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Farmington police employee charged with theft

October 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Farmington Police Department evidence technician has been arrested on suspicion of stealing money and drugs from its storage facility. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1nuxCF3 ) that Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe announced the arrest this week. The employee, who has been with the department for six...

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Gov. Martinez orders Ebola preparedness plan

October 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the state Department of Health to coordinate an Ebola preparedness plan in case the disease is diagnosed in any New Mexico patients. Martinez’s office says the Health Department will work with...

Artesia city councilor to discuss detention center

October 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A city councilor in southeastern New Mexico where 500 Central American immigrants are being detained is set to join a forum on the center’s conditions. Officials say Artesia City Councilor Jose Luis Aguilar is set to...

New Mexico tribe can’t get a new gambling compact

October 18, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in Albuquerque ruled Friday against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department. U. S. District Court Judge James Parker invalidated Interior Department regulations that...

Ousted Rio Arriba County sheriff seeks a new trial

October 18, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff ousted from office for refusing to resign after being convicted of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop now wants a new trial. A lawyer for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella filed a...

Kirtland man gets prison term for statutory rape

October 18, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Kirtland man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for statutory rape. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Justin Chee also was sentenced Friday to five years of supervised release after serving his prison term. Chee also will...

Acoma woman gets 366-day federal prison sentence

October 18, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Acoma woman has been sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for an assault conviction. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Roxanne C. Lewis also was sentenced Friday to one year of supervised release after her prison term. Lewis was...

Campaign will celebrate birthday of national parks

October 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The centennial celebration for the National Park Service will include, among other events, a promotional campaign, a TV series and an I-Max movie, tourism leaders from across the Southeast learned Wednesday. About 200 industry...

Peanut farmers deal with fallout from salmonella

October 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2006, image, Wayne Baker shovels spilled peanuts back into a trailer during a peanut harvest near Floyd, N.M. Federal agriculture forecasts show there will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New...

Teenage girl accused in Hatch crash that killed 2

October 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl is jailed without bond after a car crash that killed two people in Hatch. Court documents show the teen has been accused of negligent child abuse resulting in death, vehicular homicide, great bodily harm by...