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  • Reports focus on school officials’ response

    What did they know? When did they know it? Reports by the state police and the Las Vegas City Schools district give indications of when Robertson High School’s football coaches and district administrators reportedly became aware of attacks at a team camp last year. The attacks involved players sodomizing others with broomsticks.

  • Block’s dad a target in state inquiry

    When it comes to the state’s grand jury investigation into his campaign finances, Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. now has some company.

    Je-rome Block Sr., the official’s father and a former member of the PRC himself, has been named as a target of the same grand jury that is investigating his son.

    On Monday, the Optic’s managing editor, David Giuliani, received his second subpoena to testify before the grand jury, which is set to reconvene today. Both of the Blocks’ names were listed as targets of the investigation.

  • East school officials charged; superintendent's lawyer criticizes state

    The district attorney’s office on Monday charged Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, the athletic director and three former coaches in connection with attacks at a football camp last year.

    Romero, Athletic Director Michael Yara, former head coach Ray Woods and former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman are each facing a misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

  • $1.2 million for Grand may be lost

    A downtown merchants group no longer has the $1.2 million in federal money that would have helped pay for improvements to Grand Avenue. But the granting agency says the local organization can reapply for the funding.

    The federal Economic Development Administration has informed MainStreet Las Vegas that it couldn’t assist with the project because the downtown portion of Grand would stay at four lanes.

  • Students get advice for prom night

    Prom night should be one of the happiest times in a teenager’s life. And it usually is if teens follow the rules of the road and don’t get caught up in a moment of reckless abandon that can ruin the evening, and even the rest of their lives.

    That was the message from the San Miguel DWI Prevention Program to Robertson High School students whose prom will be held April 18. The same message will be presented to West Las Vegas High School students before their prom on May 2.

  • UPDATE ON BREAKING NEWS: Superintendent, others charged; board member, parent comment

    The district attorney's office on Monday charged Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, the athletic director and three former coaches in connection with attacks at a football camp last year.

    Romero, Athletic Director Michael Yara, former head coach Ray Woods and former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman are each facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

  • Man still not in jail, despite sentence

    Joseph Floyd Santillanes was supposed to begin his six-month jail sentence for his fourth DWI conviction on Jan. 30.

    He’s still not there — the county jail won’t take him.

    During a Jan. 26 hearing, the 53-year-old local man entered into a plea agreement in which he admitted to drunken driving.

  • Survey focuses on joining of districts

    Some local politicians don’t like to even mention the issue of consolidating the two Las Vegas school districts.

    A Highlands University class, however, is taking the issue head on.

    Throughout this week, a marketing research class led by Professor Margaret Young is gauging the community’s views on ideas to consolidate the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts.

  • Mariachis progress quickly

    They seem like they’ve been performing for years. But it’s only been a few months.

    Children in the 21st Century mariachi after-school program have already wowed a crowd at Fiesta de la Hispandad and are now heading to a big show in Tucson, Ariz., for the International Mariachi Contest in a few weeks.

    Ben Lucero and Emily Maestas, the co-directors of the young mariachi group, have had extensive musical careers themselves.

  • Dem chairman wins big

    In a landslide, Martin Suazo was re-elected to another term as San Miguel County’s Democratic Party chairman on Saturday, but some protested the credentials of certain delegates.

    Suazo, a Las Vegas stove salesman, won with 84 votes to 10 for Ambrose Castellano, the chairman of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. The vote occurred during a nearly three-hour party convention at West Las Vegas Middle School’s cafeteria, two days after the party conducted precinct meetings in which delegates were elected.