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  • Driver faces DWI charge after crash

    The woman who crashed a Cadillac Escalade into a parked car last week drank at a nearby bar beforehand, police said.

    Tracy Crespin, 23, 736 Williams Drive, was charged with DWI, careless driving and and failing to stop after hitting an unattended vehicle. It was her second DWI, according to online court records.

    According to a Las Vegas police report, Crespin struck the Escalade in the 500 block of South Pacific Street late the night of April 1.

  • Report: Man was 5 times above legal limit

    SANTA FE — Toxicology results show a man who caused a head-on crash last month on Interstate 25 had a blood-alcohol level that was more than five times the legal drinking limit.

    The Office of the Medical Investigator has released toxicology results showing 28-year-old Cecilio Jaramillo of Santa Fe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.44 percent at the time of the crash near San Juan. Jaramillo has ties to Las Vegas.

    The state's presumed level of intoxication is 0.08 percent.

  • Storrie may get fenced

    Soon, if you’re going to fish at Storrie Lake, you’ll need a boat.

    By as early as next week, the Storrie Project Water Users Association may begin making arrangements to fence off the lake and large portions of the park, association officials say. That’s because the state refuses to renew its lease with the group on the same monetary terms and conditions as its previous lease, they said.

  • Pssssst! Vegas is now 175 years old

    On Tuesday, Las Vegas very quietly passed its 175th anniversary as a community.

    There were no celebrations, no ceremonies, no parties to mark this milestone.

    Las Vegas was established on April 6, 1835, soon after settlers received a land grant from the Mexican government.

    At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Matt Martinez, the chamber’s president, unveiled a blueprint for his group’s plans to celebrate the 175th anniversary. It is organizing Las Vegas Grandes Celebration Weekend, which is tentatively set for Sept. 24-26.

  • Suspect's charges disputed

    Richard Baca, who is accused of killing another man last November, was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

    Now the district attorney wants to add another charge — shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

    But Baca’s defense attorney says the two sides already agreed to limit the charges to voluntary manslaughter.

    During a hearing Monday, former Deputy District Attorney Gerald Baca said he was assigned the case involving Richard Baca, 21, who allegedly shot and killed Benito Lemos, 22, on National Avenue in central Las Vegas.

  • Wagon Mound crime alleged

    The state police are looking into alleged embezzlement in Wagon Mound’s village hall.

    Last week, the agency sent a uniformed officer to the village hall to obtain initial information in the case, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    Around the same time, village officials served employees with papers informing them they were on administrative leave.

    “They probably picked that time because the officer was there,” Martin said.

  • University plans spending reductions

    Highlands University officials say they are looking at a number of ways to cut expenses, including starting an early retirement plan.

    President Jim Fries said his administration is taking a comprehensive look at the university’s budget to make sure it balances. He said the last time Highlands had an early retirement plan was in 2005.

  • State police making many DWI arrests

    Local state police officers made eight DWI arrests over the Easter holiday weekend.

    Four of the DWIs involved first offenders, while three recorded their second offenses and another a third, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    The state police have been encountering many repeat DWI offenders lately. In the weeks leading up to Easter, state officers caught offenders with their fourth and seventh DWIs, officials said.

  • THURSDAY STORY: Storrie may get fenced; state responds to local group

    Soon, if you’re going to fish at Storrie Lake, you’ll need a boat.

     

    By as early as next week, the Storrie Project Water Users Association may begin making arrangements to fence off the lake and large portions of the park, association officials say. That’s because the state refuses to renew its lease with the group on the same monetary terms and conditions as its previous lease, they said.

     

  • Ex-Vegas officer acquitted

    A former Las Vegas police officer was acquitted of charges of making inappropriate advances toward a woman while in uniform.

    On Wednesday, Robert Ortega, 36, was acquitted by a six-member jury in Magistrate Court on two petty misdemeanor charges of battery.

    According to state police, a woman reported that she was working at a service station on Jan. 24, 2009, when Ortega, who was filling up his car, asked her what was wrong. She told the officer that her former boyfriend had been harassing her.