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  • School's trophy cases damaged

    At least three youths vandalized the Robertson High School gym early Tuesday morning, police said.

    Robertson staff discovered the three around 5:30 a.m. and immediately called police, officials said. The  youths caused about $15,000 in damage, which included the school’s trophy cases, police said.

    Officers were able to apprehend one of the three, a 16-year-old Robertson student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The other two were believed to be a Robertson student and a dropout from West Las Vegas High School, he said. 

  • Madrid: City may lose money

    City Councilman Morris Madrid expressed doubt this week that the city would be able to meet a deadline to get more than $1 million from the state government.

    “We may have to wave goodbye to that money,” he said.

    Other city officials, meanwhile, are holding out hope that the city will get the $1.2 million from the state Water Trust Board, which is part of the New Mexico Finance Authority.

    The controversy over the money has been a big subject at City Council meetings over the last month.

  • Man struck while riding his bicycle

    An 18-year-old man was hurt last week after he was hit while riding his bicycle on Seventh Street.

    Anthony Michael Romero Jr., 2219 New Mexico Ave., was sent to University of New Mexico hospital late Friday night after a car struck him while he was crossing the northbound lanes on Seventh. He was trying to get to the Allsups convenience store.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said that officers determined that Romero hadn’t yielded to oncoming traffic.

  • Man accused of another rampage

    Marvin M. Martinez was arrested after a yet another alleged violent and destructive neighborhood rampage recently.

    It was his third such incident in as many years.

    On Dec. 12, Las Vegas police were dispatched to 704 Taos St. in Las Vegas after receiving a report of property damage. The report quotes Martinez’ s mother as saying that Martinez “had been drinking whiskey and that he was angry.” 

  • Jail tries to reduce repeat offenders

    The San Miguel County jail has become a revolving door with a recidivism rate of more than 80 percent — in other words, most inmates are returning.

    Lack of residential, in-patient treatment services has placed challenges to the jail’s ability to properly house and serve offenders that have substance abuse and mental health issues, according to a county press release.

  • Students create page for agency

    West Las Vegas high school students in Kirk Ludi’s class are not only learning about web design, they are actually creating a professional web page for the Department of Health’s Region 2.

    Diana Abeyta, a community health improvement coordinator with the department, said her region encompasses nine counties in the northeastern part of the state. When she took her current position in August, she realized that two of the nine counties she oversaw didn’t have websites.

  • Police ID man killed in crash

    Authorities have identified the man who died from injuries while chasing another car early Friday morning.

    Frank Romero, 26, of Albuquerque, was trying to pass two women in another car in the 500 block of Chavez Street when he struck three parked cars. He knew one of the women, police said. Romero reportedly got into a dispute with the woman somewhere else in town.

    Romero, formerly of Las Vegas, was a self-employed landscaper.

  • Teenager hurt in shooting at party

    City police are investigating a shooting that happened at a party early Sunday morning.

    A 16-year-old was hurt in the shooting, but police wouldn’t divulge where he was hit, saying that revealing such information at this point could compromise the investigation.

    Police said that two men were asked to leave a party at 314 11th St. on Saturday night. The men returned around 1 a.m. and fired shots at the house, hitting the 16-year-old, who was inside.

  • Paying customers get gas shut off

    In recent months, the city has enacted measures to prevent winter shutoffs of natural gas to those who can’t afford the big bills all at once.

    But what about those who can pay?

    City officials acknowledged this week that they have shut off gas to some customers who paid their bills on time, but they didn’t give the number affected.

    Apparently, the utilities department had a backlog in its mail, so payments had been sitting around unopened.

  • Speeding sheriff now charged with DWI

    SANTA ROSA — In late July, a reporter witnessed Guadalupe County Sheriff Robert Chavez going 85 mph from Mora to Las Vegas. The speed limit was 60 mph.

    Apparently, he’s not a strict follower of the laws when it comes to driving.

    Last week, Chavez was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after being arrested Dec. 12 by state police.