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Acts of Kindness: Tonya and Mike Veach

LAS VEGAS - Mike and Tonya Veach are volunteers at Canyon Ridge Mercy House, a non-profit that serves the needy throughout the community. If you stop by, you will likely find one of them there.

"It's hard to describe, but you see it in people's face(s) and their eyes, the help," said Tonya Veach. "They're so appreciative, the help that they get."

"They come here with a smile, and you can see in their face(s) that they receive payment through helping others," said Mike and Tonya's colleague Morgan McGowen. "That's the joy in it for them."

That joy has inspired Tonya to spend more than 40 hours a week at Mercy House - going above and beyond the duties of any volunteer.

"She'll stay late if I've got other projects going on I need help with or if we've got something coming up. She'll come on the weekends and give extra hours," McGowen said.

Paving Work Closes U.S. 95 Access

Paving Work Closes U.S. 95 Access


Halloween will bring tricks instead of treats for drivers in the northwest part of the valley.

On Wednesday, the Ann Road on-ramp to access southbound U.S. 95 will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving. Drivers are asked to use Craig Road to access southbound U.S. 95 and Rancho Drive.  

Depending on the temperature, the Ann Road off-ramp will be closed Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving. Drivers may use the Craig Road off-ramp to access Rancho Drive to Ann Road. The Ann Road on-ramp to access southbound U.S. 95 will remain open.   

In order to perform open-grade paving, the temperature must be 70 degrees or above.  This work is part of U.S. 95 West Corridor’s phase one project, which is near completion.

No Threat Found After Highway Closure Near Creech

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Bomb squad members say they didn't find anything suspicious in some vehicles parked near the gate of Creech Air Force Base, even though the highway was shut down as a precaution.

Creech officials say base law enforcement responded to reports of suspicious vehicles near the main gate about 3:45 Monday morning. Authorities say dogs trained to detect explosives alerted them during a routine check of the tractor-trailers, and the Nevada Highway Patrol temporarily closed U.S. Route 95.

Members of the Las Vegas police bomb squad determined the vehicles were safe and there was no threat. The highway has since been reopened. Creech Air Force Base is located near Indian Springs, north of Las Vegas.

Art Event Leads 50th Season for Ski Resort

Art Event Leads 50th Season for Ski Resort


An upscale art event will kick off the 50th anniversary season of the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

Who’s On Board, a red carpet event at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art and The Lady Silvia in downtown Las Vegas, will take place Friday, Nov. 16. The event includes a cocktail reception, art show and a silent auction, with the invitation-only part of the event running from 6 to 8 p.m. and doors opening to the public thereafter.

LVSSR officials challenged 50 local artists to create original pieces using snowboard cutouts as their canvases. A variety of local artists are involved in the exhibit including graffiti artist Ras One, who owns POP2 Cultural Arts Center, sculptor Miguel Rodriguez and tattoo artist Serene Temple, among others.

Las Vegas High Schooler Named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band


A Las Vegas high school student will be honored for his acceptance into a prestigious nationwide marching band.

Daniel Gershin from Shadow Ridge High School is the newest member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He'll be recognized for his accomplishment at an assembly set for Tuesday at Shadow Ridge High School.

Gershin is one of only 125 high school seniors from around the country chosen to play in the band or be part of the color guard. Members of the band will perform during the halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in January.

The event is not open to the public.

Bulls Rounded Up in Northwest Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A couple dozen bulls were reported loose near Jones Boulevard and Washburn Road in northwest Las Vegas Thursday evening, Metro spokeswoman Carla Alston said.

However, the 20 to 30 bulls were initially nowhere in sight. Police said by the time they arrived, the bulls had been rounded up and herded back into their pens.


Doctor Charged in Oxycodone Sales Re-Arrested

Vinay Bararia

LAS VEGAS – A doctor who is facing charges in connection with the sale of oxycodone in the Centennial Hills Hospital parking lot earlier this year was arrested Thursday for violating his pretrial release.

Vinay Bararia, the hospital's former co-chair, is scheduled in court at 3 p.m. Thursday. It is unclear what the violation is.

He is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute of a controlled substance.