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Free Tax Prep Help Available This Weekend

Free Tax Prep Help Available This Weekend


Tax preparation for struggling and lower-income households is available for free this weekend.

Households with an income of less than $51,000 in 2012 can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refund of up to $5,891.

In addition to more than 30 VITA sites across the Las Vegas Valley that will be open January 28 through April 15, United Way is organizing two large-scale tax preparation days:

Super Saturday, February 23
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
178 Westminster Way, Henderson

Super Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane

In 2010 through 2012, the “Earn It Keep It Save It” collaborative prepared more than 11,500 tax returns and provided more than $15.3 million in tax refunds back into the community.

Graffiti Project to Slow Traffic on Interstate 15

Graffiti Project to Slow Traffic on Interstate 15


Traffic will be slowed both directions on Interstate 15 near North Las Vegas on Saturday night for a cleaning and anti-graffiti project.

From 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, northbound and southbound I-15 near the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge structure south of Lake Mead Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes in both directions in order to clean an overhead sign and install cages designed to prevent graffiti.

In addition to closing the two right lanes in both directions, the northbound I-15 on-ramp from Washington Avenue and the southbound I-15 on-ramp from eastbound Lake Make Boulevard will also be closed. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Fugitive Dead in Las Vegas Gunfight Identified

LAS VEGAS  -- The ex-convict fugitive who was killed in a gunfight that left an FBI officer wounded Tuesday has been identified.

The FBI identified the fugitive as 32-year-old Javier Solomon Reyes. He was wanted for robbery with a deadly weapon and was the suspect in several carjackings, according to the FBI. Police had been looking for him since the end of December when he was accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend.

Reyes died overnight of wounds he received in the gunfight with a regional criminal apprehension team chasing him through a Las Vegas neighborhood.

FBI Agent Patrick Turner said Wednesday that an FBI agent was shot once in the chest and once in the back during the exchange of gunfire. But he was protected by a ballistic vest.

City Approves Plans for New Parking Meters Downtown

City Approves Plans for New Parking Meters Downtown


The city of Las Vegas is moving ahead with a plan it hopes will improve parking downtown.

The city council approved a plan Wednesday to take out old parking meters and replace them with easier to use models. The new meters are solar powered and take credit and debit cards, as well as cash. The meters also allow drivers to find empty parking spots using their smartphones.

Installation of the new meters will start this summer. 

The plan also calls for the removal of about 125 metered spaces, which will mean more free parking.

The new plan is the second phase of an overall effort to improve parking downtown. 

Acts of Kindness: Melinda Adams

Melinda and Annie

LAS VEGAS - Melinda Mejia Adams has been a champion for animals across the valley for years. Since 2007, she has volunteered countless hours a week at different organizations such as the Animal Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society and Canine Assistants.

"She's just a very sweet person, and I mean it shows. It shows in everything she does, and it shows in the way the animals love her too. She loves them, and they love her just as much," said Kelly McMahon with Canine Assistants. "She helps out whenever we go to any dog event where I have a booth. She helps out with the dogs, the booth. She helps out with me personally, helps me get to and from places and just get around. It's just non-stop. She's just amazing."

Driving You Crazy: Crosswalk Needed Near Warren Elementary

LAS VEGAS - Viewers say a crosswalk is desperately needed on Brandywine Way at Torrey Pines Drive near Warren Elementary School.

One viewer worries it's only a matter of time before a child gets hurt while trying to cross the street.

Another viewer says there is a crosswalk to cross Torrey Pines, but the location is in the middle of the road instead of at the corner of Torrey Pines and Brandywine where parents and students cross.

She says traffic not stopping is the biggest issue facing the area. That's what Traffic8 told the City of Las Vegas.

City officials are taking steps to correct the problem. The city's traffic engineering team will review this situation and see what can be done to improve safety.

The safety study will quickly get underway. As soon as it's finished and city officials make their decision, Traffic8 will report an update.

Surgery Rehab Center Promises to Create Jobs

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas councilwoman said a couple of health care rehabilitation projects could create jobs and give seniors a more comfortable transition from the hospital back to home.

Advanced Health Care of Las Vegas is scheduled to begin construction just north of MountainView Hospital by the end of March.

Once open, the hospital is expected to create 90 jobs and help get patients from the hospital back to their everyday life.

Recovering from hip surgery, Fredrick Droegemueller said he doesn't have any complaints about the skilled nursing facility on Sunset Road and Jones Boulevard.

"This is great," he said. "I've stayed in a lot of motel rooms that didn't have this nice of a room.

"There's a period after surgery where you're not really up to par and you got to get those muscles working again and get the healing time to happen."