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One Wounded Warrior Challenges Herself, Finds a New Purpose

LAS VEGAS -- About 50 wounded warriors were introduced to paralympic sport competition at Nellis Air Force Base Tuesday, and for at least one of them, it was a life changer.

Even with a debilitating injury, Staff Sgt. Melissa Guzman is an impressive athlete.

A security forces hand-to-hand combat training exercise severely damaged arteries, veins and nerves throughout her upper body.

"I don't have feeling in these three fingers, the whole backs of my arm, my chest, my back, the back of my neck," Guzman explained.

However, this day is different.

"I feel alive today," she said.

Guzman's easy smiles on the volleyball court are especially bright, considering how dark the past six years have been.

"I would lay in my bath tub and cry with the hot water on me," Guzman said.

Guzman's injury forced her into retirement. The Air Force was her life. She fell into depression.

CCSD Names 3 Turnaround Schools

LAS VEGAS -- Three under-performing Clark County School District schools will now be part of the district's Turnaround Program next school year.

Manch Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and Bailey Middle School will get extra resources over the next three years.

The schools are given a flexible budget, allowing the individual schools the ability to hire the number of teachers and support staff that works for them, the school district's academic manager for turnaround zones said.

The principals and their administrations, with the exception of Manch, will be re-assigned within the district. No one loses their jobs in the process.

Nine schools were considered but only three were selected after undergoing an intense evaluation process. District administrators are confident they can fix the issues at these school.

Thunderbirds Released 2014 Show Schedule

Thunderbirds Released 2014 Show Schedule

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds team have already started this year's performance schedule, first with a flyover at the Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena and then this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500.

Next month, the team will be part of the NASCAR week in Las Vegas with a flyover planned for Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 9.

The Thunderbirds first air show is planned for Luke Air Force Base in Arizona March 15 and 16. The team is slated to perform 66 demonstrations at 34 locations for the 2014 schedule.

For a complete list of the Thunderbirds show schedule, go to afthunderbirds.com.

Children Hurt in Crash, One Critically

A 3-year-old girl is in critical condition after a two-car crash on Cheyenne Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

According to Metro Police, the crash happened at around 8 p.m. Sunday. Police say a Dodge Neon ran a red light at the intersection and smashed into a Ford Expedition.

Two of the kids in the Ford Expedition were not properly restrained, officers said. They were thrown from the car and seriously hurt.

A woman who was in the Dodge Neon also suffered serious injuries.

The crash is under investigation. 

New Commander Takes Over Warfare Center at Nellis

New Commander Takes Over Warfare Center at Nellis

A historic ceremony was conducted at Nellis Air Force Base Friday.

Brigadier General Jay Silveria assumed command of the United States Air Force Warfare Center making him the highest ranking person at the base.

The center oversees the operations of Nellis, the Nevada Test and Training Site, and several operations outside of this state.

Brigadier General Stephen Whiting was the acting commander for five weeks and says the community should be proud to host such an essential Air Force asset. 

"This is the Air Force's premier location for advanced training and tactic development and so all of our new weapon systems, all of our new tactics that we think about as we defend the nation, those are all being perfected and performed here at Nellis," Brig. Gen. Stephen Whiting said.

Airman Now Facing Murder Charges in Baby's Death

Airman Now Facing Murder Charges in Baby's Death

A Nellis Air Force Base airman is being charged with murder in the death of his 3-month-old son.

The District Attorney's Office amended its complaint against Leach after boy died from his injuries this week. The charges also include child abuse, neglect or endangerment with substantial bodily harm.

According to police, on Feb. 1, Leach shook the baby causing serious brain injuries. Leach told police he dropped the baby while he was giving him a bath, but medical personnel said the boy's injuries were not consistent with a fall.

The boy's mother was out of the house when the incident happened.

Leach told police he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse problems. He had been in both out-patient and in-patient programs. He finished his last round of treatment a week before his baby was hurt.

Leach's next court date will be Feb. 27.

Nellis AFB to Host Adapted Sports Camp

Nellis AFB to Host Adapted Sports Camp

Nellis Air Force Base will host one of two adapted sports camps authorized by the Air Force this weekend.

The camps will show wounded service members and veterans how to participate in cycling, seated volleyball, swimming, track and field, air rifle and pistol shooting and wheelchair basketball.

The camp is a qualifying event for the Warrior Games Team. The Warrior Games features wounded members of the military and veterans in paralympic sports. The competition encourages them to stay physically active and mentally positive.