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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.

  • After 2 years, woman cleared of battery, child abuse charges

    A Las Vegas woman accused of hitting a child two years ago in a fight with the girl’s mother was found not guilty by a jury last month.

    Renee Maestas, 36, was acquitted of two counts of battery and one count of child abuse on Jan. 25. The charges stemmed from a 2009 fight at the Dollar General store, in which Maestas and the 9-year-old girl’s mother exchanged blows.

    David Silva, attorney for Maestas, said the acquittal effectively ends a two-year “house arrest” for Maestas.

  • Quintana still has his licenses

    From AP and Staff Reports

    Jay Quintana, former Robertson High School teacher and coach, is facing a dozen felony charges of criminal sexual penetration. But he still has his teaching license and has been teaching while out of jail on bond.

    According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal this week, the New Mexico Public Education Department has pulled 22 teaching credentials last year — but Quintana still has his three, for coaching, administration and teaching.

  • Above and Beyond: Fidel Trujillo comes home to Highlands

    Fidel Trujillo’s life has been devoted to family, faith and education.

    A Mora native, he was recently named dean of students at Highlands University. His new position at NMHU seems to be a natural fit — as he was once a student and is now an administrator at the school.

    After graduating from Mora High School in 1994, Trujillo started his higher education at Highlands to stay close to home. When his mother was only 29, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — a condition that continues to haunt her.