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New questions arise in Henderson official's DUI arrest

LAS VEGAS -- A top Henderson city leader is temporarily off the job after officers say he drove intoxicated on Henderson city streets.

Sources tell 8 News NOW that assistant city manager Fred Horvath was playing golf Friday afternoon and officers arrested him shortly after that on suspicion of DUI.

He was released just hours later. Questions are being raised onto how that happened.

Fred Horvath may have spent very little time in the Henderson Detention Center.

His name was in the jail's computer database for about two hours, something DUI attorneys, both on and off the record, say is out of the ordinary.

When officers took in Henderson assistant city manager Fred Horvath near Green Valley Parkway and Wigwam Avenue, he was soon booked into the Henderson Detention Center. But Horvath presumably spent very little time there.

Horvath was listed in the jail's inmate computer system for about two hours.

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Initiative helps find families for nearly 300 dogs

LAS VEGAS -- Nearly 300 dogs found families, during a special adoption week at the Animal Foundation.

Be a Hero Week ended Sunday. It offered pit bulls and Chihuahuas for a $40 adoption fee. Those two breeds were targeted because they are the most likely to face euthanasia. The shelter was able to find homes for 59 pit bulls, 121 chihuahuas and 109 dogs of various breeds.

Summer is the busiest time of year for the shelter, because of the increase in the number of animals being turned in.

Despite the uptick in adoptions, more than 350 animals, including more than 120 pit bulls and more than 20 chihuahuas, are available for adoption.

To adopt a pet, The Animal Foundation operates two adoption centers:

? Campus Adoption Center (655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas) ­ open 11 a.m­. - 7 p.m. daily

? PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson) ­ open 9 a.m­. - 8 p.m. daily

Driving You Crazy: Lane shifts on Arroyo Grand Blvd.

HENDERSON, Nev. - A viewer asks why Arroyo Grande Boulevard narrows from two lanes to one lane twice between 215 and Horizon Ridge Parkway.

He asks why crews do not make the road one lane throughout this stretch.

The City of Henderson requires developers to build roads that fit the needs of the community. Arroyo Grande was designed to have four lanes, two in each direction. Obviously, that didn't happen.

The developers couldn't get the permission to perform any work on the neighboring owner's property. Henderson worked around the problem by making any road improvements they could. This resulted in the lane shifts in the area.

Henderson officials say they plan to widen the narrow sections of Arroyo Grande, but are still working out the details of that plan. They have not set a start date for that project.

Henderson assistant city manager arrested for DUI

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The assistant city manager for the city of Henderson, Fred Horvath, has been arrested for driving under the influence, a city spokesperson confirmed Friday.

According to Henderson Detention Center records, 58-year-old Horvath was booked at around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

He has been the assistant city manager since October 2013. He is responsible for the city's community development and services, information technology, public works, parks and recreation and utility services, according to the city's website.

A spokesperson says Horvath has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Driving You Crazy: Lane shift at Stephanie and Patrick

HENDERSON, Nev. - A viewer is frustrated by traffic along northbound Stephanie Street near Patrick Lane. She says when Stephanie narrows from two lanes to one lane, drivers often speed up and cut off other drivers. Some will cause other drivers to swerve to avoid a collision.

Henderson officials say, from a design perspective, the lane reduction is supposed to make the intersection safer. They recognize that some drivers ignore the pavement markings and signs indicating the merge.

Henderson Police will mark the intersection for increased enforcement. Additionally, the more people who contact Henderson Police about this issue, the more enforcement drivers will see.

As for a long-term solution, city crews will expand Stephanie and remove the lane shift. The contract is still in the approval process. Once it's approved, the project should be completed by the end of 2015.

Improving housing market luring would-be brokers

MIAMI (AP) -- The number of U.S. real estate agents is increasing as the housing market recovers from the Great Recession.

Applications for new real estate licenses doubled in Florida and California last year. Even hard-hit Nevada has seen the number of people seeking licenses grow by almost a quarter.

And the National Association of Realtors says its membership grew slightly last year after six straight years of declines.

Experts warn that real estate is a tough profession and that many new agents quit before they sell a single house.

 

Henderson PD: Man shot by officers ex-felon

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police have finished up their preliminary investigation into Tuesday’s deadly officer-involved shooting.

The shooting happened at around 3:30 a.m. near Horizon Drive and Boulder Highway. Officers stopped a suspicious man, identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as 51-year-old Jesse Vigil, riding a bicycle in the area. While talking to Vigil, police say he became uncooperative. Officers decided they had enough probable cause to arrest him.

When officers tried to take Vigil into custody, a physical fight started between the suspect and the officers. Police say Vigil pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the officers several times.

Both officers drew their guns and returned fire, killing Vigil.

The injured officer was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he was treated and released.