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State police ID man who was fatally shot by Ruidoso police

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot by Ruidoso police, but didn’t release any information as to why the officers drew their guns. New Mexico State Police say 27-year-old Timothy Jones was shot around 5 a.m. Sunday after officers were called to a home for an alleged domestic disturbance. [&hellip...

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Las Cruces police updates policy on body cameras

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials say 60 Las Cruces patrol officers will be getting body cameras after completing a mandatory training next month. The police department recently announced that patrol officers will meet with representatives from Taser, the...

New Mexico men plead guilty to defrauding food stamp program

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men have pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal food stamp program. Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Justin Quintana of Rio Rancho and 46-year-old Wilfredo Lopez of Albuquerque were among six defendants charged...

Man charged with killing another inmate at Las Cruces prison

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have filed murder charges against a man accused of killing another inmate at a Las Cruces prison last month. They say Daniel Hood has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon by...

New Mexico personnel office slow in pay-back case

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s personnel office has issued checks to thousands of state workers who were owed back pay under a 2013 court ruling but about 1,000 cases still need to be sorted out. State officials cited the complicated nature of...

Ex-comptroller of Albuquerque company pleads guilty to fraud

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former comptroller of an Albuquerque construction company has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges. Prosecutors say 40-year-old Stephanie Pyle, of Albuquerque, faces up to a 12-year prison term when she’s...

Police chief orders review of dead suspect’s treatment

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s police chief is ordering an internal review of how officers treated a suspect who hid in a storage container and was dead for hours before officers noticed. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EhJtb2) State Police...

Council approves contract for independent police monitor

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque council members aren’t blocking a $4.5 million contract that appoints James Ginger to independently oversee police force reforms for four years. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1JX799F) the council...

Grants woman gets prison term for heroin, meth sentence

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Grants woman has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for heroin and methamphetamine trafficking. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Rachel Chavez Basurto received a 51-month sentence Monday followed by three years of...

Albuquerque City Council president to retire at end of term

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council’s president plans to step down at the end of his current term. Council President Rey Garduno was elected to the council in 2007. The Democrat represents a district that includes much of the...