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Police Raid Two Suspected Grow Houses

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Metro Police was the lead agency on an investigation into two suspected marijuana grow houses in Henderson Monday afternoon.

Police estimated there are at least 70 plants inside one of the houses with an estimated worth of $250,000.

The SWAT team moved in to the first home about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Someone called police about the house a few days ago, reporting suspicious behavior. According to neighbors, a couple in their 20s lived at the home, and they had only been there a short time.

After surveillance, the warrant was served. Police found the house on Glen Oak because of the overwhelming smell of marijuana.

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Henderson Celebrates the Holidays with WinterFest

Henderson Celebrates the Holidays with WinterFest


The city of Henderson is celebrating the holiday season with its annual Winterfest starting Thursday.

This year's Winterfest will turn back the clock with its theme: an old-fashioned Christmas delight.

The event kicks off with a concert from the Henderson Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street. Several local high school choirs will join the orchestra for a night of holiday music.

A visit from Santa Claus, the city's tree lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides, a carousel and a gingerbread house display are all set for Friday night. The festivities are from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza.

The activities on Saturday will start at noon at the events plaza. There will be strolling carolers, the Festival of Trees, pony rides, musical recitals and more activities.

Choirs, Commissioners Mark Holiday Season

Choirs, Commissioners Mark Holiday Season


High school choirs, county commissioners and Santa Claus will take part in holiday festivities the next two days at the Clark County Government Center.

A tree lighting will be the centerpiece of events at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The 35-foot-tall tree was last put up in 2008 and features 2,000 lights and ornaments as well.

On Thursday and Friday, local high school choirs will be performing in the Government Center rotunda at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. The schedule:

Construction Started on Henderson Water Park

City and company officials shovel the first bit of earth in a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The land is undeveloped, but with the start of the construction of a 23-acre water park in Henderson, hundreds of construction and seasonal jobs are expected to be created.

During a groundbreaking ceremony at the future Cowabunga Bay water park Tuesday, Splash Management general manager Ben Howell said he expects the park and its 30 attractions to be finished by next summer.

"I've built this thing time after time in my head, but it's once you put the shovel in the ground and start to have equipment on site that it really starts making it all come to life," Howell said.

He said hundreds of construction workers will be needed to build the park, on the corner of Galleria Drive and Gibson Road, including those in excavation, plumbing, concrete and building.

Water park executive Shane Huish said he's been waiting for a chance to build a location in the Las Vegas area.

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Arizona Murder Suspect Arrested in Henderson

Henderson Police arrested 61-year-old Charles "Chuck" Todd on Nov. 24.

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A suspect wanted for murder in Prescott, Arizona was arrested in Henderson, according to Prescott Police.

Henderson Police arrested 61-year-old Charles "Chuck" Todd on Nov. 24. Police say Todd told them he was involved in the death of 52-year-old David Mueller on Nov. 16. The two men were described as family friends. Police say Mueller had been dealing with some medical issues and was under the care of his wife, 48-yea-old Cynthia Mueller.

Todd is being held in Nevada while he awaits extradition on first degree murder charges.

Henderson Hosts Second Weight Loss Challenge

Henderson Hosts Second Weight Loss Challenge


The City of Henderson will put on its second annual weight loss challenge for 2013.

This program encourages people to lose weight for better health and fitness in 2013 and beyond. It is open to anyone over the age of 13 who lives, works, learns, or plays in Henderson. Everyone who signs up for the free challenge will receive a free one-week fitness room pass valid at all city of Henderson recreation centers.

Participants are invited to weigh in from 6-8 a.m. or from 6-8 p.m. January 14-18 at:

California Company Purchases Lake Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

California Company Purchases Lake Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Another ownership change is on the horizon at Lake Las Vegas.

California-based Kam Sang Co. recently closed a deal to acquire Ravella at Lake Las Vegas and Casino MonteLago from Village Hospitality, LLC.

Phil Wolfgramm of Kam Sang Co. said no jobs will be cut as a result of the sale and the company will consider staffing increases if demand rises. Wolfgramm said the company plans some renovations to the public areas of the hotel and to the rooms, and the property will remain open during the planned work.

Built as a Ritz-Carlton property, the hotel neared bankruptcy in 2009 when it was sold to Village Hospitality and rebranded as Ravella. Both Ravella and Casino MonteLago closed at one point before being reopened. 

For more information, go to ravellavegas.com.