Local News

  • Teen charged with firing shots

    A 17-year-old is accused of firing shots in the 500 block of Mountain View.

    The youth, who lives at an apartment complex in that block, was charged with negligent use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. The incident allegedly happened shortly before midnight Tuesday. The youth allegedly had an SKS assault rifle, police said.

    Officers drew their firearms and were able to capture the suspect without any problems, according to a police report. The youth was taken to the juvenile jail in Santa Fe.

  • Officials: HU finances good

    A top Highlands University official expects the school will weather the state-wide budget crunch because its finances are on solid ground.

    “When we’re in positions like this, we’re not in a state of panic. Because our finances are in such good order we’re able to enjoy modest growth as we see reductions elsewhere, and we’re able to do so without going into a panic or tailspin,” said Jesus Lopez, who chairs the university’s finance committee.

  • Teens arrested in Mora burglary

    A state police officer stopped at a house where three teens were committing burglary, a police report says.

    The youths left, but were caught shortly after, officials said.

    The three teens, with addresses on Spurry Drive, Alamo Street and Don Gallegos in Las Vegas, were charged with burglary, larceny and minors being in possession of alcohol.

    One of them also faces charges of theft of a credit cars and aggravated battery.

  • Las Vegas man charged in fight outside bar

    A man was charged with striking two others with a baton outside a bar over the weekend, police said.

    Steve Lovato, 21, 3504 Ning Road, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, a third-degree felony.

    Both victims were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

    Las Vegas police officers were called to Leger’s Package Liquors around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Police Chief Gary Gold said. They showed up while a fight was still in progress.

  • Details emerge in rape case

    A former Robertson High School teacher and coach had sex with a student throughout her school years, according to court documents.

    Clayton "Jay" Quintana was arrested and charged Tuesday with a felony count of criminal sexual contact with a minor and 14 felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Allegations of sexual misconduct against Quintana first emerged in January, when notice of a possible lawsuit in the matter  was filed by Santa Fe attorney Merit Bennett.

  • Ex-RHS teacher arrested

    Former Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana was arrested shortly before noon Tuesday.

    Quintana is accused of having sex with a student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. He is charged with 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of criminal sexual contact, Gold said.

    Quintana is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond, the chief said.

    The allegations against Quintana emerged in January. The district referred the matter to the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Quintana had been a teacher at Robertson since the 1990s. He was also a golf coach.

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  • Two school coaches placed on leave

    Two of Robertson High School’s assistant football coaches have been suspended pending a formal investigation into an incident at a local restaurant, an official said Tuesday.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed that the district has put both Phillip Trujillo and Anthony Pacheco on leave.

    Romero said he has talked with a number of Las Vegas police officers and is trying to figure out what happened during the alleged incident. He said the officers said they would have a written report finished within five days.

  • City attorney takes his case to airwaves

    Las Vegas’ interim city attorney, Carlos Quiñones, who has avoided questions from the Optic for months, has apparently chosen a new medium to get his word out — radio.

    Quiñones stopped answering calls and e-mails from the Optic in the spring after the newspaper ran stories in which the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government criticized the City Council’s practice of discussing city business via e-mail, rather than during open meetings.

  • Witness says suspect bragged

    A witness in Monday’s preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing a couple described how one of them boasted about it.

    The witness spoke during the hearing for Michael and JoeBary Vigal, who face multiple charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy in  connection with the 2007 slayings of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, who were gunned down in the living room of their Dora Celeste home.