Category: Criminal Justice

Deadly shooting claims life of Mora man

Deadly shooting claims life of Mora man

From the Las Vegas Optic Police have launched a homicide investigation after a Mora man was shot and killed earlier this week. New Mexico State Police responded to calls about a shooting near a home on County Road A042 in Mora just before 10 a.m. on Sept. 12. When officers arrived, they found 66-year-old John…

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New charges for man connected to death of Cindy Rivera

New charges for man connected to death of Cindy Rivera

From the Las Vegas Optic Prosecutors in Santa Fe have filed new charges against a man who’s already facing kidnapping charges related to the disappearance and death of a Las Vegas woman. Anselmo “Chemo” Ortiz, 37, was arrested in Santa Fe in July on kidnapping and kidnapping conspiracy charges related to the homicide of Cindy…

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Man wanted for rape of 13-year-old Vegas girl

Man wanted for rape of 13-year-old Vegas girl

From the Las Vegas Optic Content Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual abuse that may be triggering and upsetting for some readers. Discretion is advised. An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old Albuquerque man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl from Las Vegas. Noe A. Gilmour-Gallegos, who was 21 at the time…

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San Miguel County jail inmates could be transported to Raton

San Miguel County jail inmates could be transported to Raton

From the Las Vegas Optic  Inmates at the San Miguel County Detention Center south of Las Vegas could instead be housed at the Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center in Colfax County, under an agreement approved by the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. In an effort to ease overcrowding at SMCDC, county commissioners approved…

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One suspect in custody, one sought following shooting at Grand and University

One suspect in custody, one sought following shooting at Grand and University

From the Las Vegas Optic Two men have been charged in a shooting earlier this month that sent a Las Vegas man to the hospital. Agua L. Ramirez, 18, of Las Vegas, was arrested Saturday and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. An arrest warrant was issued for Devin F. Morales, 21, also…

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Is perception reality? Police respond to wide variety of calls near shelter

Is perception reality? Police respond to wide variety of calls near shelter

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series exploring police calls for service to Samaritan House, the city’s only shelter. During the three-month period from May 1 through July 31, officers with the Las Vegas Police Department responded to 35 calls for service to Samaritan House, and 36…

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Mora County man pleads guilty to 2019 murder

Mora County man pleads guilty to 2019 murder

From the Las Vegas Optic One day before a Mora County man was set to go on trial for murder, attorneys reached a plea agreement. Alex H. Pacheco, 25, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Jermain R. Jennings of Rio Rancho on Sept. 28, 2019, in Mora County. Jennings’ husband, Ben Montoya Jr., also of…

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