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Students Rally for Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct

LAS VEGAS -- Allegations of sexual misconduct by a teacher are at the center of a protest held at Las Vegas Academy Thursday afternoon.

Ronny Scott Hoffman is accused of groping a student at the school two years ago. On Thursday, more than a dozen students from the academy organized a rally in support of Hoffman.

The French teacher is charged with one count of sexually motivated coercion and three counts of open and gross lewdness.

According to court documents, the victim claims Hoffman inappropriately touched her while in one of the girl's bathrooms at the Academy sometime in October or November of 2007. The victim alleges another girl entered the bathroom and she was able to run away.

Police have interviewed approximately 105 female students from the Academy and were unable to find the witness or other victims. Court records indicate the alleged victim did not come forward because she was ashamed.

Family Wants Attorney General to Investigate UMC

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The family of Roshunda Abney, the woman who claims UMC's lack of treatment caused her premature baby to die, is calling for the Attorney General's office to launch a criminal investigation.

In a letter written by the attorney for Abney and her fiance, Raffinee Dewberry, there are allegations that there were several violations of state law as a result of UMC's failure to screen or treat Abney when she went to the emergency department. The letter states that the families want the Attorney General to open a criminal investigation.

Abney and Dewberry went to UMC on November 30th seeking treatment because Abney was in severe pain. After waiting six hours, the couple left. Abney delivered a premature baby girl at home. The child died shortly after birth. 

Attorney Jacob Hafter said, "As our investigation continues, it appears that the failure to provide Ms. Abney the care she requested goes beyond civil liability."

Teacher Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

LAS VEGAS -- A teacher at the Las Vegas Academy has been arrested for sexual misconduct with a student.

Thirty-eight-year-old Ronny Scott Hoffman was taken into custody last week and police are looking for more victims. Hoffman was a French teacher at the Academy. The victim was a former female student.

"The purpose of the release is to get it out to the community -- to the parents, to any other former students who may have been in contact with Mr. Hoffman and see if there were any prior or recent conduct involving victims we are not aware of," said Metro Lt. John Bradshaw.

Police started their investigation in May of 2009. Hoffman was removed from the school at that time and according to the school district was assigned to work from home.

Police Search for Suspects in Armored Truck Heist

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Police are searching for at least two suspects in the daring robbery of an armored truck in front of the Palace Station Hotel & Casino Monday morning.

Station Casinos reports that the suspects made of with more than $1 million but only about  $36,000 was in cash. The rest was in cashed checks and receipts.

According to Lt. Clint Nichols with Metro Robbery, the robbery happened around 9 a.m. in front of the casino door on Sahara Ave. Police say the Garda armored truck had one driver and one guard and when the guard returned to the truck from the casino, he was robbed at gun point.

Giant Candy Village in Works at Opportunity Village

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- A giant candy village is in the making at Opportunity Village and will be on display for the public.

Students and chefs at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas are assembling the village for a Make-A-Wish party at the Magical Forest. Once the party is over, the village will go on public display.

The candy village has 10 buildings including a cathedral. The entire village covers 30 square feet and is covered with pretzels, candy and frosting.

Nevada Gaming Revenues Down in October

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Nevada gambling regulators have released October casino win figures, which show another decline.

Nevada gaming revenue was down 11.6 percent in October as compared to a year earlier. Total gaming revenues for the past year were $800.3 million as compared to nearly $905 million a year ago.

Casino taxes, along with sales and use taxes, account for about two-thirds of state revenues. For the fiscal year that began July 1, total collections are about $50 million short of projections that were used to set the state budget.

 

Leaders Hopeful for Coming Year

LAS VEGAS -- The weather may have been cold, but crowds turned out for the lighting of the official Las Vegas Christmas tree on Fremont Street.

This holiday season, Downtown Las Vegas has seen good news with a casino expansion opening and some setbacks with a hotel closing. Despite the economy, Mayor Oscar Goodman is sticking to spreading holiday cheer. "I'm the happiest mayor in the universe," he said.

With the flip of a switch, Las Vegas' official Christmas tree was lit, making downtown even brighter. "It's the holiday season. The public is just yearning to have a good time, to feel good about one another, not to have complaints, not to have the economy knock our heads in," said the mayor.

Despite the recession, the Golden Nugget just opened the first downtown tower in 20 years -- a multi-million dollar investment. The mayor also says the performing arts center is coming out of the ground in this economy.