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State police drop gang unit

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A shortage of personnel has forced the New Mexico State Police to disband its anti-gang unit. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/sYxjDJ) reports that instead of a three-person street crimes task force, state police will rely on the FBI’s anti-gang unit, which includes the Las Cruces Police Department’s five-person...

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Murder conviction upheld in 2005 Gallup killing

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions of a McKinley County man for the murder of a Gallup teenager in 2005. Joseph Evans was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 16-year-old Felicia Penaloza. The Gallup High...

Court affirms Robert Fry’s murder convictions

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a Farmington man for killing two people in the northwestern New Mexico community in 1996. Robert Fry is on death row for another murder. The court on Thursday upheld Fry’s...

NM elementary teacher held for trafficking coke

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces elementary school teacher has been arrested at his elementary school on allegations of trafficking cocaine. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department said 35-year-old Roberto Varela was arrested Thursday just before...

Some criminal cases in Rio Arriba County at risk

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A few serious criminal cases in Rio Arriba County are in jeopardy because the law enforcement certification of a sergeant involved in the investigations is in doubt. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/tmhO2e ) reports...

Cops: NM couple recruited shoplifters for store

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque couple is facing multiple charges after police said they recruited shoplifters to steal items for their planned thrift shop and paid them with drugs. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/vbsgzi ) that police on Wednesday...

Attorney general OK with arts center budget, veto

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King says there appear to be no legal problems with the Legislature earmarking money for the African American Performing Arts Center and exhibit hall at the state fairgrounds or Republican Gov. Susana...

Survey shows many dissatisfied with UNM education

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new state report shows nearly one in every four University of New Mexico students is unhappy with their educational experience, the lowest satisfaction rate of all four-year colleges in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal...

Arab Christians, minorities, reshaping US enclaves

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

This Nov. 7, 2011 photo shows an attendee at a mass in Arabic at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church in Albuquerque, N.M. holding a mass program in Arabic. Archdiocese of Santa Fe officials believe the Catholic Mass in Arabic was the first in...

Santa Fe Studios holds grand opening

November 10, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Movie executives joined state and local officials Wednesday to open the state’s second major film studio, Santa Fe Studios. The Hool family cut the ribbon on their $25 million facility, which was six years in the making, without...