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  • LV Woman charged with fraud

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas woman awaiting trial on an embezzlement charge for allegedly stealing money from a sandwich shop is now accused of taking advantage of an 85-year-old woman with dementia.

    Vanessa De Jesus, of the 700 block of Don Gallegos Circle, was arrested earlier this month and is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $6,000 cash-only bond.

    She is charged with fraud of between $500 and $2,500, a fourth-degree felony, and larceny, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Moving into Murphey's building
  • Plaza gets surveillance cameras

    Andrea Gottschalk had just replaced windows on her Bridge Street store that had been vandalized when thieves struck, damaging the glass door.

    “I was broken into twice. Once in March and once in April,” said Gottschalk, who owns Unikat Fine Jewelry.

    She and other business owners in the Plaza and Bridge Street area are praising the decision to install surveillance cameras in the area, hoping that the new additions will deter vandals and thieves in the first place, and if not, that they will help police catch the culprits.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - News June 27, 2011

    San Miguel County Commission meets Tuesday

    The Board of County Commissioners of San Miguel County will hold a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers.

  • Weather - June 27, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Billy the Kid image sells for more than $2M

    By Colleen Slevin
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — What is believed to be the only surviving authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid went up for auction in Denver on Saturday and sold for $2.3 million.

    The tintype on Saturday evening went to private collector William Koch at Brian Lebel’s 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction, where auction spokeswoman Melissa McCracken said the image of the 1800s outlaw was the most expensive piece ever sold at the event.

  • In Brief

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Pacheco fire at 9,300 acres

    SANTA FE — A wildfire burning northeast of Santa Fe has now burned nearly 15 square miles of forest.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials said Sunday that the fire is just 10 percent contained after burning more than 9,300 acres.

  • Mom who fled caught in Tennessee

    A Las Vegas woman who fled the state after physical custody of her two children was granted to their father was captured this week in Tennessee.

    The arrest stems from a bitter custody dispute between Rebecca Montoya, 29, and Tomas Lucero, who is a state police officer. The children are 2 and 8 months.

    Montoya has said repeatedly that she fears for her life and the lives of her children, though Lucero has countered that Montoya has engaged in a “relentless campaign” to get him fired.

  • West’s Parson moving up

    The West Las Vegas school district is shifting three high-profile administrators around for the upcoming school year — promoting a principal and assistant principal and demoting an associate superintendent.

    Longtime West Las Vegas High School principal Gene Parson is leaving the post to become the district’s associate superintendent.