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Local News

  • Fair starts today

    Anastazia Alvarez was one of the 4-H students coaxing their reluctant goats onto one of the shearing blocks Monday for a close shave in preparation for the 2009 San Miguel-Mora County Fair, which is from today to Saturday.

    The Mora Middle School seventh-grader has been showing animals at the fair for the past four years.

    “I have mainly raised pigs, rabbits and chickens. This is the second year I raise a goat. The pigs are the easiest to take care of,” Alvarez said.

  • Schools make gains, district leaders say

    Superintendents from both East and West school districts are pointing out the gains made by their students in statewide ratings released this week.

    However, the state Public Education Department’s assessment of schools throughout New Mexico isn’t quite as rosy.

    A total of 568 schools around the state failed to meet the federal standard of adequate yearly progress under a system for assessing schools. That’s up from 549 schools that didn’t make the standard in 2008.

  • Man accused of murder before

    Natividad “Steve” Roybal, the man recently charged with killing Terrie Greer near Camp Luna by hitting her on the head with a rock, was charged with murder once before.

    Roybal was arrested and tried for the 1987 Halloween night murder of Las Vegas resident Rick Gonzales.

    According to a police report, Officer Phillip Vigil was dispatched to the Monte Vista apartments about half-past midnight to investigate a shooting. On arrival, he found Gonzales lying on the floor, his head resting on a Domino’s pizza box, a bullet hole just below his right eye.

  • Another charged in crime

    Authorities are charging a man who allegedly knew that a woman had been murdered but waited more than a day to tell the police.

    A magistrate judge has signed off on a warrant for Bob Martinez of Las Vegas. Martinez faces charges of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

    On Sunday, state police arrested Natividad “Steve” Roybal on charges of an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and resisting officers. The alleged victim was Terrie Greer.

  • Residents complain about police

    About 50 people came together Sunday to discuss the issue of alleged police misconduct in Las Vegas and to organize a citizens committee to deal with the issue.

    Former interim Police Chief William Cruz and San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz were among those present.

    Pat Leahan, Lorenzo Flores and Steve Flores, the organizers of the event, spoke briefly of the need for an independent citizens committee. The city is also considering a police oversight commission to handle complaints against officers.

  • Taos DA to get adults’ cases

    The cases involving the adults in the Robertson High School football assaults case will be transferred to the Taos district attorney’s office, an official announced Tuesday.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said he had spoken with the Taos district attorney’s office and it had agreed to take the cases. It is expected that the Taos DA’s office will transfer the cases to its branch office in Raton, to be handled by prosecutor Leslie Fernandez, Flores said.

  • Vegas man charged with burglary

    A Las Vegas man is accused of breaking into a truck at a local motel last week.

    Vicente Cervantes, 45, 409 Peggy Lee Lane, was charged with auto burglary and larceny.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Sgt. Martin Salazar went to Super 8 Motel last Wednesday in response to reported auto burglaries. He reviewed a surveillance video and identified two women pictured.

    He spoke to some unidentified people who described the car the two women left in, police said.

  • Las Vegas police aim for full staffing

    The Las Vegas Police Department is on track to becoming fully staffed, the chief says.

    Last week, Mayor Tony Marquez swore in four new officers to the department — Martin Sandoval, Timothy Leyva, Michael Hurtado and Samuel Hanna.

    They are expected to go to the state’s law enforcement academy in the fall.

    Later this month, Chief Gary Gold plans to put forward four more names to the City Council for approval as officers. He said he has five “solid” applicants, so it’ll be tough deciding which one to reject.

  • DA excuses himself from adults' cases

    District Attorney Richard Flores has excused himself from prosecuting the adults who he alleges failed to promptly notify authorities about attacks during a Robertson High School football camp last year.

    His decision was in response to arguments by defense attorneys that he appeared to have conflicts of interest.

    Superintendent Richard Romero, Athletic Director Mike Yara, former football coach Ray Woods and two former assistant coaches, Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman, each face a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

  • Man accused of molestation

    A 45-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with sexual crimes against a small girl.

    A child told authorities that the man started molesting her when she was 8, according to a city police report.

    The man faces two counts of criminal sexual penetration. He was charged last Monday.