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I-Team: Officer Who Claimed Badge Stopped Bullet Arrested for False Report

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A former North Las Vegas police officer who claimed his badge stopped a bullet now stands accused of making the whole thing up and endangering the public.

Former officer Bryan Kolstad turned himself in Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges related to his story. According to a police report, in February of this year, Kolstad claimed an unknown black man shot at him as he investigated gunshots coming from a North Las Vegas apartment complex. Kolstad claimed his badge stopped the bullet and that he returned fire, striking the suspect in the shoulder.

Read the police report against Bryan Kolstad

Second Arrest Made in North Las Vegas Teen Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police say a second teenager has been arrested in the shooting death of a North Las Vegas 16-year-old last month.

North Las Vegas police say 18-year-old Joshua Jones was being held at the North Las Vegas jail following his arrest Tuesday on murder and attempted murder charges in slaying of Donald Troutman.

Police last week reported the arrest of 19-year-old Soloman Tremain White of Las Vegas, and canceled a search for two others they had said we sought in the shooting.

Troutman was shot May 26 while he was walking on Cross Ranch Street, near Fifth Street and Washburn Road.

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Ex-North Vegas Officer's Lawyer Protests Video

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An attorney who won acquittal for a former North Las Vegas police officer on a false report charge is protesting the release of a casino detention room surveillance video showing his client watching another officer throw a handcuffed man to the floor.

Attorney Richard Schonfeld on Wednesday called it "offensive" that the video was made public days after a Nevada jury found former officers James Balelo and Mark Alan Miles not guilty in the December 2008 incident.

"Egg is on the face of the North Las Vegas Police Department," said Schonfeld, who represents Balelo. "They should know when to stand down and respect the judicial process."

North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said the video was released in response to a Las Vegas television station public records request. Bedwell said the recording wasn't released earlier because the investigation was ongoing and then trial was pending.

Family Reacts to Arrest in North Las Vegas Teen's Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - For Joycelyn Boston, the past few weeks have been incredibly difficult. Her 16-year-old nephew Donald Troutman was shot and killed on a North Las Vegas street late last month. "Donald was and is truly loved," she said. "I just wish he would have stayed at home that day."

This week, North Las Vegas Police made a break in the case, arresting 19-year-old Soloman White. His arrest is welcome news to Troutman's grieving family. "When we heard about it, it was unbelievable, because it happened so fast," Boston said.

Family members say the shooting resulted from a fight between Troutman and White. They say the two teens feuded with each other for some time. "You still don't take a gun to a fist fight," Boston said. "That don't give you the reason to kill one another."

Pair Had Prior Convictions for Child Abuse

LAS VEGAS -- Kevin Taylor and Kedria Watson, both with histories of child abuse, now stand accused of murder.

Taylor was convicted of shaking his girlfriend's baby. He is now charged with the murder of his own daughter, one-year-old Kaitlynn Taylor, whom, according to police, he admitted to striking and throwing against a wall.

Watson, meanwhile, is charged with the death of her three-year-old stepson. She was arrested in 2008 for abusing the same child. Both Watson and Taylor are still on probation for their prior incidents.

According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, even with their prior offenses, Taylor and Watson still were able to have access to children. That is because they were in compliance with their probations.

Arrest Made in Teen's Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas police have arrested 19-year-old Soloman White in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Donald Troutman.

Police say White was arrested Friday morning. He has been booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center on one count of murder with a deadly weapon and four counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.

Police were also searching for 18-year-old Quinten White and 17-year-old Sean Hall, but that search has been called off.

Troutman was killed last month after being shot. He was transported to University Medical Center, but died in surgery.

I-Team: Father Accused of Beating Daughter to Death

NORTH LAS VEGAS --  A North Las Vegas father on probation for shaking his girlfriend's baby sits behind bars accused of murdering his own child. The incident happened Friday and the 1-year-old girl died from her injuries Thursday morning.

According to court records, Kevin Taylor spent 10 months in a prison work camp for shaking his girlfriend's baby. The arrest report from Nye County notes that Taylor became so threatening to a Child Protective Services investigator that she felt her safety was at risk.

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Taylor is currently on probation for that crime and now faces murder charges for the death of his own child.

North Las Vegas police arrested Taylor Friday on child abuse charges for traumatic injuries suffered by his 1-year-old daughter, Kaitlynn. The case will now be upgraded to a murder count.