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Man fraudulently acted as attorney in Las Cruces

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for a man who fraudulently acted as an attorney. They say 38-year-old Rafael Herrera is facing a felony charge of fraud. Authorities say Herrera allegedly took retainers for services he never provided to an unknown number of victims. According to court documents, Herrera...

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Court revives election challenge against Democrat

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court revived a lawsuit on Wednesday that seeks to remove a maverick Democratic legislator from the June 3 primary election ballot. The outcome of the election challenge is being closely watched by Democrats...

Man agrees to help Albuquerque police find body

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in one death and no-contest in another under an agreement calling for him to serve 28 years in prison and to help Albuquerque police find one victim’s body. The Albuquerque Journal (http://ow.ly/vRpxK...

Santa Fe police officer named in claim resigns

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe police officer has resigned after being accused of using excessive force against a taxi driver who was arrested during a traffic stop. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://ow.ly/vRsfH ), Police Department...

Los Lunas police: Man tried to abduct young girl

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Los Lunas police say they have little information so far to go on as they try to find a suspect in a reported attempt to abduct a 7-year-old girl. Police say responding officers were told a man got out of a vehicle Tuesday evening and...

Univ. of New Mexico campus to get more lighting

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico will use state funding to install additional safety lighting on its Albuquerque campus. KRQE-TV (http://ow.ly/vR4Jn ) reports that installing additional safety lighting on some parts of the campus is a...

12-year-old hiker rescued from Jemez Mountains

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy who fell off a cliff while hiking in the Jemez Mountains has been rescued. Sandoval County Sheriff’s officials say the boy was hiking with his father and friends about 20 miles north of San...

Aspiring pilot recruited to be Navajo Code Talker

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died. Michael Smith says his father, Samuel “Jesse” Smith Sr., died Monday night in Albuquerque after a bout with...

3 Albuquerque police oversight members resign

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Half of the members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department. The resignations Tuesday by three...

Bernalillo County settles lawsuit with ex-employee

April 16, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County reportedly will pay $570,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a former attorney and spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. Jennifer Vega-Brown sued the county in October 2012. She alleged she was retaliated...