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Acts of Kindness: Leora Senior

LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas woman is using her love of knitting to provide comfort for those who need it.

“When my husband died, I got to thinking. I can't sit here by myself, so I went to doing something for somebody else,” Leora Senior said.

That was 18 years ago. For the past two decades, Senior turned a hobby into an activity that benefits others.

“It relaxes me,” she said.

She volunteers her time at the West Flamingo Senior Center, teaching knitting and crochet classes.

“I feel, this way, if I am doing it at my age, maybe somebody else can say, ‘I can do that,'” she said.

8 News NOW received some lovely letters from women who praise Senior's many good deeds. The letters also mention that Senior is on a limited income, but that doesn't stop her from buying all the yarn and materials to benefit others.

Brazyl Ward: Takes first steps one year later

LAS VEGAS -- On Halloween night last year, Brazyl Ward, 6, was dressed in pink Power Ranger costume when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left for dead. Somehow she survived and continues her journey to recovery.

Although she is now home, she is still in a wheelchair but learning to walk again. A goal she hopes to achieve by the end of the year. This week Brazyl started using a cane at home. In the past year, she has gone from a girl clinging to life to a girl ready to go back to school. Her parents did not think she would begin recovering so fast.

"No, not at all. Seeing when she first went to rehab, when she first opened her eyes, the first talk, no.

Pet store owner enters guilty plea in pet shop fire

Gloria Lee

LAS VEGAS - The woman accused of setting her pet store on fire with puppies still inside entered a guilty plea in Clark County District Court Monday morning.

Gloria Lee took a plea deal that had her plead guilty to one count of arson, one count of insurance fraud and one count of cruelty to animals. Under the deal, the 28 other charges against Lee will be dropped at her sentencing. Prosecutors say Lee wanted to burn the business and collect the insurance money.

Lee, and her co-defendant Kirk Bills, were accused of starting a fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Boutique on Jan. 27, 2014. A sprinkler system put out the fire and saved the lives of the 27 puppies inside the store. Several months later, all the puppies were adopted out to new homes.

Driving You Crazy: Holes near Rainbow and Mountains Edge

LAS VEGAS - Dave says there's a hole at the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Mountains Edge Parkway that is so big, it could hold a Fiat. He says holes like this pose problems for motorcycle riders.

Clark County representatives say the holes are the result of a series of projects that are underway for the southwest part of the valley. County crews are paving Rainbow between Cactus Avenue and Erie Avenue as part of the Cactus Overpass Project, which will wrap up in a few months.

The county will advertise bids for construction next year for work on Rainbow from Cactus to Blue Diamond Road.

Buffalo Drive will also be widened, and crews will install a traffic light at Buffalo and Mountains Edge Parkway. By the end of the year, drivers will also see a new northbound lane on Durango Drive at Blue Diamond.

Barricade situation in southwest ends peacefully

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say a barricade situation in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley has ended with one person arrested.

According to police, the situation started at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home near Ft. Apache and Blue Diamond roads, when a 30-year-old man got into a fight with his 70-year-old father.  

The 30-year-old man had a knife and was threatening to kill himself. Some nearby homes were evacuated.

The man eventually surrendered to police just before 7 p.m.  


Plea delayed for Belize native in Las Vegas deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge postponed arraignment for a 27-year-old native of Belize who a prosecutor says could face the death penalty following his indictment in the shooting death of one woman and the wounding of another in a parking lot outside a Las Vegas restaurant.

Defense attorney John Momot said Tuesday the case involving Carim J. Cruz is complicated, and he needs time to determine if he'll represent Cruz on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Aug. 16 shooting outside the Geisha House sushi and steak restaurant.

A judge reset Cruz's arraignment for Oct. 23.

Prosecutor Brad Turner said outside court that the case will be considered by the district attorney's death penalty panel.

Police say Cruz argued with 33-year-old Deanna Serano's boyfriend before shooting from a car, killing Serano.

4-car crash tying up traffic along Buffalo Drive

LAS VEGAS -- One person has been taken to the hospital after a four-car crash on Buffalo Drive and Rochelle Avenue, which is between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road.

According to Metro Police, the crash happened just before 4 p.m. Monday. Police say that a juvenile in one of the cars was ejected, but police have not said whether it was that juvenile who was taken to the hospital. Police told 8 News NOW that none of the injuries was life threatening.

No roads are closed in the area, but there are traffic delays.