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  • Officer who had sex on car fired

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico state police officer has been fired after security cameras caught him having sex with a woman on the hood of a car.

    Officer Bert Lopez’s dismissal from the New Mexico state police was confirmed by The Santa Fe New Mexican on Saturday. The newspaper said Lopez has 30 days to appeal the firing.

    The surveillance photos were taken from a motion-triggered security camera positioned at the front gate of the county-owned La Bajada Ranch south of Santa Fe. The encounter was at the remote Canyon Ranch.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 5, 2011

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  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 5, 2011

    City Council meeting is Wednesday

    The City Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

  • Weather - Sept. 5, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. West wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - News Sept. 5, 2011

    Two mistakes were made in the Aug. 29 edition of the Optic. Stella Bakarich is the owner and physical therapist of Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness, and DeAnn Barry is the registered yoga teacher and a certified pilates instructor.
     

  • Settlement reached in football camp case

    From AP and Staff Reports

    A settlement has been reached in a case involving Robertson High School football players who were sodomized with broomsticks at a football camp in August 2008.

  • Man sought in domestic dispute

    Las Vegas police are seeking a man who allegedly kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach during a domestic dispute early Saturday morning and then managed to escape when officers showed up at the house.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Luis F. Sanchez, 23, of the 700 block of Dora Celeste. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 425-8884. Callers remain anonymous.

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  • Area could lose seats in redistricting

    The population declines in San Miguel and Mora counties and its rural neighbors over the last decade are setting the stage for a difficult session for area lawmakers as they head to Santa Fe to redraw legislative boundaries.

    State senate and house districts in this area will need to expand to pick up the necessary population, and there’s even a possibility of area senate and house seats being combined, resulting in a loss of representation in this area.

  • Testimony limited in homicide case

    State Police Agent Paul Chavez will be allowed to testify for the prosecution during Richard Baca’s voluntary manslaughter trial next week. But he won’t be able to testify that the location of one of the casings found at the scene indicates that Baca fired one of the shots while holding the weapon outside his car window.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis issued his ruling Wednesday after holding an evidentiary hearing on the ejection pattern analysis Chavez used to reach his conclusion.

    Baca is accused of shooting postal carrier Benito Lemos three times.