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Police: NM woman burned own home over attic noises

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Carlsbad woman burned down her own house after claiming to hear noises in the attic. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/R9Nglg) that 33-year-old Valerie Hernandez was arrested last week after a nearly six-month investigation. According to police, Hernandez moved into the home in March and told police...

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Vehicle runs into Navajo court, closes building

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s courthouse in Shiprock is closed after a vehicle ran into the front entrance early Wednesday morning and damaged the building. Judicial spokeswoman Karen Francis says all hearings on the court’s docket...

Man reunited with dog he feared dead in Santa Fe

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Mike Stotts had given up hope that his 15-year-old dog was alive after losing him two months ago during a camping trip in Santa Fe. But he got a surprise call Monday saying the golden retriever mix had been found. KOAT-TV...

Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in woman’s death

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A Tucumcari man charged with killing a woman whose remains were found in rural Quay County has pleaded not guilty in the case. Prosecutors say 45-year-old Frank Keller entered the plea to an open count of murder earlier this week....

NM high court puts voting case on hold

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit over straight party ticket voting is on hold in the New Mexico Supreme Court while a federal court considers the legal dispute. The state’s highest court on Tuesday postponed proceedings in a case brought by Democrats...

Albuquerque man accused of robbing 4 businesses

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been indicted for allegedly robbing four businesses in the city at gunpoint earlier this year. A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against 22-year-old Oscar Marquez....

Judge dismisses claim against Gallup newspaper

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Gallup Mayor Harry Mendoza said he will challenge the dismissal of the final claim in a lawsuit he filed against a newspaper and its publisher. Mendoza contends that the Gallup Independent and Robert Zollinger portrayed him...

Dulce man pleads guilty in death of 3-year-old son

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 31-year-old Dulce man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his son. Federal prosecutors say Jay Rutherford Paiz admitting to killing his 3-year-old son in 2008 at his home on the Jicarilla Apache...

Aztec city manager applies for diversion program

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city manager of Aztec has applied for a diversion program that could lead to the dismissal of a felony false imprisonment charge against him stemming from a domestic violence incident last year. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Albuquerque council passes new strip club rules

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s City Council approved new rules for strip clubs aimed at discouraging human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TYn5SC) that the new rules set out...