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  • 18-year-old accused of stabbing woman

    A man has been charged with stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute.

    Cruz Gallegos, 18, faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member, a third-degree felony. He also is charged with counts of child abuse, false imprisonment, aggravated assault of a household member and tampering with evidence.

    Gallegos remains at large, and police are seeking any information on his whereabouts.

  • Police Department’s crime scene van damaged

    The Las Vegas Police Department’s crime scene van has been damaged.
    Over the weekend, one of the van’s windows was broken, interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said. It was at the Fourth Street house of the department’s evidence technician.

    The police caught two juveniles who are believed to have caused the damage, Montaño said.

    The van used to be parked at the Police Department, but the agency wanted to have an employee take it home, so it would run regularly, which helps with maintenance, Montaño said.

  • Union fate looks better

    The West Las Vegas school board may be changing its mind about closing Union Elementary School.


    It now looks like the school will continue.


    Last month, the board voted unanimously to move Union kids to what would be an expanded and renovated Tony Serna Elementary.


    The same vote would have moved the Family Partnership School to the Union building.


    Union is Las Vegas’ best-performing elementary school for reading and math proficiency.

  • West asked to give city water rights for free

    The city wants the West Las Vegas school district to turn over its water rights to the city.


    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz made the plea to the West school board last week.


    “We’re in dire need of water, and the school district has four acre feet of water that has been approved by the state engineer’s office. On the other hand, the state says you are not entitled to another 38 acre feet you thought you had,” Ortiz said.

  • County officials back medical pot

    A majority of the County Commission supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes.


    Commissioners David Salazar, Nicolas Leger and June Garcia all agreed on the issue. Their colleagues, Albert Padilla and Marcellino Ortiz, couldn’t be reached for comment.


    The commission plans to hold a special hearing on the subject Nov. 24.


    The issue is particularly relevant with the commission because of the county housing authority’s recent decision to stop giving a federal subsidy to a resident who uses medical marijuana.

  • County seeks money for EMS

    San Miguel County officials say they’re going to have to find ways to fully fund ambulance services, particularly in Pecos.


    In the Nov. 2 election, 60 percent of voters rejected a proposed quarter-cent sales tax that would have helped pay for ambulance services and the launch of a central dispatch service.


    The tax would have amounted to 25 cents for $100 in purchases.

  • Soccer coach allegedly got into scuffle at party

    Robertson High School’s girls soccer coach got involved in a fight during a party over the summer, according to testimony last week.


    Ray Parks, 43, has been charged with a petty misdemeanor count of battery. After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a magistrate judge reduced a felony aggravated battery charge against Parks’ wife, Brenda Parks, to a misdemeanor.


    The alleged victim was a 17-year-old girl, who was at a Fourth of July party in the Sapello area, where the couple was.

  • Vegas official pleads guilty

    A top city official has pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge in connection with attacking a man at a local bar.


    Ken Garcia, 45, the city’s utilities director, admitted to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.


    Garcia will be on supervised probation for 18 months. He must write a letter of apology to the victim and pay the victim’s costs associated with the attack.

  • County fires housing director

    San Miguel County has fired its housing director, Gilbert Almanza, just weeks after an unfavorable audit.


    Almanza’s last day as director is today.


    County Manager Les Montoya confirmed the county terminated Almanza from the position. But he said the county’s finance department was hiring Almanza as an information technology employee to help install a new computer system.

  • Official wasn’t told about letter

    By David Giuliani
    Las Vegas Optic
    In October, San Miguel County’s housing authority informed Las Vegas resident Robert Jones, 70, that he was losing his federal housing subsidy because of his use of medical marijuana.


    But the county’s top official didn’t know about that decision beforehand.


    The case has attracted national attention.