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Henderson Man Faces Numerous Child Abuse Charges

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police say a 4-year-old boy nearly died from malnutrition after his mother's boyfriend abused him and his brother. According to police, the boys suffered physical and emotional abuse.

Police arrested Edward Colucci and charged him with kidnapping, assault and seven counts of child abuse. Henderson detectives believe Colucci not only tried to physically abuse his girlfriend's two children, but also emotionally break their will to live.

The 33-year-old Colucci was arrested November 23. That's when paramedics and Henderson police officers found a 4-year-old boy unconscious at a condominium inside the Montelago Village Resort. Detectives report the boy had sunken eyes and was so malnourished, his hair was falling out.

Dispatchers say that when the mother of the unconscious child called 9-1-1, she could be heard telling Colucci, "you went too far."

Police: Nevada Pastor Sexually Abused 2 Girls

LAS VEGAS  -- Police say a Las Vegas area pastor facing sexual assault charges involving a teenage girl has been arrested again after a second girl claimed he fondled her.

Henderson Residents Warned About Copper Thieves

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The lights are back on along Lower Meadows Avenue near Eastern Avenue and Green Valley Parkway. Crooks ripped out all the copper from the street poles. The thieves left the neighborhood in the dark and ran away to cash in the copper at scrap yards.

John Penuelas, Jr. is Henderson's traffic engineer. He says thieves are targeting the city, tearing street lights apart and grabbing all the copper they can get their hands on.

"Any place is vulnerable," he said. "As copper prices peak, the activity peaks. If copper goes back down, then they kind of move on to other things. So, it's completely cyclical with the market."

Penuelas says Henderson residents should call 911 if they see a suspected copper thief. "If it's after our normal work shift, which is six in the morning to four in the afternoon, they are definitely not authorized," he said.

Henderson Pastor Accused of Sexual Assault

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A Henderson pastor is behind bars accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Otis Holland is accused of molesting the girl several times over a two-year period. He is the pastor at United Faith Church.

In a police report, it reveals the victim came to Holland in 2008 for counseling which is when the first assault allegedly took place. The victim also told officers Holland took her to a secret room where a video camera was hidden in the couch and he assaulted her.

It wasn't until Christmas day of 2009 when the victim told her parents what was happening and they went to police. After an investigation, Holland was arrested for three counts of sex assault with a minor under the age of 16.

Henderson Child Abuse Case Raises Questions

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Questions remain in the child abuse case that Henderson police say nearly killed a 4-year-old boy. According to police, the severe abuse went on for months and involved the boy and his 8-year-old brother. Psychologists and abuse advocates are now speaking out about the case.

Paramedics and Henderson police officers found a 4-year-old boy unconscious at a condominium inside the Montelago Village Resort November 23. Detectives report that the boy's 8-year-old brother had sunken eyes and was so malnourished, his hair was falling out. Police say the mother's boyfriend, Edward Colucci, bit the boy's nose, sprayed glass cleaner into his eyes and forced him to eat his own vomit. Police say both boys were victimized by Colucci.

8 News Now showed the arrest report Donnadee Gale. She's a licensed clinical social worker with experience treating torture and kidnap victims.

Man's Unsolved Murder Brings Community Together

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police still have no leads in the death of a local actor. Twenty-three-year-old Josh Dufort's body was discovered by a jogger in November. He was beaten, strangled and died from blunt force to the head.

While nearly two months have passed, his friends and family aren't giving up their fight to find the person responsible.

Josh Dufort moved to Las Vegas with a dream to become a professional actor. Friends say he didn't have a care in the world and don't know why he was targeted. Police have ruled his death a homicide and now members of the local acting community are rallying to catch his killer.

Along Eastern Avenue, at the corner of Pecos Ridge is a memorial. This is where the Dufort's body was found.

Simulator Shows the Need for a Designated Driver

HENDERSON, Nev. -- John Dlouhy has a drink at Henderson's T-Bird Lounge. He's doing so under the watchful eye of police officers.

Dlouhy volunteered to show the effects of alcohol on one's driving ability for one main reason -- he lost his mom and dad in a car accident 29 years ago.

Four vodka cocktails later and Dlouhy took the wheel of the simulator, having difficulty staying on the road. One of the tell-tale signs in the simulator is weaving across the double yellow lines and also not knowing what speed you're going.

Dlouhy handed over the keys to Designated Drivers, a group that has found it difficult to keep their program alive in these tough times.