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Police Officer Shoots Teen in Northeast Las Vegas

The student killed by a Metro Police officer has been identified as 16-year-old Tanner Chamberlain. The victim went to Chaparral High School.

The Las Vegas teen was shot just after 5 p.m. at the Sunridge Apartments near Nellis and Vegas Valley.

Police arrived at the scene when he allegedly threatened a woman, holding a knife to her throat. Witnesses say the woman was the teen's mother.

Several neighbors say the family had only been living at the apartment complex for a few weeks and family friends say the teenager does suffer from a medical condition. Some believe that may be the reason for his actions just before he was shot and killed.

Friends of the family reacted in disbelief to the shooting. "I'm having a problem wrapping my whole head around this whole thing," said family friend Rhonda Orton.

Neighbors living at the apartments say they heard the commotion just before the shooting.

Mother Accuses Metro of Murdering her Son

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Fifteen-year-old Tanner Chamberlain was a junior at Chaparral High School. He was an honor student and took part in poetry and drama clubs. But his mother says her son suffered from bi-polar disorder and was having an episode during Tuesday's confrontation with police.

Pictures of Tanner are all Evie Oquendo has to remember her son. He loved theatre and politics, but Oquendo says her son struggled with bi-polar disorder. "He refused to take medication because he didn't want it to alter his creativity because he was into poetry and writing," she said.

She says her son had an episode on Tuesday afternoon after she refused to let him go out with a friend. Chamberlain became physically violent. "He was choking me, punched me in the face and did pull my hair.

New U.S. Citizens Swear in at Nellis AFB

The United States has 73 new citizens from Las Vegas after a swearing in ceremony Thursday at Nellis Air Force Base.

The ceremony commemorates Citizenship Day and Constitution Week, which recognizes the contributions of  naturalized citizens and the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

The new Americans are from 38 countries and some have either served or are currently serving in the U.S. military.

Commissioner Schedules Community Meetings

A member of the Clark County commission plans to host two community meetings to answer questions about several topics, including how budget cuts will affect Las Vegas residents.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly says he hopes the meetings will give him a chance to listen to local residents and answer their concerns. The meetings are planned for Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 at the Walnut Recreation Center in Las Vegas, 3075 N. Walnut Rd., near Cheyenne and Las Vegas Blvd north. 

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Nellis Troops Return from Iraq

The long Labor Day weekend was extra special for family and friends of 100 airmen stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

Members of the 58th and 66th Rescue Squadrons and the 763rd Maintenance Squadron returned home Sunday night after a four-month mission in Iraq.

The airmen performed combat rescue operations, as well as medical and humanitarian missions while stationed north of Baghdad. Lt. Col. Thomas Dorl, commander of the 66th squadron, said all who deployed returned safely, with the last of the group scheduled to return later this week with equipment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Actor's Band Pays Tribute to the Military

The Cannery held a special concert for members of the armed forces as part of a military appreciation night, with one very recognizable face leading the band.

To some he's known as Detective Mac Taylor on CSI New York and to others probably just Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump. But no matter where people recognize him from... Gary Sinise says the night wasn't about him, but instead supporting our troops.

From the young and the old, to those currently serving or retired, hundreds gathered to support military men and women.

"With all the negativity that's out towards the war lately, it lets them know even though you don't support the war, you support the troops," said Holly Keys, who is going into the air force.

"I mean they have a pretty good idea that America is behind them. But it's nice every once in a while for someone to make a big deal about it for them," said Major General Ted Kresge, USAF.

Police Use Pepper Spray to Stop School Fight

Police had to use pepper spray during a fight at a local high school.

School police say the fight between three girls started outside t0he Chaparral High School cafeteria. Police say when they tried to break it up, the students locked arms and the officer used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

The three girls were arrested for fighting on campus.