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Art Festival will Feature Just-for-Kids Section

The Art Festival of Henderson will have a new feature this year just for budding artists.

There will be an area dedicated to allowing children to explore their imaginations through art. The Imagination Station will feature interactive art projects designed for little hands and growing imaginations.

There will be painting lessons, a giant recycled soda can mural, make and take Mother’s Day gifts, Henna artists and a yoga studio. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street.

Admission to the festival is free. Some of the booths and activities will require a fee.

There is also a chalk art contest. The city is currently taking applications for the competition. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: student and adult. There will also be a People’s Choice award. Artists interested in the competition must submit a sketch of the artwork by Friday, May 4.

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Deadly Las Vegas Dog Attack Highlights Dangers

LAS VEGAS -- The family of the Henderson 1-year-old brutally attacked and killed by the family's dog is hoping their tragedy will serve as a lesson.

While deadly dog attacks are very rare, the story of what happened to the family is raising concerns with other local families.

Child's Death from Dog Attack Ruled Accidental

"When you have toddlers around, you always want to be vigilant. They get into everything,"said Linsy Devouassoux, the mother of busy 27-month-old Caleb.

The tragic death of Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan hit close to home for the Devouassoux family. They have a German Shepard named Neige and a pitbull mix named Pippa.

"I can't even get my head around it. I can't imagine what the family is feeling," Devouassoux said.

Child Saved by Officer's Quick Response


The quick work of a Henderson Police officer is being credited with saving the life of a little girl.

The 18-month-old child fell into her family’s backyard pool just after noon on Sunday. When officers arrived, they found the child’s grandmother trying to give her cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Officer Erich Tschirgi quickly took over and told the grandmother to give emergency breathing while he continued chest compressions.

Shortly after the combined efforts of the grandmother and the officer started, the child began to move and make noise. Henderson Fire paramedics arrived minutes afterward and continued emergency treatment of the toddler. She was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital –Siena Campus. The girl is in the hospital but the prognosis is said to be good.

Dog Attacks, Kills 1-Year-Old

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A 1-year-old boy is dead after he was attacked by the family dog Friday night.

Family members say they and the boy, Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan, were at the child's grandmother's house for the toddler's first birthday party when the attack happened. Jeremiah was playing with the 6-year-old Matstiff-Rhodesian mix when the dog clamped his jaw on the boy's head and shook him. The grandmother and others in the house tried to free the boy.

"My mom, the whole time, tried to grab his head and [kept] his neck sturdy because the dog was shaking him so bad," said Chris Shahan, Jeremiah's father. "He broke his neck from what I've found out."

Paramedics were called. He was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital - Siena Campus. He was then taken by helicopter to University Medical Center. He died Saturday morning from his injuries. He turned 1 year old on Thursday.

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Police Hunt Man Who Allegedly Kidnapped Pregnant Girlfriend

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police are looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped his pregnant 22-year-old girlfriend.

Police say Robert A. Watkins III is accused of abducting Brittney M. Nelson, who is nine months pregnant. She was allegedly taken from their home on Nebraska Avenue, near Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Parkway, at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. She was found safe late Friday afternoon.

Police say Watkins was in court earlier in the day for a domestic battery charge. He allegedly left court and took Nelson at their home. Watkins is accused of choking Nelson in August of 2011.

"He was on trial on Wednesday for domestic violence on his current girlfriend. That's when he actually left court, went and found her, then abducted her. A witness saw him pulling her by the hair and later by the throat to come with him," said Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul. 

Firefighters Rebuild Home for Family in Need

Firefighters Rebuild Home for Family in Need


Henderson Firefighters proved they don’t just stop fires. They can also build houses.

Fire crews gathered Friday to help a Henderson family repair and rebuild their home. The firefighters chose the Brimhall family. Donna Brimhall is a breast cancer survivor who remains disabled. Harold Brimhall works at a local service station. They have a 22-year-old son with Down syndrome.

"It gives us peace of mind that nothing is going to happen. Nothing is going to totally break down and there's a big bill to have to pay," the Brimhalls said.

This is the second time the Henderson Professional Fire Fighters and Henderson Fire Fighters Benevolent Association have joined forces to help a Henderson family in need. They cleaned up the outside of the house and worked on items inside as well like the electrical system. The family received all new appliances, toilets and roof work.

All-Day Ska Show at Henderson Events Plaza

All-Day Ska Show at Henderson Events Plaza


An all-day festival of Ska music is coming to Henderson this weekend.

Viva Ska Vegas will be at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street. The show starts at noon Saturday. It is an all-ages show. 

The Ska-fest will be headlined by the Orange County, California band The Aquabats and the Jamaican band, The Skatalites. The Skatalites formed in the 1960s and are considered pioneers of the Ska movement. The Las Vegas-based band Tuesday After School will also be performing.

Tickets are still available. General admission tickets are $22 and VIP tickets at $42. VIP tickets include a T-shirt and poster, as well as discounted access to the bar. Tickets can be purchased through ticketfly.com.

The official after party will be held immediately following the show at The Goldmine Tavern, 23 South Water Street.