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  • Man gets 5th DWI arrest

    A Las Vegas man injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early Monday was arrested on felony DWI and other charges.

    Peter M. Aragon, 39, of the 800 block of Washington in Las Vegas, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, careless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

  • Recycling center too successful

    Since Highlands University opened its new recycling drop-off center last November, the campus and Las Vegas community response has been so strong that the bins fill up faster than they can be emptied with existing manpower.

    Consequently, the center has new hours — from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and closed on weekends.

    Plans are to reopen two weekends a month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., once additional volunteers are on board.

  • Bank robbery suspect from Vegas

    AP and Staff Reports

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with robbing a bank in Santa Fe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Albuquerque.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, appeared before a federal magistrate Friday, accused of robbing a Wells Fargo branch last Saturday and fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The FBI and Santa Fe police say Schlenker’s former girlfriend helped identify him and that led to his arrest Thursday.

    Schlenker remained in federal custody pending a detention hearing Tuesday.

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  • Police radio incident being investigated

    An investigation is continuing into charges that a man interfered with Las Vegas Police Department radio communications and threatening officers and their families, according to Chief Christian Montaño.

    Estevan Gutierrez of Las Vegas apparently got hold of a police radio and was using it. He was arrested last Wednesday and held on an outstanding arrest warrant while police continued to investigate the incident. Additional charges may be filed after an joint investigation with FCC agents, Montaño said.

  • West LV schools honored at capitol

    The West Las Vegas school district was honored at the Roundhouse on Friday by the Public Education Department because four of its elementary schools were named among the top 20 exemplary schools in the state.

    Schools from 12 districts were among the top 20 schools that serve the needs of English language learners.

  • Design Review Board wrestled with economic impact

    When the Las Vegas Design Review Board took up the question of whether to approve Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc.’s demolition and construction plan, preservation may have been a central concern, but simple economics was never far from the discussion.

    “I love history,” board member Mack Crow said at one point in the 4-1/2 hour meeting last week, “but I don’t want history to destroy something good, and I think this will be good for the community.”

  • Allsup’s planning 5th store

    Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. got the preliminary approval it sought Thursday to proceed with plans to build a fifth convenience store in Las Vegas.

    If all goes as planned, the store will replace the now-boarded-up Chevron station at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue — but it will also take out the old Voda building to the north.

    Allsup’s will use most of that triangular block between Grand, Seventh and Lincoln Avenue to construct what Allsup’s calls one of its modern designs.

  • Health-care club

    Of course, nobody wants a health-care professional who is going to faint at the sight of blood, especially if it’s your blood. TBut it’s not likely, because a fainter isn’t likely to make it through the medical training.

    Robertson High School’s Dream Makers health career club is one of those programs that introduce kids to the medical profession — so they can find out early on if the medical profession is for them.    

  • St. Vincent’s hit hard by LV jury

    From AP and Staff Reports

    A Las Vegas jury found that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe failed to adequately treat a former Raton resident during his 2006 stay at the hospital, and awarded his estate more than $10.3 million in damages.

    Alfred Gonzales had suffered bedsores after hip surgery because of improper treatment. He later died of unrelated causes at age 57.

    The jury awarded $595,000 for compensatory damages and $9.75 million for punitive damages.