http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en BREAKING: Fulgenzi repeats in boys' singles http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/breaking-fulgenzi-repeats-boys-singles <p> ALBUQUERQUE - - &nbsp;Warren Fulgenzi Jr. shook off a shaky start and got on a roll to capture his second consecutive Class 1A-4A boys&#39; singles championship Thursday evening at Jerry Cline Complex.&nbsp;</p> <p> Fulgenzi defeated Will McDermott of St. Mike&#39;s, 6-3, 6-0, in the final. The taller, rangier McDermott gave Fulgenzi some anxious moments early on, taking a first game, and it was 3-2 at one point in the first set. Much of the issue lay in short service returns by Fulgenzi, but the Horseman&#39;s reach also kept him in volleys longer than most opponents.&nbsp;</p> BREAKING : Robertson duo wins state girls' doubles title http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/breaking-robertson-duo-wins-state-girls-doubles-title <p> ALBUQUERQUE - - &nbsp;Sister act Brandelyn and Lauren Fulgenzi are Class 1A-4A state girls&#39; doubles champions.</p> <p> The Robertson pair defeated sisters Jaci and Jenese Fulgenzi, their first cousins and RHS teammates, in the final on Thursday afternoon at Jerry Cline Complex. Scores were 6-1, 6-2.</p> <p> Warren Fulgenzi Jr. was playing in the boys&#39; singles final, looking for a repeat championship, in Thursday evening action.</p> <p> Check back for updates.&nbsp;</p> ‘Cinco’ celebration set for Saturday http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/%E2%80%98cinco%E2%80%99-celebration-set-saturday <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/05.06_cincodemayofile.jpg" alt="An Aztec dancer, Andrea Lopez, performs during last year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Mural Park. This year’s even, which is free and open to the public, starts at noon on Saturday at Mural Park, on the corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue." title="An Aztec dancer, Andrea Lopez, performs during last year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Mural Park. This year’s even, which is free and open to the public, starts at noon on Saturday at Mural Park, on the corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Get your dancing shoes on for Saturday for Casa de Cultura&rsquo;s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.</p> <p> Miguel Angel, executive director of the non-profit Casa de Cultura, said the event gives the community an opportunity to come together to celebrate Chicano history. This year&rsquo;s event starts at noon Saturday at Mural Park, located on the corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.</p> Vegas man arrested on sixth DUI http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/vegas-man-arrested-sixth-dui <p> A 51-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested for his sixth DUI on Tuesday after local police found him sleeping in a red van with his ignition on.</p> <p> Jerry Martin, who resides on the 600 block of East Jackson, has been charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs &mdash; sixth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and with a misdemeanor count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.</p> <p> Las Vegas police booked Martin into the San Miguel County Detention Center, where he remained on Thursday.</p> Play will benefit HU Foundation http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/play-will-benefit-hu-foundation <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5.6lisandra_tena_headshot_2015_lg_2.jpg" alt="Lisandra Tena will perform at 7 p.m. May 13 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and benefit the Highlands University Foundation." title="Lisandra Tena will perform at 7 p.m. May 13 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and benefit the Highlands University Foundation." align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> By Margaret McKinney<br /> Highlands University</p> <p> Actress and playwright Lisandra Tena will perform her one-woman play &ldquo;Guera&rdquo; at 7 p.m. May 13 in Highlands University&rsquo;s Ilfeld Auditorium.</p> <p> Tena, an Albuquerque native and magna cum laude graduate of DePaul University Theatre School in Chicago, wrote Guera in 2012 as a story about the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit in the face of lost love, family dysfunction, drug addiction and violence.</p> Girl’s slaying shocks, angers small community http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/girl%E2%80%99s-slaying-shocks-angers-small-community <p> By Felicia Fonseca and Mary Hudetz<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> SHIPROCK &mdash; On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl.</p> <p> Hours had passed since the man had talked the girl and her brother into his van while they were playing about a quarter-mile from their home after school.</p> Gathering of Nations event booted from from the Pit http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/gathering-nations-event-booted-pit <p> The Associated Press</p> <p> ALBUQUERQUE &mdash; The University of New Mexico says the Gathering of Nations will no longer be held at its basketball arena.</p> <p> UNM Executive Vice President David Harris sent a letter Wednesday to the event&rsquo;s organizer about the school&rsquo;s decision, which he says is financial and operational.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s 33rd Gathering of Nations wrapped up last Saturday at The Pit.</p> <p> More than 100,000 spectators, artists and Native American dancers converged on Albuquerque as part of North America&rsquo;s largest powwow.</p> Audit to probe backlog of evidence kits http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/audit-probe-backlog-evidence-kits <p> By Morgan Lee<br /> Associated Press Writer</p> <p> SANTA FE &mdash; New Mexico&rsquo;s state auditor is looking into what practices led to the backlog of more than 5,400 untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes at law enforcement agencies and evidence vaults across the state.</p> <p> State Auditor Tim Keller announced Thursday a special survey of eight police departments and sheriff offices aimed at identifying root causes of the backlog and providing better policies and written standards to prevent untested kits from piling up again.</p>