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Lane Reductions and Shifts Start for Cactus Avenue Interchange

Lane Reductions and Shifts Start for Cactus Avenue Interchange

Lane reductions and shifts will start next week along I-15 for construction of the Cactus Avenue interchange.

Starting Wednesday, May 29 through the end of the year, northbound I-15 will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes between the Silverado Ranch and St. Rose Parkway interchanges.

It is just the beginning of a series of lane shifts and reductions as a complete interchange is built connecting Cactus Avenue with I-15.

In June, southbound I-15 traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of the freeway, while crews create three southbound and two northbound lanes on the southbound side of the freeway. When that work is finished, traffic will be shifted to the southbound side.

The $62 million project is designed to relieve traffic congestion along the freeway and at the two nearby interchanges.

The project is expected to last 18 months. 

I-Team: Nurse Gets Max Sentence in Child Sex Assault Case

Paul Santiago in a Las Vegas courtroom.

LAS VEGAS -- After more than eight years of delays, a sex offender who worked as a nurse is going to prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old patient.

The nursing board gave Paul Santiago a license knowing he was a convicted sex offender.

His victim, a 10-year-old child in foster care, became an adult before seeing justice.

The prosecutor negotiated a plea deal for probation after charging him for the sexual assault of two additional victims.

On Wednesday, Judge Kathleen Delaney sentenced Santiago to the maximum penalty, a minimum of 16 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty in February to two counts of attempted sexual assault.

According to police, Santiago forced the 10-year-old girl in his care at Montevista Hospital to perform oral sex on him.

Santiago declined to say anything before the judge imposed his sentence.

The judge, however, read from a letter sent by the victim.

Rio Zip Line Could Open This Summer

A rendering of the Voodoo Skyline at Rio.

LAS VEGAS -- Not for the faint of heart: in a couple of months thrill seekers will have a chance to zip between two towers at the Rio resort in Las Vegas.

The Rio is a popular spot take it the breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Soon, adrenaline junkies can not only do that, but also soar between the two hotel towers along a new zip line.

Joe Short al, director of New Capital Ventures, said zip line riders will be loaded into carts.

"These two booths will be removed and, essentially, we'll launch and load from this spot," he said.

On the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower at the Rio, just below Voodoo Lounge, the zip ride will launch. The riders will end up on top of the Panama Tower, just to the right of the Rio sign.

Zipping along about 33 mph, the ride is a little more than a minute long.

Las Vegans Anticipate Opening of Wet 'n' Wild

LAS VEGAS - Wet ‘n' Wild is opening its doors just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The opening marks the first time in nine years a large scale water park will call Las Vegas home.

The old Wet 'n Wild shut down in 2004 after nearly 20 years in operation on the Strip. The revamped park is in a new location near Fort Apache Road and Warm Springs Road.

Workers have spent months building the new park. Wet ‘n' Wild representatives say they wanted to bring a family-friendly attraction back to the valley. The new water park is not owned by the same company that owned the former park on the Strip.

The new water park features more than 25 slides – many of which can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

"The Rattler" is a family attraction. Four people ride it on an inner tube. They enter via two "rattles" which oscillate. Wet ‘n' Wild includes two "Rattlers".

People Standing in Line for Wet 'n' Wild Passes

People Standing in Line for Wet 'n' Wild Passes

 

The opening of  Wet 'n' Wild is just days away.

People have waited in hour-long lines to pick up their season passes before Monday's opening day.

Gold Pass holders will be able to go starting 8 a.m. Saturday. Wet 'n' Wild officials say people should get there early, before they reach capacity.

Season Pass holders will be able to go on Monday. It will be open to everyone on June 3.

Teenager Clipped by Truck, Driver Arrested

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating an incident where a teenager was clipped by a truck's side mirror.

According to police, the 13-year-old victim was walking on a sidewalk at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday near Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard, when the driver of a white truck drove up on the sidewalk and side-swiped him.

Witnesses told police that the truck was hitting curbs and driving onto sidewalks just before crash. The driver fled the scene; however, the truck was found a few blocks away abandoned.

Police arrested the driver near where the truck was found.

The teen suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Las Vegas Urology Agrees to $1 Million Settlement

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday.

The federal government contended that Las Vegas Urology engaged in improper billing between January 2005 and June 2010 to Medicare, TRICARE, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and the Railroad Retirement Medicare Program. In a settlement agreement effective May 17, the parties agreed to resolve the government's claims.