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Work Wrapping Up on Cheyenne

Work Wrapping Up on Cheyenne

Lane restrictions will be in effect through Friday, Nov. 4 on Cheyenne Avenue between Rampart Boulevard and Hualapai Way.

Inside lanes in both east and west directions of travel will be closed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Work is not planned for Friday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 30.

The lane closures are required to allow for completion of work on median island improvements, which were started last spring as part of a roadway overlay and improvement project. The new work will consist of adding decorative rock and boulder placement, followed by installation of decorative metal sculptures of desert flora and fauna. City officials say this type of median island improvement project provides aesthetic enhancements to the corridor, but with lower construction and maintenance costs than live plant landscaping, and without the use of irrigation water.

Schools Receive Money to Improve Literacy

 

Six schools around southern Nevada received thousands of dollars in grant money to help improve literacy.

The retail giant Target is giving the schools $50,000 to fund reading intervention programs for second and third-graders. The program uses teacher development, substitute teacher support and a web-based curriculum. Students can access innovative practices for reading online.

At Wednesday’s donation ceremony, kids were given books to take home and fill their own libraries. The ceremony took place at Jydstrup Elementary School, but five other schools will be getting donations. Beckley, Deskin, Fyfe, Hinman and Pittman Elementary Schools are all getting money to set up the program.

Fall Harvest Festival at The Farm

 

Most people don’t image Las Vegas as a home for a farm, but there is one tucked away on Grand Teton Drive near the corner of Tenaya Way.

The Farm will be hosting a Fall Harvest Festival starting Friday and going through the end of the month. There is a maze, pony and hay rides, carnival rides for children, a pumpkin patch, face painting and concession stands. The rides and concessions will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

“It never ceases to amaze me how hard our volunteers work, including dozens of troops from Nellis Air Force Base, to create a wonderful, old-fashioned experience for our community,” said Sharon Linsenbardt, longtime owner of The Farm and host of the annual festival.  “They are truly dedicated, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

Man Hurt in Fire Improving

Man Hurt in Fire Improving

LAS VEGAS --City of Las Vegas fire officials say the condition of a man critically injured during a house fire earlier this week is improving.  

The man was able to talk to officials and told them he hopes to be going home soon. The fire started late Monday night at a home near Ann Road and Rainbow Boulevard. It had started in the bedroom because of careless smoking. The man escaped the house and was waiting outside. At that point, he decided to go back into the house and get his car keys. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they searched the house and found the man nearly lifeless in a back bedroom. The crew rushed him to the Burn Unit at University Medical Center. He suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns. 

The damage to the home is estimated at $75,000. 

Las Vegas Man Enters Not Guilty Plea in Teen Girl's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Javier Righetti entered a not guilty plea in court Thursday morning. He is accused of the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of as Las Vegas teen.

A prosecutor in the case said RIghetti, also a teenager, wanted to prove he could be as brutal as the most notorious Las Vegas gang member. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.

There's no evidence 19-year-old Javier Righetti knew Alyssa Otremba, the Arbor View High School sophomore he is accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, robbing and stabbing more than 80 times Sept. 2 before leaving her corpse in a vacant lot not far from her home. "It made him feel powerful," prosecutor Christopher Lalli said of the 6-foot-2 and 205 pound Righetti, who provided what Lalli called an "elaborate confession" to police following his Sept. 6 arrest.

Free Movie Friday Night

Free Movie Friday Night

 

The city of Las Vegas plays host to a free movie in the park at 7 p.m. Friday at the Centennial Hills Park Amphitheatre, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive.

The family-friendly film will be “Casper,” an animated film rated PG.

DA Will Seek Death Penalty in Teen Girl's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County District Attorney's office has announced it will seek the death penalty for the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering a teenage Las Vegas girl.

Javier Righetti, 19, of Las Vegas is accused of killing 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba. She was kidnapped and killed over the Labor Day weekend. Righetti faces 10 charges for the attack on Otremba along with charges in connection with an attack on another teen.

During a grand jury proceeding, it was revealed that Righetti has a history of violent sexual assault dating back to when he was 12 years old.