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NM man receives sentence in second murder

August 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man already given a life sentence for killing a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced in another murder. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/Ow5Ph7 ) reports that Michael Astorga has received another 28 years in prison for the 2005 death of Candido Martinez. Astorga’s attorneys had asked...

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Las Vegas man receives 7 years in grandma's death

August 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico man accused of killing his 83-year-old grandmother has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Ryan Garcia initially was charged with second-degree murder in the 2010 death of his grandmother, Margaret Garcia....

Split verdict for Deming gun shop owners

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury Wednesday acquitted a Deming-area family of charges they helped smuggle guns to Mexican cartels. But jurors convicted three of the four Reese family members on lesser charges of making false statements on federal...

NM offers money to buy clothing for needy kids

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says the state will provide a $1 million in assistance for low-income families to buy clothing for children returning to school. The governor announced Wednesday the clothing allowance will be $50 for each...

New Mexico corrections officer is arrested

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico corrections officer has been arrested in an off-duty incident. Authorities say Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility officer Adam Balderama was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of battery and public affray. A...

Investigators seize documents in fake audit probe

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state securities regulator has obtained a search warrant to seize documents and materials at the New Mexico Finance Authority involving a fake financial audit distributed to investors. Regulation and Licensing Department...

Almost entire Cuba fire department quits

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — Almost the entire volunteer firefighting department in Cuba has quit, raising concerns about protection for the small northern New Mexico town. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/NaNqVY ) that 18 of the town’s 21 firefighters turned in...

Portales News-Tribune ,Portales ,New Mexico

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A police lieutenant and the Roosevelt County sheriff are eyeing Portales’ top law enforcement job. Portales police Lt. Mark Cage and Sheriff Darren Hooker say they’ll apply to become chief of the Portales department....

Historic Santa Fe hotel seeks OK for renovations

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe’s oldest hotel is planning its biggest renovation in decades. But before La Fonda can enclose some windows and upgrade the exterior, it must get permission from the city’s Historic Districts Review Board. The Santa...

Sentencing set for alleged Ponzi scheme operator

August 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque real estate executive Doug Vaughan is set to be sentenced next month on charges that he operated a Ponzi scheme. Vaughan ran an investment scheme in which money put by later investors was used to help pay false profits...