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Be wary of ‘woodchucks’ who prey on seniors

Seniors who live alone in their own homes are cautioned to be wary of “woodchucks” or fake home contractors who gain their confidence and then charge huge amounts of money for unnecessary work.

Increased police patrols planned

Boulder City Police Department will be joining with officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol and Metropolitan Police Department to increase patrols Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, on U.S. Highway 95 between Interstate 11 and Searchlight.

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Telephone scams hard to trace

Criminals make the name of your bank pop up on the caller ID and advise you to call back at an unknown number. Never call back an unknown number. The IRS will never contact you by phone or email, only by U.S. mail.

Drivers urged to be cautious in road work zones

As part of Nevada Department of Transportation’s observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which continues through Friday, April 12, drivers are being encouraged to be more cautious on roadways where there is construction.

Flashing Their Badges

Friends of the Boulder City Police Department recently donated a collection of around 275 patches from law enforcement agencies around the world. Some of the patches date to the early 1960s. They were recovered from the police station when some remodeling was being done and were sitting in storage. Here, Police Chief Tim Shea, second from left, accepts the patches from Friends board members Dr. Larry Smith, president, far left, John Chase and Marcela Fastow on Friday.

Elderly easy prey for scammers

Among the types of fraud are those that concern Medicare/health insurance. The main goal in these types of scams is to get older people to give them their personal information or to provide bogus services at makeshift mobile clinics, and then use the personal information they provide to bill Medicare and pocket the money.

Hospital recognized for innovative antibiotic program

Boulder City Hospital recently received national recognition for using an innovative process to improve patients’ health.

Brain injury symptoms can last for weeks

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI may range from mild, i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to severe, i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury.

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