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  • Jail Log - March 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 5 and March 10:

    Rene Maestas, 30, two counts of abandonment or abuse of a child, two counts of no child restraint
    Ormando Pino, 34, criminal damage to property, probation violation
    Jessie Jaramillo, 24, three day commitment
    Eric Vigil, 23, hold for District Court
    Nico Barela, 23, hold for District Court
    Leroy Valdez, 55, probation violation
    Geraldine Martinez, 47, larceny, bench warrant

  • Looking Back - March 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 15, 2013

    Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Dance

    Rough Rider Motorcyle Rally Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Plaza Hotel Ballroom. The dance will feature local band Fire and Rain. Tickets for the dance are $10 single and $15 couples. 

  • Weather - March 15, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Breezy.

  • Correction - March 15, 2013

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic quoted San Miguel County Detention Center Warden Patrick Snedeker saying that inmate Katalina Leyba was Pamela Leyba’s niece. Katalina Leyba’s sister, Tanya Leyba, said that her sister and Pamela Leyba are not related.

  • Good times ahead
  • Tainted heroin alert issued

    The San Miguel County Detention Center and its health care provider have issued a warning that tainted heroin is suspected in the death of one former inmate and in three other inmates becoming ill and having to be rushed to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Warden Patrick Snedeker said Monday that there’s no doubt in his mind that contaminated heroin is responsible for what he and his staff have seen over the last few weeks. They suspect that the heroin has been mixed with bath salts.

  • Ex-cop accused of bribery

    The former Las Vegas police officer who was arrested and charged last September with fraud and other crimes is back in jail on new charges.

    Shawn Montoya, 41, of the 700 block of Dora Celeste, was arrested last week on multiple felonies and misdemeanors. Court documents allege that Montoya once again forged documents to make it appear as though he was a licensed contractor in good standing.

  • City investing in ballpark upgrades

    The city of Las Vegas has begun investing in improvements to its Rodriguez Park complex to spruce it up for the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

    The City Council earlier this month signed off on two measures. The first one was awarding a bid to Rio Rancho-based Carreon Construction for decorative fencing and a gate for the front of the park. The bid was for $63,300. City councilors voted unanimously to approve that measure during a special meeting on March 1.

  • Supreme Court takes up gay bias case

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — In a case that tests anti-discrimination protection for gays, a religious rights group told the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday that a photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple was exercising her rights to free speech and artistic freedom.

    The First Amendment should exempt Elaine Huguenin and her Albuquerque business, Elane Photography, from state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the high court.