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Driving You Crazy: Cactus Avenue closure

LAS VEGAS - Maurice asks why Cactus Avenue between Maryland Parkway and Amigo Street remains closed despite the Cactus/I-15 interchange's recent opening.

He asks if this is some type of cruel joke. Many other drivers also aren't laughing about the closure.

First, this closed road has nothing to do with the Nevada Department of Transportation's Cactus Interchange project, but everything to do with a new land development: the Silverado Court Four Homes project.

Crews closed this stretch of Cactus, because they are installing flood control facilities. The county estimates the closure will last throughout November.

The county tells Traffic8 planners are also designing an improvement project for Cactus between Las Vegas Boulevard and Spencer Street. They anticipate construction bids by late next year.

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

Man charged with abuse after child had 'significant injuries'

LAS VEGAS -- A man has been charged with child abuse in connection with an incident where a child was found with serious injuries Monday afternoon.

Police announced Tuesday Anthony Castro was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse with substantial bodily harm and a count of child abuse neglect. Castro is reportedly the child's mother's boyfriend.

According to police, at around 1:45 p.m. Monday dispatchers received a call about child abuse at an apartment in the 4200 block of Viking Avenue, which is near Arville Street and Flamingo Road.

When officers arrived, they found an injured child believed to be between 2 and 3 years old. The child had, what police describe, as significant injuries and was taken to University Medical Center in an unknown condition. However, police say the child is going to be okay.

Police said they found Castro a few blocks from the apartment complex along Flamingo Road. 







Driving You Crazy: Light needed at Warm Springs and Tenaya

LAS VEGAS - Frank asks if the county will install a traffic signal at Warm Springs Road and Tenaya Way anytime soon. He says the area experiences at least one accident per week. He adds that widening the road would help, but a light would be better.

The county does not plan to widen the road at this time. Owners of the lots adjacent to Warm Springs have not yet dedicated right-of-way.

The county does plan to install a new light at that intersection. County representatives tell Traffic8 that the traffic signal system for the Warm Springs/Tenaya intersection is in its final design phase. They hope to seek construction bids this December.

It takes approximately two months to build a traffic signal. The county expects to have the signal up and running by spring of next year.

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

Man indicted for deadly Geisha House shooting

Carim Cruz

LAS VEGAS -- A man accused of shooting into a crowd and killing a woman near the Geisha House restaurant in August was indicted by a Clark County grand jury on charges of one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted murder.

Carim Cruz remains in the Clark County Detention Center and is being held without bail. He is accused of killing Deanna Serano, 33, in a parking lot outside the restaurant near Flamingo and Fort Apache roads. The shooting allegedly occurred following an argument.

Prosecutors said Cruz, a native of Belize, initially fled to California but later turned himself in. He is due in court Oct. 14.

Jury convicts 2 men in Mormon ruse robbery

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada jury has found two men who were accused of posing as religious missionaries guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery in a case that could get them life in prison for a violent Las Vegas home break-in.

Abraham Austin Jr. and Robert Estall II also were found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy, armed burglary and battery in the June 2013 home-invasion and beating of Terence Delucia.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Delucia testified about an ounce of marijuana and $3,000 was stolen. Delucia isn't facing drug charges.

Austin and Estall used to serve in the Air Force together. Prosecutors say they wore white collared shirts and black ties, pants and shoes of a style commonly worn by Mormon missionaries.

Austin and Estall are due for sentencing Dec. 4

Nov. trial set for accused puppy shop arsonists

Gloria Lee is on the right.

LAS VEGAS --  The two suspects in an alleged pet store arson case that got nationwide attention will go to trial in November.

Gloria Lee, the owner of the Prince & Princess Puppies & Boutique, appeared in Clark County District Court Wednesday morning. Lee was released on bail several months ago. Her co-defendant, Kirk Bills, also appeared in court, but remains in custody.

The judge set the trial date for Nov. 10, 2014. Both are facing several animal cruelty and insurance fraud charges.

Man hit by car at Tropicana and Decatur

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a car and a pedestrian near Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.

According to police, the crash happened just after 9 a.m. Friday. The victim was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the car stayed on scene and is being questioned by police.

The victim may have been on the side of the road panhandling, police said. They believe he may have stepped in front of the car. The driver had a green light at the intersection and may not be charged.

Some lanes at the intersection are closed for the investigation. Metro's fatal detail is responding to the scene.

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