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NM weekly newspaper’s cover with draw fire

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An alternative newsweekly in Santa Fe is drawing fire over its cover with an image of a woman in a bikini who strongly resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10V7doF) that Catholics around New Mexico are upset over the Santa Fe Reporter’s 2013 summer guide cover. On the cover [&hellip...

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Police: Farmington bank ATM stolen

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an ATM has been stolen from a Farmington bank. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/19x6A4N) that the theft Sunday marked the second straight weekend that bandits ripped off an ATM from a bank in...

NM man indicted for tossing mom off bridge

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who told Albuquerque police he beat, stabbed then threw his mother over a bridge into the Rio Grande because he believed she was a “clone” has been indicted. A Bernalillo County grand jury indicted...

Albuquerque man tries to bust into ATM with car

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing numerous charges after being accused of using his car to try to pry open an ATM. Police say 42-year-old Michael Betz is being charged with commercial burglary, conspiracy, aggravated fleeing, criminal...

Whistleblower to get $1.8M as part of settlement

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a whistleblower who sparked a civil claim against a global defense contractor for allegedly overbilling the government for homeland security training programs will get more than $1.8 million as part of his...

DNA expert testifies in ex-NM policeman’s trial

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A DNA expert has taken the stand in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife. Albuquerque TV station KOB reports (http://bit.ly/12i33Fr ) that Alanna Williams of the Albuquerque Crime Lab...

NM man pleads guilty to securities fraud, ID theft

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An accountant accused of defrauding two New Mexico businesses has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Roger L. Baeza, of Jal, entered into a plea agreement Tuesday. He was...

NM onion harvest remains strong despite challenges

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal report says more than half of New Mexico’s onion crop has been harvested despite the state’s extreme drought conditions. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/121e8Yq) that those numbers are up about 10...

Jury convicts NM man in thwarted kidnapping case

June 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old Albuquerque girl in 2011 has been convicted in the case. Prosecutors say jurors found 31-year-old Phillip Garcia guilty Monday on all counts including child abuse, kidnapping, tampering...

Murder trial resumes for ex-Albuquerque policeman

June 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife has entered third week of testimony with a close friend of the victim taking the stand. Samantha Wheeler testified Monday that Tera Chavez “was...