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Airman Killed in Crash from Illinois


Nellis Air Force Base officials say a 23-year-old airman killed in a Las Vegas motorcycle crash during the weekend was from the Chicago area.

A base spokesman said Tuesday that Airman 1st Class Ryan Joseph Callahan was from Channahon, Ill. Las Vegas police and the Clark County coroner say the Honda motorcycle Callahan was riding struck a Kia Sedona driven by a 68-year-old Las Vegas woman shortly before noon Sunday in northwest Las Vegas.

Nellis spokesman Ben Newell says Callahan joined the Air Force in November 2009, and arrived at Nellis in June of 2010. He is survived by his mother, a brother and a sister.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

NV Energy Driver Cited in Fatal NLV Crash

Prosecutors in North Las Vegas have filed misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and other charges against the driver of a 40-ton utility truck that police say ran a red light and slammed into a sedan, killing the wife of a Nellis Air Force Base airman and injuring two other women in November.

North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said Monday that 47-year-old Mark Parker is due March 3 in North Las Vegas Municipal Court on charges also including failure to obey a traffic-control device and failure to use due care. Parker could face up to 18 months in jail if convicted.

An NV Energy spokeswoman is declining comment about the company employee and the case.

Twenty-year-old Tayler Council died after the Nov. 4 crash at Centennial Parkway and Losee Road.


(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Air Force to Cut 10,000 Airmen, Shift Aircraft

Air Force to Cut 10,000 Airmen, Shift Aircraft


The Air Force says it will cut the service by nearly 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, as part of a broad move to downsize and shift capabilities around the country to be better prepared for wars of the future.

Air Force leaders say more than half of the personnel cuts, and much of the aircraft and other equipment moves, will be borne by the Air Guard.

The Air Force says the service cannot absorb any further cuts in active duty forces because that would limit their ability to respond to multiple crises. National Guard leaders are criticizing the cuts.

About 3,900 active duty, 5,100 Air Guard and 900 Air Force reserves would be cut in the next year.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Next Date for Midnight Mayhem Announced

Next Date for Midnight Mayhem Announced


The next date has been set for Dodge Midnight Mayhem at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The next race will be Friday, February 10. The event is a safe and legal place for people to race. Organizers hope those interested in racing will come to this event rather than racing on the street which is both illegal and dangerous.

The first Dodge Midnight Mayhem of the year had about 257 people participating. There will be 14 of these events this year. The event is opened to any licensed driver. There are requirements for proof of insurance, car ownership and basic safety equipment. The entry fee is $15 to race or ride along. Spectators can get in to the event for only $5.  

For more information about the rules for the races, go to lvms.com.

Red Flag Includes South Korean Pilots in Training

Red Flag Includes South Korean Pilots in Training


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- South Korean pilots have been flying out of Nellis Air Force Base in their new F-15K fighter jets as part of a two-week exercise that teams up U.S. trainers and international allies.

Korean team commander Col. Jaehoon Yoon told reporters Wednesday that it's too difficult for pilots to practice dropping munitions on the tiny, populous Korean Peninsula.

The Nevada Test and Training Range's 2.9 million acres of land is the largest in the free world for practicing air combat during peacetime.

Fundraiser Makes Thousands to Benefit Kids

Fundraiser Makes Thousands to Benefit Kids


A fundraiser this past Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is being called a success after it raised more than $32,000 for children’s charities in southern Nevada.

More than 700 car lovers participated in the event. They were allowed to drive their personal cars around the speedway at speeds up to 75 miles per hour. The event outpaced last year because another 130 drivers paid for a repeat run.

All of the proceeds from Laps for Charity will go to the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The organization helps fund charities that work to better the lives of kids in need. This past December, the group gave out $260,000 to 46 southern Nevada charities that benefit children.

Wannabe Racers Get Behind the Wheel for Charity

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of drivers hit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, all in the name of charity.

Sunday, the site was host to the second annual Laps for Charity, which benefits the Speedway Children's Charity. The organization donates more that $100,000 each year to local children in need -- some battling cancer, others have learning disabilities or come from broken homes.

Racing fanatics got a chance to drive as fast as 75 miles per hour, for a $30 donation. Drivers say the money was well spent.

"It's like an adrenaline feeling when you're in the car," said Metro Officer Sheri Aldrich. "To be able to go out there and know that while I'm putting the pedal down and shifting it up into fourth and fifth [gear] that I'm giving these children a chance to see a dream of theirs."

Last year, a total of 700 cars raced around the track, raising $20,000. This year, organizers say they hope to raise $25,000.