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  • Rash of burglaries reported in historic neighborhood

    The historic neighborhood on the east side has seen around 15 burglaries in recent weeks, says the leader of a residents’ group.

    The group has been issuing mass e-mails regularly about burglaries and other happenings in the area.

    Ron Wooten-Green, coordinator of the Historic North New Town Neighborhood Association, said most of the break-ins have been during the day.

    “The police are trying to solve them, and we’re trying to help,” Wooten-Green said.

  • Man accused in attack

    A Buena Vista man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man and threatening to kill him.

    Norman P. DeHerrera, 45, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing identity.

  • Resident fighting charge

    For more than a year, Las Vegas resident Lalo Sanchez has been fighting a charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

    He was found guilty in Municipal Court, but he appealed the matter to state District Court.

    Sanchez maintains that when police entered his property, he asked what they were doing. He said one of the officers “got nasty” with him, so he asked if the officer had a warrant.

    Sanchez said the officer replied by saying that he was under arrest for resisting and obstructing an officer.

  • Residents take sides on consolidation

    Former teacher Victor Cordova questioned why anyone would want to fix the two local school districts.

    “If it’s not broken, why fix it?” Cordova asked.

    “It is broken,” resident Olivia Lovato said.

    Those were two of the views at Tuesday’s forum on whether to consolidate the two school districts. More than 150 residents packed Kennedy Hall to talk about a topic that has often been considered politically toxic.

  • Superintendents talk on subject of uniting districts

    When asked for their thoughts about consolidation of the two local school districts during a public forum Tuesday, Superintendents Jim Abreu and Rick Romero didn’t mince words.

    “I want to go on the record as saying I’m not for consolidation,” said Abreu, who leads West Las Vegas. “We have two fine school districts in this town, and there are some distinct reasons for that.”

    Abreu said the recent survey on consolidation conducted by a Highlands University class had some of its facts wrong.

  • County getting ready to start transport service for veterans

    San Miguel County is getting ready to launch its service to provide veterans transportation to medical appointments in Albuquerque.

    Officials hope to start it next month.  

    Last week, the County Commission approved policies for the service, which will be provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    The service will be offered through the county’s DWI prevention program. That’s because the program already has drivers for its Safe Ride service, which takes people home from bars.

  • Vegas man charged in dog attack

    A Las Vegas man has been charged in connection with his dog’s attacking a 74-year-old man on the west side.

    Meanwhile, a woman reported being bitten by a dog while she was walking with her canines at Seventh and Columbia streets last week.

    In the earlier incident, Alexander Alires, 36, 505 Blanchard, faces a felony charge of having a dangerous dog and the misdemeanors of having a rabid or unvaccinated dog, a vicious animal and an animal at large. The dog was believed to be a pit-bull-mastiff mix, police said.  

  • Police find stolen items

    Police may be on the way to solving the burglary of a store on Grand Avenue, as they found many of the stolen items in the building next door, authorities said.

    Smokey’s Discount Cigarettes, in the 900 block of Grand Avenue, reported that a break-in had occurred Sunday night. Officers later served a warrant to search a building in the 1000 block and found boxes worth of stolen cigarettes and chewing tobacco, officers said.

  • Official pushes closed campus

    Residents near Robertson High School have recently complained about problems caused by students parking on streets near the school.

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ramon “Swoops” Montaño asked the board to take a look at the possibility of a closed campus, to include sophomores and eventually juniors. RHS freshmen are already barred from leaving campus.

    West Las Vegas High School has a closed campus.

  • Officials learn of change after fact

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman had planned to water his lawn after last Wednesday’s council meeting.

    He was told he couldn’t.

    Both Feldman and Mayor Tony Marquez found out during the meeting that the city had entered Stage 2 water restrictions two days earlier, which is in response to the dropping water levels in the city’s reservoirs, which are at 72 percent of capacity.