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School pays tribute to Kiera Driscoll

HENDERSON, Nev. -- There were plenty of hugs and comfort at the American Heritage Academy Thursday as the school remembered 5-year-old student Kiera Driscoll, who lost her life to the flu.

Kiera became the fourth child in Clark County to die from the latest outbreak of the infectious disease.

The school paid tribute to her by flying its outdoor flag at half-staff. A large color photograph of Kiera, showing her bright eyes as she posed in her school uniform, greeted those who entered the academy's lobby.

Her classroom seat was occupied by a stuffed animal and her name tag. But it wasn't business as usual for her classmates, who have been trying to help Kiera's family as they cope with her death. They are working on remembrance cards and drawing pictures of comfort for her parents.

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Family loses Henderson girl, 5, to the flu

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed Wednesday that there have been six flu-related deaths in Clark County since October 2014.

Two deaths involved people between the ages of 5 to 24 years old; two deaths were adults over the age of 50 and two deaths involved children.

Kiera Driscoll, 5, was one who lost her life when she fell victim to the flu. The family of the little girl from Henderson said Kiera started showing cold symptoms on Sunday, and on early Monday morning, they took her to a walk-in clinic where she was treated and prescribed medicine. But Kiera's family said she collapsed later in the day.

Her mother performed CPR on her until an ambulance arrived. She was hospitalized, but her condition took a turn for the worse, according to her family, and on Tuesday little Kiera died from the flu.

“Life will never the same,” said Laurel Beckstead, aunt to Kiera.







Wreckage believed to be small plane headed to Henderson

File photo/Clark Mountains (Credit: Stan Shebs)

BAKER, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities have tentatively confirmed that wreckage spotted in the Mojave Desert mountains is from a small airplane with a husband and wife aboard that disappeared during a flight from Southern California to Nevada.

Maj. Marc Sobel of the Civil Air Patrol says he's confident his team on Wednesday has located the site in the Clark Mountain Range of the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza that disappeared from radar Tuesday night.

The Civil Air Patrol says a pilot and his wife were aboard the plane that left from California City for Henderson, Nevada.

Three air crews and three ground search teams were involved in the search. The wreckage was spotted at first light north of Interstate 15 about halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

I-Team: New clues in the true identity of Paul Fronczak

A photo of newborn Paul Fronczak just before he was kidnapped.

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A local man who has been searching for his true identity and blood relatives is one step closer to finding answers.

The story of Paul Fronczak was first investigated by the I-Team in 2012 and has since been re-told by news outlets all over the world. Since then, the man who thought he was Paul Fronczak has been getting a lot of help from genealogy experts and DNA sleuths.

The story involves two mysteries. First, what happened to the real Paul Fronczak, a newborn baby stolen from a hospital in 1964, and second, who is the mystery man in Henderson who, for 50 years, believed that he was Paul Fronczak? Teams of DNA detectives are close to getting some final answers.

"I get recognized now and then," Paul Fronczak said. "It's always, 'hey, you don't know your name, that kind of thing' and I'm like, yeah, I don't."

It's been a long strange trip for Fronczak, and it's not over yet.







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Gov. Sandoval unveils budget with $1.1 billion tax increase

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has unveiled a budget that would raise taxes by $1.1 billion and give the majority of that back to Nevada schools.

"My budget will make sure students are college ready by graduation," Gov. Sandoval said.

The proposal unveiled Thursday evening in Sandoval's State of the State address calls for restructuring the flat, $200-a-year business license fee into a fee that varies based on a company's gross receipts and industry type. It also calls for making temporary "sunset" taxes permanent.



Man to spend 9 to 30 years in prison for lewdness with a child

LAS VEGAS -- A man who pleaded guilty to acts of lewdness with a child was sentenced from 9 to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Police say Bryan Hargrave, 40, would spend time at the Fiesta Rancho ice rink and befriend single mothers who had boys who played hockey.

The victim was a 7-year-old child who was inappropriately touched in his own home. Hargrave spent time at the family's home and help the mother put her children to bed. When the victim's mother learned of the incident, she reported Hargrave to police.  

When confronted with the allegations, Hargrave slit his wrists in a suicide attempt.

Hargrave will have to register as a sex offender once he is released from prison.

Police arrested, ticketed multiple drivers during DUI enforcement

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Officers arrested nine drivers on DUI charges during a big enforcement effort which targeted impaired drivers.

Over a three week period, which ended on Jan. 5, Henderson Police officers, along with the Metro and Mesquite Police agencies used “saturation patrols” to search the area for drunk drivers. Officers also issued 61 tickets to drivers who were speeding, HPD said.

There were seven citations given out to drivers who ran red lights, and a number of tickets were given to drivers who didn't have insurance, drove on a revoked, suspended or expired driver's license, or drivers that didn't have the right vehicle registration.

Last year, 285 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 74 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety.