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You might have seen the giant houses on Extreme Makeover Home Edition and heard the emotional stories behind the generous donations. Only now, two Las Vegas families plan to sell their dream homes, with one hitting the market just months after construction.More>>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:30 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:30:30 GMT
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime. Diane Hietbrink, 58, was found dead in her home at 302 Nebraska Street on Sept.More>>
The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:38:50 GMT
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LAS VEGAS -- US Thrill Rides LLC Incorporated has submitted plans to the FAA to create a 650-foot roller coaster near the Tropicana Hotel. The Florida based company is remaining tight lipped on any ofMore>>
US Thrill Rides LLC Incorporated has submitted plans to the FAA to create a 650-foot roller coaster near the Tropicana Hotel.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:57 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:57:39 GMT
HENDERSON, Nev. - A garden oasis has sprouted at John C. Vanderburg Elementary School. The garden features everything from arugula to tomatoes to radishes, which some students had never of until now. "It'sMore>>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:56 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:56:57 GMT
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Be careful on the roads. Police across the valley are conducting a coordinated effort Wednesday to crack down on driving violations.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:55:20 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Sue Lowden, a former state senator and the former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party is considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2014. "I am seriously thinking about it. I willMore>>
Sue Lowden, a former state senator and the former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party is considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2014.More>>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:49:28 GMT
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A grass fire ignited a house in the 5400 block of Escondido Street, near Russell Road and Spencer Street, Tuesday afternoon.More>>
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LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer has been relieved of duty after pleading guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance. Officer Ramin Amely was charged with two felonyMore>>
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LAS VEGAS -- It was a home getting an extreme makeover, built to help two sick girls live a better life. But the reality left behind by the reality TV show now may be a house built on what the courts call overblown circumstances.
Two years ago, 8 News NOW exposed the problems left behind when large, Extreme Makeover homes stick out in neighborhoods, hurting property values. But now the Cerda family is back in the news.
We were told their daughters had a rare medical problem that required special air filters and treatment. A new home helped. But they sold the house and left the Nevada under financial distress.
Only now, a recent report and court case says the sickness may not have been everything it was cracked up to be.
Charities, volunteers and the TV show made a heart-felt story of the girl's immune system problems. But shortly after the cameras left, the Cerda's reportedly couldn't pay the taxes and other energy costs.
They sold the massive home near Ann Road and US 95 in 2010 for half it's $600,000 asking price. They traveled to the northwest, and as the Oregonian newspaper reported, doctors and health care officials soon doubted the Cerda's claims about the dire state for the girls.
Terri Cerda had appeared in public service announcements about immune deficiency, yet doctors said she was exposing the girls to unneeded tests, which could cause actual health problems.
The paper said one doctor even testified in a custody hearing what was happening could be considered "medical child abuse."
One neighbor who was upset about the giant house at the time was Larry Cruikshank. He was worried about property values then, and now, the worry he's had all along is that people may have been duped.
"The main concern is for the little girls. I saw them playing in the backyard without any masks. I saw them having a good life, but nobody else seemed to recognize that," he said.
The Oregonian reported a family court judge allowed the family to keep the children and Terri Cerda and the girls are back in Las Vegas.
None of the doctors who testified wanted to speak about the case. The Cerda family attorney has stopped granting media requests apparently due to the publicity. The listing agent who sold the house also chose not to comment.
Many people have become tight-lipped when something so positive appears to be something else entirely.