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  • Charter's passage up in the air

    Las Vegas voters passed a new charter for the city government on Tuesday.

    Or did they?

    According to city election results, 56 percent of voters supported a 35-page document that would serve as the city’s new constitution.

    But local attorney Danelle Smith said she believes that at least 60 percent needed to back the charter to make it a reality. She pointed to a provision in the four-decade-old existing charter that requires a super-majority of 60 percent to pass charter amendments.

  • Testimony: Official circulated petition

    The second in command at the Las Vegas City Schools asked her subordinates to support her husband, a former Robertson High School teacher accused of having sex repeatedly with a student, according to testimony last week.

    Some of the information about a petition circulated by Quintana came out during a preliminary hearing last week. At the hearing’s end, a magistrate judge sent the case against Quintana’s husband, Jay Quintana, to

    District Court for a trial.

  • Ortiz is the new mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz won in a landslide over two write-in opponents in the mayor’s race on Tuesday.

    He prevailed with 1,537 votes, or 70 percent. Patrick Romero got 388 votes (18 percent), while Daniel Holguin finished last with 294 votes (13 percent).

    In Ward 1, Tonita Gurule-Giron won with 257 votes, or 34 percent, beating longtime former City Councilman Macario Gonzalez, who received 219 votes, or 29 percent. Roland Medrano came in third with 209 votes, or 28 percent, and Bruce McAllister fourth with 72, or 10 percent.

  • Mayor averts controversy

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who has had a penchant for controversy in his two years at the helm, averted one in his final days.

    Marquez, who didn’t run for re-election, had scheduled a City Council meeting for this evening, a day after the municipal election.

    But he decided Tuesday not to hold it after all.

    That was after two council members had said they wouldn’t attend, contending it should be left to the new governing body. Another member said he would have gone in protest.

  • District clears Robertson counselor

    Robertson High School counselor Amadee Duran, who was placed on leave last November for alleged “inappropriate” activities, is now back on the job.

    Duran, who returned Monday, has been cleared by an internal investigation conducted by the Las Vegas City Schools district. She was placed on leave after allegations of “inappropriate contact” surfaced.

  • State police arrest repeat DWI offenders

    The state police arrested three Las Vegans in recent days on DWI charges -- all of whom have been charged with the offense several times before.

    Leonard R. Montoya, 43, 1003 Tilden St., was charged with his seventh DWI offense on Sunday.

    A state police officer noticed that Montoya was weaving between lanes in his pickup truck on Mountain View Drive, according to a criminal complaint. After the officer pulled over Montoya, the driver admitted that he had come from Legers bar, which was near where he was stopped. His arrest occurred shortly after closing time.

  • City election set for Tuesday

    Las Vegas voters will go to the polls today to cast their ballots for mayor, City Council and a proposed new city charter.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Running for mayor are San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz and write-in candidates Daniel Holguin Sr. and Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero. The city clerk’s office said voters won’t be required to write in Holguin’s or Romero’s names to the letter, but they need to be close enough so poll workers can discern voters’ choices.  

  • Police: Drug suspect attacked mom

    A Las Vegas man is alleged to have attacked his mother and threatened his wife, state police said.

    The man was also found to have been carrying crack cocaine, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

    Pedro Griego, 27, was charged with battery on a household member, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting officers, bringing contraband into a jail and criminal damage to the property of a household member.

  • Man charged with murder

    A Las Vegas man is now facing an open count of murder in the death of his grandmother.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, 1116 Columbia St., is accused of killing his grandmother, Margaret Garcia, and hurting his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.

    The attacks allegedly occurred late in the afternoon of Feb. 16 at 1116 Columbia Street.

    Ryan Garcia’s grandmother died three days after the attack. The suspect allegedly threw the woman over the porch onto some concrete, where she landed on her head.

  • Grandson charged in attack

    A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 83-year-old grandmother, police said Thursday.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, 1116 Columbia St., was charged with three counts of felony aggravated battery. He is accused of attacking both Margaret Garcia, his grandmother, and his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.

    Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said that given that Margaret Garcia has died, the charges likely would be upgraded. That could mean that Ryan Garcia could be facing an open count of murder.