulder Highway and Russell Road was arrested for DUI, Metro Police said.

Northbound lanes of Boulder Highway were closed for much of the morning and were reopened just before 11:30 a.m. Southbound lanes opened around 12:15 p.m.

According to Metro Police, the crash occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. when a speeding Mercedes-Benz collided with a Nissan that was making a U-turn on Boulder Highway at the Russell Road intersection. The force of the crash pushed the Nissan more than 100 yards down Boulder Highway.

Police say the two women in the Nissan were killed. The driver of the Mercedes-Benz was arrested for suspicion of DUI.

Driving You Crazy: Light installed at Bermuda and St. Rose

HENDERSON, Nev. - Holly says she's faced six near-collisions when turning from St. Rose Parkway to Bermuda Road. She asks if a light will be installed at this intersection.

Last September, Traffic8 dedicated a segment to this intersection and now has an update.

Wednesday, the St. Rose/Bermuda intersection shut down, so construction crews could install a traffic signal across St. Rose. This is a $1.1 million structure and is scheduled for activation in the next few weeks.

If you have a dangerous intersection in your neighborhood, contact Traffic8.

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Number of lions at sanctuary concerns county

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Nearly 50 lions, some ostriches and a giraffe could soon be without a home unless their caretakers negotiate with the county.

On Wednesday, the county zoning commission will discuss whether the Lion Habitat Ranch is abusing its permit by housing too many exotic animals. There are concerns over the ranch's breeding program.

The ranch is located near St.



UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at 2 schools near Hacienda and Nellis

 LAS VEGAS -- Francis H Cortney Junior High and Harley Harmon Elementary School are no longer on lockdown, Metro Police said.

Police had responded to a report of a shooting and a standoff near Hacienda Avenue and Nellis Boulevard Friday morning.

The incident started around 9:30 a.m. on Lenora Drive when neighbors reported hearing shots fired. No one was injured in the shooting, but it is under investigation.



Petitions passed around to stop opening of charter school

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Coral Academy of Science is trying to open its fourth campus in the valley, and is supposed to house as many as 1,500 students. However, the school is facing some opposition from the community.

Residents who live in the Sun City MacDonald Ranch are trying to keep the new charter school from opening blocks away from the senior living community in Henderson.

Mike Micone and his neighbor Maureen Progar have been passing petitions around to collect signatures.

"We have around 1,000 signatures right now," Micone said. "We support education; we support schools, but we don't support this school at this location."

Coral Academy of Science wants to open a new campus in a retail office space that has been empty since the recession hit. Neighbors living near Sun City MacDonald Ranch said the fact that the campus will not have school buses makes them fear for their safety.