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Henderson Announces Fourth of July Plans

Henderson Announces Fourth of July Plans

The city of Henderson has announced its plans for its Fourth of July celebration.

The party starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mission Hills Park, 551 East Mission Drive. The celebration includes family-oriented activities like races, games and contests.

People interested in sports can be part of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament or two volleyball competitions.

There will also be live entertainment, including a battle of the bands. Food will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free.

The whole thing will end with an 18-minute fireworks display, which will start at 9 p.m.

Parking will be available at Foothill High School. A free shuttle service will start from the high school parking lot at 5:30 p.m.


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Former Congressman's Daughter Announces Candidacy

LAS VEGAS -- Erin Bilbray, the daughter of former Congressman James Bilbray, announced Monday her candidacy for Congress to represent Nevada's Third District, challenging incumbent Rep. Joe Heck.

"I'm running for Congress because I'm a mom who cares about the future of my daughters, a small businesswoman who knows what it takes to create jobs, and a community leader who has spent my life working to make Southern Nevada a better place for all of us who call it home," said Bilbray.

Bilbray, a Democrat, is a third-generation Nevadan. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two children.

Living Green: Energy Assessments Bring Savings

HENDERSON, Nev. - Homeowner and Henderson City Councilwoman Debra March knows her 13-year-old house is starting to feel and show its age. The energy-wasting spots she can't see are costing her money.

"It was financial and energy efficiency that I really wanted, to see that my house was producing as sustain ably as possibly," she said.

Contractor Kelly Thomas with Better Building Performance says a home Debra's age typically leaks up to 30 percent of conditioned air. That equates to lost money for the homeowner.

"A lot of people think of their own health, but they don't think of their home's health," Thomas said.

EnergyFit Nevada can give your home a physical with visual and diagnostic inspection.  The testing reveals hot and cold spots, leaks in your attic and duct work and in some unsuspecting places like door jams and light switch plates.

Law Enforcement Busts Las Vegas Motorcycle Gangs

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police announced a major bust of motorcycle gangs in Las Vegas Thursday.

According to police, federal, state and local law enforcement infiltrated several motorcycle gangs in southern Nevada over the past four years.

Because of that investigation, 32 people are facing charges for firearms and drug-related crimes. So far, 25 of those people have been arrested, another seven are still outstanding.

During the raid, police found 43 firearms, 7.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 160 grams of cocaine, more than 2,000 prescription pills and $8,000 in cash.

Some of the defendants will face state charges, others will face both state and federal charges, police said.

Those facing state charges are:

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Henderson Police Plan DUI Saturation Patrol for Holiday Weekend

Henderson Police Plan DUI Saturation Patrol for Holiday Weekend

Independence Day brings plenty of parties and celebrations, and Henderson Police want people to have fun responsibly.

Henderson Police will be joined by other area law enforcement agencies for the holiday weekend in an enforcement effort against drunk driving.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in 66 of 259 deaths on state roads last year, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety. Of the 124 people killed this year, alcohol is cited as a factor in 29 cases.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant.

Henderson Man Dies After Accident

LAS VEGAS -- A Henderson man is dead after driving his car into oncoming traffic about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Metro Police, the 64-year-old man was driving west on Patrick Lane, near Eastern Avenue, when he drove into oncoming traffic and hit a curb. He then hit two trees and re-entered the road, crossing all lanes and then hitting another curb.

He was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police said speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, and it is unknown whether he was suffering from a medical condition.

His name and cause of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Acts of Kindness: Muriel Dufendach

LAS VEGAS - Muriel Dufendach commands a lot of respect.

She runs the Friends in the Desert Foundation, a charitable organization that serves hot meals to the homeless. Dufendach and her team of volunteers also provide basic toiletry items, referrals and bus transportation.

She's on a first-name basis with everyone who walks through the doors.

"Half the homeless in town call me Mom," she said. "That's fine. I'm the closest thing probably to a mother that they have, and that's fine. That's where I fit."

She and her husband moved to town 13 years ago and joined the foundation as a way to give back to the community. When he died, she volunteered more of her time.

"I just picked up more," she said. "It's my life. It's been a savior for me, and, you know, it's what I do."