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Nellis' RED HORSE Adds Airborne Explosive Experts


A new group is joining the RED HORSE squadron at Nellis Air Force Base.

Jumping, building and now defusing - the 820th RED HORSE here has added airborne explosive ordinance disposal to its toolkit. 

Read more at Nellis Air Force Base website.

Woman Agrees to Guilty Plea in Breast Implant Scheme


The Attorney General’s Office announced the guilty plea of a woman who stole money from Nellis Air Force Base in a breast implant scheme.

According to the office, 31-year-old Shanita Flax pled guilty Monday to two counts of felony theft. Flax worked as a civilian contactor at O’Callaghan Federal Hospital on the base. She used her position to talk to women who were getting cosmetic breast implants, telling them to pay her cash for the procedures. She would then pocket the cash and bill the Air Force for the procedures. On claims forms, she told the Air Force the procedures were for cancer patients.

Under the plea agreement, Flax agreed to repay the U.S. Air Force $17,400 for the fraudulent billing. She has also agreed to pay the Attorney General’s Office $10,000 for the costs of prosecution.

Student's Death in Las Vegas Ruled an Accident

Student's Death in Las Vegas Ruled an Accident

PHOENIX (AP) -- A coroner has ruled that the death of a 22-year-old pre-med student from Arizona who fell from her Las Vegas hotel room after taking Ecstasy was an accident.

Family and friends of Emily McCaughan have told The Arizona Republic that the University of Arizona student became paranoid while in Las Vegas in June for a concert, believed someone was following her and wanted to go home.

Police say she took a cab back to her hotel and was found dead hours later.

Toxicology reports show McCaughan had Ecstasy and traces of methamphetamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid in her system.

McCaughan's father, in a previous interview with the Republic, said he believes his daughter feared for her life when security tried to enter her room after receiving a noise complaint.


I-Team: Other States Want In On Nevada's Drone Industry

LAS VEGAS -- The unmanned aerial vehicle – or drone – industry was practically invented in Nevada.

Air Force drones from Nevada's Creech Air Force Base fly around the world.

But Nevada might be losing the race to create high-paying manufacturing jobs to build these aircrafts.

Months ago, insiders in Nevada's unmanned aerospace industry told the I-Team that state officials weren't paying enough attention to the drone industry.

They claimed other states were going to capture the aerospace jobs Nevada desperately needs.

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems convention in Las Vegas, plenty of cutting edge military equipment was on display.

"A year ago, if somebody had said that Nevada was not up to speed and ready to capitalize on this opportunity, they would have been accurate," said Steve Hill, the state's director of economic development.

Metro Investigating Shooting Early Sunday Morning

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital. It happened around 1 a.m. at the Terrace Apartments near N. Nellis and N. Las Vegas Boulevards.
According to police, one person was shot three times and taken to University Medical Center. Police says the injuries are life-threatening.
Police have not identified any suspects yet. Metro's gang unit is investigating.


Airman who died in Crash Honored

Airman who died in Crash Honored

Nellis Air Force Base hosted a memorial service Friday for a young airman killed in a motorcycle accident.

Senior airman Derek Moore was killed in an accident on July 23. He was 23 year old and lived in North Las Vegas. Nevada Highway Patrol say Moore crashed his 2003 Suzuki motorcycle just before 3 a.m., on the northern beltway at Pecos Road. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately determined.

He was an electro environmental systems journeymen assigned to the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Nevada National Guard Troops Return Home

Nevada National Guard Troops Return Home


Soldiers with the Nevada National Guard returned home Wednesday after a year in Afghanistan.

About 30 guardsmen returned to Las Vegas. Another 90 returned to Reno. The first group to arrive at McCarran International Airport was the 485th Military Police unit. They spent the past 10 months running a prison in Afghanistan.

Family members said they often had no idea what their loved ones were up to, but now it is time to reconnect

"Not knowing if he was inside the base, outside the base, what he was doing," Denny Haney of North Las Vegas said.  "I just didn't want anything to happen to him. I didn't want to have to tell his son that something had happened to him."

Now the soldiers have to readjust to civilian life.