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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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Man previously acquitted in homicide trial arrested on new charges

Man previously acquitted in homicide trial arrested on new charges

From the Las Vegas Optic A Las Vegas man once acquitted of first-degree murder has been charged with multiple felonies for allegedly attacking a man with a gun. Weeks later, the man he’s accused of attacking was charged with multiple felonies in a separate incident. Eric L. Vigil, now 38, was acquitted on two counts…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — They are struggling, often at the lowest point in their lives. Then they’re arrested. Charged with a crime, they face fines, fees and maybe even a lengthy sentence behind bars. They come from varied backgrounds and walks of life. The events that led them into the courtroom…

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One man hospitalized following Sunday shooting

One man hospitalized following Sunday shooting

From the Las Vegas Optic One man is hospitalized and one man is facing felony charges following a shooting Sunday evening on the west side of Las Vegas. Dominic A. Lopez, 28, of Las Vegas, was arrested Sunday night and charged with one count of third-degree felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and two…

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