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Henderson Police offer Citizen Academy

Henderson Police offer Citizen Academy

The Henderson Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizen Academy. The 13-week academy meets each Tuesday to educate citizens, with a unique insight into the life and training of a Henderson Police Officer.

During the 13-week academy, topics discussed include community policing, use of force, gang enforcement, detention center, communications, investigations division and narcotic enforcement. The Department's SWAT unit will demonstrate various firearms, less than lethal weapons and chemical agents. Students also will have the opportunity to fire various weapons.

Classes will be held each Tuesday starting May 17 at the Henderson Police Department, 223 Lead Street. Classes are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Henderson.

For more information or obtain an application form, contact the Henderson Police Department's Training Bureau at 267-4850.

Cool at School: Team Effort Pays Off

LAS VEGAS-- Students at Coronado high school are transforming themselves into better football players and students.

The Cougar's only won two games last season so to pump up the team and their muscles, the players decided they needed a new weight room.

Asking the school for money was out of the question, so the they raised the funds all by themselves. They sold Cougar cards and held car washes and were able to raise $41,000.

They money helped pay for a room full of brand new equipment and taught the players valuable life lessons.

"It's pretty motivating. It teaches us responsibility because we raised money for this equipment by ourselves, no chipping in from the school or anything," said Coronado junior Colt Willden.

Besides getting in shape, Colt hopes the new weight room will help win some games, help the school and maybe even help get him a college scholarship.

Handcuffed Suspect Takes Off in Henderson Police Car

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police say one of their cars was stolen and taken for a ride after a teen suspect got behind the wheel.

Henderson police were investigating a burglary and arrested a 19-year-old suspect near Green Valley Pkwy. and Corporate Circle on Wednesday morning.

Police report they put the suspect in the back of the car but he was able to get his handcuffed hands from behind his back to his front and climb into the front seat of the car.

Using GPS, police say they tracked the suspect and car and found both about two miles away. The suspect is now facing additional charges of escaping from police and theft. 

Details in Former CCSD Employee's Arrest Released

HENDERSON, Nev -- A former Clark County School District employee is facing 14 counts of child porn possession after police allegedly tracked child pornography files to his home computer.

Ray Willis, also a former KVBC-TV reporter in the 1970's, was the spokesman for the school district and also a host for Vegas PBS's show, Inside Education before he retired from the district in 2009.

According to the Henderson Police Department's arrest report, 14 files had been downloaded to Willis' home computer. Police say during an interview with them, "Willis claimed the that the located contraband was downloaded on accident as a result of looking for adult content." Police say the files were clearly marked indicating child pornography and Willis could not provide a reasonable explanation.

Bail for Willis has been set at $140,000.

Police Break Up Alleged Home Invasion Ring

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police officers arrested three people for several home invasions and other crimes.

Police say on January 27, four search warrants were served at homes in Las Vegas. Three people were arrested and large amounts of stolen property were recovered, including stolen televisions, firearms, jewelry, designer clothing, and marijuana.

LaShay Brewer and Whitney Taylor were charged with 10 felony counts of home invasion. Frederick Brewer was charged with being a convicted person in possession of a firearm,  possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and possession of a stolen firearm.

Police say anyone with information is asked to call the Henderson Police Department at (702)267-4755 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Man Charged in Beating Death

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police have arrested a man for a murder that happened in October of 2010. Police arrested Yuri Marcus for one count of murder in the death of Paul Martinez.

Police say Marcus and Martinez got into a physical altercation at an apartment near Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway. In the police report, Marcus told detectives the fight happened after Martinez attacked him with a knife.

The Clark County Coroner ruled Martinez's death a homicide from blunt force trauma and acute methamphetamine toxicity.

Another man, Joseph Grebanier, was also arrested and charged with accessory to murder. According to police, Grebanier and Marcus left Martinez in the apartment after the fight. When they returned, Martinez was dead.

Man Pleads Not Guilty on Numerous Child Abuse Charges

LAS VEGAS -- A Henderson man charged with beating and torturing his girlfriend's children entered a not guilty plea in Las Vegas District Court Tuesday morning.

Edward Colucci is charged with seven counts of child abuse, assault and kidnapping. Police say he met the children's mother online and she moved to Las Vegas to be with him.

Colucci is accused of beating and starving the 8 and 4-year-old boys while threatening to kill their mother if she went to police. The children have been placed in protective custody.