Today's News

  • Officers arrest 5 in home invasion

    A man and four youths were arrested in connection with a invasion of a home on the east side.

    George Sena, 22, 1028 Second St., was arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Two 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds were also charged in connection with the alleged invasion.

    Police said the alleged victim let in Sena as a friend into his house in the 2300 block of Calle Bonita around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Then the four youths came in, officials said.

  • Students: Housing conditions bad

    Students on Tuesday aired their complaints about Highlands University’s housing, including allegations of mold growing on walls and in vents, broken toilets, holes in walls, blood- and urine-stained mattresses and exposed electrical wiring.

    They met with the administration at the university’s student senate chambers.

  • Board gets new president

    Patrick Romero is the new president of the Las Vegas City Schools board after a vote to reorganize.

    Ramon “Swoops” Montao nominated Romero for the position, followed by a 4-1 vote to seat him. Philip Leger, who had nominated incumbent president Elaine Luna, was the lone no vote.

  • Speed limits lowered

    The state will be requiring drivers to reduce their speed on much of Grand Avenue — by 5 mph.

    Based on a traffic study, the state Transportation Department is reducing the speed limit from 55 mph to 50 mph on Grand north of Mountain View Drive to Interstate 25, 45 mph to 40 mph from Mills Avenue to Mountain View and 35 mph to 30 mph from Washington Street to Mills.

    The changes take effect Friday.

  • Suspect admits to multiple sex crimes

    A man charged with inappropriately touching seven underage victims and hurting an adult pleaded guilty to most of the crimes Tuesday.

    But Clifford Gutierrez, 34, of Cleveland, N.M., didn’t get any prison time — a decision the victims’ families apparently supported.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Gutierrez will serve at least five years of probation and must live in Albuquerque-based Bernalillo County or suburban Sandoval County. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

  • 5 in running for superintendent

    The Las Vegas City Schools board on Tuesday narrowed the list of eight applicants for the superintendent’s position to five.

  • Third-grade class studies dinosaurs

    Students in Nina Melendrez’s third-grade class at Paul D. Henry Elementary are becoming junior paleontologists by learning about dinosaurs, their habitat and the time they walked the earth.

    “Kids will always be interested in dinosaurs. It doesn’t matter how young or how old they are. The love it; it’s such a high interest topic that you can do anything and everything with it,” Melendrez said.

    Christina Padilla studied the allosaurus and will write a report and give an oral presentation on the giant reptile.

  • Proposed treatment center rejected

    A city panel has rejected a request for a counseling center on Pecos Street, with members saying they didn’t want spot zoning.

    Alejandro Rivera of New Choices, a nonprofit group, requested permission to establish a home office at 1119 Pecos St., which is a residential area. He stated in his request letter that the property contains an existing structure, which he said would be built out to include an on-site residence.

  • Man nabbed in drive-by shooting

    A man upset that his girlfriend had broken up with him is accused in a weekend drive-by shooting, police said.

    Mario Baca, 20, 1409 Seventh St., was arrested on charges of shooting at a dwelling and aggravated battery, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, Baca shot into a house in the 900 block of Pecos Street, hitting a man who was on his couch, Gold said.

    Police said Baca became enraged that his girlfriend had ended their relationship, and he believed that a man in the Pecos Street house had been seeing his girlfriend.

  • Panel OKs dorms; Highlands criticized

    A city panel on Monday recommended the closure of a portion of Washington Street and a nearby alley for a proposed Highlands University residence hall.

    That decision came after a number of neighboring residents told the city Planning and Zoning Commission that the university should have informed the public about its plans earlier and sought its input.

    The City Council is expected to consider the commission’s recommendation at its meeting on Wednesday, April 30.

    The proposed residence hall would cover 100,000 square feet and house 284 students.