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Coronado High School to be Part of 'Every 15 Minute' Program


Students from Coronado High School will be part of the Every 15 Minutes program next week.

The two-day event works to personalize the consequences of drinking and driving. The Henderson Police Department is partnering with the Clark County School District, Henderson Fire Department and other groups to conduct the program.

On Thursday, November 8, a fatal car accident will be simulated for the students. During the demonstration, one student will be declared “dead”, another will be taken to the hospital with major injuries and the student driver will be arrested for driving under the influence.

There will also be students taken from class and declared “dead,” every 15 minutes. Those students will show other kids just how many teenagers die in a car crash around the country every day. It also demonstrates that every 15 minutes a driver, passenger or bystander dies from an alcohol-related car crash.

Swine Dining: Pigs Feast on Discarded Pumpkins

Swine Dining: Pigs Feast on Discarded Pumpkins


Don’t throw away that Halloween pumpkin just yet: RC Farms will gladly turn it into pig food.

RC Farms, a North Las Vegas pig farm, again will collect used pumpkins at locations throughout southern Nevada through Monday. If you would prefer to feed a pig yourself, you can bring your pumpkin to RC Farms during business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until Monday. The farm is located in North Las Vegas at the corner of North 5th Street and Ann Road.

Last year, the effort resulted in more than 10 tons of donated pumpkins. Farm owner Bob Combs hopes to bring in 15 tons this year.

Drop-off locations are:

Time to Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Dinner

Time to Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Dinner

Helping families in need of a Thanksgiving meal in southern Nevada can be as easy as going to the grocery store.

HELP of Southern Nevada is readying the annual 97.1 The Point Turkey-Thon, a program which provides 1,200 Las Vegas families with a Thanksgiving meal, with donation opportunities at Albertsons from November 15-17. 8 News Now is a sponsor of the drive.

Donations of frozen turkeys and fixings also will be accepted from November 15 to 17 at three Albertsons locations:

  • 575 College Drive (Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • 9725 S. Maryland Parkway (Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • 1650 N. Buffalo Drive (Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Those wishing to donate money for the Turkey-Thon online can do so at www.helpsonv.org. Make sure to put “Thanksgiving” in the subject line on the donation page. A family of four can be fed with $35.

Sound of Liberty Marching Band Continues Strong Season

Sound of Liberty Marching Band Continues Strong Season

By Joshua Wikler

Communications Director, Liberty High School


The Sound of Liberty Marching Band continued their strong season in the past two weeks.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Patriots competed at Palo Verde High School against four other bands in their class. The Patriots came in a strong second place behind the Cheyenne Desert Shield Marching Band.

This past Saturday, the Sound of Liberty Marching Band competed at Clark High School at the annual Tournament on the Turf. Of the five bands that were in Class A, the Patriots again came in second place losing by just one point to Cheyenne. Even though the band placed second, they received first place in music and music performance.

"Saturday was our best run of the show in performance yet," Director Travis Whaley said. "Even though the kids didn't place first, they were still very happy with their performance."

Police Release Names in Bookmaking Investigation

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police released the names of the eight Las Vegas residents arrested in connection with a New York City Police investigation of illegal bookmaking and money laundering.

Arrested Wednesday were Michael Colbert, 32, sports book chief at the M Resort in Henderson, Nev.; Joseph David Paulk, 35; Paul Sexton, age unavailable; Jerry Martin Branca, 67; Kelly Rae Barsel, 42; Brandt Alan England, age unavailable; and Steven Santo Diano, 48. Ian Mandell, age unavailable, was taken to University Medical Center as a precaution and booked in absentia. His mugshot was not made available.

SLIDESHOW: Suspects Arrested in connection with Investigation

Four Men Indicted in Henderson Girl's Kidnapping

Melissa Duran

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted four men accused of kidnapping a teenage girl from her Henderson home in September.

Alejandro Sanchez-Sanchez, 25, Cesar Sanchez, 30, Mariano Sanchez-Sanchez, 23, and Jose Sanchez-Perez are charged with several crimes including first-degree kidnapping, burglary and extortion.

According to the indictment, the four men were involved in the kidnapping of Melissa Duran on Sept. 1, 2012. The men demanded ransom for the girl's safe return. Police found Duran unharmed in an apartment some 20 hours later.

8 News NOW/LVRJ Poll: Heck Maintains Lead Over Oceguera

LAS VEGAS -- Republican Rep. Joe Heck leads Democratic challenger John Oceguera 50 percent to 40 percent in an 8 News NOW/Las Vegas Review-Journal poll released early Thursday morning involving the race for Heck's seat in Nevada's 3rd Congressional District.

The cell phone and landline poll of 502 likely and actual voters was conducted Sunday through Tuesday by SurveyUSA of Clifton, N.J. Among respondents, 5 percent also prefer other candidates and an equal percentage remain undecided. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

When a similar 8 News NOW/LVRJ poll was taken last month, Heck led 53 to 40 percent. The congressional district spreads across the southwest and southeast valley and includes Henderson.