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Ex-NM officer gives up police certification

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife has voluntarily relinquished his New Mexico police officer certification. The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy says Levi Chavez recently gave up his certification but he declined to give a reason why. Chavez can reapply for his certification in three...

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Mescalero woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $8,700 in funds that belonged to the Mescalero Apache Nation tribe in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 65-year-old Iris Peterson entered her plea Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to...

Legal group: Farm laborers covered for injuries

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Farm and ranch laborers in New Mexico are gaining workers’ compensation protections for job-related injuries because of recent state court decisions, according to a legal advocacy group. The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty...

Most of those charged in drug case pleaded guilty

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say nearly all of 28 people charged in Las Cruces last spring with illegal drug trafficking have now pleaded guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 45-year-old Javier Castruita of Anthony, N.M., on Monday...

Plane crash in Los Alamos killed 2 people

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities now say that two people were killed when a small plane crashed Sunday morning in a canyon about a mile south of the Los Alamos Airport. According to Julie Habiger, a spokeswoman for Los Alamos County, the identities of...

NM boy’s Hantavirus death is state’s 2nd in 2013

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy from northwestern New Mexico has become the second person to die of Hantavirus this year. The state Department of Health says the boy’s home in McKinley County is being checked to help reduce the risk to others....

NM inmates to refurnish wheelchairs as training

December 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prison system is implementing a training program in which inmates will renovate wheelchairs that will be distributed internationally to disabled people by a Christian ministry group. Gov. Susana Martinez and...

Labor Dept. sues NM restaurant over unpaid wages

December 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against an Albuquerque restaurant over more than $300,000 in unpaid wages for 42 employees. The suit alleges the St. James Tearoom and its owners, Mary Alice and Daniel Higbie,...

Sandia Peak to open for ski season

December 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another New Mexico ski area is planning to open this week thanks to the latest blast of winter weather. Sandia Peak Ski Area spokeswoman Deborah Owen said Monday the ski area will open Friday with what she called the best skiing...

NM State Police: Man arrested for DWI for 6th time

December 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they’ve arrested a man who’s suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol for the sixth time. Police say officers in San Juan County pulled over Roger Deale for a hazardous equipment...