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BREAKING NEWS: 2 paramedics hurt in crash on Durango Dr.

LAS VEGAS -- The intersection of Blue Diamond Road and Durango Drive is closed after a crash involving a Clark County Fire Department vehicle and an SUV.

The crash happened shortly after 10:00 a.m. Friday, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

Four people were taken to University Medical Center and two of those victims were paramedics. One person had to be extricated from the SUV. There is no word on how serious the injuries are. The fire department vehicle, which is described as a mid-size ambulance, needs to be towed from the area.

Both directions of Durango Drive are closed for the investigation.

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Driving You Crazy: Tree blocks stop sign in southwest valley

LAS VEGAS - Kelli says a stop sign along westbound Mesa Verde Lane at Westwind Road is covered by a tree. This isn't a high traffic area, but drivers still need to see the sign.

The intersection sits in the southwest part of the valley, northeast of Rainbow Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road.

Pictures showed the tree on the right side of the road blocking the sign. As soon as Traffic8 contacted the county, crews went to the area and trimmed the tree.

After reviewing the sign's placement, the county decided to remove the sign. County representatives say it may have been installed when the corner was developed. They concluded the sign is no longer necessary.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Acts of Kindness: Haunted house raises money for charity

LAS VEGAS - The haunted house in the parking lot of Southern Hills Hospital is not to be missed. Not only will visitors get a good scare, but the entrance fee goes to a good cause.

Money raised will benefit the Public Education Foundation, the Shade Tree Shelter and an orphanage in Taiwan.

Twenty-six-year-old Jacob Bailey is the brains and architect behind the haunted house. His volunteers include a special group of students from Molasky Junior High School.

Sixteen-year-old Andrew Hernandez says he loved building the attraction.

“It gives me a satisfaction to get up every morning and go to work,” he said.

Construction started eight months ago. Hernandez and 14-year-old Ezra Alvarez-Key did the majority of the work.

“We usually stayed up till 1 a.m., building eight foot walls, gelling them together, trying to stand them up. That was probably the hardest work,” he said.

Truck hits, critically injures woman on Blue Diamond Rd.

LAS VEGAS -- A woman is in critical condition after being hit by a truck along Blue Diamond Road Thursday morning.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, a pickup truck was heading eastbound on Blue Diamond Road and hit the victim near the junction with I-15 at around 9:30 a.m.

The driver of the truck kept going east to Las Vegas Boulevard, where Metro Police stopped him. Eastbound Blue Diamond is down to one lane for the investigation.

The driver is suspected of driving under the influence, police said.

 

 

Driving You Crazy: Construction near Rainbow and Russell

LAS VEGAS - Marlene asks why there are so many traffic cones and blocked lanes near Russell Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Subcontractors for the county are preparing Rainbow from Russell to Sunset Road for the Flamingo Diversion-Rainbow Branch Storm Drain project.

The county estimates it will cost the Regional Flood Control District $8 million. The project will improve storm drain capacity along Rainbow to prepare for 100-year flood flows like the ones valley residents saw last month.

Once finished, the drain will be able to transport 1,148 cubic feet of water per second from that stretch of Rainbow to the Flamingo Diversion Channel.

Construction starts next year. The preparation work that is going on now should finish by November 20.

Crews have also switched their work hours; they will work overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Kirk Bills pleads guilty in Las Vegas puppy store fire case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 28-year-old fledgling boxer plead guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty for setting fire to a pet store where 27 puppies were rescued earlier this year.

Attorney Roger Bailey says Kirk Bills took a plea deal Wednesday to avoid trial on a total of 31 felonies.

Store owner Gloria Lee pleaded guilty last week to arson, attempted animal cruelty and insurance fraud in an agreement that could get her up to 24 years in prison.

The 35-year-old Lee is due for sentencing Feb. 25.

Bailey says Bills could face up to 15 years on the arson conviction, but hopes for less. He's been in jail since Feb. 7.

Prosecutors say Lee and Bills were videotaped setting fire Jan. 27 to the Prince and Princess pet shop.

Bills will be sentenced on March 2.

Acts of Kindness: Leora Senior

LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas woman is using her love of knitting to provide comfort for those who need it.

“When my husband died, I got to thinking. I can't sit here by myself, so I went to doing something for somebody else,” Leora Senior said.

That was 18 years ago. For the past two decades, Senior turned a hobby into an activity that benefits others.

“It relaxes me,” she said.

She volunteers her time at the West Flamingo Senior Center, teaching knitting and crochet classes.

“I feel, this way, if I am doing it at my age, maybe somebody else can say, ‘I can do that,'” she said.

8 News NOW received some lovely letters from women who praise Senior's many good deeds. The letters also mention that Senior is on a limited income, but that doesn't stop her from buying all the yarn and materials to benefit others.