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Albuquerque Ponzi schemer sentenced to 12 years

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Thus undated photo provided by Doug Aurand shows the 6,800-square-foot mansion where alleged Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan lived alone in luxury from 2006 to earlier this year. Federal prosecutors have reneged on two key terms of a plea deal for Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan, his defense attorney says, which could make the difference between whether [&hellip...

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Photo of man shot by NM police draws fire

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state police officer is under investigation for taking a cellphone photo of a man shot and killed by fellow officers, and then sharing the picture with others, the state police announced. New Mexico State Police Chief...

Ski Apache to open with 3 new chair lifts

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — Ski Apache at the Lincoln National Forest will open with three new chairlifts. KTSM-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RELQRj) that the lifts are part of $15 million in improvements by the Mescalero Apache Tribe and should be ready to go by...

Carlsbad police on hunt for cat killer

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The mysterious deaths of felines with the same injuries are drawing the attention of Carlsbad police. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/Q0AXsq) that the police found this week the body of a third cat at Bryan Circle...

Former NM hospital exec lawsuit to continue

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a motion by a former St. Vincent Hospital executive facing fraud charges to dismiss a civil suit against him. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/Tmc5MD) that U.S. District Court Judge James...

NM doctor in prostitute case now faces drug charge

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A well-known Santa Fe physician arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Albuquerque is now facing a cocaine-trafficking charge. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/NM33sR) that Richard Lieberman was indicted last month with...

Board yanks Mora County sheriff’s license

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Law Enforcement Academy board has suspended the certification of Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Q6Xhgb) that the board recently moved to suspend suspended Garza’s law-enforcement...

NM’s Sabinoso Wilderness beautiful, off limits

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Midway between the small towns of Roy and Trujillo in northeastern New Mexico are 16,030 acres of pristine woodlands nestled among high, narrow mesas surrounded by cliff-lined canyons. The untrammeled Sabinoso Wilderness, managed by...

Lawyer: NM gov aide recorded on state email use

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque attorney said Tuesday he has a recording of the governor’s top aide telling one of his clients that he never uses state email to conduct business because “I don’t want to go to court (or)...

Prosecutors accused of bad faith in Ponzi plea

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have reneged on two key terms of a plea deal for Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan, his defense attorney says, which could make the difference between whether the 65-year-old gets sentenced to a minimum security federal...