Local News

  • Accused serial rapist takes plea

    A 53-year-old San Miguel County Man pleaded no contest on Monday to multiple counts of rape and false imprisonment stemming from the abduction of three women from Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Eddie Medrano, who has been locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center since September of 2014, faces up to 18 years in prison. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

  • 2 area DOT workers struck, killed

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    ROY — New Mexico authorities say two state Department of Transportation workers were killed when a 92-year-old motorist’s vehicle struck the workers’ parked vehicle and shoved it into the workers.

    State Police on Tuesday identified the motorist as Celestin Clavel of Roy and said he was seriously injured in the crash Monday in Harding County in northeastern New Mexico.

  • Body found in bed of pickup

    Las Vegas Optic

    A retired Highlands University professor was shocked on Monday when he discovered the body of a deceased male in the bed of his pickup.

    Ron Maestas, a retired Highlands business professor and former part-time coach, had parked his truck on Bridge Street on Monday. He said he was stunned when someone pointed out that there appeared to be a body in the bed of his pickup.

    Upon seeing the body, Maestas began trembling and immediately called 911.

  • Legislature, AG at odds over records

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Legislature has refused to turn over records subpoenaed by the Attorney General’s Office earlier this month.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Attorney General Hector Balderas wants the records for his office’s criminal case against former Sen. Phil Griego. Griego was recently charged with nine crimes related to a real estate deal, including bribery, fraud and perjury.

  • Gov calls for balanced reforms to save scholarships

    By Susan Montoya
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico governor wants lawmakers to try again next year to develop what she calls meaningful and balanced reforms to ensure the solvency of the state’s lottery scholarship program.

    Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation last week that would have allowed unclaimed prize money to be transferred to the state’s lottery tuition fund.

  • In Brief Mar. 16, 2016

    The Associated Press

    State prisons on lockdown

    The state’s top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico’s prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week.

    Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel also said Monday that all inmates in the state are being interviewed amid a broad, in-depth review of the state’s prison system.

  • UNM regents vote for Health Sciences Center restructuring

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents on Monday approved a plan that will change the structure of the governing board of the school’s Health Sciences Center.

    The 4-2 vote came after an hours-long meeting in Albuquerque.

  • Breaking: Body found on Bridge Street

    Las Vegas Optic

    A body was discovered in a vehicle on Bridge Street on Monday, and authorities are trying to determine what happened to the deceased individual.

    Las Vegas police were initially investigating the matter but turned it over to state police, said Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño. He said that while Bridge Street is inside city limits, state police were called in because authorities suspect that the death may have occured outside of city limits.

  • Jailhouse Blues

    The heads of the Las Vegas Police Department, the District 2 state police office and the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department say that the county jail’s insistence on unnecessary medical clearances for individuals who have been arrested is tying up their officers for hours and jeopardizing public safety.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño, Deputy Chief Kenneth Jenkins, state police Capt. Javier Moncada and Sheriff Gary Gold took their concerns to the San Miguel County Commission last week.

  • Dons down Cards in drive to finals

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE ­— West Las Vegas punched its ticket back to the Class 4A boys basketball state championship game Friday with a riveting 64-55 triumph over crosstown rival Robertson.

    And the Mora boys also earned a shot at a state title.

    The No. 3 seed Dons set up a rematch of last year’s state final with juggernaut Hope Christian, winner of three straight state titles. The game was set for a noon tip-off at The Pit.