Today's News

  • City to renovate council chambers

    The City Council decided last week to go ahead with renovating its chambers, but the cost is much higher than originally estimated.

    The council voted 3-1 to enter a $165,000 contract with Franken Construction to expand the chambers and make several improvements. Franken, which gets nearly every local government project, beat two other bidders.

    The contract’s cost is considerably higher than the $20,000 to $30,000 estimated earlier this year.

  • Locals meet would-be first lady

    Las Vegan Natasha Martinez-Padilla says her meeting with Michelle Obama has left a lasting impression. She found the would-be first lady to be warm, caring and down to earth.

    “I could tell you the good things and the bad things about my husband, and she did the same thing. She told us she and Barack are not perfect; they are just like everyone else,” Martinez-Padilla said. “But they are dedicated to the people of the United States, and I think that’s remarkable.”

  • Man accused in attack

    A Las Vegas man was charged with attacking his girlfriend while they were passengers in a moving car, state police said.

    Jerry Joe Martinez, 52, 701 Mora St., was arrested on a single count of battery against a household member. According to state police, an officer saw the two punching each other shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 1. When the officer stopped the car, he separated Martinez and his girlfriend.

    The alleged victim told officers that Martinez, her boyfriend of five years, had slapped her, state police said. Both appeared intoxicated, according to a police report.

  • Man gets 17 years for murder

    A man convicted of killing another has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

    In June, Frank Lucero was convicted by a San Miguel County jury for second-degree murder and child abuse. Recently, District Judge Eugenio Mathis sentenced Lucero.

    John Gonzales was shot and killed by Lucero on June 3, 2007, at a house on New Mexico Avenue, according to police reports.

  • Man holds up local service station

    A man held up a local service station early Monday morning, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money, city police said.

    The suspect was described as Hispanic, five feet, 6 inches tall and wearing a gray pullover and a black cloth around half of his face.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the man came in wielding a knife at 4:30 a.m. in the Sav-O-Mat service station at Fifth Street and University Avenue.

    The man demanded money and then fled the store. The clerk wasn’t hurt during the robbery, Gold said.

  • School builds Grow Dome

    When Gov. Bill Richardson sat with kids from Rio Gallinas School in the spring of 2006, he asked the seventh- and eight-grade classes for a wish list.

    The top two requests were for a school bus and a greenhouse.

  • Robertson coaches resign

    Members of Robertson High School’s football coaching staff, who have been on leave since last month because of allegations of hazing, resigned over the weekend.

    The resignations of head coach Ray Woods and six assistant coaches on Saturday came just one day after Superintendent Rick Romero met individually with the coaches.

    Meanwhile, Richard Martinez, who became interim head coach after the allegations surfaced, has agreed to serve in that position for the rest of the season.

  • Police: 2 hurt in DWI crashes

    Two people were charged with drunken driving after getting into separate accidents last week, with one crash causing a passenger serious injuries.

    Shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, Las Vegas police responded to a report of a car that had flipped over at Mills Avenue and Seventh Street. They found Joshua Pacheco, 25, 503 Porter St., sitting in the car bleeding from the head and appearing as if he weren’t breathing, police said.

  • Woods: I was 'blindsided'

    Ray Woods, who has resigned as Robertson High School’s head football coach, said he was “completely blindsided” by the alleged hazing incident at a team camp last month.

    “It was totally unexpected. It breaks me up; I love my boys ... The only thing our coaches have done wrong is that it happened on our watch. And I take responsibility for that.”

    “It’s an unfortunate decision of a few individuals that brought this.”

  • Colorado man dies after his car hits bull

    A Colorado man died shortly after his car struck a bull on Interstate 25 early Sunday morning, state police said.

    David Freeman of Brush, Colo., was pronounced dead about a half hour after the crash just north of the Bernal exit.

    Freeman was heading south on I-25 around 1 a.m. when he struck a bull that was in the roadway, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.