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NM officer filed bias complaint after text probe

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer accused of exchanging sexually charged text messages with an underage girl filed a racial discrimination complaint against the Albuquerque Police Department. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/RyNOBk ) that officer Frank Tillman filed the complaint against the department and Chief Ray Schultz in June after...

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Deming teen dies after brother backs car into him

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Police in Deming say a teenager has been killed after his brother backed a car out of a driveway with the passenger door open and pinned him against a brick wall. The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/SBuNjb ) that 16-year-old...

Cruces biker leads police on 100 wild chase

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist who led state police on a wild high speed chase in Las Cruces faces a bevy of charges after he finally crashed his Suzuki. State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald tells the Las Cruses Sun-News...

UNM hosting ‘Ugly Duckling Contest’ on ugly photos

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is holding a contest to see which student can take the ugliest photo on campus. The Daily Lobo reports (http://bitly.com/SfMaU2) that the “Ugly Duckling Contest” is aimed at seeking input on...

PACs pour money into legislative races

November 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political groups free from campaign finance restrictions are pouring millions of dollars into New Mexico’s legislative races that will determine whether Democrats hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate. A PAC with...

NM jury awards Fla. man $3.86M in balloon accident

November 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico jury on Thursday awarded $3.86 million in damages to a Florida man who was injured in a hot air balloon accident in Albuquerque three years ago. Jurors found that the pilot acted recklessly and the Balloon Fiesta...

Young man arrested in fatal Rio Rancho shooting

November 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Police in Rio Rancho say a young man who had an ongoing dispute with a man who lived with his girlfriend’s mother is facing a murder charge after a shooting that left the older man dead. Police spokesman Sgt. Nicholas Onken...

Albuquerque under health alert for wildfire smoke

November 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in Albuquerque have issued a health alert after smoke from a controlled burn drifted into town. The city’s Environmental Health Department issued the alert Wednesday morning after smoke from a controlled burn...

SF police: Argument led to senior center killing

November 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say two people arrested in connection with a senior center resident’s death lived with the man and argued with him before he was fatally assaulted. Police Capt. Aric Wheeler says 30-year-old Jeannie Sandoval of...

Cell phone ban for NM state vehicles considered

November 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are considering an outright ban on the use of cell phones in state vehicles. The proposal is among nearly 50 changes that the General Services Department is considering implementing for state-owned vehicle use....