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1 of 4 suspects in Las Cruces shooting guilty

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A young Las Cruces man charged in the shooting death of a Vietnam veteran during what prosecutors say was a botched attempt at revenge has pleaded guilty. Aaron Valdivia pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and three other charges on Thursday. Prosecutor Scot Key tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/USoo2U ) [&hellip...

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Ruidoso council declares water emergency

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Residents of the village of Ruidoso face emergency water restrictions because of the ongoing drought and the effects of a forest fire that prevented reservoirs from being refilled. The Ruidoso Village Council voted to impose...

$10K raised for public defender ballot measure

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Criminal defense lawyers are helping to finance a campaign for a ballot proposal to make the New Mexico Public Defender Department an independent state agency. A campaign finance report shows the National Association of Criminal...

BIA employee is among 2 drivers killed in NM crash

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bureau of Indian Affairs employee is among two people killed in a fiery head-on crash in northwestern New Mexico. The FBI and Navajo Nation police are investigating the collision that happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday on State...

NM eyes reform as some inmates released in error

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Christopher Blattner should have been behind bars. Instead, police say, he was behind a gun, firing at officers during a nine-hour SWAT standoff at his Albuquerque home last month. Mistakenly released in February, three years earlier...

Fatal shooting at NM party believed to be homicide

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a parent at a foreign exchange student party in Albuquerque two months ago now is being investigated as a homicide. The death of 37-year-old Marc Herrera in July was initially believed to have been a suicide....

Most in NM support holding back struggling readers

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new statewide poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal finds a strong majority of New Mexico voters want to keep third-graders who can’t read from advancing to the fourth grade. The poll shows strong support for ending...

Farmington Daily Times editor to step down

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington Daily Times Editor Troy Turner has resigned to accept a position in New York with the newspaper’s parent company. The Daily Times announced (http://bit.ly/U9q8Tr) Thursday that Turner will serve as an editor at...

NM man in child porn ring case pleads not guilty

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man charged in a child pornography ring and who authorities have said talked about raping and cooking children has pleaded not guilty in federal court. Richard Dates entered his plea Wednesday in Albuquerque after being...

Men guilty of Las Cruces kidnapping, assault

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A jury in Dona Ana County has convicted two men in a 2010 kidnapping and assault case. Dona Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando says 23-year-old Carlos Herrera and 21-year-old Daniel Herrera were each found guilty of two...