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  • Intercepted: Plan to smuggle drugs into Detention Center thwarted by LVPD

    Six men were recently booked after an investigation revealed attempts to smuggle into drugs into the San Miguel County Detention Center by soliciting the help a food service contractor — and the sewing skills of an inmate’s mother.

    A Las Vegas Police Department investigation determined a scapular — a type of religious necklace — was used to try to smuggle strips of Suboxone, a Schedule V narcotic used to treat opioid dependence, into the jail.

  • Birth at Alta Vista highlights return of Labor & Delivery Unit

    When baby Julius greeted the world on Nov. 22, not only did he bring joy and relief to his family, but he introduced Las Vegas to the re-openng of the Labor & Delivery Unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, Dec. 3, 2017

     The following indviduals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29:

    Sharise L. Herrera, Felony Warrant Arrest, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Loren Padilla, bench warrant arrest, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Sandoval, district judge, out on medical leave

    Court and county personnel are adjusting to having one fewer judge to hear cases locally after Fourth Judicial Court Judge Matthew Sandoval went on medical leave this week.

    Sandoval was taken to an out-of-area hospital recently for an unknown period of time. Not much information is available about his condition or prognosis, but those affected by his absence seem to be preparing as if Sandoval might not return to the bench for some time, if at all.

  • Valley essay contest winners

    West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School recently recognized Cancer, Violence & Drug Prevention Awareness Month in October with an essay contest.

    The winners were Charlotte Gallegos, Ben Sandoval, Gabriella Salinas, Isaiah Ortiz and Ezekiel Gallegos.

  • Memorial Middle School Honor Roll, Nov. 6

    Seventh Graders

    Carrillo, Estrella E

    Gallegos, Isaiah Robert

    Harris, Kristalynn C

    Leger, Trey J

    Martinez, Alexia M

    Medina, Corazzon

    Mello, Eduardo William

    Montano, Tomas J

  • The Nation In Brief, Dec. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Flynn pleads guilty to lying

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Martinez appoints Bern. Co. commissioner as state auditor

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson as the new state auditor.

    Her office made the announcement Friday after calling earlier this month for applications to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Democrat Tim Keller, who was elected mayor of Albuquerque. Johnson, a Republican, was unsuccessful in his mayoral bid.

    Keller stepped down as auditor Thursday.

  • Longmire: The closed door is still open

    The film crew, equipment, and actors have been gone since May. Left behind is the closed door.

    The door opens to Sheriff Walt Longmire’s office in the contemporary western series “Longmire,” which took place in the fictional county of Absaroka, Wyo.

    The production was based on books authored by Craig Johnson.

  • Man still jailed on assault, other charges

     By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Santa Fe man is still in jail on assault of healthcare workers and other charges — and he’s been in jail for much of the past two years on various charges.