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Couple sentenced for charges connected to standoff

A couple who held police at bay for hours with their children in the home was sentenced Thursday.

Cassandra and Jesse Percival were both sentenced to two years probation. The couple pleaded guilty in May to child abuse, neglect or endangerment charges connected to the standoff that happened in April.

The Percivals kidnapped their 9 and 12 year old children from their grandparents’ home after Child Protective Services had placed them there. CPS had taken the children from the home because the department said there was no electricity, running water or food.

According to police, conditions inside the home at Alexander Road and Lamb Boulevard caused the children physical and mental harm.

BREAKING NEWS: One lane of northbound I-15 reopens

LAS VEGAS -- One lane of northbound I-15 has reopened near where it intersects with the northern beltway. The entire freeway was closed because of a tractor trailer fire.

According to the North Las Vegas Fire Department, crews responded to the fire just after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The fire department says there is no word on when the entire freeway will be back open.

No injuries have been reported.

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Childhood traumas more common in military members

CHICAGO (AP) -- A new study says childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians. The authors say the results support the idea that enlistment sometimes serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

The study is the largest to examine how common bad childhood experiences are among military men and women. Disparities were most striking among men during the volunteer era: More than 25 percent had experienced at least four childhood traumas, versus about 13 percent of civilian men.

The events included unwanted sexual contact, exposure to domestic violence, household drug use and parents' divorce. These can sometimes lead to later mental health issues that have been seen in the U.S. military. But the study lacks information on the adults' mental health.

The results were published online Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.

 

Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs.

Pentagon documents show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared to 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The uptick was among soldiers and Marines, while the Air Force and Navy suicides went down.

The documents were obtained by The Associated Press.

The Defense Department is also releasing final totals for 2013, showing that active duty suicides dropped by nearly 19 percent compared to 2012. Suicides among National Guard and Reserve members increased by about 8 percent.

The AP reported preliminary 2013 numbers in April.

 

Coroner: EDC fan died from drug intoxication

 LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has released the cause of death for a man who was in Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival in June. According to the coroner, 25-year-old Anthony Anaya died of a combination of drug intoxication, including ethanol, ecstasy, and cocaine. His manner of death was ruled an accident.

 Anaya was found dead at the the Vdara Hotel after attending the festival. He was one of three people connected to EDC that died during that weekend. Montgomery Tsang, 24 of San Leandro, California, collapsed in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The coroner ruled Tsang died of acute ecstasy toxicity.

Another young man, 21-year-old Joey Saychack of Fresno, California, was found dead in a home he had rented with friends on the first night of the festival. His cause of death has not been released.

Former Air Force sergeant sentenced in sexual assault case

LAS VEGAS -- Robert Stone, a former master sergeant in the Air Force Reserve, was sentenced to jail in a sexual assault case involving a teen girl.

Stone, who had served in Iraq, pleaded guilty in March to child neglect or endangerment with substantial mental harm.

Stone appeared in Clark County District Court Thursday morning for his sentencing. Judge Abbi Silver gave him a suspended sentence of 24 to 96 months, but is requiring him to serve at least six months in the Clark County Detention Center.



The victim had told a school counselor that Stone gave her drugs and then engaged in various sex acts with her.

 

Military cancels F-35 jet airshow appearance

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says the military's new-generation F-35 fighter jet will not go to the Farnborough International Airshow in England because of ongoing inspections after an engine fire last month.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby says that while limited flights have been approved for the aircraft, there are a number of restrictions that would make it difficult for the fighter jets to fly across the Atlantic to the airshow.

One restriction requires an engine inspection after every three hours of flight.

The entire fleet of nearly 100 planes was grounded after a fire at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Kirby says inspections so far have not revealed a systemic problem and defense officials feel "increasingly comfortable" that the aircraft will be able to return to full flight.