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  • Jail Log Jan. 29, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 14 and 25:
    Michelle Lopez-Sanchez, 40, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Nick Ortiz, 40, failure to pay child support, bench warrant, SM District
    Dion C DeBaca, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Nicholas Roybal, 33, holding for court, SM District
    Raymond Sanchez, 42, failure to appear
    Michelle Espinoza, 44, 25-day commitment
    Gloria Jennings, 44, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Warrants point to allegations of fraud

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Search warrants targeting bank records, invoices, emails and other documents related to the financial activities of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission are shining new light on accusations of possible fraud and embezzlement by the commission’s executive director.

  • Local wins $10K scholarship

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Shannon Crespin is chasing her dream of becoming an actress on Broadway.

    The 21-year-old recently received a $10,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy during the annual International Model and Talent Association’s competition in Los Angeles.

  • Vegas man gets 7 years for child porn

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced last week to seven years in federal prison followed by 15 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Guy N. Martinez pleaded guilty in August to possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced last Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque. Besides the prison sentence and the supervised release, he will also be required to register as a sex offender.

  • City police arrest robbery suspects

    These alleged robbers are probably wishing they had skipped the Crown Royal.

    Las Vegas police have arrested two men in connection with last week’s armed robbery of Leger’s Package Liquor. And the break in the case came as a result of the suspects going to Wal-Mart after the robbery to buy Coca-Cola to drink with the Crown Royal Apple that one of them took from Leger’s, along with the cash.

  • City police arrest robbery suspects

    These alleged robbers are probably wishing they had skipped the Crown Royal.

    Las Vegas police have arrested two men in connection with last week’s armed robbery of Leger’s Package Liquor. And the break in the case came as a result of the suspects going to Wal-Mart after the robbery to buy Coca-Cola to drink with the Crown Royal Apple that one of them took from Leger’s, along with the cash.

  • NM considers opening primaries to all voters

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to open Democratic and Republican primary elections in New Mexico to all voters amid a surge in independent voter registration.

    Currently, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in their respective primary elections in New Mexico. Critics say the system effectively disenfranchises independent voters and contributes to low election turnout.

  • Ayana’s Battle

    Ayana Jaramillo is a young, dynamic and happy girl who enjoys cheering on the sidelines at sport games. These days she has hundreds cheering her on as she battles acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

    The 6-year-old kindergarten student was diagnosed with the highly aggressive disorder on Nov. 15 and is currently at the halfway point of her treatment. On Thursday, the Robertson High School Dream Makers organization will host a blood drive in her honor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michael Marr Gymnasium.

  • East chief submits resignation

    Ruben Cordova is once again heading into retirement.

    The Las Vegas City Schools superintendent submitted his resignation letter to the board on Thursday evening. The resignation will become effective on April 30.

    Because the resignation wasn’t listed on the meeting agenda, the board was unable to officially accept it on Thursday. The board will likely vote to accept the resignation during an upcoming meeting.

    “I think it is time for me to move on,” Cordova told the Optic on Friday morning.

  • Council hopefuls talk shop

    Three of five candidates seeking election to the Las Vegas City Council shared their thoughts on everything from the minimum wage to code enforcement in a public forum Wednesday evening at New Mexico Highlands University’s student center.

    As with Tuesday’s mayoral forum, this one was co-sponsored by ADELANTE and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Candidates were provided a half hour each to introduce themselves and answer pre-screened questions from audience members.