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February 9, 2014 • State News

Albuquerque chile on its way to Denver, Seattle
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — While Denver may have lost the Super Bowl, the city is getting something from Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on Friday packed up a shipment of red and green chile for Denver officials.
The gift of fresh-frozen Hatch green and Chimayo red chile stems from the furor created after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock offered the city’s “amazing green chile” last month if the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
That claim did not sit well with New Mexicans and evoked a flurry of comments on social media and even state officials.
Berry says he plans to challenge Denver to a chile cookoff in the future.
Berry is sending a package of chile goodies to Seattle too.

Murder charges dropped in Farmington shootout
FARMINGTON (AP) — A [auth] judge has dismissed murder charges in the case of a bystander who was killed during a Farmington shootout targeting his neighbor.
The Daily Times reports Chief District Judge John Dean dropped the charges Friday against 26-year-old Lawrence Kellywood and 31-year-old Levi Wilson because of lack of evidence.
The judge ruled neither man could be prosecuted because police never recovered the bullet that killed 40-year-old Christopher Valdez.
Prosecutors say Kellywood and Wilson walked up to the home of Michael Tafoya on July 27 with handguns and began firing. Tafoya returned fire.
Valdez was killed while walking up the street to check on the commotion.
Tafoya, Kellywood and Wilson were all wounded.
San Juan County District Attorney Rick Tedrow says he will appeal Dean’s decision to the state Supreme Court.

2 women charged in New Year’s Day home invasion
LAS CRUCES (AP) — A Dona Ana County grand jury has indicted two women connected to a deadly New Year’s Day home invasion north of Las Cruces.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 19-year-old Rachel Carrillo and 18-year-old Cylver Pearl Betancourt were charged Thursday with counts of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.
Investigators say on Jan. 1, both women accompanied four men who forced their way into the home of Joseph Torrez, a professional mixed martial arts fighter.
Responding officers found one of those men dead after being beaten and stabbed several times.
The court filings indicate Carrillo and Betancourt got into a fight earlier in the day with a 17-year-old girl, who then went to Torrez’s home.
They both will be arraigned Feb. 24.

Ambulance hijacked with sleeping worker inside
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.
Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Center in downtown Albuquerque.
Police spokesman Elder Guevara says the employee was asleep in the vehicle’s rear but was able to jump out when ambulance slowed near an intersection.
Officers then pursued the ambulance as it headed eastbound, and then westbound, on Interstate 40.
The ambulance finally came to a rest on I-40, over Tramway, after authorities used spikes to deflate the ambulance’s tires.
Police have not released the names of the suspects or the victim, who was uninjured.

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