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AP Enterprise: NM license data points to fraud

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. In one instance, 48 foreign nationals claimed to live at a [&hellip...

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2 NM men get prison for branding man with swastika

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men have been sentenced to prison for branding a swastika on the arm of a developmentally disabled Navajo man. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Paul Beebe and 25-year-old Jesse Sanford, of Farmington, entered Alford...

NM man who pulled own tooth in jail awarded $22M

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $22 million to a New Mexico man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. Civil rights attorney Matt...

Male skier dies at Ski Valley

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A male skier has been killed in an accident at Taos Ski Valley. A spokesman for the ski area says the man died Tuesday afternoon. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/y88pWR ) reports the ski patrol responded to the scene and took the skier to a medical...

Lawsuit protection bill builds for NM Spaceport

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Commissioners have unanimously signed off on a state bill that would restrict space travelers’ right to sue certain contractors in most cases of injury or death. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/wHJtie )...

Former Richardson spokesman seeks benefits

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former spokesman for ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting with the state over unemployment benefits. While working for Richardson, Gilbert Gallegos earned more than $115,000. The Albuquerque Journal reports Gallegos has filed...

Man arrested for alleged horse rustling

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A case of horse rustling in northern New Mexico. The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/yQ9SZi ) reports state livestock authorities arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with stealing 41 horses over the past year from people in the...

Immigrant activists rally on NM driver’s licenses

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

Marina Pena, lower left, an organizer for Somos Un Pueblo Unido, “We Are a United People,” leads a group of protesters at a rally Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, N.M. Somos Un Pueblo Unido organized the rally...

Second person dead after Santa Fe shootings

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A second person has died in a shooting in Santa Fe as police searched Tuesday for the suspect. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said Theresa Vigil, 51, died of a gunshot wound to the head. A teenage boy was found dead at the...

Martinez urging stronger child abuse laws

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging lawmakers to lengthen prison time for child abusers and drunk drivers who kill children. The governor announced Tuesday that her new proposal would increase penalties for child abusers from three years to...