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Man gets sentenced for aiming laser at Metro helicopter

LAS VEGAS -- A Henderson man Tuesday received a two-year prison sentence for aiming a laser pointer at a Metro Police helicopter on six occasions earlier this year, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

James David Zipf, 30, pleaded guilty in June to one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Miranda Du and was permitted to self-report to prison by Dec. 30. He also must undergo mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Zipf admitted that just after midnight on Jan. 30, he aimed a blue laser four times at the helicopter from the second story window of a Green Valley house where he lived. Zipf also admitted that on the night of Feb. 3, he pointed the blue laser light two times at a police helicopter, causing one of the flight officers to experience a severe headache. 

Zipf also was convicted of pointing a similar blue laser at a police helicopter in Phoenix in 2011.

Police: Man robs bank inside grocery store

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a bank inside a grocery store.

The robbery took place on Sept. 15 at a Smith's grocery store on Windmill Lane near Eastern Avenue around 6:20 p.m.

According to police, the suspect spoke briefly with the bank teller before he stepped away to take a phone call. When he returned, he passed a note to the teller demanding money.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35 years old, 6' 3" tall and around 280 pounds. The suspect has a lazy eye and was wearing a blue Texans ball cap, blue polo shirt with a thin white stripe, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro at (702)828-3591, or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at (702)385-5555 or www.crimestoppersofnv.com.


Henderson police seek jewelry thieves

HENDERSON-- Henderson police are looking for two men who robbed a jewelry store in The District at Green Valley Ranch.

It happened about 5 p.m., Saturday. Investigators say the armed suspects walked into Red Rock Jewelers and confronted a store employee.

They made off with an unknown amount of money and jewelry and drove away in dark-colored Nissan sedan.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

If you have information that can help police, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at (702) 385-5555.  

Driving You Crazy: Construction along Whitney Ranch Drive

HENDERSON, Nev. - A viewer says construction along Whitney Ranch Drive near Russell Road is ridiculous and that crews are making little progress.

Earlier this summer, the City of Henderson kicked off a three-part road improvement project. Crews have been working on Whitney Ranch Drive from Russell Road to Arroyo Grande Boulevard for repaving, new bike lanes and more.

The paving is complete. Crews have temporarily suspended work, because they can't paint fresh asphalt.

They should resume work this week - striping the roadway and eventually working on median islands. Cox Communications will then adjust their cable boxes.

The project should be complete by early October with a few tasks remaining such as setting signal poles.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Driving You Crazy: Crews install light at St. Rose and Maryland

HENDERSON, Nev. - Work is underway on a traffic light at St. Rose Parkway and Maryland Parkway that was first mentioned on What's Driving You Crazy earlier this year.

In February, a viewer called the intersection “scary” and stressed the need for a traffic light to slow down speeders.

At the time, the City of Henderson needed approval from the Nevada Department of Transportation on a construction contract. The contract has since been approved, and crews are working on the light.

The new light is scheduled to be activated December 17. This should reduce speeding in the area.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

UPDATE: Power mostly restored in Green Valley

HENDERSON, Nev. - An outage knocked out power to around 1,700 NV Energy customers earlier Thursday.

Around noon, NV Energy said all but a handful of customers had their power back.

The area of Sunset Road and Green Valley Parkway was affected. 

There was no cause given for the outage.

Bigger ER, more hospital beds coming to Henderson

Photo credit: city of Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. -- An empty emergency room bed is rare in the Las Vegas valley, but by the end of next year there will be more beds because of a construction project in Henderson.

St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus is undergoing a $160 million expansion. Not only is the project adding much needed hospital space, it is also generating jobs. More than 300 people are currently employed on the project.

Josh Goddard and his crew of 40 carpenters are playing an important role.

"This is all the metal stud framing for the wall, we're hanging the top portion of drywall before all the mechanical items are put in," said Goddard, a superintendent with Anning-Johnson company.

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