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DA Reconsiders Charges Against Henderson Police Sergeant

LAS VEGAS --  District Attorney Steve Wolfson says he is looking again at the case of the Henderson Police sergeant involved with the beating of a driver. The incident was caught on tape.

Wolfson says there is new evidence in the case and he will take a second look at it. Originally, the district attorney did not charge Sergeant Brett Seekatz because he did not feel the charges would stand up in court. A decision on whether to charge Sgt. Seekatz is expected in 10 days.

The incident happened in October 2010. Adam Green was pulled over by a Henderson Police officer on suspicion of being a drunk driver. Officers pulled him from the car, then began kicking and kneeing him because they felt he was not complying with the order to stop moving. It turned out that Green was not drunk but was actually in diabetic shock.

The city of Henderson and the state of Nevada settled with Green for nearly $300,000.

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Hafen, Schroder to Meet with Henderson Residents

Hafen, Schroder to Meet with Henderson Residents


Henderson residents with a message for the mayor or city council can deliver it directly Thursday night at a community meeting.

Mayor Andy Hafen and Councilwoman Gerri Schroder will host Neighborhood Connections, a town-hall type gathering for the residents of Ward I. City of Henderson staff will be in attendance from 6-7 p.m. at Heritage Park Senior Facility, 300 Racetrack Road, to answer questions and provide information to residents as well.

The event is designed to encourage dialogue between neighbors and city leaders regarding projects and questions that pertain to the city of Henderson. Neighborhood Connections is held quarterly to enable city leaders to meet and interact with the residents of each of the four wards within the city of Henderson.

For more information, visit cityofhenderson.com.

Digital Bookmobile Shows Off High-Tech Library Lending

Digital Bookmobile Shows Off High-Tech Library Lending


With more and more people using eBook readers like iPad and Kindle and downloading audiobooks to their mobile devices, Nevada Public Libraries wanted to highlight the library services it offers to readers.

The Digital Bookmobile held its first stop Tuesday in southern Nevada. The service will be making stops at libraries in southern Nevada over the next few days. People can learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks to their iPad, iPhone, Android phone or eBook reader like Kindle. There will also be interactive displays with both PCs and Macs for people to learn how to use the eBook and audiobook lending services offered by Las Vegas-area libraries. All the events and services are free and open to the public.

Here are the next stops for the Digital Bookmobile:

Henderson Settles with Convict in 2007 Tasing Incident

HENDERSON, Nev. - In the wake of the recent settlement involving a man beaten by Henderson Police, more questions are being asked about other incidents involving officers in Henderson. One such incident happened in 2007 when a man was arrested for domestic battery.

The City of Henderson released video of the incident to 8 News NOW, along with the 911 calls made that day.

"We've got a really bad domestic disturbance," a 911 caller told a dispatcher. "This (guy) is beating the <expletive> out of a couple of ladies over here."

Richard Allen Perez was convicted of a number of charges including domestic battery, coercion and torture of an animal. Eight people called 911 that day in March to report Perez beating up two women in an apartment. They could be heard screaming in the background in a number of calls. When police arrived, they found Perez nude in the apartment and behaving erratically.

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Final Performance of 'The Tortoise Versus the Hare' This Weekend

There are just two more chances to see a production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare” at the Henderson Convention Center.

The final productions of the show are 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Local children were cast in the production that was written and produced by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. This is the 25th anniversary of the children’s theatre staging productions in Henderson.

The play puts a unique twist on the familiar fable. It looks at the race between the tortoise and the hare through the eyes of a TV news team. The audience can find out for itself whether slow and steady wins the race or speed leads to victory.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Henderson Pulls Plug on Space and Science Center


After spending $7 million, Henderson is pulling the plug on a proposal to build the multi-million Henderson Space and Science Center.

Henderson city council members voted unanimously Tuesday to stop funding plans to build the project on 160 acres of city-owned land near U.S. 95 and the Galleria at Sunset mall. Mayor Andy Hafen says times have changed since the council gave the go-ahead in 2009 and earmarked spending $21 million in city land fund money.

That was after $4 million worth of architectural designs and public works. Since then, about $3 million was spent funding the center board. Now there's almost $18 million left in the land fund.

Officials say the money will be used for other capital project.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Four Teens Arrested for Shooting People with BB Guns

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Frank Rodriguez, Adolfo Ortiz, Daniel Duncan, Jr. and an unnamed 17-year-old boy are under arrest on 37 criminal charges. The teens are accused of using a BB gun to shatter windows, hit cars and shoot directly at people in Henderson.

Police have received 18 complaints regarding windows being shot out, eight people reporting being fired at or hit and two houses suffering damage. Several victims were able to provide a description of the vehicle and partial license plate information.

Jaime Cruz-Hernandez discovered his truck window had been shot out as he left for work Saturday morning.

"What's going on here? And, that's when I got real, real scared," he said. "These kids, they have done something so awful."

The damage set him back $173. "What was the motive of this? I don't know what. Just go out there and a rampage of just being wild," he said.