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Stepmother: School Should Have Intervened in Boy's Death

LAS VEGAS -- Days before 12-year-old Austin Mercado died, on Jan. 27, 2012, the sixth grader began vomiting at Johnson Middle School and went to the nurse.

Three days later, Austin had to be escorted by a teacher back to the school nurse because he was still suffering from severe stomach pain and had a fever of 100.9 Fahrenheit.

By Feb. 3, the day before he died, the nurse said he was "dehydrated, weak, pale and his fingers were blue."

Read the Arrest Report for Kalinda Mercado

"The school could have do more," Austin's stepmother, Kalinda Mercado, said. Mercado is facing a charge of murder in the boy's death.

Speaking outside the courtroom, Mercado said the school should have called 911.

Metro Officer Involved in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- A Metro Police officer was hurt in an accident involving a small sedan Wednesday afternoon. His injuries are considered serious, but not life threatening. 

According to police, the crash happened at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at Summerlin Parkway and Durango Drive.

The officer was riding his department motorcycle when he crashed with a small sedan on the Durango Drive overpass. He was transported to University Medical Center trauma.

Northbound Durango Drive is closed as well as the westbound on ramp from Summerlin Parkway for the investigation.

Six Charged With Running Illegal Las Vegas Marijuana Dispensary

LAS VEGAS -- Six individuals were charged with unlawfully operating a marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

The federal charges, stemming from an April 23 indictment but unsealed Friday, were filed against Randy Ruley Phillips, 42, Randy Allen "Kevin" Kim, 24, and Andrew Yim, 24, all of Las Vegas, Jaclyn Mikie "Turtle" Sumarnkant, 27, of Alhambra, Calif., Quy "Gabe" Nguyen, 28, of San Diego, and Michael Minh Quang Dinh, 37, of Garden Grove, Calif. 

The indictment was unsealed at the initial court hearing for defendants Phillips and Dinh. They and Kim, Yim and Nguyen, who already appeared in court, were all released on personal recognizance bonds pending trial.

More Details Released in Recent Officer-Involved Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police released more details Monday after officers shot a man last month who was suspected of murder.

Police say Nathan Benson charged at officers with a large butcher knife after leading officers on a foot chase near Rainbow Boulevard and Alta Drive April 29.

A tip from a citizen helped police officers locate Benson.

Officers say Benson had killed his mother's roommate, Shauna Fernandez, the day before in the 6300 block of Grayhawk Avenue.

Police say one officer hit Benson with their patrol unit while trying to stop him. When they eventually cornered him, police say Benson raised the knife above his head and threatened officers.

That's when they were forced to shoot him in the abdomen.

Fundraiser Sunday for Teacher Battling Cancer

Fundraiser Sunday for Teacher Battling Cancer

LAS VEGAS -- A local charter school is doing what it can to help one of its teacher diagnosed with cancer.

Coral Academy of Science is hosting a fundraiser Sunday for kindergarten teacher Megan Emery, who recently went through surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in her lung.

"I have seen amazing support from our staff and faculty in raising funds for Megan's medical bills, but she needs more help." said Ercan Aydogdu, Executive Director, Coral Academy of Science.

The fundraiser will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Go-Kart Raceway at 7350 Prairie Falcon Road. The entrance fee is $20 with a flyer that can be found at drivetosurvive.webs.com.

There will be a go-kart tournament with prizes awarded for the top three times and a sports memorabilia silent auction.

Man Killed at Construction Site Identified

Man Killed at Construction Site Identified

LAS VEGAS -- The man killed in an accident at a construction site has been identified as 60-year-old William Paul Little of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

The coroner said Little died Tuesday morning from impact with a falling drainage pipe at a construction site on Fox Hill and Paseo Breeze drives.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.

Person Killed in Construction Accident

LAS VEGAS -- Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating a person killed at a construction site near Fox Hill Drive and Paseo Breeze Drive in Summerlin.

The accident happened at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The agency is not providing any more details.