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February 10, 2014

News Briefs February 10, 2014

Nellis airman jailed in Vegas child abuse case

A Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., airman is being held in Las Vegas after he was accused of causing severe head and body injuries to his 3-month-old son.

Records show 31-year-old Andrew Leach remained Saturday at the Clark County jail pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 on a child abuse causing substantial bodily harm charge.
The boy was hospitalized Feb. 2.

Police say Leach told investigators the boy fell from his arms while he was preparing a bath, and that he shook the child to try and revive him.

He also told police heíd been treated for mental health issues including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and alcohol and drug dependence.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Leach is a staff sergeant and member of the 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron. AP

Lockheed Martin is Armed Forces Bowl sponsor

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is taking over as title sponsor of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Bowl officials announced Feb. 7 the three-year deal that goes through the 2016 game played on the TCU campus. Financial details werenít released, but the deal includes options for more games.

Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler says Lockheed Martinís deep commitment to the armed services is a perfect fit with the bowl, which will be played for the 12th time in December.

Lockheed Martin replaces Bell Helicopter, which has been the title sponsor since 2006. Bell will remain as a sponsor at a lower level. AP

Boeing to end Chinook work in Georgia, cut jobs

Boeing is eliminating more work from its manufacturing plant in Macon, Ga.

The Macon Telegraph reports the aircraft company informed workers of the coming changes Feb. 6.

Boeing is phasing out work on the C-47 Chinook helicopter in Macon by early 2016.

The move follows an announcement by the company last fall that it is shutting down a producing line for the C-17 Globemaster in Macon. That change takes effect late next year.

Combined, the two changes will affect about 400 workers at the plant. About 100 workers will be left to build replacement wings for the A-10 Thunderbolt.

Boeing spokesman Ken Smith says the company is working to secure additional work on the A-10.

Smith also says workers could move to Boeing operations elsewhere. AP




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