Thursday, February 28 2013 12:21 PM EST2013-02-28 17:21:49 GMT
An off duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer is pepper-sprayed by two suspects while trying to sell his cell phone early Thursday morning. It's something police officers warn people to be very carefulMore >
An off duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer was pepper-sprayed by two men while trying to sell his cell phone, authorities say.More >
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
Saying a teenager is independent isn't a surprising headline.
But when you say 16-year old Cassidy Hooper is independent, we think it's something noteworthy.
Cassidy is one of the few kids in America born with no eyes and no nose.
We first met Cassidy when she was 11. Five years later, we're getting a major update on her life, her medical procedures to surgically build a nose and, in a fantastic moment, Cassidy shares with us what she calls the secrets to living a joyful life.
For this story, Anchor Molly Grantham and Photojournalist Brian Stephenson have been following Cassidy for months. She invited them to her school for the day in Raleigh.
Cassidy attends The Governor Morehead School, which works closely with students who or blind or deaf.
Cassidy maneuvers from Spanish II class to hopping on a bus and singing to a homeless shelter, with ease. She keeps her days packed. And she always – as in ALWAYS – has a smile.
"I get better grades here than in public school," she said. "There are less students. It's better for me to be here than in a class with 30 kids."
Cassidy has been in the process of getting a nose. It is a multi-year, multi-surgery procedure full of skin grafts and facial reconstruction. She said she near the end of the process.
"By the end of the school year I should have a nose," she said. "There are only 4 surgeries left, and they'll all be in a 2-3 week period," she paused, "…Soon I'll have a real nose, like everyone else's."
It's an unbelievable thing to witness Cassidy smile… to laugh… to overcome everyday obstacles.
How does she do it? Through a lesson she says she taught herself.
"If somebody says something, I try not to let it bother me," she says. "I just basically deal with everything. I'm just happy all the time. I don't let other people get to me – I just try to live my own independent life."
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:39 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:39:28 GMT
Dan Marco's son was murdered in 2010. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Only people who have lost a close loved one can understand the pain of Travis Alexander's family"My heart goes out to them, because I understand," says Dan Marco, who's son Zachary was murdered in 2010.ZacharyMore >
Only people who have lost a close loved one can understand the pain of Travis Alexander's family.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:28:12 GMT
Every week, CBS 5 News is sent a list of restaurants that have been recently inspected by Maricopa County's Environmental Services Department. CBS 5 News selects five restaurants with some of the highestMore >
Every week, CBS 5 News is sent a list of restaurants that have been recently inspected by Maricopa County's Environmental Services Department.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013More >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 06:31:07 GMT
Jodi Arias (Source: CBS 5 News)
It is now in the hands of the 12 jurors to decide if Jodi Arias will live her life behind bars or if she'll be executed. The defense and prosecution gave their closing statement Tuesday afternoon andMore >
The judge has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The jury announced late Thursday afternoon that they could not reach a unanimous decision on life or death for Arias.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:00:20 GMT
Chaun Tyler Sewell (Source: Prescott Valley Police Department)
Police in Prescott Valley say they've arrested a 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl. The Prescott Police Department said Chaun Tyler Sewell of Prescott Valley allegedly molestedMore >
Police said Chaun Tyler Sewell admitted the abuse and was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of child molestation.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:00:17 GMT
A former flight instructor who taught foreign flight students at one of the Valley's pilot schools told CBS 5 Investigates the students often could barely speak English. "I'd say at least 50 percent ofMore >
A former flight instructor who taught foreign flight students at one of the Valley's pilot schools told CBS 5 Investigates the students often could barely speak English.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:46:11 GMT
I-40 drug arrests
Sixteen pounds of marijuana were seized and several people arrested in separate drug busts along Interstate 40, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said. A drug detection K-9 alerted to a vehicle deputiesMore >
Sixteen pounds of marijuana were seized and several people arrested in separate drug busts along Interstate 40, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said.More >
The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.More >
An Interstate 5 bridge over a river collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers as three injured people were pulled from the chilly...More >