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  • 2 charged with taking from HELP

    Two area residents are accused of taking money from a nonprofit program and one of its clients.  

    Monica Lopez, 37, of Sapello and Antonio Padilla, 33, 711 Legion Drive, were charged this week with taking $3,000 from HELP-New Mexico, a group that helps the disadvantaged and has an office in Las Vegas.

    Lopez is a former caseworker for HELP but reportedly resigned when her supervisor started investigating the missing money. Padilla, son of County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla, is a lieutenant at the county’s detention center.

  • Regensberg not a candidate for area's state representative

    Travis Regensberg filed his candidacy for the District 70 state representative position in June, but the secretary of state declined to certify it.

    He said he collected 168 signatures — a process he said took three hours — for his nominating petition and turned in the petition to the secretary of state’s office on June 2, the day after the Democratic and Republican primaries.

  • Teens say they feel unwelcome

    Alizandra Lopez says she and other teens want respect from police officers and merchants in the Bridge Street and Plaza areas.

    “Sometimes we feel like they don’t want us here,” she said.

    Lopez reflected the feelings of many youths who attended a meeting Tuesday at the Blackbird Gallery on Bridge Street.

    The event was organized by gallery owner David Lovato, who said he wanted teens to know that they were welcome in the area. He brought in pizza for the meeting’s participants.

  • Sheriff investigating release of inmate

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department is investigating County Manager Les Montoya’s role in the release of an inmate over the weekend.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who has differed with Montoya on a number of issues, confirmed the inquiry, but he said he wouldn’t release any details until he finished it.

  • District judge maintains joint custody terms, for now

    The attorney for a state police officer under investigation in an altercation with his former girlfriend last week asked a judge on Monday to transfer full custody of the pair’s child to the officer.

    But state District Judge Abigail Aragon decided to keep the joint custody terms in place until a surveillance tape that captured the fight is made available.

  • Residents wonder about colored water

    Some city residents have noticed rusty-colored water with a slight odor in recent weeks. But a city official says it isn’t health-threatening.

    The Optic has received calls from a number of water customers concerned about their water quality.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman said some of his constituents have called him about the problem. He said anytime that the city works on the pipeline system, that will release some accumulated sediments into the system.

    “It’s a visual thing,” he said.

  • City unable to get water from Storrie

    Storrie Lake serves as a backup for storage of city water, but that doesn’t mean much now.

    In late July, a flood caused damage to the pipeline connecting Storrie to the city’s water plant.

    That’s not a big issue now because the city’s two main reservoirs, Peterson and Bradner, are filled up. But it could become critical if Las Vegas were in a drought.

  • Official asked about tax hike

    The president of the Las Vegas City Schools board on Monday pelted the district’s business manager with questions about how she could have avoided a financial problem that is leading to a big increase in taxes.  

    Afterward, board members closed their doors, saying they wanted to discuss a personnel matter involving the 30 percent property tax hike. No decisions were made.

  • Man charged in local burglary

    A man who had just burglarized a business was caught after he parked his car at a convenience store and fell asleep, police said.

    Fernando Garcia, 27, of 1207 N. Commerce St., was charged with burglary, larceny, tampering with evidence, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and damage to property.

  • 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.