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NM Marine files lawsuit in burglar shooting arrest

July 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A Marine from Belen arrested for shooting and killing a burglar on the Fourth of July three years ago is now going after the lawmen who put him behind bars. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/L071LP) that Luke Sanchez filed a lawsuit this week against the Valencia County’s Sheriff Department. Sanchez was charged [&hellip...

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'The Vow's' real-life couple's story goes on

July 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Vow was a box office success and became a money-maker its first weekend in movie theaters, and the book soared to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best seller list. That was all in February and March. So what has Farmington...

Lawsuit vs. Gallup Independent ends in mistrial

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The lawsuit against the Gallup Independent by a former mayor has ended in a mistrial. After two days of deliberations, jurors told a judge Tuesday they couldn’t reach a verdict in the libel case. Former Gallup Mayor Harry Mendoza...

NM shutters DC office

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s representative in Washington has quit, and it’s unclear if he will be replaced. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/LPRNUI ) that former state legislator Brian Moore has quit...

NM to lose nearly $16 million with Schott closure

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The closure of Schott Solar’s manufacturing plant on the edge of Albuquerque will end up costing New Mexico taxpayers nearly $16 million in grants. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Msjnh0) the grants were...

Furniture flap has lawmaker upset with NM governor

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxpayers picked up the tab for new furniture in the governor’s suite of offices in the Capitol as Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continues to feud with the judiciary over whether state government should pay for furnishings in a...

Firefighters use burnouts to keep NM fire in check

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

QUEEN, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters are using burnout operations to keep a 6,000-acre fire in check in far southeastern New Mexico. The Horse Canyon blaze was sparked by lightning last Friday. It’s burning pinon, juniper and grass in rocky terrain in the...

NM man accused of fatally beating dog with crowbar

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police arrested a Santa Fe man on allegations that he beat a dog to death with a crowbar. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/MQHFi2) that 55-year-old Pat Jimenez was charged with animal cruelty in Saturday’s beating...

Officials worry gangs, cartels growing in rural NM

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are urging leaders in rural New Mexico to work to prevent Mexican drug cartels and notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs from continuing to spread into their communities. The Alamogordo Daily News reports...

$300,000 in equipment stolen from Shiprock office

July 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — More than $300,000 in heavy equipment was stolen over the weekend in a burglary of the Shiprock Irrigation Office. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/N5ybMS) that burglars cut padlock on the gate and stole a bulldozer,...