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Nevada Army National Guard Sends Cavalry to Afghanistan

Over the weekend, hundreds of local soldiers geared up for an upcoming deployment. More than 600 will be heading to Afghanistan. The deployment is still a few months, but on Sunday, they were making sure everyone was ready.

The Nevada Army Guard's 1st squadron/221st Cavalry job will be two-fold. They will act as security forces for teams rebuilding the country and help keep civil order. It's a dangerous mission in an area that has become the central focus in the war on terror.

The solider's will be on an assignment that's going to involve combat with the Taliban on a day-to-day basis. So members of the unit were beginning refresher training for their mission. They were assembling their weapons and preparing the paperwork so that their families will get the benefits while they are away.

As soldiers, they say they prepare for battle and knew the possibility that they would be sent to war.

Stand-off Suspect Facing Multiple Charges

Police say a man who kept a baby with him while he kept police at bay for 11 hours is facing multiple charges including battery domestic violence and child endangerment.

Jail records show that 26-year-old Jose Angel Ponce was freed Friday from the Clark County jail pending court appearances on four charges -- also including possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession.

Officer Bill Cassell, a Las Vegas police spokesman, says Ponce was sought on a warrant charge of battery domestic violence but refused to leave the a northeast Las Vegas home when police arrived Christmas night.

Cassell says a 1-year-old child who was with Ponce during the standoff was released unharmed when Ponce surrendered to SWAT officers shortly before 7 a.m. Friday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Toddler's Death Ruled Accidental

Authorities are calling the death of a 2-year-old boy who was crushed by a falling TV on Thanksgiving Day an accident.

The Clark County coroner's office says Rafael Lopez received a fatal head injury in the Thursday accident at a home near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue. Police are investigating, but officers who went to the house said it appeared to be an accident.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Youth on Bicycle Hit Near Middle School

LAS VEGAS -- Metro has confirmed that a youth on a bicycle was hit by a truck near Harney Middle School on Hollywood Blvd. near E. Charleston Friday morning.

The youth was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Arrest Made in Shooting Death of 17-Year-Old

LAS VEGAS -- A 19-year-old man is facing charges including murder in the shooting death of a teen girl at a weekend birthday party.

Alexander Nestor Portillo is charged with killing 17-year-old Priscilla Castillo-Roque at a home near Nellis and Lake Mead just after midnight Saturday.

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Witnesses told police, that during the party, Portillo fired off a shotgun once into the air to break up a fight among partygoers. According to the Arrest Report, one witness said when Portillo returned to his upstairs bedroom he fired a shot into the floor and it hit the girl, who was downstairs, in the head. 

Police say Portillo fled from the home and was found hiding at the home of fellow gang members.

Teen Dies After Being Shot at a House Party Friday Night

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police are investigating an apparent gang shooting near Sandyfalls and Vegas Valley that resulted in a teen girl dying.

Police say the victim is a 17-year-old girl, who was shot in the head Friday night. The girl was transported to the hospital where she later died.

Authorities say some of the witnesses to the shooting may have gang affiliation. Police originally believed it was a drive-by shooting at a house party. However, they say they are receiving different stories from several witnesses.

Neighbors in the area remain on edge after the shooting. "It's a little disturbing, because my wife is pregnant right now," neighbor Brandon Katon said. "To live in this neighborhood and to know that somebody out your back door possibly got shot, it's unsettling. You have no idea what's going on around you. You think you can be safe, but you never know."

Teen Shot and Killed at Friend's Birthday Party

LAS VEGAS --  A birthday party early Sunday morning turned deadly after a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed.

Metro was called to a house in the area of Nellis and Lake Mead around 1 a.m. after receiving reports of someone being shot.

Police found the teen girl suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to eyewitnesses, the party was for another girl celebrating her 18th birthday. The party was being held at her house. Police say there was an altercation outside of the house and the brother of the 18-year-old girl went upstairs and grabbed his shotgun went back outside and fired a shot in the air to attempt to break up the incident.