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Today's News

  • One assistant DA no longer on Charles Trujillo case

    The latest development in the case of former school superintendent Charles Trujillo doesn’t directly involve him. In fact, it doesn’t even involve the Fourth District Attorney’s lead prosecutor in the case.

  • Former city attorney, manager suing city

    Two former City of Las Vegas employees are suing the city for damages in Fourth District Court after they were dismissed suddenly in 2016, shortly after Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron took office — two days before their contracts were due to expire.

  • No alcohol, drug test results on autopsy of fatal wreck victim

    A report obtained from the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigation shows a 31-year-old Las Vegas man who died in a head-on collision last October shows no presence of alcohol intoxication, but shows he had a syringe in his possession and had a recent needle puncture in his arm.

    Daniel S. Lucero, of Las Vegas, died at the scene when his Nissan passenger car made head-on contact with an oncoming semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lanes of I-25 near milepost 328, near the Bernal exit, shortly before 2 a.m. the morning of Oct. 10.

  • Man arrested after being found with knife

    A man was arrested recently after a Las Vegas Police officer found the man in possession of a knife that he’d apparently used to break into a home.

    Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Seventh Street at about 11 a.m. March 3 for a burglary in progress. An officer observed Mark Ludi, 47, of Las Vegas, sitting on a wall behind a residence, according to a statement of probable cause.

  • Murder trial set for May 14

    A trial date has been set for Las Vegas man accused in a July 2016 homicide. 

    Daniel Sullivan, 28, is accused of killing Steven Marquez in a South Pacific Street apartment. He is set to stand trial before a jury beginning May 14 in San Miguel District Court, with Judge Emilio J. Chavez presiding.

  • A hopeful partnership

    By Andrew Gold
    Special to the Optic

    In the midst of the ongoing chaos and violence in Israel and Palestine, it is easy to despair about the intransigence of leaders and the seeming complexity of this endless situation. However, some hope might be found with children.

    Six K-12 schools, called “Hand in Hand,” first established in 1998, and now collectively with more than 1,500 students and waiting lists for enrollment, have been laying a groundwork for a shared society with Palestinians and Jews in Israel.  

  • Council run-off election set for Tuesday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Tuesday is City Council Runoff Election Day in the City of Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas residents in City Council Ward 1 will pick from finalists David Ulibarri, the incumbent, and Oliver L’Esperance, while Ward 4 will choose a new councilor from David G. Romero and Carla Benavidez.

    Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasiums of both Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools. Voters from both wards can vote at either location.

  • Drug testing for all WLV staff proposed

    Teachers, staff and athletes would all be subject to drug testing by West Las Vegas Schools under proposals discussed by the WLV Board of Education during Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting.

    Board member Ambrosio Castellano, who asked in March that the topic be added to the April agenda, asserted that working in the schools means individuals are functioning in safety-sensitive positions.
    He said he attended a National School Board Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where an insurance provider presented an opioid forum on the epidemic among teachers.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 13, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 5 and April 13, 2018:

  • Man, accused of firing gun at victim, said it was ‘firewworks’

    Benny Ortiz Jr., 39, of Las Vegas, was arrested on March 30 after police say he fired a handgun at another man at a residence.

    Reports state Las Vegas Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of New Mexico Avenue about 6:42 p.m. They made contact with a woman who told them a man identified as Ortiz had a firearm and was in her backyard.