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Valencia County haystacks seem to be arson targets

October 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Valencia County authorities are warning residents to be on the lookout for possible arsonists who appear to be targeting haystacks. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1ecb7Mn ) reports there have been six suspicious fires in the past month, costing farmers thousands of dollars. Valencia County Fire Department Chief Steven Gonzales says arson...

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Las Cruces man gets probation in cat-hoarding case

October 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 63-year-old Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 4.5 years of probation and fined $1,000 in a case of alleged cat hoarding. A state District Court judge on Thursday sentenced Charles Gonnell after he pleaded no contest to three...

Carlsbad man gets prison for human trafficking

October 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A 40-year-old Carlsbad man is going to prison for trying to prostitute his teenage daughter to pay a debt. The Carlsbad Current-Argus (http://bit.ly/1biGPFY ) reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday sentenced Jesus...

Contaminated gasoline went to stores in AZ, CO, NM

October 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Contaminated gasoline from a New Mexico refinery went to stations in three states earlier this week. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/15tgW5M) reports that several loads of bad gasoline went to Giant convenient stores in Albuquerque as well as...

Autopsy: Drugs killed teen who got ill at concert

October 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that a 14-year-old Santa Fe girl who became ill at a concert at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque died from taking a combination of the illegal drug Ecstasy and an over-the-counter allergy medicine. New...

Democrats assail Gov. Martinez over chopper flight

October 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from Democratic campaign challengers for flying on a state helicopter to Albuquerque to avoid missing a commercial flight to Texas to attend political fundraisers Jim Farrell, the...

Family seeks rabbit that went missing from NM fair

October 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An El Paso County family is seeking help to find a pet rabbit that went missing from the Southern New Mexico State Fair last week. Meagan Francis told the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/15rjQI5) on Thursday that Keagan, a...

Attorney general, others appeal copper mine rules

October 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King, environmentalists and a New Mexico ranch owned by billionaire media mogul Ted Turner went to court Thursday to overturn new state regulations on groundwater pollution by copper mines. King, the Gila...

NM youth ranch sues over abuse probe

October 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The operators of a southern New Mexico troubled youth ranch have sued the state, accusing investigators of illegally interviewing students and telling parents to pull their children from the program or face abuse charges. The filing...

Several empty boxcars derail west of Albuquerque

October 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say several empty freight cars have derailed west of Albuquerque. New Mexico State Police say the BNSF train was traveling near Interstate 40 on Thursday when strong winds seemed to cause a few boxcars to tip over....