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Police Searching for Lost Nuclear Gauge

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for help to find a lost nuclear density gauge that fell off a pickup truck.

The device is safe if used properly; however, if tampered with or damaged, there is a risk of dangerous radiation exposure.

The gauge fell out of a truck near Charleston and Lamb boulevard Tuesday. The device is 14 inches by nine inches with an electronic keypad display and a metal probe. The gauge weighs 31 pounds with a handle that extends 22 inches above the base.

It is labeled radioactive and marked with a radiation symbol. It is used to test the density and moisture content of soil and construction materials.

The owner of the device, Geo Tek Inc., is offering a reward for the return of the device. For information on the reward, call Steve Johnson at (702) 210-7397.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police at (702) 828-3111, or the State of Nevada's Radiation Control Program at 1-877-438-7231.

Local Students Get Help to Apply for College This Week

Local Students Get Help to Apply for College This Week

Students at nine Clark County School District high schools will get a chance this week to apply for college during a special College Application Week.

On Wednesday, representatives from Washington, D.C. were visiting Eldorado High School to help students there with their applications.

This is the first year that Nevada has been part of the nationwide push to get students to go to college. The effort is sponsored by gotocollegenevada.org.

School counselors, teachers, parents and community volunteers, along with college representatives, will be on hand at all the participating schools to help students fill out college applications.

Students who may not have considered college or need extra support in filling out the application are being targeted during this special week.

Coroner IDs Biker Who Fled Police, Crashed, Died

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 22-year-old motorcyclist who fled from a Las Vegas police officer before crashing into a minivan and dying over the weekend.

Clark County coroner's officials say Henderson resident Anthony Richard Lucero died in the crash Sunday night at the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Linn Lane.

Police say an officer had tried to stop the motorcycle about a mile away from where the crash eventually happened, but Lucero drove off and the officer didn't pursue him.

Witnesses told police the motorcycle was speeding without its lights on when it struck a van that was making a left turn.

Lucero was thrown from the bike and died on the scene.

Two people in the van had minor injuries.

Flood Control Project Meeting Wednesday

Flood Control Project Meeting Wednesday

More than a year after a devastating flood swept through the neighborhood, Clark County and the city of Las Vegas are updating residents on their effort to prevent more flooding in the eastern side of the Las Vegas valley.

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is hosting a public meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hollywood Recreation and Community Center about the Las Vegas Wash Project.

The project includes improvements to the Las Vegas Wash from Sloan Channel to Bonanza Road, Flamingo Wash from the Las Vegas Wash to Nellis Boulevard and reconstruction of the Desert Rose Golf Course.

The improvements will allow the wash to take in more water and move the water out of urban areas more efficiently.

One Dead in Motorcycle Crash

LAS VEGAS - One person is dead from an accident involving a motorcycle late Sunday night.

The crash occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. Police said officers tried to stop an unregistered motorcycle near Charleston Boulevard and Tree Line Drive, but the male rider failed to stop.

Police tracked, but did not pursue, the motorcycle as it turned from eastbound Charleston to westbound Charleston at a high rate of speed.

The bike crashed into a Dodge Caravan that was turning left on to Linn Lane.  The collision ejected the rider of the motorcycle, who died at the scene of the crash.

 

Local Chef Shows Off Healthy Cooking

A local chef is doing his part to help fight obesity in the Las Vegas valley.

Chef Darnell Hess went to Bracken Elementary School Wednesday to help educate the kids about healthy eating. The demonstration was part of an effort by the nonprofit Create A Change Now to improve children's health.

Organizers say the best way to teach kids how to take responsibility for their health is to give them an understanding of where their food comes from.

"It gives them some more hands on information about the food and how to cook it," Julie Sanders, Volunteer Coordinator with Create a Change Now, said.

Some of the vegetables the chef used to make the dishes for the kids were from the garden at the school.

Plan to Combine NLV and Las Vegas Services Moves Forward

Plan to Combine NLV and Las Vegas Services Moves Forward

The Las Vegas City Council and the North Las Vegas City Council voted to move forward with a plan to look into sharing services.

The councils voted for the assessment of sharing services during meetings Wednesday.

The assessment will take six months and will look at what areas the cities could share in an effort to save money. Services like parks and recreation, animal control, traffic, information technology and business licensing could be combined.

The cities have been sharing jail operations since February 2011.

Both Las Vegas and North Las Vegas have suffered because of the drop in tax revenue from the recession, but North Las Vegas has been hit particularly hard and has struggled to get its financial footing back.