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NM Deputy State Police chief elevated to top job

August 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police Deputy Chief Pete Kassetas was named Friday to take over as head of the statewide law enforcement agency. Kassetas is a 20-year veteran of the State Police and replaces Chief Robert Shilling, who is retiring. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment, saying Kassetas “has an [&hellip...

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Gallup school sustains extensive vandalism damage

August 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been arrested after police investigating as much as $250,000 of vandalism at a Gallup middle school found a backpack with a pawn receipt inside. The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/15At5oa ) reports that damage...

Albuquerque police chief says goodbye

August 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s embattled police chief is saying farewell. Police Chief Ray Schultz is stepping down Friday after eight years on the job. City leaders and officers paid homage to the outgoing top cop of New Mexico’s...

Judge blocks planned horse slaughter at 2 plants

August 2, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

FILE – This April 15, 2013 file photo shows Valley Meat Co., which has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses. A federal judge in Albuquerque is expected to decide...

NM ex-officer: No lawyer for wrongful death case

August 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife says he can’t find a lawyer to represent him in a related wrongful death civil case. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17WsxsR) that Levi...

Ariz. man accused of assaulting NM police officer

August 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man is in custody for allegedly assaulting a Santa Fe police officer after refusing to leave the driveway of author Forrest Fenn. Police say 34-year-old Kevin Fulgham is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault on a...

Court overturns NM therapist’s license revocation

August 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has overturned the license revocation of a mental health and substance abuse counselor who allegedly had sexual contact with a teenage client. The court ruled Thursday that the state Counseling and Therapy...

Ex-officer of NM project is sentenced to prison

August 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The ex-director of an economic development project for the Navajo Nation has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for federal tax evasion. New Mexico prosecutors say 62-year-old Hak Ghun also was sentenced Thursday to two...

Groups launch campaign to defeat abortion measure

August 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and several other groups are launching a campaign to defeat a proposed late-term abortion ban in Albuquerque. The alliance of community organizations and women’s advocacy groups...

NM man under surveillance arrested after holdup

August 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say detectives conducting surveillance on a man suspected in several recent armed robberies arrested him as he left a store that was the scene of another holdup. Police say 24-year-old Michael Garcia faces...