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Henderson PD looking for help in cold-case murder

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police are hoping people will come forward with new information on a cold-case murder from 2005.

According to police, Henderson business owner Danny Cates was found dead in the office of his construction company at 12 Sunset Way on Aug. 31, 2005. He had been shot several times.

The 64-year-old victim was found at around 5 a.m. when his employees arrived for work.

Police say recent developments in the investigation have led detectives to believe there may be people who have information about the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Henderson Police at (702) 267-4750, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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Henderson seeks entries for WinterFest

Henderson seeks entries for WinterFest

The holiday season is just around the corner and the city of Henderson is getting ready for its annual holiday celebration WinterFest.

The city is looking for entries for its evening light parade, Festival of Trees and gingerbread house competition.

The theme of this year’s celebration is It’s a Fairy Tale Christmas. The festival is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 13. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water Street.

The Festival of Trees will be limited to the first 12 applications. The evening light parade has three categories and prizes will be given to the top three entries for each category. The gingerbread houses must be 90 percent edible and made of gingerbread, icing and candies.

Each of the competitions have different application deadlines and rules. For more information, go to hendersonlive.com

Henderson, military moms' group organizing troop gifts for holidays

Henderson, military moms' group organizing troop gifts for holidays

The city of Henderson is working with the Blue Star Mothers of Henderson and Boulder City to put together holiday stockings for troops deployed overseas.

The Blue Star Mothers will be collecting supplies, including non-perishable food items, lip balm, magazines and personal care items to package and send to troops for the holidays.

This year the Mothers are looking to stuff 1,000 stockings with the comforts of home. Collection boxes will be set up at the Henderson City Hall, city recreation centers and at businesses along Water Street District.

Besides gathering items to give to service members, the group is also looking for information about Henderson residents who are deployed. Family and friends can submit contact information at cityofhenderson.com, so service members can get their very own stocking.


Henderson inmate found dead

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- A 55-year-old man found dead at the Henderson city jail was on probation and could have faced four years in prison after his arrest last week on a driving under the influence charge in Boulder City.

The Clark County coroner identified the dead man on Monday as John Francis Mannion of Henderson.

A cause and manner of death wasn't immediately determined.

Henderson city officials call it an apparent suicide. They say Mannion was found unresponsive about 4:30 p.m. Sunday with a bed sheet around his neck, and couldn't be revived.

Boulder City police Sgt. John Glenn says Mannion was arrested Thursday after driving erratically and crashing into roadside objects.

Attorney William Terry says he represented Mannion in felony methamphetamine possession cases that resulted in a three-year probation sentence in January.

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Henderson Police getting money for Joining Forces events

Henderson Police received more than $100,000 in federal funding to conduct Joining Forces events over the next year.

The department will conduct 15 Joining Forces patrols between Oct. 19, 2014 and Sept. 7, 2015. Officers will be focusing on traffic safety by targeting impaired and distracted drivers, pedestrian safety, speeding and seat belt use.

The grant will be used to pay for the costs of extra staffing for the patrols will last about two weeks. 

Henderson awards lobbying contract to former police chief

Henderson’s former police chief is now its top lobbyist.

Henderson officials on Tuesday continued to reward one of the city’s former top employees with a hefty contract. City Council members approved a two-year state lobbyist contract for $228,000 for Richard Perkins, the city’s former police chief.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Planetarium to offer chance to see eclipse

LAS VEGAS — If weather cooperates, the Student Observatory at the College of Southern Nevada Planetarium will be open to the public late Tuesday for a chance to help see a total lunar eclipse.

The planetarium is expected to open at 11 p.m. for viewing of the event, which is also commonly referred to as a "blood moon."

According to the planetarium, the moon will begin to enter the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, called the umbra, at 2:18 a.m. The beginning of totality, with the moon entirely within the umbra, will occur at 3:28 a.m. The total phase of the eclipse will end at 4:24 a.m. as the moon begins to leave the umbra. The final partial phase of the eclipse will end at 6:34 a.m. near moonset and sunrise.

If you can't make it to the planetarium, the school said the eclipse should be easily seen anywhere in the valley.