Local News

  • Mechanic accused of beating customer

    A mechanic shop owner is accused of attacking a man who owes him money.

    Michael Romero, who turned 32 Saturday, faces a number of charges in the attack, which took place at his business, Michael’s Precision Automotive, 514 Commerce St., police said.

    Last Monday afternoon, Romero visited Slim’s Tattoo Shop and asked the alleged victim if he had the $1,300 that he owed Michael’s Precision for car repairs, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

  • Highlands plans renovations, green projects

    Highlands University’s five-year capital outlay priorities include the remodeling of the media arts building, renovation of the old Las Vegas hospital property and the old trolley building, and the going-green initiative that aims to make the campus energy efficient.

    The Board of Regents approved the plan at its meeting last week.

  • Longtime radio host leaves airwaves

    Cipriano Aguilar quietly disappeared from the airwaves two months ago — no goodbyes, no farewell shows, no reminiscences.

    After 46 years with KFUN, Aguilar said he decided to leave and gives his keys to station owner Joseph Baca in May. For years, he hosted a show playing Spanish music on Sunday afternoons, becoming a fixture on Las Vegas radio.

    Aguilar said he had disagreements with Baca but didn’t want to say what they were because he promised to be positive about his departure.

  • Mayor appoints residents to panel

    Mayor Tony Marquez, elected in March, continues to make his mark on city government.

    During a special meeting last week, the City Council confirmed his choices for four city advisory committees. He said he plans to announce more appointments at an upcoming council meeting.

    The committee members are:

    • Utility Committee: Chairman Andrew Feldman, a city councilman; Gilbert Martinez; Glenn Yocum, a current member; Lee Einer, the Optic’s features editor; and Amos Estrada, a retired educator who has closely watched city government over the years.

  • Unlicensed builder sentenced

    A man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to posing as a contractor and failing to complete work after getting paid for it, officials said.

    Mario Mendoza, 51, pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and was sentenced to serve four and a half years in prison, according to a district attorney’s office press release. Mendoza is required to pay $10,000 to the victims upon his release from prison.

  • Woman accused in attack

    A Las Vegas woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend in an apartment on the Highlands University campus.

    Pamela Gold Leyba, 36, 1211 Chavez St., was charged with assault and battery against a household member.

    Around 5 p.m. June 28, the shirtless, shoeless victim showed up at the Highlands University police station to report that he had been attacked. He had marks on his face, back, arms and leg, according to a criminal complaint.

  • Luna launches algae project

    Even before sky-high gas prices, Luna Community College and Roadrunner BioD’s had been working on a demonstration project with the objective of showing the efficient, clean, environmentally safe and sensible method of growing algae and converting the oil into biodiesel fuel.

  • Groups request city money

    A number of groups last week approached the City Council to seek city money, but most acknowledged the city’s tough budget situation.

    The council held a special meeting Friday to hear presentations from local nonprofit groups trying to make the case for public funds. The city must submit a final budget to the state by month’s end.

    “We need to increase revenues and cut expenditures. At the same time, we need to expand services,” City Manager Sharon Caballero said.

  • Ex-Luna leader faces bias claim

    The director of the Luna Community College Foundation has filed a discrimination complaint against the school’s former interim president, Gilbert Sena.

    Sena is the second former Luna leader now facing a sexual harassment claim. His predecessor, Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, is also the target of a complaint.

    Foundation Director Diana Abeyta, whose last day is today, submitted the grievance to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on May 19.

  • Residents walk at anti-cancer event

    Peter and Sylvia Garduo had a reason to keep walking around the Highlands University track over the weekend.

    They were honoring Stephanie Griego, who has been diagnosed with cancer. They were among the many taking part in the eighth annual Relay for Life event, which was held at Perkins Stadium.

    Sylvia said her mother and father both died of cancer, and the couple said they have also lost other beloved relatives to the disease. She and her husband said they hope a cure will be found one day soon.