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Cactus Avenue Interchange to open Friday

LAS VEGAS - A long-anticipated road project is finishing earlier than expected. The Nevada Department of Transportation is opening the Cactus Avenue Interchange over I-15 on Friday.

The Cactus Avenue interchange allows drivers to access I-15 from Cactus Avenue. The goal is to relieve congestion along Silverado Ranch Avenue at St. Rose Parkway.

The interchange also extends Cactus Avenue between Dean Martin Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The $52 million project began in April 2013. It was scheduled to open in October. NDOT says crews will make final adjustments to the project during the next few weeks, despite Friday's opening.

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Driving You Crazy: Jagged conditions on Durango Drive

LAS VEGAS - Multiple drivers say a stretch of Durango Drive between Tropicana Avenue and Desert Inn Road is jagged and uneven. Many want to know when it will be fixed.

Clark County officials say the problem lies in a sulfur material that was used during the road's construction in 2004. At first, the sulfur material addressed issues with the mix design of the pavement. Over time, however, it caused the road to become jagged and uneven.

In 2012, crews milled down and tried to smooth the road, but it was a temporary solution.

The county has been working for years on a plan to fix Durango. The design is 90 percent finished, and county officials expect to have enough funding by the end of the year. The money comes from the gas tax that people pay when they fill their tanks.

Crews will eventually pulverize, remove and replace pavement on Durango from Tropicana to Desert Inn. Traffic8 will continue to follow this project for further developments.

Police hope surveillance video will nab burglary suspects

LAS VEGAS-- Detectives with LVMPD have released surveillance video of three men that they think are responsible for a rash of burglaries in Southwest Las Vegas.  Officers said several burglaries occurred in the area of Blue Diamond Road and Buffalo Drive.

During one of the incidents captured on surveillance cameras outside of one resident's home, the suspects are seen walking slowly around the property as they check it out.  Detectives said a victim in the 7600 block of Corvina Avenue told them back on July 2, 2014 that at around 9:30 p.m.

Made.LV is open and ready for business

Updated comfort food headlines the menu at newly opened restaurant at Tivoli Village.

Made.LV, from the husband-and-wife team of restaurant developer Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla, opened last week near the Alta Drive entrance to Tivoli Village in a space formerly occupied by Hops & Harvest.

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Overcrowding plagues CCSD schools

LAS VEGAS -- On this first day of school, the Clark County School District is experiencing some growing pains.

CCSD projects it will serve an estimated 320,000 students this school year, breaking last year's record enrollment of more than 315,000 students.

The hardest hit campuses are elementary schools, which are almost 18 percent over-capacity on average.

Campuses are getting crowded and everyone from administrators to parents to kids is learning lessons on escalating enrollment.

It is the first day of school at Ries Elementary School, which is serving the booming southwest valley.

Brenna Monaghan has been coming here since kindergarten. On Monday, she began fifth grade.

"I actually know a lot of my friends here still, so that's good," Brenna said.

But Brenna's final year will be different because Ries Elementary is now a year-round school.

Arrest made in Geisha House shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Police have arrested the man they say is responsible for a double shooting in the parking lot of the Geisha House that left one woman dead and another injured.

Metro Police took Carim Cruz, 27, into custody Thursday. He faces nine charges including murder, attempted murder, battery and assault. Deanna Serano, 33, was killed in the shooting.

According to the arrest report, Cruz got into argument with Serano's boyfriend, Richard Lambey, who was part of a large group of people at the Geisha House. The argument between Cruz and Lambey spilled over into the parking lot on Saturday, Aug. 16. After the fight, Cruz got into his car and drove by the crowd and fired several shots. Two women were struck, including Serano. The other woman was wounded.

 

 

 

Motorcyclist crashes trying to evade police

 LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a motorcycle crash on Ravenhood Drive near Spring Valley Parkway and Rainbow Boulevard.

The crash occurred just after 10 a.m. Thursday. Metro Police say they attempted to stop a motorcyclist on an unregistered bike but the rider tried to evade police and ended up crashing.

The rider was taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries.