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Henderson Girl Battles Rare Brain Disorder

HENDERSON -- A Henderson family is struggling against unbelievable odds.

Doctors believe their 6-year-old daughter has a rare brain condition with symptoms that no one else on Earth may have.

Mercy Doyle is like a lot of kids. She loves to color and go to church but her family and doctors are puzzled as they watch her body's immune system attacks her brain.

Camie Doyle says her daughter has no idea about the complicated battle going on inside her own body.

"It feels and looks very hopeless but we remain hopeful," said Camie Doyle.

Mercy was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder after she came down with mononucleosis a few years ago.

"She was actually born healthy and thrived the first two years of her life and it was literally overnight. We went on vacation and she literally over night the next day she could not walk," explained Camie.

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Nevada Judge Holding Meeting in Killer Dog Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada state judge is due to meet with attorneys for a New York-based group hoping to rescue a dog that killed a toddler at home in Henderson last month and send it to a sanctuary outside Denver.

The Nevada Supreme Court this week halted action to euthanize the 6-year-old mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix, named Onion, pending action by Clark County District Court Judge Joanna Kishner.

The closed-door meeting is today in Kishner's chambers. A decision isn't expected immediately.

Henderson city animal control officials had planned to euthanize the dog after it bit and killed the 1-year-old boy April 27.

The Lexus Project of Oceanside, N.Y., wants the judge to reconsider her ruling that the group has no ownership right to the dog.

The family that owned the animal isn't commenting.

Mother, Friends Remember Murdered Teen

LAS VEGAS -- The mother of a teenage girl who was shot and left to die in the desert spoke out to 8 News NOW about her loss.

Eighteen-year-old Breana Carasik-McGee was known among her friends as Roxi. She was also known for her bright smile and zest for life. Unfortunately, her life was cut short a few days ago by what her family and friends are calling a senseless crime.

"I want people to remember her beautiful smile, how outgoing she was, and determined," said Debra Casarik, Breana's mother.

Casarik-McGee graduated from Legacy High School last year. She was in college hoping to get into health care.

"I was shocked. I couldn't believe that would happen," said James Hall, a friend of Breana's.

On Tuesday, 19-year-old Ricardo Perez confessed to police he shot Breana after a long night of drinking. He told police the shooting was accidental and he panicked. He said he took her body to the desert where he shot her again.

Suspect Allegedly Admits Killing Woman, Dumping Body in Desert

LAS VEGAS -- New details have been released about the man who police say confessed to a murder at the Clark County Detention Center.

Ricardo Perez was arrested Tuesday afternoon after going to the jail and telling the on-duty officer that he had killed a woman and dumped her body in the desert. He told police he was turning himself in because it was the right thing to do.

Police later recovered the body and identified her as 18-year-old Breana Lynn Carasik-McGee. She was found in the foothills south of Henderson.

According to the police report, Perez said he was drinking heavily at a party and playing with a gun. As he was leaving the party, he says the gun went off, striking Carasik-McGee in the back of the head. He allegedly loaded her into his SUV and dumped her body in the desert.

According to the report, Perez confessed to shooting Carasik-McGee a second time when he dropped her body in the desert.

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CSN Students Graduate Monday

CSN Students Graduate Monday

 

The College of Southern Nevada is conducting its 40th annual commencement ceremony Monday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

This year marks a record number of students who are eligible to get a degree or certificate. This year 2,321 students are eligible to graduate. That is nearly 750 more students than the 2005 to 2006 school year.

"Getting my associate degree means that I am starting to lay the foundation for my son and me to thrive on,” said CSN 2012 Student Commencement Speaker and Class of 2012 graduate Seria Larry.

Larry is a survivor of domestic violence, a student government representative, honors student and a single mother.

CSN offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs in more than 130 areas of study.  

Three Businesses Busted for Selling Alcohol to Kids

Three Businesses Busted for Selling Alcohol to Kids

 

Clerks at three Henderson businesses were hit with citations Saturday night for allowing minors to purchase alcohol.

Henderson Police officers conducted checks of underage alcohol compliance at local stores. Officers from the Community Relations Unit, with the assistance of underage volunteers, checked 89 convenience stores, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout the city of Henderson. Of these, 86 did not sell alcohol to the underage person.

The businesses that failed were:

Students Honor Crossing Guards

Students Honor Crossing Guards

The students and staff at Robert Taylor Elementary School honored the men and women who help them get to school every day.

They held a special breakfast Thursday for the school’s crossing guards. The students decorated placemats and wrote essays thanking the guards for their work. Three of the six winners in the Look Out, Kids About “My Favorite Crossing Guard” essay contest, which included submissions from schools around southern Nevada, attend Taylor Elementary School.

The crossing guards appreciated the effort made by their students to honor them. They say they have one goal every day, keep kids safe.

"I try to tell the kids not to stand too close to the edge because you never know when a driver is going swerve. So, we keep them back a little bit.  I wish drivers would go the speed limit when all these children are around," crossing guard Cheryl Pascone said.