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  • Clerk feared for her life

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three men were arrested and charged last week after one of them threatened to shoot a Wal-Mart store clerk and another one threatened a customer with a knife, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

    William Lucas, 52, and James Barber, 61, both of the 2700 block of Seventh Street, are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, disorderly conduct, a petty misdemeanor, and public nuisance, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Sotomayor pleads for students to vote

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico.

  • Grass fire burns 1,800 acres

    The Associated Press

    A grass fire that ignited Wednesday, due to sparks from a welder, is under control, a State Forestry spokesperson said Friday.

    The fire charred roughly 1,800 acres east of Las Vegas, near mile marker 7, on NM Highway 104, according to Micaela Hester, Wildfire Prevention and Communications Coordinator for the New Mexico State Forestry office in Santa Fe.

  • Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca film set for June release

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A documentary about Chicano writer Jimmy Santiago Baca is set to be released in June and producers hope to screen it in schools with Latino and Native American students.

    Director Daniel Glick told The Associated Press that the film will be available on DVD and online after being shown at film festivals nationwide.

  • AG: Benavidez should resign

    Embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez has until April 20 to resign from the board, and if he fails to do so, he may face criminal or civil sanctions, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is warning.

    At issue is Benavidez’ 2002 felony drug conviction. Under state law, a felon is not eligible to hold public office unless the individual has received a pardon or had his or her political rights restored.

    The AG’s office sent a letter and an email to Benavidez on Wednesday urging him to resign.

  • Teen takes plea in homicide case

    The 16-year-old boy charged last year with fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend appeared in district court last week and admitted that he had committed the crime of second-degree murder.

    Fabian Maes entered the plea during a hearing last Wednesday. Judge Gerald Baca accepted the plea after advising the teen of his rights. As part of the plea agreement, a charge of possession of a controlled substance by a minor will be dropped.

    Maes was remanded to Sequoia treatment facility.

  • Performers hit the stage tonight

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The 22nd Annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage to Ilfeld Auditorium April 8 at 5:45 p.m.

  • Magistrate moving back to Seventh Street

    Las Vegas Optic

    The San Miguel County Magistrate Court is returning to its former home on Seventh Street from its current location at the Dee Bibb Industrial Park.

    As a result of the move, the court will be closed for several days to allow a move to its former location at 1927 Seventh St. The court will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 19 at the Seventh Street location.
    The move comes after a year-long stint at its current location at 312 Bibb Industrial Drive.

  • $2,000 raised for scholarships
  • Jail Log April 8, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 29 and April 3:
    Ronald Tapia, 46, failure to appear, failure to report, bench warrant, SM Magistrate, Bernalillo
    Obed Salas, 57, aggravated DWI (4th), driving on suspended revoked license, resisting arrest, open container, failure to maintain lane
    Eliseo Vigil, 35, 4-day commitment
    Jason Smith, 23, improper equipment (failure to have operating plate lamp), larceny, disposing of stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate