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Hafen Highlights New Development in State of City Address

Hafen Highlights New Development in State of City Address

Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen announced Thursday the city is close to sealing a deal to develop a 20,000-square-foot sports complex south of the M Resort.

Hafen made the announcement during his State of the City address. He says the complex could create 10,000 new jobs, but reports have indicated the project could be years away from beginning based on a number of factors including the need to acquire land from the federal government.

“Phase one of the project is scheduled to include a 20,000-seat stadium that would house soccer as well as other events, an arena for basketball, hockey and other sports and entertainment activity,” Hafen said.

The mayor also highlighted the $1 million expansion of St. Rose Hospital.

“The expansion will include 100 new beds and will double the size of their emergency room with construction to begin in the next few months,” Hafen said.

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Henderson Officer in Beating Video Identified

HENDERSON -- A Henderson police officer seen beating a man in a video released Tuesday was identified today as Sgt. Brett Seekatz.

Sgt. Seekatz was disciplined after he was caught on tape beating a man who police pulled over in 2010. Adam Greene was pulled over after he was mistaken for a drunk driver. He was pulled out of the car, dragged to the ground, and kicked.

Police thought Greene was resisting, but he was actually in a diabetic shock.

Greene and his wife sued the police and will get more than $290,000 in a settlement. Henderson Police will pay a portion of the settlement and the rest will come from the State of Nevada.

Henderson Police say they've changed their policies since the incident. Sgt. Seekatz was disciplined at the time and he is still with the Henderson Police Department. His rank remains sergeant.

Seekatz has been with the Henderson Police Department since August 2002.

Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion Attempts Suicide

LAS VEGAS -- Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion arrived home Tuesday in hospital scrubs - covering her face and refusing to talk to the 8 News NOW I-Team. Sources say she may have overdosed on pills and alcohol in an attempt to kill herself at her home on Friday.

Two calls were placed to a 911 dispatcher. One came from her home Feb. 3. Henderson Fire Department responded to the home at 6:52 a.m. for a medical episode and rushed her St. Rose Siena Hospital.

The other call was made by Vermillion from the hospital.

"It's former City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion," she said on the 911 call.

"I'm sorry, who am I speaking with?" the dispatcher replied.

"Former City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion," Vermillion answered.

During the bizarre call, Vermillion references her son's DUI criminal charges and his defense attorney.

Students Jump Ahead with Math Software

Students Jump Ahead with Math Software


A Henderson elementary school has a unique way to teach math, and it is making a big difference in grades and test scores.

The students at C.T. Sewell Elementary School are using a program created by the MIND Research Institute. It is called S.T. Math. It uses motivational learning with visual reinforcements to teach kids the fundamentals of math.

The program is like a video game. It features JiJi the penguin. JiJi guides the kids through tough concepts and challenges them to move to the next level. The MIND Research Institute says math is beyond memorizing. The say the program works to make math concepts understandable for students of any level.

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Henderson Businesses Busted for Selling Alcohol to Minors

HENDERSON, Nev. - Seven people are facing tough penalties after a Henderson police sting busted them for selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

"That's just a bad idea, bad idea in general - underage kids," Henderson resident Katelyn Baldwin said. "That's horrible."

Henderson Police had minors walk into businesses Saturday night and ask for adult beverages.

"We went to 48 bars and restaurants and, luckily, 41 of the bars and restaurants refused to serve our underage volunteer," Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul said.

Seven businesses, including the Henderson Police Department's neighbor the Rainbow Club and Casino, were apparently willing to let the drinks flow. Officers waiting outside moved in and ticketed the employee who didn't ask for identification.

Bars Caught Selling Alcohol to Minors

Bars Caught Selling Alcohol to Minors


Henderson Police handed out seven citations to businesses that sold alcohol to minors after a sting operation Saturday night.

Officers from the Community Relations Unit along with underage volunteers checked 48 bars and restaurants throughout the city of Henderson. Of the bars and restaurants checked, 41 did not sell alcohol to the underage volunteers. However, seven businesses did:  

State of the City Address Carried on TV, Web

State of the City Address Carried on TV, Web


Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen will deliver the State of the City address Thursday morning at Green Valley Ranch.

The city of Henderson and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce will host the 2012 Henderson State of the City Address at a noon luncheon. The event will also feature remarks by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rick Smith.

Hafen, the Henderson City Council, and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be present. State and local officials, as well as business and community leaders, are also scheduled to attend.

A Cox Communications broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. on Cox Channel 96 and streams live on the cityofhenderson.com website.