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Nellis Plane Catches Fire After Landing

The U.S. Air Force says a plane was damaged while landing at Nellis Air Force Base but no one was injured.

The aircraft, an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system, was returning from a mission late Friday night when the problem occurred. The 32-person crew got out of the plane safely. Emergency responders extinguished a fire after the landing.

An Air Force statement did not provide additional details. The Air Force plans an investigation.    The aircraft is flown by the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., according to a statement on the Nellis Air Force Base Web site.

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Las Vegas Military Wife Fights to Save Home

Some military families are fighting wars on two fronts. Not only do they have a loved one deployed overseas, they are also fighting to save their homes from foreclosure.

The Soldiers and Sailors Act protects those on active duty from foreclosure until their tour is done but Eyewitness News found one military family who got caught in a battle they didn't expect.

Soldiers living in Nevada expect to go overseas to fight the War on Terror. They leave never thinking that their spouse might be in a terrifying fight of their own against the banks.

"I don't want him to come home and not come home to the house." This Las Vegas military wife did not want Eyewitness News to show her face or use her name because she lives alone. Her husband shipped off to Iraq with his reservist unit last May.

Officers Shoot Man in Northeast Las Vegas

Neighbors are speaking out after Metro Police shoot a man in a neighborhood near Nellis and Gowan. That man is now in critical condition.

According to an eyewitness, police arrived to the Kensington Mobile Home Park at 8 p.m.  Friday night. Police were responding to a call about a man with a gun when Ernest Gibbs was coming out of his friend's trailer. He had a bowie knife and when police came in contact with him, things turned for the worst.

"As he was coming out, officers instructed him to get down. The suspect at that time chose not to listen," said an eyewitness.

Police say Gibbs pulled a large object from underneath his shirt. Officers thought it was a gun and fired their weapons. A neighbor says two police officers were involved in the shooting, both are on paid administrative leave.

Gibbs was shot in the stomach area. He was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Fight Leads to Possible Road Rage at Sam’s Town

Four people were injured Saturday morning when, police say, a woman plowed her car into a them as they were waiting at the valet area of Sam's Town Casino on Boulder Highway. 

All four, including one who was very severely injured, were taken to University Medical Center. 

The driver of the car was immediately detained by casino security and later taken into custody by Metro officers. 

Police say they are investigating reports that the incident was an act of violence spawned by an altercation between two groups of people which took place minutes earlier inside the casino. 

Emotional Testimony in Alleged DUI Case

There was emotional testimony Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs when he hit two women waiting at a bus stop.

One of those victims died and the other, Porsche Hughes lost both of her legs. On Wednesday morning, she got the opportunity to look at the accused face to face as she testified in court. This is the first ever vehicular homicide case to be tried in Nevada. If convicted, Steven Murray faces life in prison.

Surviving victim Porsche Hughes told Eyewitness News that it took everything inside of her to control her emotions while she testified.

"I looked at the bus stop and I saw pieces of my scrub pants as well as flesh and blood and I felt the pain and it wasn't until I looked down that I seen my skin and chunks of my legs falling.

Nellis AFB Contributes Billions to Local Economy

Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases bring billions of dollars into Southern Nevada. The bases employ thousands of people making them the county's second largest employer.

According to the air force's annual Economic Impact Analysis, Nellis and Creech contributed more than $5 billion to the local economy in 2008.

Military personnel, the National Guard and civilians are all on the payroll and despite the economy, the base officials say jobs will not be cut.

For 36 years, Fran Survy has cooked food and served thousands of airmen and women at Nellis AFB and she's not even in the military.

"I move more like a 20 to 30-year-old than I do someone my age," she jokes. She says he is not ready to slow down yet and she likes her job.

"It's a good job. The airbase is a good place to work. We got good bosses out here. You can't ask for a better job," she said.

Air Force Bases Pour Billions Into So. Nevada Economy

Southern Nevada's two air force bases brought in billions of dollars in 2008.

According to the air force's annual Economic Impact Analysis, Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases brought in more than $5 billion in the 2008 fiscal year. That's a 4-percent increase from the previous year.

The report says the two bases together are larger than any other employer in Clark County. There are 13,000 military and civilian jobs on the bases and nearly 6,000 jobs off the bases that are indirectly related.