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Body found on NMSU campus IDed as restaurant owner

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A body found at New Mexico State University has been identified as a Las Cruces businessman who operated restaurants not far from campus. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/JG4kMt ) reports NMSU Police say 32-year-old La Var Washington, whose birthday was Sunday, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was [&hellip...

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Nageezi man pleads guilty in NM highway crash

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Nageezi man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/IUY9CS) reports that...

Funeral held for Las Cruces toddler killed by dog

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Mourners will gather in Las Cruces to remember a baby girl who was fatally mauled by her family’s dog. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/JYwtMS) reports the funeral for 15-month-old Jazilyn Mesa is scheduled for Tuesday at...

Funeral held for Las Cruces toddler killed by dog

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Mourners will gather in Las Cruces to remember a baby girl who was fatally mauled by her family’s dog. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/JYwtMS) reports the funeral for 15-month-old Jazilyn Mesa is scheduled for Tuesday at...

Los Lunas man injured in attempted copper theft

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A man is recovering in a Los Lunas hospital after suffering severe burns trying to steal copper wire. Los Lunas Police spokesman Lt. Vince Torres told KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/JyTwjQ) on Tuesday that Dennis Vega is extremely lucky to be...

State begins partial takeover of Sunland Park

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Monday began a partial takeover of the troubled border town of Sunland Park after the state auditor released a report accusing officials of using the town’s multi-million-dollar budget as personal slush funds....

Second canine rabies case confirmed in Carlsbad

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say 11 people are receiving vaccinations after being exposed to a dog that had rabies. The Department of Health announced Monday that it confirmed rabies in the 8-year-old dog. The animal developed signs of...

Jurors deliberating in NM death penalty trial

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors on Monday began deliberating whether to allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of a man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy. The prosecution and defense delivered their closing...

NM prosecutor resigns after run-in with deputies

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office says one of its prosecutors has resigned following a weekend run-in with deputies. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KhUBuj) Alisha Maestas resigned...

NM regulators consider pit rule changes

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of New Mexico regulators is considering a request by the oil and natural gas industry to revamp regulations that govern how energy developers handle drilling waste. A weeklong hearing on the so-called pit rule started Monday in...