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  • Witness says suspect bragged

    A witness in Monday’s preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing a couple described how one of them boasted about it.

    The witness spoke during the hearing for Michael and JoeBary Vigal, who face multiple charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy in  connection with the 2007 slayings of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, who were gunned down in the living room of their Dora Celeste home.

  • Woman accused of stabbing husband

    A woman was arrested after calling police to report that she had stabbed her husband, officials said.

    Theresa Durant, 50, of 104 Alamo St. No. 6, was charged with aggravated battery on a household member.

    According to documents filed in Magistrate Court, Durant called the police station around 4 a.m. Friday to inform officers that she had stabbed her husband, Victor Durant.

  • Man shot near bar on Grand

    A Las Vegas man is accused of shooting another on Grand Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

    Gary Esquibel, 23, of 702 Pecos St., was charged with attempted murder, trafficking crack cocaine, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.

    The alleged victim, Jonas Montoya, 26, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital then airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

  • Cold-weather homeless shelter finds home

    A cold-weather shelter for the homeless is expected to be up and running later this month.

    Samaritan House, a local nonprofit group, has received approval from the city to set up a homeless shelter in the old 2G’s bar building at 1509 Seventh St., next to McDonald’s restaurant.

    The owners, Vince and Vicki Howell, are donating the space rent-free for the first year. Samaritan House hopes to open the shelter starting Nov. 21. Its hours will be 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Union supporters march; hospital leader refuses proclamation

    Supporters of the Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s labor union had a message for the hospital’s administrator on Friday — negotiate now. And they took it directly to him.

    But the administrator, Richard Grogan, refused to accept a proclamation from the group. He told them all communications about the union should go to Alta Vista’s attorneys.

  • Vaccine unavailable for most people

    If you want to get a shot of the H1N1 vaccine, you’re probably out of luck for now.

    The local public health office only has a limited amount, and El Centro Family Health has none at all but is expecting some, officials said. None of Las Vegas’ four pharmacies have any shots for swine flu on hand. This reflects a shortage nationally of the vaccine.

    The Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, a private organization, has the vaccine. It is available for children six months to 5 years and children 5 and older with chronic conditions, an employee said.

  • Candidate picks local chairmen

    Two area residents are serving as the San Miguel County co-chairmen of the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Allen Weh.

    Ricardo Rodgers and Rey Herrera have joined the Allen Weh 2010 team’s effort to mobilize New Mexico voters. Among other duties, Rodgers and Herrera will organize volunteers in San Miguel County and ensure that Weh’s local supporters turn out to vote.  

  • State police: Officers taken off street

    The head of the local state police station disagrees with an attorney general’s finding that his agency is required to take arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties.

    State police Capt. Toby Dolan said that as a result, his officers are being taken off the streets to transport juvenile offenders. For instance, his agency had to take three such youths to a lockup in Santa Fe last weekend.

  • Lawyers urged to assist poor

    Two-thirds of civil cases in the state district courts in San Miguel and Mora counties last year involved debts and foreclosures, according to court statistics.

    District Eugenio Mathis used that number to demonstrate the need for area attorneys to provide more pro bono work — in other words, offering their services to the poor without compensation.

    Since the Fourth Judicial District formed a pro bono committee last year, a number of lawyers have been active, Mathis said, but not nearly enough to help the large number of low-income people in the area.

  • Man shot near bar

    A man was shot near a local bar late Thursday afternoon, official said.