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  • 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.

  • Good reviews

    A movie project tied up Bridge Street for four days last week, but the crews are getting good reviews for their treatment of merchants.

    Tito Chavez, owner of Tito’s Gallery, said he believed it was the first time that everyone on the street received at least some compensation from a movie company for the street being shut down at times.

    “They talked to us and listened. They talked to those who were positive about it and negative about it. They won over negative people,” said Chavez, co-chairman of Las Vegas’ new Independent Business Alliance.

  • ONLINE STORY UPDATE: Man killed woman with rock, police say; victim identified

    A Las Vegas man is accused of killing a woman with a rock and then disposing of her body in a nearby ravine, state police said.

    Steve Roybal, 49, was arrested Sunday on charges of an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and resisting officers. The alleged victim is Terrie Greer.

    According to court documents filed in Magistrate Court, an anonymous caller told state police dispatchers that she had heard Roybal had killed Greer by hitting her on the head with a rock.

  • Sandoval selected new chief judge

    After seven months on the bench, District Judge Matt Sandoval is being promoted to chief judge.

    Last week, the three judges for the Fourth Judicial District, which consists of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties, elected Sandoval as their new chief.

    Judge Eugenio Mathis, who has held the top post since late 2005, said he decided to step down because his wife, Michelle Pino, works for the court. The state Supreme Court didn’t agree with such an arrangement, the judge said.

  • ONLINE STORY: Man arrested in killing

    An Albuquerque man was arrested Sunday in the death of a Las Vegas woman, whose body was found in an area ravine, state police said.

    Steve Roybal, 49, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, police said. Authorities said they have yet to positively identify the woman.

    State police said they received a call from an anonymous person about a domestic disturbance in the Camp Luna area early Saturday evening. When officers showed up, they spoke with Roybal. The woman wasn't there.

  • It's official: Dorms are ready

    Highlands University officially opened its new dorms Wednesday at the amphitheater on the south entrance near Washington and Ninth streets.

    Vice President for Student Affairs Judy Cordova-Romero welcomed a crowd of about 250 people and reminded them that they were gathered at the site of what used to be the the tallest building in northern New Mexico, referring to the highrise dorm’s demolished in 2007.

  • City delays submission of budget

    City Manager Timothy Dodge says most people wouldn’t want to make expenditures from their checking account if they don’t know how much money is in it.

    The same goes for the city, he said.

    That’s how Dodge explained his decision to cancel, for the second time, a special City Council meeting to approve the city’s annual budget.

    The council was originally expected to take up the budget at a meeting Monday, but it was delayed until Wednesday. Now, the council is slated to address the budget at its regular meeting next Wednesday.

  • HU student center in works

    Architects for the new student center at Highlands University have unveiled preliminary sketches of the three-story, 64,000-square-foot complex.

    The massive center at Eighth Street and National Avenue will house a 250-seat theater, a 400-seat ballroom and a cafeteria for 300, the architects said.

    Studio Southwest Architects said the theater-quality seats will be retractable, so the venue can be used for other events. Also, the large ballroom and cafeteria can be partitioned by sound-proof walls for a variety of events taking place at the same time.

  • District head opposes dress code

    If Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero had his way, the district wouldn’t have its dress code.

    Superintendent Rick Romero, the Las Vegas City Schools board, and teachers and staff had a candid discussion on the district’s dress code at last week’s school board meeting.

    Romero told the board that he has received requests from parents that the dress code at elementary schools be done away with or revised.

  • Baby dies in crash

    A baby perished in a car accident on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The baby’s parents are Mike and Emily Stewart of Colorado Springs, state police said. The baby’s name wasn’t immediately available.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said the family was headed north on the highway during a rainstorm when their car hydroplaned off the road and into some trees around 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Mike Stewart and two of his sons escaped without serious injuries, while Emily Stewart suffered extensive leg injuries, Martin said.