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New Interchange Opens in Henderson Wednesday

Officials say a Green Valley High School drum line will lead the way over a new U.S. 95 freeway interchange opening at Galleria Drive in Henderson.

The Tuesday morning ceremony comes before the interchange officially opens early Wednesday. Officials say the $66 million project took 18 months. It's designed to relieve traffic congestion at the nearby Russell Road and Sunset Road interchanges, and improve access near the Galleria at Sunset shopping center.

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Humana Brings Freewheelin to Henderson

If you don't have a bike but want to go riding around Henderson, now you can. The Freewheelin' Bike Sharing program is now offering 18 bikes to the community for free.

You can pick up the bikes at the Humana Guidance Center. Humana hopes the bike program will encourage people to have fun and get active.

"We dip into the Halloween candy this week and then roll that into Thanksgiving and then pretty soon we're making a New Year's resolution to lose 15 pounds. Well, let's get on a bike and prevent that from happening in the first place," said Curt Howell with Humana.

Anyone 18 or older can check out the bikes, but they do require you present an ID and credit card to make sure they are returned. The bikes are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Humana Guidance Center in Henderson is located at 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 720.

Autopsy Inconclusive in Henderson Baby's Death

The Clark County coroner says an autopsy failed to confirm a cause of death for a newborn whose mother is accused of smothering the child after giving birth at home.

Coroner Gary Telgelhoff says he found no abnormalities and the baby was not still born. He say the baby's body showed no signs of strangulation.

Telgelhoff's report was part of a preliminary hearing last week for the child's mother in Henderson Justice Court. The hearing continues on Tuesday.

Camerla Camero has been charged with murder. She was arrested Aug. 26, two days after she called St. Rose Dominican Hospital to report the child had died. The hospital called police. Police say Camero told them she gave birth to the child in the tub, then left it wrapped in towels while she went out to buy clothes and necessities.

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Soccer Coach Arrested for Statutory Sexual Seduction

A 40-year-old man is behind bars after being accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Henderson police are investigating the case and say the teen's mother allegedly knew the crime was going on and did not report it.

Gabriel Lopez is facing 11 counts of statutory sexual seduction. According to police, an officer noticed the girl and Lopez in a car at the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex parking lot late Tuesday night. At first, the officer thought it was a father with his daughter. The victim allegedly lied about her age and that's when the officer realized there was something else going on.

According to the police report, the girl eventually told officers she had a consensual sexual relationship with Lopez since late May.

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Sentencing Set for Men in Henderson Bombing

Sentencing is set Nov. 23 for two men found guilty of detonating home-made chemical bombs at a Henderson clothing store last April.

Officials say 28-year-old John Morgan and 42-year-old Roger Jenkins could each face up to 70 years in prison after being found guilty Friday of 12 criminal charges.

Both men are from Henderson. They denied being in the Burlington Coat Factory at the time of the explosions. But authorities say Morgan placed the devices in the store and left in a vehicle driven by Jenkins.

Employees reported hearing popping sounds and an acrid smell coming from what police said was an ammonium-based chemical that expanded and caused containers to burst. Authorities say the devices weren't flammable.

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False Text Message Claims Kidnapping

Henderson police say a text message circulating in Southern Nevada over the weekend was a fake Amber Alert that created a lot of unnecessary concern.

The text message was forwarded again and again making its way around the community and eventually to a Henderson police officer. It read: "A 3-year-old boy taken from Anthem Park by a man driving a 2006 Mitsubishi." It even provided a license plate number. Police are now investigating the origin of the fake Amber Alert message.

"It's not the first time this has happened," said Robert Fisher, Nevada Amber Alert. He also adds, it probably won't be the last. He says it is important to remember that real alerts come from police.

For an Amber Alert to be issued, certain criteria must be met.

Man Charged with DUI in Accident that Killed Runner

Henderson Police say 25-year-old Joshua Salayich is facing several charges including, DUI with death, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting an officer. Police say Salayich hit and killed a 33-year-old Jeremy Kunz from Utah.

Kunz was among 2,400 runners in the Ragnar Relay Las Vegas Race. He was struck by Salayich and killed early Saturday morning, relay officials confirmed in a statement released Sunday. 

The accident occurred at the intersection of Stephanie and Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson. Police and rescue vehicles responded immediately. Ragnar Relay co-founder Dan Hill said, "Our deepest sympathy goes out to the runner's family."

"We appreciate the rapid response from Las Vegas authorities and ask that all our runners keep the family in their thoughts and prayers," said Hill.

Amy Brewster was part of a team also participating in the race.