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  • Ex-city cop pleads guilty to fraud

    A former Las Vegas police officer has pleaded guilty to allegations that he defrauded city government, prosecutors say.

    On July 7, Shawn Montoya entered his plea in court to charges of fraud and filing a false claim, both fourth-degree felonies, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Montoya is required to pay full restitution to the Police Department and to an insurance company to which he defrauded, and perform 100 hours of community service, Flores said. Montoya will be on probation for 18 months.

  • City Council agenda

    • The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the council’s chambers at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on public housing issues:

    Presentations

    • Marco Gonzales from Work Force on SER Jobs for Progress.

    • Joseph Gallegos from Casa del Cultural proposing a 180-foot historical mural on the old Safeway parking lot wall.

    • Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. quarterly report.

    Business

  • AA wants to spread word

    The spokesman for area Alcoholics Anonymous groups says that if it weren’t for the program, he likely wouldn’t be alive today.

    He and other members want to inform the public about AA during a public forum on Sunday. They want to tell residents about how AA operates and what it can do for the community.

    It’s the first such public forum in years, the spokesman said.

  • Dorms ready for new school year

    The year-long construction of new dorms at Highlands University is just about done.

    Jorden Grimm, the school’s capital projects and operations manager, said that the project is 99 percent completed, with minor problems being taken care of by the contractor, Las Vegas-based Franken Construction.

    The dorms will be ready in time for the new school year, as was planned all along, Grimm said. Officials have said the new dorms will help attract more students to the university.

  • Gay club says it got good response

    Members of the Las Vegas-based New Mexico Rainbow Club wanted to try something that no one could remember happening before — having a gay and lesbian float in the Fiestas parade.

    So they did. And the community’s reaction was generally good, members said.

    The club is a loosely knit social group of gays and lesbians and their supporters, and it has been holding monthly potlucks. But member Kathy Gould said the group is becoming more rights-oriented.

  • City eyes transfer station changes

    The city wants to change the way it does business at its solid waste transfer station, a top official says.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said last week that the city is reviewing the charges at the station to come up with a way to deter people from dumping their garbage illegally.

    For instance, he said the city may allow solid waste customers to throw any additional trash — such as items that don’t fit in rollout containers — for free at the station. They would have to show proof that they are city customers.

  • Connecticut residents hurt in plane accident

    State police say two Connecticut residents were burned when their small plane crashed Friday morning at the Las Vegas airport.

    State police spokesman Peter Olson says the 41-year-old male pilot pulled his 36-year-old female passenger from the burning plane.

    Olson says the woman has extensive and severe burns and the man also was burned. Both were flown to a trauma center in Albuquerque. Their names weren’t released pending notification of relatives.

  • Police: Shooter captured, then confesses

    Gary Lovato has turned himself in.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that Lovato, 20, who was wanted in connection with the recent shooting of Aaron Benavidez, presented himself to local authorities Tuesday and has confessed to his role in the shooting.

    Lovato is accused of having shot Benavidez three times in the leg after Benavidez attempted to return a purchase of prescription drugs from another youth.

  • Abreu looks at rule for coaches

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu is looking at the possibility of contracts with new coaches stipulating that if they’re fired as coaches, they lose their teaching positions as well.

    However, the West school board seems skeptical of the idea.

    Abreu said he was looking at a policy used by other school districts called the “Farmington Clause.”

  • Several vie to lead Robertson

    The Las Vegas City Schools district will be interviewing candidates for Robertson High School principal today, and the superintendent may make a selection as early as Monday.

    Meanwhile, the district has scaled back its planned shuffling of principals for next school year.