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  • City police want to speak with victims

    The Las Vegas Police Department is asking that alleged victims of former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana come forward.

    Quintana is accused of 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and a count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    He was arrested last week.

    Alleged victims are asked to call police detective Roy Pacheco at 425-7504.

  • DOT looks into workers' prank

    The state Department of Transportation is investigating a workers’ prank that involved a small explosion, an official said this week.

    Paul Gray, the DOT’s local district engineer, said a couple of employees mixed toilet cleaner with aluminum in a plastic bottle at the Rowe maintenance building.

    One employee has reportedly suffered a ringing in his ears since then, so the department has sent that employee to a specialist, Gray said.

    “We haven’t received the physician’s statement yet,” he said.

  • Man killed on National

    A man was killed after he allegedly beat up another in a case of road rage in central Las Vegas, police said.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas was charged with an open count of murder. The victim, Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, died almost instantly after the suspect shot him in the chest, police said.

    The killing happened about 5:30 p.m. Monday at National Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Agencies conduct warrant roundup

    Area authorities arrested 26 people as part of a warrant roundup Friday, state and city police said. Another five turned themselves in, and many others showed up at court to pay their fines.

    According to a press release, 54 officers from 15 different agencies were part of the effort to apprehend those with arrest warrants. The officers took them to Magistrate Court on Seventh Street, where magistrate and municipal judges were on hand to hold hearings.

  • UWC student dies after collapsing

    A United World College student last week died after collapsing during a birthday party, the school reported.

    First-year student Fawaz Lukman of Ghana was unable to be revived after he “inexplicably and suddenly” collapsed," said the college's president, Lisa Darling, in a statement.

    The students living in the Denali Dormitory were gathered in the home of their resident tutor — the faculty member who is in charge of their dorm — for a monthly celebration of birthdays with cake and ice cream when Lukman collapsed, Darling said.

  • City rejects subdivision proposal

    A local developer is promising a lawsuit after the City Council last week rejected his plans for a subdivision on the west side.

    Phil Warfield proposed to build a four-lot development in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue, but the City Council voted 3-2 last week against it after some neighbors said they opposed it.

    Warfield, who has developments around town, said he followed all the laws and criteria required of subdivisions. He said he planned to go above and beyond city standards.

  • Public housing vacancies drop

    The city’s housing authority has drastically reduced the number of vacancies over the last year, an official said last week.

    Robert Pacheco, the authority’s director, said that of the 230 housing units, 18 are being remodeled and two are vacant and ready to go. Nearly a year ago, 120 units were vacant, he said.

    Pacheco, who started last December, said the authority has made the waiting list more efficient, which has resulted in much of the reduction in vacancies.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Man killed on Bridge Street

    A 22-year-old was killed at Bridge and 12th streets early Monday evening.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the police already had a 21-year-old suspect at the station. He declined to name the victim or the suspect. The police had to notify the victim's next of kin, he said.

    The victim was apparently in his car when the suspect shot him, police said.

    Gold said it appeared as if the case were "open and shut" because officers already had eight or nine witnesses.

  • Propane tank in Mora upsets some

    A panel has approved the placement of a large propane tank in a Mora neighborhood, but some residents are fighting the decision.

    Last week, the Mora County Planning and Zoning Committee voted 2-1 to allow Ferrellgas, a propane supplier, to place a 12,000-gallon tank in the area of Mora’s Allsup’s convenience store.

  • Contractor picks questioned

    Mayor Tony Marquez on Wednesday asked the City Council to appoint two street contractors to the public works committee.

    During a council meeting, Councilman Morris Madrid asked the mayor if the two nominees, Carlos Crespin and Miguel Melendez, were contractors. The mayor said he didn’t know, adding that his staff referred him the names.