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  • Victim: I didn’t provoke attack

    A recent stabbing victim said this week that he did nothing to provoke the attack, despite what the suspect is telling the police.

    Apolinario Gonzales, 26, got out of the hospital on Friday after more than a week there. He said the suspect, Louis G. Paredes, 23, stabbed him twice, in the upper and lower torso.

    “I’m in severe pain. I won’t be able to work for a long time,” said Gonzales, whose business is Gonzales Handyman Services.

    Paredes faces a charge of aggravated battery.

  • Police catch fugitives

    Las Vegas police arrested two men last week who are accused of sexually assaulting a couple of teenage girls in Nebraska.

    The two 24-year-olds were wanted on charges of first-degree sexual assault. They allegedly tied up a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old for several days and sexually assaulted them.

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Nebraska authorities had put out an alert for the two men. And just a few days before they men showed up in Las Vegas, they had fled from state police in Kansas.

  • Mobile home a target of protest

    The city has approved a doublewide mobile home for a lot on Calle Bonita, but some residents are objecting to that decision.

    Some years ago, a house burned down at 2403 Calle Bonita, and the lot has been vacant since then. On July 11, the city approved a permit for the trailer, signed by an employee in the community development department.

    However, Porfirio Campos, who lives next door, told the City Council last week that he and other residents object to the inclusion of a mobile home. He said they would have been more comfortable with a modular.

  • City says it’s acting on parking issue

    Residents near Robertson High School again urged officials to crack down on students parking in their neighborhood.

    Las Vegas City Schools officials say they have plenty of parking at the high school and that no one needs to be parking on the street. They have called on the city to restrict student parking on nearby streets.

    City officials say they now have signs ordered to take care of the issue.

  • Dog attacks elderly man

    A loose dog attacked a 74-year-old man in a wheelchair last week, city police said.

    According to the police, the dog attacked another canine and then it went after the victim, Jose Gurulé, in the 400 block of Blanchard Street around 7 p.m. Thursday.

    A witness said Gurulé was knocked down to the ground, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said. The dog didn’t bite the man, Montaño said.

  • State throws out drug charges

    The state has dropped drug charges against Anthony Leroy Benavidez.

    Marc Grano, Benavidez’s attorney, said the dismissal came less than two hours before a hearing that would have brought into question the reliability of Michael Strand Jr., the confidential informant in the case.

    Strand is currently in custody awaiting trial on charges that he stabbed to death, and then set on fire, Roberto Mendez in Mora.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said the decision to dismiss the case was based in part on a recording provided by Grano the day before.

  • ONLINE STORY: Ex-RHS football player enrolls at West

    Lucas Martinez, who was implicated in the assaults at last year's Robertson High School football camp, registered Tuesday as a student at West Las Vegas High School.

  • Ex-RHS players register at West

    Lucas Martinez, one of the suspects in the assaults at last year’s Robertson High School football camp, registered this as a student at West Las Vegas High School.

    Marcus Gutierrez, another one of the suspects, enrolled a few weeks ago, officials said.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said the district had heard Martinez has been planning on enrolling. He said Martinez, who received a long-term suspension from the Las Vegas City Schools, came in with his mother to register.

  • Teachers getting ready for class

    West Las Vegas High School teacher John Duran says he’s ready for school to start, and like many other teachers in Las Vegas, he spent most of his summer vacation in the teaching mode.

    If that sounds boring, Duran quickly dispels the notion.

    “I took a week off, and then began getting ready to teach engineering, graphics, and auto computer-aided design for the New Mexico MESA Summer Enrichment Program,” he said.

  • Rancho Valmora is closing

    Rancho Valmora, a residential treatment center for troubled teens, is in the process of closing.

    The facility’s parent organization, Social Learning Environments, is consolidating Rancho Valmora’s operations into centers in Fort Davis, Texas, and Missoula, Mont.

    Rancho Valmora started near Watrous in the early 1990s and is believed to have been the largest private employer in Mora County at one point. It is unclear how many employees will lose their jobs as a result of the shutdown.