Category: Courts

One suspect in recent murder killed biker in 2008

One suspect in recent murder killed biker in 2008

From the Las Vegas Optic Antonia Louise Bernal was killed on a mild summer evening 12 years ago this week while visiting Las Vegas from Springer during the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. It was July 25, 2008, and Bernal was the passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding south on Grand Avenue. As the bike neared…

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Affidavits: Teen killed near Storrie Lake mistaken for rival drug dealer

Affidavits: Teen killed near Storrie Lake mistaken for rival drug dealer

From the Las Vegas Optic Sixteen-year-old Adelina Tafoya was killed by a gunshot to the head July 6 because she and her teen passengers were mistaken for drug dealers, according to affidavits filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court. Nico L. Barela, 30, was arrested Friday by New Mexico State Police and charged with an open…

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Man charged with shooting at police officers

Man charged with shooting at police officers

From the Las Vegas Optic A San Miguel County man wanted for firing at police officers turned himself in Wednesday, according to New Mexico State Police. Marcos F. Aragon, 30, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon after being charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on…

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San Miguel County undersheriff, others charged months after brawl

San Miguel County undersheriff, others charged months after brawl

From the Las Vegas Optic A brawl between two groups at a Valentine’s Day dance ended in misdemeanor charges for five people, including a New Mexico deputy sheriff. San Miguel County Undersheriff Mike Padilla, whose name is listed as Albert Michael Padilla in court records, has been charged with misdemeanor aggravated battery. Four others, including…

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Deadly 2018 shooting ruled self-defense

Deadly 2018 shooting ruled self-defense

From the Las Vegas Optic Homicide charges will not be filed in the 2018 shooting death of Jeromy “Joker” Vasquez, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores. “The investigation was conducted by the Las Vegas Police Department wherein they concluded that the shooting of Mr. Vasquez by Albert Herrera was self-defense,” Flores said in…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program achieves success by accepting setbacks

Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program achieves success by accepting setbacks

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — Addictions are complex and as unique as the people who struggle with them. The effects of addiction are often persistent and recurring, causing those in treatment to experience setbacks as they work toward recovery. For participants in Alamosa’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, the road to treatment…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program thrives on cooperation, embraces skeptics

Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program thrives on cooperation, embraces skeptics

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — Addiction is not a crime, yet many battling addiction end up with a criminal record because their addiction pushed them to break the law. In some cases, they might steal items from a store. In other cases, the crime they’ve committed is merely possessing the drug they’re…

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