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State Launching Investigation Into Child Haven Rules

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada State Health Division is launching an investigation after five children managed to leave Child Haven, a county emergency shelter, by escaping through a locked gate and fence.

The siblings are no strangers to Child Protective Services, having been taken from their parents in the past.

Their parents, Jerry Nicholas and Theresa Bimbo, have a history of abuse and neglect charges from allowing their children to living in filthy conditions.

Child Haven workers said the children were never out of their sight as they worked to escape.

Although Clark County's Family Services Department said all protocols were followed, advocates are calling into question a policy that allowed the runaways to leave.

In a highly unusual move, the five siblings managed to escape Child Haven together, roaming the streets for 24 hours.

Private Citizen Spots Siblings Missing from Child Haven

LAS VEGAS -- The five siblings who ran away from Child Haven Tuesday have been found safe, Metro Police said.

The siblings who range in age from 7 to 14 years old were located in the northwest part of town Wednesday around 1:25 p.m. near Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive at a Taco Bell restaurant. Police say a private citizen spotted the children. By the time police arrived, the children had left the restaurant, but were located a short time later in a nearby Walgreens store. Police say the children will be returned to Child Haven.

Records Show Child Haven Runaways Lived in Filth

LAS VEGAS -- The parents of the five children who ran away from Child Haven Tuesday afternoon only to be found the following day pleaded guilty to contributing to the neglect of a child in 2011.

According to Clark County District Court records, Jerry Nicholas pleaded guilty to the charge in August 2011. He was sentenced to 76 days in county jail, but was released for time served.

His wife, Theresa Bimbo, was sentenced to eight month, but was also released for time served.

Nicholas also has a bench warrant out for failing to appear in court May 30 for a domestic violence charge, Las Vegas Municipal Court spokeswoman Jill Christensen said.

In a criminal complaint filed against Nicholas and his wife, Theresa Bimbo, in June 2011, the couple was facing seven gross misdemeanor counts of child neglect or endangerment for allowing their children to live in unsanitary conditions.

Teen Found Unresponsive in Pool Dies

LAS VEGAS -- The 16-year-old boy found unresponsive in a pool Saturday morning has died, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Donivan Martin died Wednesday and police ruled the incident to be an accident. The coroner confirms the cause of death as drowning.

Martin was found in a pool at his home near Lamb and Alexander.

Campaign Raises Awareness About Flood Dangers

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County Regional Flood Control District is raising awareness about the dangers of flooding as part of Monsoon Safety Awareness Week.

The Flood Control District has posted billboards across the valley that cite the dangers of driving through flooded roads.

One billboard is located near the Pittman Wash where floodwaters swept away a 17-year-old male last year. Another billboard sits near the Desert Rose Golf Course where a landscaper drowned.

The billboards warn, "Don't enter flooded streets." The signs are featured in English and Spanish and depict a wave of water rushing toward the reader.

Health Fair and Free Pool Admission to Celebrate Father's Day

Health Fair and Free Pool Admission to Celebrate Father's Day

The city of Las Vegas has a number of events planned for this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day.

Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 North J Street, is planning an afternoon of activities starting at 1 p.m. Thursday.  Advance registration is required. It is for people 50 years and older. The cost is $1 per person. Call 229-6125, to register.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 North Eastern Avenue, is hosting a Ward 3 Fit for Life Father’s Day Family Fun Festival.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. There will be light refreshments and live music.

The festival is also a chance to double check dad’s health. Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin has partnered with Ventanilla de Salud Program and the Nevada Youth Alliance to offer free health screenings, including diabetes and blood pressure checks. There will also be flu shots, vaccinations, eye exams and massages.

Teen on Life Support After Near-Drowning

Teen on Life Support After Near-Drowning

LAS VEGAS -- A 16-year-old boy is on life support at the hospital after nearly drowning in a backyard swimming pool.

The call came in shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a home on Wendy Lane, near Alexander Road and Lamb Boulevard.

Investigators tell 8 News NOW that the teenage boy with special needs was found unresponsive in the backyard pool. CPR was performed on the boy before medical crews arrived.

Police earlier told 8 News NOW that the boy had died.