Local News

  • In Brief - News - March 2, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Report: Suspect assaulted uncle

    CHARDON, Ohio — A sheriff's report says an Ohio school shooting suspect and his brother assaulted their uncle in 2009 when the uncle stopped by their house.

    The Geauga County Sheriff's Office report from December 2009 says suspect T.J. Lane jumped on his uncle and tried to choke him while his brother grabbed their uncle's legs.

    The report says Lane was helping his brother because he assumed he was being hurt by their uncle.

  • How TV made Jones into hearthrob

    By John Rogers
    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Before there was MTV, before “American Idol” made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was “The Monkees,” a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him.

  • Regents fire contractor

    The New Mexico Highlands University Student Center was supposed to have been completed this past December, but nearly three months later the massive glass structure sits unfinished at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    On Monday, the Highlands Board of Regents voted unanimously to immediately terminate the general contractor overseeing the construction and to turn the project over to Franken Construction. President Jim Fries said the university is now hoping that the building can be completed sometime this fall.

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  • Tree work at parks criticized

    An effort to prune and remove trees at several city parks hit a speed bump Monday when a local business owner raised concerns about the project.

    Manuel Martinez, who operates Plaza Burger, says some of the trees being removed are perfectly healthy, and he reached out to the mayor who has granted a temporary reprieve for Plaza Park.

    The tree project is being undertaken through a grant and is being done primarily for safety reasons. Pruning and tree removals are planned at Lincoln, Carnegie, Plaza, Keyes and South Pacific parks.

  • Mora officials pleased with $1.5M

    Mora County officials are still waiting to see whether the $1.5 million approved by lawmakers for the stalled courthouse project is going to survive the governor’s veto pen.

    If it does, County Manager Thomas M. Sanchez said, the county expects it will be able to complete work necessary to move some county offices into the now vacant shell.

  • Redistricting to lump House candidates

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court.

    The latest map ordered by retired State District Judge James Hall meets a deadline set by the state Supreme Court for revamping a redistricting plan he developed last month but that was overturned by the justices.

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  • In Brief - Local News - Feb. 29, 2012

    Optic and wire reports

    Murder suspect death a suicide

    The Albuquerque man who allegedly gunned down his neighbor and then fled to Mora County where he rammed his vehicle into a parked Mora County sheriff’s unit on Feb. 7 committed suicide, according to state police.

    Wesley Brannon, 44, died of a gunshot wound, though authorities initially weren’t sure if he was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

    “It was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lt. Robert McDonald told the Optic.