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Union votes 'no confidence' in NM sheriff

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County deputies say they have no confidence in Sheriff Dan Houston. Ballots were counted earlier Thursday during a union meeting. KOB-TV says the union and sheriff have been at odds since Houston made changes to hiring standards. The union also claims the sheriff’s office was no longer communicating with deputies....

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NM judge to resign after failing alcohol test

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — State District Judge John Pope will resign next week after failing a recent random alcohol test. Pope has served as a judge in New Mexico’s 13th Judicial District for 25 years. His attorney tells Albuquerque television station...

Gov. Martinez in Las Vegas for sports, politics

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is mixing politics and sports. The governor traveled to Nevada for conference tournament basketball games in Las Vegas involving New Mexico teams. Martinez political adviser Jay McCleskey says the...

NM Tea Party activist says he was attacked, bitten

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Tea Party protester says he was struck by campaign signs and bitten during a scuffle with supporters of a Rio Rancho city council candidate. David Robinson said Wednesday that supporters of Councilman Michael Williams...

Alamogordo lawyer sent to jail in trespassing case

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo attorney has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after entering pleas to four crimes in connection with what a special prosecutor called a home invasion disguised as legal process. Sixty-year-old Raymond Van Arnam was...

2 dogs attack man in Santa Teresa

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Teresa man has been hospitalized after he was attacked by two dogs. Dona Ana County authorities say the 57-year-old man was out walking Wednesday morning when he was mauled by two pit bulls. An animal control officer tells...

Teens tell PD robbing gave them thrills

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of suspected teenage robbers say they stole for the thrill of it. Santa Fe authorities think the 15 and 17-year-olds are responsible for 15 car burglaries in a couple of residential areas. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s...

NM Rep. Rhonda King not seeking re-election

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rhonda King of Stanley says she will not seek re-election to another two-year term. King made the announcement Wednesday. She is the latest of several lawmakers who say they won’t seek re-election. King says...

Fed prisoners leave Sandoval jail after suicides

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 200 federal prisoners are being transferred out of the Sandoval County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico but federal authorities aren’t saying why. The U.S. Marshals District of New Mexico announced...

Feds close cattle gate at NM port of entry

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The livestock gate at one of the international ports of entry in southern New Mexico is closed now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting its veterinarians from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The agency cites safety...