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Suspect in Clovis boy’s death beaten in jail

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a former international fugitive charged with the death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy was assaulted within hours of arriving at the Curry County jail by child’s uncle. Undersheriff Wesley Waller tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/UwuWpo ) that jail staff placed Noe Torres in a holding cell near one [&hellip...

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Police identify man killed in Roswell shooting

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell have identified a 22-year-old man killed in a hail of gunfire but declined to say if they had a suspect in custody. Arthur Contreras was found dead outside a home after gunfire erupted just after 10 p.m. Wednesday....

Judge allows NM teen to be tried in father’s death

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has cleared the way for an Albuquerque teenager accused of killing his father during a 2010 hunting trip to be tried. Judge J.C. Robinson determined during a preliminary hearing earlier this week that there...

Ex-controller of NMFA pleads guilty to fake audit

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former controller of a New Mexico financing agency couldn’t fully explain his actions even as he stood in front of a judge Thursday to plead guilty to forgery and securities fraud for faking a financial audit that went to...

Fast and Furious link to NM border town smugglers

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gun smuggling ring run by former town officials in Columbus, N.M., had a direct link to targets of the failed “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation run by federal officials in Arizona, records show. Federal...

Mystery bird spotted at NM national refuge

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers at one of the nation’s premiere bird-watching spots have a mystery on their hands. A strange-looking bird with dark plumage showed up at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month to...

Farmington police face abuse lawsuit

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two American Indian families have filed a lawsuit against the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the Farmington Police Department over alleged abuse of power. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://goo.gl/KefO4) that the...

State: Albuquerque groundwater scare false alarm

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental officials say the reported discovery of a possible Superfund groundwater site beneath southeast Albuquerque appears to have been a false alarm. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/zWaVu) that the New...

Lab: ‘Unauthorized visitors’ spur LANL firings

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say five members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory security force were fired because of “unauthorized visitors” at the shooting range. The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://goo.gl/YSQ79) that the lab said...

Workers asked to pay more for retirement benefits

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and local government workers and educators could see their take-home pay shrink in the next several years under proposals to have them contribute more out of their salaries for retirement benefits. Taxpayers also would chip in...