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Work Begins on Henderson Jail Expansion

HENDERSON -- Elected and city officials are marking the start of a $29 million project to nearly double the size of the Henderson Detention Center.

Mayor Andy Hafen, Police Chief Jutta Chambers and others are due to take part in a ceremony this morning at the site in downtown Henderson.

Officials say the expansion will add 250 beds to the 293 beds at the jail. The current detention center was built in 1994. The extra space will allow the city to board inmates from federal and local jurisdictions. Chambers says the city could make more than $5 million a year under that arrangement.

The expansion includes cells, central control room, staff and kitchen areas. Construction is expected to be complete by July 2011.

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Operation Medicine Cabinet to Collect Unused Prescriptions

LAS VEGAS -- In an effort to curb prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, there will be a  one-day event to dispose of all old or unused medications that may be in your home.

Operation Medicine Cabinet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20th at the Las Vegas Sports Center, 121 E. Sunset Road, which is at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Sunset Road. People are encouraged to drop off unused or old prescriptions as well as over-the-counter medication. No questions will be asked.

Click here for information on how to properly dispose of drugs.

"Our goal is to ensure that unwanted medications don't end up in the wrong hands," said Sgt. Paul McCollough, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Narcotics Division.

Henderson to Open Community Pool and Senior Center

HENDERSON -- Henderson is planning a grand opening Jan. 30 for a nearly 30,000-square-foot senior center, and an aquatic complex at Heritage Park.

The pool complex is nearly 42,000 square feet, with two indoor pools and four springboard diving boards. The city says it'll be used by county school swim teams. The senior facility has dance, craft and classrooms, a cafe and a fitness center.

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New Law Targets Henderson Massage Businesses

HENDERSON -- Henderson is tightening regulations on massage parlors and similar businesses, after council members said they wanted the city to be more family friendly.

A city official said the law affects about 50 businesses offering massages and pressure-point reflexology. The ordinance limits hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., bans the use of tinted glass on exterior windows, and sets clothing requirements for employees. The rules make massage businesses in Henderson more highly regulated than in Clark County and other cities in the Las Vegas area.

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Henderson Plane Crashes in Southern California

RIALTO, Calif. -- The Federal Aviation Administration says two people have been found dead Thursday morning in the wreckage of a plane that went missing earlier this week.

FAA Operations Officer Diana Joubert says the twin-engine Cessna 340 was found in the San Bernardino County foothills about 5 miles from the Rialto Municipal Airport.

The plane may have crashed on Monday, when it took off from Henderson, NV., en route to Compton.

It was stormy that day but Joubert says it's unclear if weather played a role in the crash. Sheriff's spokesman Cindy Beavers says a sheriff's helicopter found the wreckage shortly after midnight. The FAA says a Civil Air Patrol ground crew confirmed the wreckage around 2 a.m. and found that the pilot and lone passenger were dead. Their names weren't immediately released.

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Murdered Security Officer Laid to Rest

LAS VEGAS --  A crowd of hundreds, which included family members, friends, elected officials, judges, and law enforcers said their final goodbye to 72-year-old Stanley Cooper.

Cooper was the federal court security officer that was killed in last week's shooting at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse.

"He loved being a cop and loved being a CSO and that's all he wanted to do," said Director John Clark, U.S. Marshal's Service.

Prior to the funeral service, there was a procession from the mortuary to the church.  A Metro truck carrying the flag draped casket passed in front of the Floyd George U.S. Courthouse where federal employees lined up to pay their respects. The procession then continued along Las Vegas Blvd. and the Beltway and finally ended at Central Christian Church in Henderson.

Funeral Set for Murdered Federal Court Security Officer

LAS VEGAS -- Funeral arrangements for murdered federal court security officer Stanley Cooper have been made.

SLIDESHOW: Slain Security Officer Stan Cooper with His Family

Cooper was killed in a shooting at the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse on Monday when 66-year-old Johnny Wicks opened fire at the front doors of the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse. Cooper was killed in the shootout and Deputy U.S. Marshal Richard "Joe" Gardner was wounded. Wicks was eventually killed by police officers.

Cooper's funeral is set for Monday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 1001 New Beginnings Drive, Henderson. Members of Nevada's congressional delegation will be there along with federal employees and members of Metro. Cooper was a retired Metro officer.