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Foothill High substitute teacher rants at students

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- A substitute teacher at a Henderson high school was caught on camera screaming unusual comments at a crowd of students.

The rant at Foothill High School Friday morning did not last long, but witnesses told 8 News NOW that the substitute teacher, identified as McDonald Bently, stood up on a planter and then on a bench, telling them to get out of Las Vegas while they could and to go to New York to see the quality of life.

Witnesses also said he threw a carton of orange juice onto the ground.

Bently was eventually pinned down by other teachers and taken to the hospital.

The school was not in lockdown, but there were some tense moments. Some kids were afraid, others laughed and some clapped.

"I was confused and I was scared, I didn't know what was going on, I was scared like, what if he had a weapon, what if he started getting physical and what if he got violent," freshman Jacqueline Viramontes said.

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Arts Festival takes over Henderson this weekend

Arts Festival takes over Henderson this weekend

Visual arts take over the Henderson Events Plaza this weekend at the annual Arts Festival of Henderson.

The show will feature 80 fine artist, live entertainment, art demonstrations, food trucks and children's activities.

The Artscape Avenue will give people a change to see how artists make their works. Glass blowing, ceramics, painting and weaving will all be on display.

This year also features an expanded Imagination Station for children, where kids can get creative with age-appropriate arts and crafts. There will also be a bounce house, face painting and toy vendors.

There will also be some performance art with a performance from the Puppets & Players Little Theatre's production of Puff the Magic Dragon.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is complimentary.

Cash-strapped Henderson cutting hours at pools

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- City officials in Henderson are cutting hours at public pools, raising admission fees and eliminating an underutilized weekend food program at senior centers in an effort to close a budget gap.

The cuts approved at the Henderson City Council meeting Tuesday will save the city $2 million. They are part of a larger effort to tackle a projected $17 million annual infrastructure shortfall.

Pool entrance fees will climb from $2 to $3 for adults, while fees for youth sports leagues will increase from $40 to $50.

The changes to the recreation programs are among the less-controversial recommendations presented in February by a citizen-led budget review committee. The group also suggested a property tax of up to 20 cents per $100 of assessed value.

That proposal would require voter approval.



Job killer or school savior? Battle brewing over proposed tax

LAS VEGAS -- In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot of debate about a tax measure on the November ballot.

Supporters call it the education initiative, while opponents call it the margin tax.

The business community has opposed it from the beginning, and late last week, the AFL-CIO also came out against it, but many teachers believe it can save our schools.

If voters give the go-ahead, businesses that make a $1 million or more will pay a two percent margin tax.

It is a tax on business revenue that would raise millions for Nevada public schools. Both sides are gearing up for a battle at the ballot box.

A factory in Henderson is where key components of slot machines are born. VSR Industries makes 1 million slot machine locks, 60,000 metal slot machine bases and the company manufactures 4,000 slot machines every year.

VSR Industries partner Colt Vollman has concerns about the education initiative, or margin tax.

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Court marshals warn of phone scam

Henderson, NV. -- Henderson Police said scammers are posing as city marshal services to get money from people. Authorities said crooks are randomly calling people, identifying themselves as court marshals, accusing people of missing a jury summons and telling them they face a fine. 

Police said there are a number of things wrong with the scenario and they don't want individuals to get fooled.

The Henderson Municipal Court typically handles less serious crimes like noise complaints and traffic tickets, the kind of cases that don’t require a jury. Most of the courtrooms don't even have jury boxes, so when this scam popped up it raised a lot of red flags with the court marshal.

Chief court marshal Jon Montisano said his office is aware of a person pretending to be a Henderson Court Marshal over the phone.

Henderson brings back its bicycle police unit

The Henderson Police bike unit is back thanks to a grant from the Department of Justice.

Henderson residents at the Heritage Day Parade on April 26 probably had a few moments of deja vu — the city’s Police Department reintroduced the dormant black-and-yellow bicycle unit.

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Woman hit and killed on Lake Mead Parkway

Henderson-- A 39-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle Saturday night while trying to cross Lake Mead Parkway.

Henderson Police say she was hit around 9:15 p.m. by a westbound Ford Expedition driven by Martel Cage, 27, as she was trying to cross Lake Mead at Taylor Street. The woman was crossing at an intersection with crosswalk markings, however, witnesses told investigators that she was crossing against the crosswalk signals.

The woman was taken to Sunrise Hospital where she died from her injures around 11:30 Saturday night. The driver of the Ford Expedition was not injured.

Cage voluntarily submitted to blood testing to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. A preliminary investigation also indicates that speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash.