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Report: NM inmate died from choking on cocaine bag

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials say the death of a Dona Ana County Detention Center inmate was related to cocaine use. New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said Thursday that 57-year-old Hermilo Salcedo choked to death Aug. 5 after trying to swallow a bag of cocaine. Salcedo died three days after being arrested [&hellip...

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3rd man arrested in Lovington field murders

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the murders of two men found dead in a field near Lovington. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/SHYRrb) that Lea County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 26-year-old Hobbs resident...

91-year-old Navajo Code Talker to receive degree

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 91-year-old New Mexico man who was a Navajo Code Talker in World War II will receive a degree next week from the University of Kansas. Chester Nez is the last living member of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers — an all-Navajo...

NM detective’s stolen assault rifle recovered

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a semi-automatic assault rifle stolen from an Albuquerque detective’s truck while he was playing golf has been recovered. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Z5vAep) bandits struck the unmarked police...

Voter turnout drops to 62% in New Mexico

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the presidential election than four years ago when New Mexico was considered a battleground swing state and attracted several campaign visits from the presidential candidates. About 62 percent...

Board rejects petition on PTSD medical pot removal

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A petition aimed at removing post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifier for medical marijuana in New Mexico has been rejected. The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board unanimously ruled Wednesday to reject the petition by an...

Isleta Pueblo, Hard Rock to part ways on casino

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — The Hard Rock name and an American Indian pueblo south of Albuquerque are parting ways. A resort executive for the Orlando, Fla.-based company announced Wednesday that Isleta Pueblo officials have decided to drop its affiliation...

Deputies: NM woman shot intruder in her home

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALCALDE, N.M. (AP) — A 35-year-old woman says she shot and killed a man after he allegedly barged into her Alcalde home and tried to undress her at knife point. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/QqNnw4) that search warrant affidavits say the...

Small NM book publisher files for bankruptcy

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe book-publishing company known for printing books about the Southwest by local and American Indian authors has filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/Uy57BD) that...

NM man sentenced for diverting online payments

November 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 366 days in prison for unlawfully accessing an artist’s computer and diverting more than $4,000 to himself. Prosecutors say a federal judge on Wednesday also ordered 40-year-old Andrew...