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Officials Plan Henderson Drowning Prevention Event

Officials Plan Henderson Drowning Prevention Event

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The American Red Cross, Henderson firefighters and Boy Scouts are organizing a door-to-door drowning prevention and pool safety campaign operation in neighborhoods this weekend.

Red Cross spokesman Lloyd Ziel says volunteers plan to distribute 8,000 notices touting what officials call the ABCD's of pool safety.

Volunteers plan to fan out after an 11 a.m. Saturday news conference at Henderson Fire Station No. 97 off Amador Lane south of Horizon Ridge Drive.

The Southern Nevada Health District reports an average of about eight drownings per year over the last six years.

Ziel points to health district report showing 11 near-drowning "submersion incidents" in 2012. Most involve children.

The Red Cross offers water safety classes at Southern Nevada community pools.

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Judge Issues Stay in Dog's Euthanasia

LAS VEGAS -- A dog's life spared just hours before it was set to be euthanized. But it is still unclear whether or not the mastiff mix that killed a little boy in Henderson will eventually live or die.

The mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix named Onion was supposed to be put down today, but an animals rights group has filed a restraining order. A judge gave the dog a reprieve and the group has until Friday to prove their case that this dog is not vicious.

One-year-old Jeremiah Shahan was killed when the dog attacked him. A Clark County District Court judge who will hear the case on Friday on whether Onion should be euthanized.

Expiring Unemployment Pushes Families Toward Homelessness

Expiring Unemployment Pushes Families Toward Homelessness


Non-profit organizations throughout southern Nevada feel the pinch of the struggling local economy. No group finds itself more squarely in the middle of the situation than HopeLink of Southern Nevada, which attempts to help families confronting homelessness.

As expiring unemployment benefits force more families into that predicament, HopeLink needs more donations to support its efforts. Its requests for aid have increased 35 percent from last year.

HopeLink is seeking donations of all sizes, including businesses willing to host a special event and/or designate a percentage of a day’s sales to the cause. HopeLink receives between 500-800 requests per month for assistance, mainly with shelter or rent and utility payments, and has increased its volunteer program to help fill requests. HopeLink served more than 7,000 people over the last year.

Animal Activists Try to Save Dog Involved in Fatal Attack

HENDERSON, Nev. - A Chicago-based animal activist group is trying to save the Henderson dog that attacked and killed a one-year-old boy last week. The dog is being held in quarantine and is scheduled to be put down.

The six-year-old Mastiff-mix named Onion has been sitting at the Henderson Animal Control office, awaiting his fate since he attacked one-year-old Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan.

Local animal rights activists say the Chicago-based group of dog lovers will likely lose its battle to save Onion.

"I think it's a noble effort. I think that they are trying to… I think they are trying to make a statement. At the end of the day, it's an owner responsibility issue," said Gina Greisen with Voters for Animals.

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Gimme Shelter Concert for Animals This Weekend

Gimme Shelter Concert for Animals This Weekend

An event at Lake Las Vegas this weekend promises good music for a great cause.

It is the fourth annual Heaven Can Wait Animal Society’s Gimme Shelter fundraiser. The fundraiser features live music on the floating stage from Landsharks, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band.

The concert starts at 7 p.m., at the Village at Lake Las Vegas. The organizers suggest people come early because the first 100 concert-goers that are 21 and over will get a free pint of beer. General admission tickets are $20 and are available at the door. The money raised will go towards spaying and neutering programs through Heaven Can Wait. The organization is dedicated to keeping the animal population in southern Nevada under control.

In addition to the concert, there will be vendors, and the shops and restaurants at the Village at Lake Las Vegas will be open for concert guests.

Police Search For Construction Site Thieves

Police Search For Construction Site Thieves


Henderson Police are hunting for two men who stole equipment from a construction site.

The theft happened around 1:45 p.m. April 6 at a construction area near Executive Airport Road and Executive Terminal Drive. The suspects drove up in a white box truck and stole about $5,000 worth of equipment. They set off an alarm and were captured on surveillance cameras. The suspects were able to leave the area before police arrived.

The suspects are described as two Hispanic men. They were both wearing blue jeans. One was wearing a white or gray T-shirt with the word “Army” on it. The other was wearing a white sweatshirt with the words “Aliso” and “Viejo” across the top, a school sports team logo and the word “Falcons” underneath.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Henderson Police at 267-4750, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555. 

County Museum Hosts Photography Event

County Museum Hosts Photography Event

The museum hosts rotating exhibits at various times.

The Steampunk Photo Odyssey and Fashion Show will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson.

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