Category: Courts

Jail suspends visitation, courthouses remain open to public

Jail suspends visitation, courthouses remain open to public

From the Las Vegas Optic Officials with the San Miguel County Detention Center have suspended in-person visitation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Warden Matt Elwell told the Optic the suspension of visitations will last at least three weeks, and that officials will review the policy at that point. “We’ve canceled our public visitation, and (are preventing)…

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Two Democrats vie for job as top prosecutor

Two Democrats vie for job as top prosecutor

From the Las Vegas Optic Voters in this June’s Democratic primary election will have to choose between two candidates for the position of district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. No Republicans filed to run, placing more importance on the results of the primary election since the winner will run unopposed in November’s general election.…

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DA Flores won’t seek re-election

DA Flores won’t seek re-election

From the Las Vegas Optic After serving four terms as the top prosecutor in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties, District Attorney Richard Flores has decided not to seek re-election. “After four terms, and about 16 years in this position, I just thought it was time to hand over the reigns to someone else,” Flores…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Federal agents aid in struggle to disrupt drug trafficking in Vegas

Breaking Down Barriers: Federal agents aid in struggle to disrupt drug trafficking in Vegas

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is part two in an ongoing series on drug and alcohol addiction in San Miguel and Mora counties. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore the roots of addiction, what’s being done about it and take a look at how other communities are addressing addiction. It was…

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Suspect charged in William ‘Skip’ Smith murder investigation

Suspect charged in William ‘Skip’ Smith murder investigation

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas Police are searching for a man investigators allege killed William “Skip” Smith Jr. in August 2019. An arrest warrant for Seig Isaac Chavez, 40, was issued following a lengthy investigation by LVPD. Chavez has been charged with first-degree murder and felony tampering with evidence in the stabbing death…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Scope of drug addiction ‘hard to quantify’

Breaking Down Barriers: Scope of drug addiction ‘hard to quantify’

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is Part 1 in a series. In the coming weeks, the Optic will explore drug and alcohol addiction in San Miguel and Mora counties, hear stories from police and prosecutors, health care providers and by those struggling with addiction. We’ll explore the roots of addiction, what’s…

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Vegas man guilty in July 4th DWI crash

Vegas man guilty in July 4th DWI crash

From the Las Vegas Optic A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty to being intoxicated when he crashed a vehicle with four juvenile passengers on July 4, 2019. According to a plea agreement filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, Alexander C. Crowell, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI, improper restraining of a child in a vehicle…

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One Way Out: July homicide tied to violent New Mexico prison gang

One Way Out: July homicide tied to violent New Mexico prison gang

From the Las Vegas Optic A car horn disrupted the quiet July evening. Then came the gunshots. Three bullets that killed Leroy “Smurf” Lucero, leaving his wife without a husband, and his four children without their father. His violent death also shifted the focus of a nearly five-year-long FBI investigation to Las Vegas. That federal…

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AG scolds LVCS for multiple violations of records law

AG scolds LVCS for multiple violations of records law

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas City Schools illegally withheld documents and charged unlawful fees for access to public records, according to a determination letter issued Jan. 27 by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. The OAG’s determination was issued in response to multiple violations of New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records…

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Chacon woman arrested following allegations of ‘ongoing’ child abuse

Chacon woman arrested following allegations of ‘ongoing’ child abuse

From the Las Vegas Optic A Mora County woman allegedly punished a 6-year-old child routinely by punching him in the stomach, applying force to pressure points and forcing him to run laps and stay in stress positions, according to court documents. Taylor M. Ealey, 28, of Chacon, was arrested Jan. 15 and charged with felony…

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