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  • State cop under investigation

    A state police officer is under investigation in an altercation that took place outside the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Officer Tom Lucero, in his late 20s, is now reportedly on administrative leave from the state police.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said Friday that around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the officer met with his former girlfriend for a child custody exchange involving their 17-month-old at the Police Department’s public parking lot. Many such exchanges take place there as part of custody agreements, the chief said.

  • County to consider buffer zones

    The debate over San Miguel County’s proposed ordinance regulating wind farms has boiled down to one major issue — how far they should be away from homes.

    On Tuesday, the County Commission will talk about creating buffer zones for wind turbines along the Pecos and Gallinas rivers — and idea raised in August. It’s not clear how wide the buffers would be.

    The county wind farm task force has proposed a three-mile setback from homes, but the industry and its supporters have called such a restriction onerous and unworkable.

  • Mayor's event pulls in at least $18,000

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz reported Friday that the recent Mayor’s Charity Ball raised at least $18,000.

    The Sept. 25 ball, intended to raise money to help those in need, attracted many local dignitaries.

    Most of the money was raised with the dinner, but a charity casino afterward also drew some dollars.

    The ball was held as part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary events.

  • Man accused of abusing 7-week-old

    A Las Vegas man was charged with abusing a 7-week-old baby after he and his wife took their child to the hospital.

    Mathew P. Sandoval Sr., 18, 2323 Calle Bonita No. 24, was charged with one count of child abuse, a third-degree felony.

    On Sept. 23, Sandoval and his wife took their baby to the emergency room at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, according to an arrest warrant.

  • City police station to get new facade; project a MainStreet priority

    Motorists traveling around Plaza Park have noticed construction beginning at the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Last week, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz gathered city officials for a groundbreaking ceremony.

    The facade of the building facing the park has been in dire need of a facelift for years, officials said. The building has a long and storied history as the Buffalo Bar, Tito’s Gallery, a physical therapy office and Hacienda Home Center. 

  • Official: Taxes would have risen anyway

    A top state official says that taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district would have seen a big property tax increase this year in any case, even without an apparent problem in the district’s books.

    A property taxpayer who had a $1,500 tax bill in 2009 will see an increase to nearly $2,000 this year. It’s an increase from $4 for every $1,000 in taxable value to $10.

  • Artists report pepper-spray incident

    Three young men this week reportedly went into an art gallery on the Plaza and deployed pepper spray in the store, police said.

    One of the artists, Diana Whitten, said the attack happened shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday at El Zocalo gallery. She said she and another artist had been in the gallery for about five minutes when the men entered.

    “We evacuated. We couldn’t breathe or see. We called the police, and the officer came 15 minutes later,” Whitten said. “By the time he got here, the pepper spray kind of cleared out a bit.”

  • Police: Repeat DWI offenders charged

    State police arrested two more repeat DWI offenders — part of the agency’s apparent effort to take on drunken driving inside city limits.

    Bernardino Gallegos, 24, 408 Moreno St., was charged with his fifth DWI offense, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Gina Montoya, 48, 2300 N. Gonzales St., faces charges of her fourth DWI offense and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

  • Air Force extends comment period

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- The U.S. Air Force is giving people more time to comment on a proposal that would establish areas in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado for low-altitude training flights.

    The Air Force initially asked that comments be received by Oct. 4. That has been pushed back to Nov. 15 due to tremendous public response, including a letter from members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

    The training out of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.

  • Las Vegas teen reported missing

    Sixteen-year-old Miranda R. Mondragon of Las Vegas missing, police said.

    Mondragon was last seen Tuesday afternoon.

    Mondragon is described as a 5 feet, 2 inches tall Hispanic female, who weighs 110 pounds.

    Miranda has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes; she was last seen wearing a white and black hooded pullover and blue jeans. There is suspicion that Mondragon may possibly be in Colorado. Mondragon also has a medical condition that requires medication, police said.