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Albuquerque woman gets prison term for embezzling from bank

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former bank employee accused of embezzlement and aggravated identity theft has been sentenced to two years in federal prison in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Angela Giddings, of Albuquerque, also was ordered Thursday to pay more than $217,000 in restitution to Bank of the West. Giddings was indicted in December...

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Sandia Pueblo man gets prison term for tribal assault case

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Sandia Pueblo man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for assaulting a tribal police officer with a handgun. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Ricardo Lamagna also was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervised...

New Mexico Supreme Court rules 2 fraud suits constitutional

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled that two civil lawsuits can proceed that allege widespread fraud and insider dealing in the way billions of dollars in state investments were handled. Former Educational Retirement Board...

Court: Farm, ranch laborers eligible for workers’ comp

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers’ compensation benefits by declaring a decades-old provision in state law unconstitutional. That provision, on the books since the...

Case dropped against men suspected in cousin’s slaying

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Two men charged with fatally shooting their cousin near Roswell last year are now free. A judge dropped murder charges against Domingo and Angel Martinez on Wednesday after the only witness changed his testimony. Prosecutors say both...

Bernalillo County Commission approves development agreement

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Commission has approved the development agreement between Western Albuquerque Land Holdings and the county which impacts the Santolina Master Plan. The agreement passed on a 3-2 vote Wednesday. The commission...

Report: New Mexico needs to curb Medicaid costs

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative analysts are warning that the growing price tag for providing health care to low-income New Mexicans will put more pressure on the state’s finances going forward unless steps are taken to control costs. After a...

New Mexico regulators give utility more time to ink deals

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is giving the state’s largest electric utility more time to finalize agreements related to the future of the San Juan Generating Station. As part of an agreement with the state and...

Man accused of burglarizing several vehicles in Las Cruces

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces say they’ve arrested a man suspected of burglarizing at least 10 vehicles last weekend. They say 24-year-old Isaac M. Bonnett is being held on suspicion of 10 counts of auto burglary. Detectives say a man...

MMA fighter home invasion case sees plea deal

June 25, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man charged with attempted first-degree murder in a home invasion involving a professional mixed martial artist has entered a plea deal. Raymond Garces pleaded no contest to a criminal trespassing charge on Wednesday in...