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Coroner Identifies 3 Dead in Henderson Crashes Monday

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities have identified three people killed in two different Henderson car crashes on New Year's Eve.

Henderson police say the first crash happened about 10 a.m. Monday, when a 74-year-old woman driving a Toyota Camry the wrong way on Boulder Highway struck a Pontiac Grand Prix.

Clark County coroner's officials say 72-year-old Cecelia Nancy Vezinau and 74-year-old Frederick Vezinau were killed. Both were from Henderson.

The second crash happened about 2 p.m., when a Toyota Corolla entering Boulder Highway from a shopping center parking lot crossed into the path of a Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Officials say 91-year-old June Beasley of Boulder City was killed. Police say she was a passenger in the Toyota.

A total of 18 people were killed in Henderson vehicle accidents in 2012.

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Pedestrian Killed While Crossing Street in Henderson

LAS VEGAS -- A pedestrian who was struck by a taxi cab Wednesday evening in Henderson, Nev., has died, Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Loy Hixson said.

The pedestrian was hit while trying to cross Sunset Road near a Wendy's restaurant about 6:30 p.m. The pedestrian, identified as a male from Las Vegas, was not in a marked crosswalk, Hixson said.

 

Henderson Opening Holiday Tree Recycling Centers

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- Henderson is among local agencies encouraging residents to recycle holiday trees.

The city will begin Wednesday accepting trees at self-serve drop-off points at seven locations during regular business hours.

The program runs through Jan. 17 at Acacia Park, Anthem Hills Park, the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex, Mission Hills Park, Morrell Park, Pecos Legacy Park and the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center.

Officials say the city recycled just under 4,000 holiday trees last year.

Recycling reduces the number of trees sent to the landfill, and allows crews to create nutrient-rich mulch for use in planters, parks and landscaping around the city.

Free mulch will also be made available to the public Jan. 5 at Pecos Legacy Park and Jan. 12 at Acacia Demonstration Gardens.

 

Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 200,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 7 percent are recycled. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

8 News Now's Living Green 'Super Recycling' Day offers Christmas Tree recycling on Jan. 11. For more details, click here.

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· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (corner of Sixth and Avenue B)

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Foothill High Bans Backpacks Amid Shooting Fears

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials have banned backpacks at a Henderson high school in a move district officials say is meant to calm families and students jittery after recent shootings.

Foothill High School announced on its Facebook page that backpacks weren't permitted Friday, which is the last day of school before Christmas break.

District spokeswoman Melinda Malone clarified that students who brought backpacks wouldn't have them confiscated but would likely be searched.

The move comes as schools around the country remain on high alert and some have cancelled classes after a deadly mass shooting last Friday in Newtown, Conn. Other principals have cited buzz about the Mayan Apocalypse as fueling students' and parents' nerves.

Cohen Appointed to Mastroluca's Seat

 

Lesley Cohen was appointed earlier this week to fill the Nevada State Assembly seat abruptly vacated by April Mastroluca in November.

Mastroluca, a Democrat, recently had been selected to a third term representing District 29 in Henderson when she resigned weeks after the election, citing family reasons.

Cohen will serve on the Education, Judiciary, and Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committees in the 2013 legislative session.

“I’ve always deeply cared about my community, and the state of Nevada,” Cohen said. “I am excited to serve in Carson City, and I look forward to the opportunity to work on issues that will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Nevadans.”

CCSD Tackling School Overcrowding

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County schools are dealing with major overcrowding in some schools and the Clark County School District is looking at solutions that could have a major impact on some families.

The crowding issues are mostly taking place in the southwest and southeast portions of the Las Vegas valley. In one case, two schools are over capacity with more than 2,000 children in each school. There are also several schools zoned for 750 students but have more than 1,200.

The school board is considering several solutions to ease the overcrowding. Clark County schools recently saw about 3,000 more kids flood into classrooms. The suggestions include moving some kindergartens to high school campuses or going back to year-round schedules in schools. School district officials say no plans will move forward without board approval and a strong effort to gather community input.