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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 17, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Mom chases down abductor
    ALBUQUERQUE — A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt, Albuquerque police said Thursday.
    The young girl was playing in her yard at an apartment complex in Albuquerque’s North Valley when a group of teenagers saw the kidnapping and ran to alert the girl’s mother.

  • Auditors fault regulators

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico needs to strengthen its regulatory oversight of a billion-dollar gambling industry that includes horse racing tracks and casinos operated by Indian tribes, legislative auditors recommended Wednesday.

    A report by staff of the Legislative Finance Committee said the New Mexico Racing Commission and the state Gaming Control Board are understaffed and hampered by limited regulatory powers.

  • Judge delays ruling in Chavez case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    BERNALILLO — A judge in the case of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife on Wednesday rescinded on oral ruling to seal all new pretrial motions and said he will rule next week on whether to unseal other documents sought by media outlets.

  • Annual Bike Rodeo for kids Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 22nd annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Saturday at the parking lot of the Wilson Gym Complex at Highlands University.

  • Middle school dance tonight at rec center

    Sixth- and seventh- grade students may soon be dancing the evening away. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today (Friday) the Abe Montoya Recreation Center will hold a dance for the middle school students.

    “We are trying to do something for sixth and seventh grade students,” Lucas Griego said.
    Griego, a youth coordinator at the local center, said local DJ, J&J will provide the music for the three-hour dance. Jeanette Nolan also donated her time to the teen dance held earlier this month.

  • VA to host health fair Tuesday at local clinic

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area veterans are invited to attend a special health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the VA Clinic located at 624 University Ave.

    Veterans and their family members will have an opportunity to learn about many VA programs during the fair, including nine Healthy Living Messages.

  • East to end year in black

    Las Vegas City Schools has had a run of good luck in recent weeks.  

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said that in late April she received a letter that helped solve the district’s budget woes. The letter informed the district it had been approved for E-rate funding since last July.

    The approved funding is for roughly $300,000 and will help eliminate the district’s shortfall for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

  • Celebrating success
  • Wife of ex-judge resigns

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The wife of retired District Judge Eugenio Mathis has resigned her court clerk supervisor’s position with the 4th Judicial District, according to court records.

    Michelle Pino-Mathis resigned for “personal reasons” effective April 26, according to a May 7 letter issued by the court in response to a public records request submitted by the Optic in March.

  • FBI agent charged with wife’s slaying

    The Associated Press

    STAFFORD, Va. — An FBI agent in Stafford County is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

    The Free Lance-Star  reports that Arthur “Art” Gonzales told dispatchers he killed 42-year-old Julia Serna Gonzales in self-defense when he says she attacked him with a knife. Both Gonzales and his wife had ties to Las Vegas.

    The 43-year-old defendant surrendered to authorities on Friday and is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bail.