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  • Ex-official still on probation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former state official is staying out of prison despite violating probation on his felony convictions.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state prosecutors wanted former Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block Jr. sent to prison for failing a drug test. The 37-year-old Block is on probation because of convictions for fraudulent use of a state credit card, violating campaign finance laws and embezzling public funds during his 2008 campaign.
     

  • Feds find pattern of excessive force in APD

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said institutional reform centered on more training and tools for officers is needed to curb the “patterns of excessive force” that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department.

  • Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like ‘deer in headlights’

    By Jesse Washington and Kevin Begos
    The Associated Press

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not a problem student or outcast like those who have been involved in other school violence across the country, and was “like a deer in the headlights” hours after the attack, frightened and depressed, his attorney said Thursday.

  • State not planning larger women’s prison

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration isn’t looking to expand the state women’s prison despite requesting proposals from private prison contractors for a facility with up to 850 beds, according to a Corrections Department official.

    Department spokeswoman Alex Tomlin said the agency has no intention of building a new prison and isn’t seeking a larger women’s prison at this time.

  • Jazz Ensemble concert Wed.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Jazz Ensemble presents a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the theater of the Student Union Building at National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    “This performance space is smaller than most concert halls, and provides a more intimate setting that is often appropriate for jazz performances,” said Edward Harrington, director of bands for Highlands University in the Department of Music.  

  • Concert Choir to perform Mozart and Fauré Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir will present Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Fauré’s Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will direct the concert.

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  • Crack smuggled into jail

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man already jailed on an outstanding warrant is in even more hot water for allegedly smuggling illegal drugs into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Mario Romero, of the 800 block of Railroad Avenue, was charged late last month with three felonies, and his bond on the new charges was set at $15,000 cash.

  • Field of dirt - District says baseball field is safe

    Usually in baseball it’s all about being safe on base. But for at least one Robertson High School baseball parent, who did not want to be identified, the bigger concern is whether her kid is going to be safe on the dirt field he is forced to play on.

    While there has been much discussion among Las Vegas City Schools board members and administrators over the last few months about getting grass at Whorton Field, located near Memorial Middle School, the district has so far not been able to pull the trigger on the project.

  • Volunteers sought for city cleanup

    Las Vegas Optic

    The first of a number of community efforts to spruce up the Meadow City will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Plaza Park, with the Great American Cleanup.

    According to Diego Trujillo, coordinator of local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, “All the volunteers need to do is register, help clean up, and get treated to a free lunch.”