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  • Man charged with murder

    A Las Vegas man is now facing an open count of murder in the death of his grandmother.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, 1116 Columbia St., is accused of killing his grandmother, Margaret Garcia, and hurting his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.

    The attacks allegedly occurred late in the afternoon of Feb. 16 at 1116 Columbia Street.

    Ryan Garcia’s grandmother died three days after the attack. The suspect allegedly threw the woman over the porch onto some concrete, where she landed on her head.

  • Grandson charged in attack

    A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 83-year-old grandmother, police said Thursday.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, 1116 Columbia St., was charged with three counts of felony aggravated battery. He is accused of attacking both Margaret Garcia, his grandmother, and his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.

    Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said that given that Margaret Garcia has died, the charges likely would be upgraded. That could mean that Ryan Garcia could be facing an open count of murder.

  • Student: Coach wanted secret sex

    By the account of a former Robertson High School student, ex-teacher Jay Quintana told her to keep their sexual relationship a secret, so she did.

    For years.

    The alleged victim testified in Magistrate Court on Wednesday, describing her four years of having sex with Quintana, who was her golf coach and chemistry teacher. The district fired him last year.

  • Ex-teacher's charges stand

    The former Robertson teacher accused of having sex repeatedly with a female student is headed for trial.

    At the end of a three-day preliminary hearing Thursday, a magistrate judge found enough evidence to send the case to state District Court.

    The student, now 21 and attending college, testified that Quintana told her to keep the four-year sexual relationship a secret. She alleged the two had sex in a number of places, including several rooms at the high school, her house, his house and the Pendaries golf course.

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Student: Coach wanted secret sex

    By the account of a former Robertson High School student, ex-teacher Jay Quintana told her to keep their sexual relationship a secret, so she did.

    For years.

    The alleged victim testified in Magistrate Court on Wednesday, describing her four years of having sex with Quintana, who was her golf coach and chemistry teacher. The district fired him last year.

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Ex-RHS teacher headed to trial

    The former Robertson teacher accused of having sex repeatedly with a female student is headed for trial.

    At the end of a three-day preliminary hearing Thursday, a magistrate judge found probable cause to send the case to state District Court.

    The student, now 21 and attending college, testified that Quintana told her to keep the four-year sexual relationship a secret. She alleged the two had sex in a number of places, including several rooms at the high school, her house, his house and the Pendaries golf course.

  • City, others lose state money

    Local agencies are poised to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars for various projects as the state seeks to balance its budget.

    Both houses of the state Legislature, with the support of all area lawmakers, backed a bill to take away money for projects in which legislative funding hadn’t been spent.

    The governor has yet to sign the bill.

  • Voters to decide on city charter

    Local politicos have differences over whether the voters should pass a proposed new city charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution.

    To be sure, the races for mayor and City Council are getting their share of attention this year. But voters’ most consequential decision in next Tuesday’s election will likely be on the proposed new city charter.

    The 35-page document would replace the one that has been in existence for four decades.

  • Price of city land in dispute

    A local businessman has agreed to pay the city $22,800 for land in the industrial park. That’s the appraised value.

    But at least one city councilman doesn’t think Ray Herrera of Ray’s Auto Sales should pay that much for the property.

    Councilman Cruz Roybal said at last week’s council meeting that he had driven by the land in the Dee Bibb Industrial Park and that Herrera would have to do much work to make the property useful.

  • County tries to prove its ownership of transfer station land

    San Miguel County is trying to prove its ownership of the land where the Bernal solid waste transfer station lies.

    County officials said they need to get that information to connect the site to the area’s rural electric utility, which needs to know who owns the easement so it can extend power lines.  

    As a result, the employee who mans that site has had to spend much time in his truck to keep warm. An on-site building is wired for electricity; it just needs to be hooked up to the power system run by the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.