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Driving You Crazy: Rough stretch of Racetrack Road

HENDERSON, Nev. - Corey asks when Henderson road crews will repair an extremely rough stretch of Racetrack Road near Newport Drive.

Henderson representatives say they are designing an improvement project for Racetrack Road. Henderson plans to fix the pavement, finish missing sections of sidewalk and add enhanced pedestrian crossings.

A signal at Blue Lantern Drive and a bridge at Newport are also planned, but the design won't be finished until March 2015.

Construction should start by late May or early June. Work would wrap by the end of 2015.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

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Coroner identifies body found in drainage ditch

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the body found in a Henderson drainage ditch Sunday.

The Coroner's Office says the body belonged to 52-year-old Suwit Kloykaom. His cause of death is pending.

Officers said Kloykaom's body was lying, face down, on Wiesner Way when it was discovered. Authorities did not release any other details about the case.

At this time, Henderson Police say foul play does not appear to be a factor.

Grand jury indicts 3 in woman's killing

Stacey Hurley

LAS VEGAS -- A man prosecutors described as a low-level drug dealer and two of his alleged associates were all indicted by a Clark County grand jury for murder with use of a deadly weapon and related charges in the Sept. 29 shooting death of Sarah Collis in the southeast valley desert.

Gerald Ice, the alleged trigger man, Loralei Lazenby, who allegedly witnessed the shooting, and Stacey Hurley, who allegedly furnished the murder weapon, remain in the Clark County Detention Center on no bail. Ice is accused of shooting Collis in the head after she was kidnapped and taken to the remote location.

The defendants are due in court Dec. 29.

Collis, whose body was found in the desert off Pabco Road Oct. 1, allegedly was a witness on Sept. 17 when Ice shot Kayron Burns six times following a confrontation in which Ice complained about drugs that were missing. Burns survived the shooting. 

Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

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I-Team: SNWA approves water rate hike

 LAS VEGAS --Water rate payers will see an increase in their water bills following the approval of a rate hike by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The increase will be used to pay for a $650 million pumping station at Lake Mead. The increase for the average homeowner could be anywhere from $2.50 to $5 a month. Businesses will pay more.

“The tunnel boring machine, after excavating three miles under Lake Mead and over the past three years, encountered and began penetrating intake structure which has been patiently waiting on the bottom of Lake Mead,” said Marc Jensen, Dir. Engineering SNWA.

When the announcement that the machines finally punched through miles of rock opening up a new intake tunnel to Lake Mead Friday, it was met with cheers and applauds.

New details released in police shooting at Rio

Anthony Moore

LAS VEGAS — New information was released about the officer-involved shooting that killed accused casino robber Anthony Moore.

The 31-year-old was shot and killed by officers Sunday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Two shots were fired during this incident — one by Metro Det. Sean Beck, and the other by Moore, according to authorities.

Police had Moore under surveillance for several days and said when they confronted him at the Rio, he refused to listen to the officer's commands, and that's when another officer, Thomas Fowler, used a stun gun on him.

Police said that wasn't enough to stop Moore. That's when Moore reached towards his waist and officer's fired a shot. A gun was later found by police.

Median Las Vegas-area home prices back above $200K

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Southern Nevada real estate agents say the area's median home price has climbed back above the $200,000 mark in November.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that the median home price of $202,000 is up 1.1 percent from October, and up 10.4 percent from the same time a year ago.

Association chief Heidi Kasama says real estate agents are selling fewer properties overall each month, but more in the higher price brackets.

She says she expects the housing market to remain fairly stable through 2015.

Home prices remain well below their June 2006 peak of $315,000, but above their January 2012 trough of $118,000.

The total number of homes sold in November was nearly 2,500, down about 400 from October.