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Driving You Crazy: Dip at Warm Springs and Arroyo Grande

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says a dip in the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Arroyo Grande Boulevard forces drivers to slam their brakes. She asks if crews can smooth the road.

The intersection dip is called a valley gutter. It's designed to channel storm water and nuisance water down Warm Springs.

Nuisance water is shallow groundwater that bubbles to the surface. It's especially prevalent in this area of Henderson and is often mistaken for water waste or a leaking pipe.

This valley gutter is an old design. Henderson officials no longer use it, because of the issues raised by the viewer. Current designs gradually warp the grade of the intersecting streets to provide a smoother ride.

New valley gutters do not require drivers to decelerate or slam their brakes. As for this one at Warm Springs and Arroyo Grande, it will stay as is until repaving takes place.

Bank Fraud Lands Las Vegas Man in Prison

LAS VEGAS -- A local man who used friends and family members as straw buyers to fraudulently purchase Las Vegas area homes so he could skim loan proceeds received a 51-month prison sentence Monday, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

Oudom Somee, 46, who is in custody, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Miranda Du to pay $1.3 million in restitution. Somee was convicted by a jury in November on charges related to bank, wire and mail fraud. Financial institutions lost more than $2.6 million.

Somee and co-conspirators recruited individuals with high credit scores to purchase homes that he would control. He told straw purchasers that he would use their names and credit to buy the houses and that they would not have to pay the mortgages. Somee and co-conspirators prepared the paperwork and submitted the loan applications to the financial institutions.

Tickets On Sale Friday for September Concert

Tickets go on sale Friday for a concert at the Henderson Pavilion in September headlined by A Day to Remember.

The A Day to Remember's House Party Tour will be Monday, September 23. The bands Pierce The Veil and All Time Low are also scheduled to appear.

The band's latest album "What Separates Me From You" was a breakthrough that debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

Tickets are available through ticketfly.com.

New Restaurants Popping Up Around the Valley

Several new restaurants are opening around the valley offering a variety of dining choices.

Conversations that begin with, "Where should we eat?" will become a little more prolonged this summer. An eclectic array of restaurants will be opening their doors and whetting appetites across the Las Vegas Valley.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Piano Prodigy, 13, Hopes to Make Mark on Music

A teenage piano player already owns credentials most only dream about attaining.

Victoria Young takes her seat at a modest upright Sohmer piano in the small Green Valley rental condominium she and her mother call home. After an hour of conversation that has gone from Teletubbies to virtual high school and a hectic piano practice schedule, Victoria is ready to shine, playing Frederic Chopin’s “Winter Wind.”

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Power Restored in Henderson After Morning Outage

HENDERSON, Nev. - NV Energy reports power has been restored to the area of Valle Verde Drive and Windmill Parkway. The power was out for approximately one hour.

An NV Energy spokesperson says an animal got into one of the substations, causing the outage.

The outage occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Approximately 11,000 customers were affected.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.

Watching Weather Patterns Could Squash West Nile Virus

LAS VEGAS -- A fifth case of West Nile Virus was reported in Las Vegas Monday in a 50-year-old.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists might have a way to catch the virus before it spreads.

They do it by monitoring weather patterns, mosquito surveillance and collecting data on re-occurring hotspots.

Studies show that Dallas County, Texas, had some of the worst cases of West Nile last year with nearly 400 cases.

Scientists believe in places such as Dallas County that had warmer than average winters with no freeze, produced more mosquitoes and cases of West Nile.

Chris Bramley with Clark County Vector Control, said taking the weather monitoring approach will give his officers an advantage.

"By doing these studies and monitoring patterns, you know where to be before these mosquitoes hatch out as adults," Bramley said. "So you're ahead of the game."