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Ecologist upset over 'destruction of land' to build berm

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- Construction work to build a berm in Mount Charleston has one scientist calling the area prone to flooding, a “danger zone.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started building the berm Friday, Oct. 11, in an effort to divert rain water away from homes in the Rainbow subdivision. And since then, workers with the U.S. Forest have been putting in 12-hour shifts and will continue to do so for the next month.

"We're really happy with the progress, we got the logging done,” Mike Balen, U.S. Forest Service said.

The full-scale logging operation uprooted about 300-trees. Some were nearly 200-years old, which has some people wondering whether this was worth it.

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Driving You Crazy: Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way

LAS VEGAS - Deborah says the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way is an accident waiting to happen. She says many vehicles make illegal u-turns there.

The intersection sits near Mountain View Hospital. Drivers who frequent the area know that u-turns are illegal on westbound Cheyenne between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The City of Las Vegas will conduct a traffic study at this intersection. Depending on the results of the study, the city might add a dynamic "blank out" sign. The light would activate when u-turns aren't allowed and northbound right-turners get an arrow.

The city will also meet with Metro Police to determine the practicality of that type of sign. It will take a couple weeks for them to complete the study. Traffic8 will provide updates on this process in the coming weeks.

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

Police warn of crime as temperatures cool

LAS VEGAS - The temperature is cooling down, but crime is heating up. Police say criminals are targeting easily accessible homes and cars.

Metro Police says auto theft is up nearly 19 percent this year. While home break-ins are slightly down, police urge homeowners not to get complacent.

Police say criminals mostly target open doors and windows. Many homeowners leave garage doors open, providing a tempting target for thieves. Open car windows also present an open invitation.

“Take all your items out of your vehicle. If anyone is looking at vehicles and they're looking to commit an auto theft or an auto burglary, they will look in that vehicle,” said Metro Police Officer Larry Hadfield. “If they see high-valued or high-tag items in there, such as an iPod, tablets, laptops or cell phones, they can get in that vehicle. If given the opportunity to get in the vehicle, then they also have the opportunity to steal the vehicle."

Monument named in honor of Mountain Ridge Little Leaguers

LAS VEGAS -- The spotlight is once again being shined on the Las Vegas Mountain Ridge Little League team which made history by being the first Nevada team to make it to the Little League World Series.

Ward 6 Councilman, Steven D. Ross, unveiled a monument Saturday in honor of the team. The monument, located at Mountain Ridge Park at the intersection of Durango Drive and Elkhorn Road, resembled a big metal picture frame, and it had the names of the coaches, players and managers inscribed on it.

Councilman Ross was joined by the team, Coach Ashton Cave and the assistant coaches for the unveiling. Saturday's event at Mountain Ridge Park was just one of many celebrations, parades and rallies held for them since their loss at nationals.

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Construction to build berm underway on Mount Charleston

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev.-- A construction project to save dozens of homes has started on Mount Charleston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building a berm to divert rain water away from the Rainbow subdivision, an area that has been ravaged by flood waters in the past.

However, the project has left many residents feeling a little like they're in limbo.

"Until that is built and until we see that it works, I'm not going to go for a lot of money in fixing this place up," said Neal Snyder, resident at the Rainbow subdivision.

The U.S. Forest Service started making space for the berm Friday by cutting down trees in Kyle Canyon. The vegetation in this area was forever changed when much of it was devoured by the 2013 Carpenter 1 wildfire.

Judge enters 'not guilty' plea for teen in shooting case

LAS VEGAS -- A teen facing four counts of attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun into the home of a fellow student was arraigned in Clark County District Court Thursday. It was the first time McKinnon has appeared in court since the shooting.

The attorney for Ayden McKinnon, 14, refused to enter a plea for his client and told the court the teen should not be tried as an adult. Judge Michelle Leavitt did enter a not guilty plea on behalf of McKinnon.

McKinnon is accused of walking up to the home of a former school friend near Grand Teton Drive and Jones Boulevard and firing several shots through the front door. Someone inside the home grabbed a gun and returned fire, hitting McKinnon.


Barricade situation in NW Las Vegas over

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Police and SWAT were called Wednesday morning to a standoff in a home near Torrey Pines Drive and Alexander Road.

Police received the call just before 10 a.m. Wednesday from the home on the 6400 block of Bamboo Place. Police said one person was threatening another with a knife and refused to leave the house.

The situation ended peacefully at around 1 p.m.