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  • Student disrupts Robertson campus, is suspended

    A student in the freshman academy caused a huge stir on the Robertson High School campus last week. And as a result, he’ll be away from school for awhile, an official says.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said last week’s incident was the most disruptive on campus this year.

    He said the freshman was “extremely upset” with his girlfriend and started yelling at her.

  • City ends litigation with Storrie

    The city of Las Vegas has a message for attorneys: We don’t need you.

    At least that’s the case when it comes to its longstanding litigation with the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    Last week, the City Council voted 2-1 to end the litigation. Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman were in favor, while Morris Madrid abstained and Cruz Roybal voted no.

  • Change in leadership

    Newly re-elected West Las Vegas board member Christine Ludi was sworn in Monday and was quickly elected to chair the five-member panel.

    David G. Romero also took the oath of office, taking the seat of longtime member Ralph Garcia, who didn’t run for another term.

    Vice Chairman Gary Gold nominated Ludi to head the board, with Ludi, in turn, nominating Gold to remain at his post as vice chairman. Both were confirmed with a unanimous vote. Ludi also nominated member Caroline Lopez for secretary, which received a unanimous yes vote.

  • Campos pushes juvenile center

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, is seeking $4.5 million for a center for youth offenders in Las Vegas, but it may be difficult to get that money in a declining economy.

    According to analysis by the staff of the Legislative Finance Committee, the state Children, Youth and Families Department wants to build juvenile justice centers in smaller facilities throughout New Mexico. The agency had hoped to build the first one in the state’s northeastern quadrant, which includes Las Vegas.

  • Residents ask city to reverse project

    Residents on Lee Drive wanted passing motorists to slow down on their street. But some don’t like the city’s solution to the problem.

    Last year, the city finished a roundabout at Lee and Kierig Street, along with medians on the approach to the intersection. The roundabout includes 22 signs, many more than are usually posted at a roundabout.

    At last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz wanted direction on what to do with the intersection, saying he had received conflicting signals.

  • Man charged with attacking woman

    A Las Vegas man attacked a woman and put a steak knife next to her neck, telling her she couldn’t leave him, state police said.

    Andres Coca, 23, 504 Santa Ann St., was charged with aggravated battery on a household member, assault against a household member and false imprisonment.

    On the night of March 3, state police responded to a domestic violence call at a home near McAllister Lake.

  • City case hinges on 1992 policy

    Mayor Tony Marquez has asked the state attorney general to investigate billing adjustments made by former Utilities Director George DuFour, which the mayor’s administration suggested were made “without legal authority.”

    The city isn’t building its case on a law or ordinance, but rather on an internal policy drafted nearly two decades ago.

  • Police solve break-ins in Mora County

    State police have arrested three men in connection with two burglaries in Mora County, and authorities believe they could solve still more break-ins.

    The suspects are Salomon Lopez, 20, of Buena Vista; Lonny Escovedo, 19, of Chacon; and Alexander Padilla, 19, of Mora.

    Lopez and Escovedo face charges of aggravated burglary, larceny, breaking and entering and criminal damage, while Padilla is accused of receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.

  • Blowing trash a problem

    Clyde Pickett has lived at his property northeast of town for 43 years. These days, he has to contend with trash flying onto his land.

    About a decade ago, the city built its transfer station next to Pickett’s property, and since then, people living in the area have complained about garbage ending up on their land.

    Of course, the problem gets much worse this time of year when the winds pick up.

    Last week, Pickett took a reporter to his fence line. All along were bags and other pieces of garbage that clung to the barbed wire.  

  • Teen gets 2 years for killing man

    A teenager accused of killing a man in Bernal in September 2007 is getting two years in juvenile prison.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis on Wednesday sentenced Chris Trujillo before a packed courtroom, with many weeping. Trujillo pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

    As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors reduced an open count of murder to manslaughter in exchange for Trujillo’s guilty plea.

    Trujillo was 16 when he was arrested for killing Gene Padilla, 30, of Serafina.