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Audit of Portales police critical of department

April 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — An outside audit Portales Police Department is highly critical of the department and Chief Jeff Gill in particular. The report by a Rio Rancho consulting firm portrays a culture rife with officer intimidation, lack of communication and sloppy handling of evidence. The City Council ordered the review after Deputy Chief Lonnie [&hellip...

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Hopi Code Talkers honored at Kykotsmovi memorial

April 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — It was Sept. 17, 1944. Eight young Hopi men thought about their families and peaceful villages in the high desert of Arizona — thousands of miles away — and prayed for a last time before they boarded ships and joined their units with...

Suspect in SF radar SUV shooting is book dealer

April 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The man who Santa Fe police say shot up a parked speed-enforcement SUV panicked as police moved in to arrest him despite plans to turn himself in, his lawyer said. Scott R. Powell, 63, led officers on a chase Friday but was eventually...

New Sunland Park mayor resigns after AG ruling

April 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The new mayor of the troubled southern New Mexico city of Sunland Park has resigned but hopes to be reappointed next week. Javier Perea’s resignation on Friday came a day after Attorney General Gary King issued an opinion...

New $252M UNM budget includes tuition increase

April 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The new budget for the University of New Mexico includes a nearly 4 percent tuition increase and higher student fees. UNM regents unanimously approved the $252 million instruction and general budget on Friday. It includes a 3.75...

Calls grow for Bernalillo Co. commissioner to quit

April 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on Saturday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the resignation of a Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener after photos showing him posing with young women in a Philippine city...

Albuquerque man wanted in sex case found in Mexico

April 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man who fled to Mexico after being charged with raping a 13-year-old girl has been captured and returned to the U.S. The U.S. Marshals Service says they learned 36-year-old Brad Boyer was living in Puerto Vallarta...

Powwow draws tens of thousands to NM

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

Hundreds of Native American and indigenous dancers pour onto the floor at University of New Mexico Arena for the grand entry during the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, April 27, 2012. The event draws more than 3,000 dancers...

Court nixes fee reduction in public records case

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A district judge wrongly slashed the attorney fees for a New Mexico newspaper that prevailed in a lawsuit to force the release of public records, the state Court of Appeals has ruled in a case involving one the state’s key open...

Ex-NM teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old student in 2009. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office says Kristy Sanchez-Trujillo entered a plea agreement Friday. She...