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Texas woman pleads guilty in shooting deaths of 2 daughters

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017.

Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against 31-year-old Sarah Nicole Henderson in exchange for her guilty plea Wednesday on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her 7- and 5-year-old daughters.

Henderson has been in custody since her arrest in November 2017 at her home near Mabank, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

Authorities have said sheriff’s deputies initially were summoned to the home about a possibly suicidal woman. They cleared the scene but authorities received a 911 call three hours later about the shooting.

KETK-TV in Tyler reported that Henderson last year sought an insanity defense but was found competent to stand trial... Read More

Starved teen weighed 24 lbs at time of death, mother pleads no contest to murder

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — The mother of a Virginia boy who died from severe starvation and neglect has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 37-year-old Amy FaJohn entered her plea in court on Wednesday. Prosecutors dropped charges of first-degree murder and felony child neglect.

A coroner said that when 13-year-old Jalen Goldsborough was found dead last year, he had sores, sunken skin and weighed just 24 pounds (11 kilograms). Prosecutors say Jalen Goldsborough was disabled after his father physically abused him when he was an infant.

In 2005, Charles Byron Goldsborough II was convicted of aggravated malicious wounding for shaking Jalen Goldsborough so violently it caused blindness and brain injuries.

FaJohn lived with her boyfriend, Anthony Saunders. He pleaded guilty to felony child neglect Wednesday... Read More

Suspected car thief shot, wounded by Metro officer

A suspected car thief is hospitalized after being shot and wounded by a Las Vegas Metro police officer late Wednesday night.

.@LVMPD say at least one officer shot a suspected car thief overnight near Desert Inn & Sandhill. LIVE from the scene still blocked off by police, on @8NewsNow Good Day #8NN pic.twitter.com/Nkysyakdtf

— Hector Mejia (@hectormejianews) July 18, 2019

According to Metro Captain Kelly McMahill, officers were called to the 7800 block of Sea Horn Court to investigate a burglary and stolen pickup truck around 8:30 p.m. Police were immediately able to track the stolen truck... Read More

CCSD. Supt. Dr. Jesus Jara meets with principals to discuss dean situation; no decision made

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The future is still undecided for Clark County School District deans after Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara met with principals to discuss plans to keep their positions.

Some people 8 News Now spoke with said the event went well, but other staff members’ lives are up in the air, as they are left in limbo right before school starts.

“What’s going on? Where are we going from here,” asked Shadow Ridge High School Dean Cristal Boisseau. “We’re still losing sleep here. We’re still worried. We’re still concerned.”

Wednesday’s meeting comes a week after a heated CCSD Board of Trustees meeting, where Dr. Jara promised to explore different avenues from his original plan to eliminate the district’s 170 positions. Dr. Jara said he still needs to find a way to save CCSD $17 million. ... Read More

I-Team: Biological mother of child brutally beaten by her released from prison

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A woman convicted of beating her son is no longer in prison. The I-Team has been following the story of “Baby Joel” and his adoptive mother for a while.

Joel Cheney, Baby Joel as he is lovingly called, was once a healthy baby, but the first time he was beaten he was an infant.

His now-deceased father was convicted and went to prison for the brutal act.

After the incident, Joel was placed back with his mother, and the second time he was beaten, he was a toddler. However, this time, Joel almost died.

“I’m thinking what could he have done to make you get to the point where you would just beat him to a pulp,” said Paula Cheney, Joel’s adoptive mother.

Joel’s biological mother, now-39-year-old Alicia Corte, was sent to prison.

Cheney was a foster parent to Joel the first time he was hurt and helped nurse him to recovery. The second time, she adopted him... Read More

Henderson City Council votes to allow short-term rentals in residential areas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) –– It’s official: Short-term rentals in residential parts of Henderson are now allowed, thanks to a unanimous vote by the city council Tuesday night. That means people can rent homes through companies like Airbnb.

The City of Henderson says while it’s allowing short-term rentals in residential areas, there are still plenty of regulations so that enforcement will be stronger than ever. There’s a long list of requirements the renters have to meet.

Henderson short-term rental rules and standards.

“The biggest, I think, complaint, that we get is the party house,” said Michael Tassi, the director of Community Development and Services, City of Henderson.

But noisy neighbors in short-term rentals will soon be a thing of the past in Henderson. The rentals, usually done through companies like Airbnb and VRBO, can no longer be used for special events, such as private parties or bachelor parties... Read More

Liberty High student fights for his life; mom opens up about son’s brain tumor

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An unexpected illness has a student at Liberty High School, fighting for his life. Liam Edge, 16, has a large tumor in his brain, and according to his mother, it has completely changed his life.

“He means everything to us; my family doesn’t work without him,” said Julieanna Edge, Liam’s mom.

Edge is still very much in shock over her son’s condition because just days ago he was an active teen who loved tennis, rock climbing, and video production, now all he and his family can worry about is the next steps in his treatment.

“He’s one of the anchors if you will, for Liberty High School and that’s what he wants to do someday,” Edge said.

That was until Liam’s world turned upside down... Read More