In Brief

SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS

Information sought involving air-conditioning repairman

Henderson Police detectives are looking for additional information in connection with a child molestation case involving an air-conditioner repairman.

On Aug. 27 detectives arrested Marlowe Fuller, 49, of Las Vegas, on a charge of sexual assault of a child younger than 14. Fuller, sole operator of SOS Repair, is accused of touching a 6-year-old girl at her Henderson home while he was there to repair an air conditioner

A search of Fuller’s home turned up a drawer full of young girls’ underwear, skirts, and bikini tops and bottoms. The clothing appeared to have been worn, leading police to believe there could be other victims from other homes where Fuller worked.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4793, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

TESTING RESULTS

Helen Smith Elementary receives Blue Ribbon honor

Helen Smith Elementary School is one of 304 schools named a Blue Ribbon National School by the U.S. Department of Education, officials said Thursday.

Smith, 7101 Pinedale Ave., near Alta Drive and Rainbow Boulevard, is one of two Nevada schools receiving the distinction. The other is Caliente Elementary School in Lincoln County, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

To qualify for the honor, a school must score in the top 10 percent of schools in its state on proficiency exams. At least 40 percent of students from high-poverty or disadvantaged backgrounds at the school also must show improvement in state testing.

The school must also meet the benchmarks of No Child Left Behind, the federal school accountability law. This is the seventh year that Smith has shown adequate yearly progress.

Almost half of Smith’s enrollment, 46.5 percent, qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Principal John Haynal will represent Smith at an awards ceremony for Blue Ribbons schools in November.

AWARDING MILLIONS

Businesses seeking contracts told to acquire state license

For want of a $200 business license, a $5 million government contract could be lost.

On Thursday, state officials told four companies trying to secure government contracts that first they must acquire state business licenses.

With the state facing a $3 billion budget shortfall in 2011, state agencies are making increased efforts to collect taxes and fees. The Board of Examiners decided that the state contracts should be contingent on the companies getting business licenses. Business licenses are $200 a year.

The companies and contracts are:

■ Putnam Investment Management has a $5.45 million contract with the treasurer’s office to invest funds for college saving trust programs.

■ Open Domain Inc. has a $242,825 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical support for the Women’s, Infants and Children’s Program.

■ Interactive Voice Applications receives $29,558 to prepare reports to secure federal funding.

■ 4-D Plumbing & Builders Supply will receive $74,700 to provide emergency help on wells for the state Parks Division.

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