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Residents Evacuated For Main Line Gas Leak in SW Valley

Residents waiting outside after being evacuated from their homes because of a main gas line leak.

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County firefighters have evacuated residents in the 5300 block of Del Gado Drive, near Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard, after a gas leak was reported about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters evacuated 15 families from four apartment buildings as a precaution. The number of evacuees is expected to increase as people return home from work, county spokesman Dan Kulin said.

Those famillies -- about 55 people -- were put into temporary housing.

People who are in the area of Del Gado Drive, Edmond and Solteros streets are advised to stay indoors, he said.

Southwest Gas is working on the leak, which is coming from a main gas line, he said. About 4 p.m. the leak was stopped, but it is unclear when residents will be allowed to return home, he said.

New Immigration Offices Open

New Immigration Offices Open

Federal immigration officials unveiled new Las Vegas offices Monday.

The new office near Warm Springs Road and Jones Boulevard will be a one-stop shop for people immigrating to the U.S. or changing their immigration status, including trying to become citizens, getting green cards or applying for work visas.

The new facilities are now separate from immigration enforcement, which officials hope will make immigrants feel more comfortable.

Officials say the new office should also help with the new wave of young people called "dreamers", which are people brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children. Under new federal regulations, people in that group who qualify will not be deported.

"It helps us streamline things. We can see people much more efficiently by having control of the building and the processes that happen here," Marie Sebrechts with U.S. Citizenship and Services said.

Gas Station to Offer $1.84 Gas Tuesday

 

One gas station plans to roll back prices to what they were on the day President Obama took office.

The 76 Speedee Mart on Desert Inn and Wynn Roads will be lowering gas to $1.84 a gallon between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday. The offer is for the first 150 cars and for up to 15 gallons per car. Once those cars hit the limit, the prices go back to normal.

Workers at the gas station are prepared for the expected rush of customers.

“I am hoping we get them wrapped around the building and down the street. I mean, I want it all.  I want it all,” store manager Nicole Polk said. 

The gas price roll back is a promotion by the nonprofit Libre Initiative, a conservative national policy organization. The organization is committed to expanding production of energy resources in America. 

Burro Gather Slated for This Week

Burro Gather Slated for This Week

 

Burros said to be a “safety hazard” by Bureau of Land Management officials will be rounded up within the Blue Diamond community near Red Rock National Conservation Area beginning Monday.

BLM workers will gather about 30 nuisance burros from the baseball diamond within the community. The temporary bait trap will consist of a series of corral panels and hay, and will be removed every evening so the park can be used.

BLM officials said the “nuisance burros” are being gathered because they pose a safety hazard along State Route 159 and cause property damage in Blue Diamond. The gather is expected to last about five days.

215 at Sunset Reopened After Rollover

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol reopened all three lanes of north/westbound traffic of the 215-Beltway near Sunset Road after a car rollover.

The accident happened about 6:55 p.m. Friday after reports of a car driving recklessly. The Nevada Highway Patrol said the woman driving the car lost control and crashed. Speeding was a factor in the wreck.

The woman was taken to University Medical Center's trauma center. The extent of her injuries are not yet known. 

Woman Arrested in Cell Phone Theft Rings

Heather Serenbetz, 20, of Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police have announced the arrest of another person in connection with alleged cell phone theft rings in the southwest Las Vegas valley.

According to police, young men and a woman were looking for people who appeared distracted or inattentive to their surroundings. After finding a potential victim, they would run by the person, grab the phone and run to a waiting vehicle. Some people were either talking or texting on their phones when they were stolen from them, police said.

Heather M. Serenbetz, 20, of Las Vegas, was arrested on several charges, including nine counts of grand larceny, 10 counts of burglary and six counts to commit larceny from a person. According to police Serenbetz drove the getaway vehicle. According to the Clark County Detention Center, she was arrested Aug. 27.

Also arrested were Joseph Neal Cardenas, 24, and Justin Profit, 18, both of Las Vegas.