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Henderson announces new police chief: Meet LaTesha Watson

The City of Henderson has a new police chief, and her name is LaTesha Watson. Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane made the announcement late Friday morning.

Watson comes to the City of Henderson from Arlington, Texas where she was a deputy chief at the Arlington Police Department.

"Latesha Watson brings proven leadership skills, extensive law enforcement experience and a vision for building on the success of the Henderson Police Department to the role of Police Chief. As the next leader of our police force, her number one job will be making sure Henderson remains one of the safest cities in America," said Murnane. "We look forward to welcoming her to Henderson and to the innovative new ideas she will bring to the department from her more than two decades in the law enforcement field and strong academic background."... Read More

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Man found submerged in water rushed to hospital

Henderson Police said a man in his mid-30's nearly drowned Wednesday night.

According to police, officers were called to the area of 1851 Green Valley Parkway around 6:58 p.m.

The man was taken to St. Rose Sienna Hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

No word on what led up to the incident. Henderson Police are investigating. ... Read More

Henderson City Council approves sale of recreational pot

A Las Vegas suburb is now getting into the recreational marijuana business, months after the state of Nevada began sales.

The Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to establish retail marijuana regulations and licenses.

Sales could begin as soon as October.

The suburb had put a moratorium on recreational marijuana after voters approved it last year.

The law went into effect in January and sales across the state began in July, though officials are still working through the regulatory framework for distribution.

Henderson's seven-month moratorium on recreational marijuana is expiring on Thursday. The city already has medical marijuana facilities.

An analyst said Henderson could reap more than $80 million in retail marijuana tax revenue by the year 2021... Read More

Owner: Legacy Golf Course to open for play Oct. 1

The embattled Legacy Golf Course in Henderson will reopen in October, putting the brakes on plans to turn the property into homes.

New course owners have faced a legal challenge from neighbors over their development proposal.

After a loss in court Tuesday, one of the business partners said Legacy would be returned to a golf course and stay that way.

A company hired to bring the land back to playing shape said it could reopen by Oct. 1. Despite the news, homeowners are hesitant to take it at face value.

"We don't know what their intentions are. We want to believe them. We hope they're telling us the truth, but there's no way in knowing until it's actually done," said Tom Sarnelli, homeowner.

The course was bought by a company called Par Excellence, and its lawyers did not bring up this information in court Wednesday.

Company owners say they hope the golf course reopening helps reassure homeowners... Read More

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City of Henderson selects new fire chief

Deputy Fire Chief Shawn White has been named the eleventh City of Henderson Fire Chief.

"Chief White has the experience and skills that we need at the helm of the Henderson Fire Department and he knows our community firsthand," said Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane.

White replaces Fire Chief Matthew Morris, who has accepted a position as fire chief with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority after 21 years with the Henderson Fire Department. White will be sworn in as interim Henderson fire chief on Sept. 7 with permanent ratification of the chief position by Mayor and Council expected to take place at the Sept. 19 City Council Meeting.

White began his career in the fire service in 1989 with the Albuquerque Fire Department, where he reached the rank of lieutenant. He joined the Henderson Fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic, and was promoted to captain and battalion chief before he was named deputy fire chief in 2014... Read More

Police seek public's help in 2016 stabbing, carjacking

Henderson Police are seeking help in an ongoing investigation into the carjacking and stabbing of an Uber driver in Dec. 2016.

The driver suffered severe injuries to his neck and is still recovering.

According to police, the incident happened on Dec. 14 around 10 p.m. at the Equestrian apartments located at 10701 Eastern Avenue.

The Uber driver had gone to that address to pick up a ride when the suspect slashed his neck and stole his car, which was a gold Chevrolet Captiva, police said.

The car was later recovered.

The suspect is described as a white man with blue eyes and blonde hair, around 25 to 30 years old, between 5-foot-10 inches and 6-feet tall, weighing around 150 to 175 pounds. The man had a red tattoo under his right wrist... Read More

UPDATE: Missing 80-year-old woman found dead in car, police says

A missing 80-year-old Henderson woman has died. According to police, Janine Cassidy was found dead in her car Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m.

Cassidy's car was found in a parking lot near the 2700 block of East Pebble Road, Henderson Police said.

According to officers, Cassidy hadn't been seen since Wednesday around 11:45 a.m. when she was driving in the area of Saint Rose Parkway and Interstate 215.

Cassidy was driving in a tan 2007 Lincoln Town Car to Saint Rose Dominican Hospital - Siena Campus, to meet with a family member, but she never arrived.

According to her family, she possibly had early onset of dementia.

The cause and manner of death in which she died will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office at a later date... Read More