Local News

  • Outside prosecutor asked to weigh in

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday that he has asked a former prosecutor to step in and decide whether charges should be filed against various adults for their roles in an April 6 party and the resulting crash that left two girls dead.

    Flores’ office is already prosecuting the alleged driver, Wayne Lovato, on charges of child abuse resulting in death, DWI and other offenses. Lovato is being tried as an adult even though he was 17 at the time of the crash.

  • Crash victim injured, airlifted

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 21-year-old Las Vegas woman was airlifted to University Hospital in Albuquerque after being found unconscious and not breathing,  behind the wheel of her 1997 Honda Accord at the intersection of Williams Drive and Seventh Street early Sunday morning.
    Jamie Martinez allegedly failed to stop at the intersection and crossed both north and southbound lanes before jumping a curb and crashing into a concrete barrier, said Commander Mack Allingham of the Las Vegas Police Department.

  • City sobriety checkpoints lead to arrests, citations

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recent Las Vegas Police sobriety checkpoints resulted in two drunken driving arrests and more than 150 traffic citations being issued after stopping more than 1,500 motorists.

    The most recent sobriety checkpoint was set up on the 300 block of Mills Avenue on the evening of  May 25 during the long Memorial Day weekend, according to police reports.

  • Jail Log - May 31, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 15 and May 27:
    April Jiron 31 180-day commitment
    Krystle Alarcon, 29, failure to report
    April Alcon, 24, failure to appear
    Eric Flores, 47, failure to appear, failure to pay fines
    Jason Smith, age unavailable, forgery, failure to comply with conditions
    Leroy Valdez, age unavailable, positive for alcohol
    Venessa Garcia, 22, failure to comply

  • Police: Driver drove drunk while having sex

    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports 25-year-old Luis Briones was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night after he wrecked his Ford Explorer in Albuquerque.

  • Looking Back - May 31, 2013

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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 31, 2013

    Book sale is Saturday

    Friends of Las Vegas Carnegie Library are hosting a book sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Seventh and University. Proceeds benefit Las Vegas Carnegie Library.

  • Weather - May 31, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, becoming north 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 48.


  • Showing appreciation
  • Thirty-seven competing in baby pageant Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Baby Miss Las Vegas and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. Sunday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Kayla Gonzales, Miss Las Vegas, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and will perform her talent. Entertainment will also be provided by Savannah Lujan, Miss San Miguel County’s Outstanding Teen and Samantha Romero, Little Miss Las Vegas.

    Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 years and younger.