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Police ticket 49 in Las Cruces crackdown

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces ticketed 49 drivers during a crackdown on seat belt and cell phone violators. Police say 20 drivers were cited for not wearing seat belts and 11 for using their cell phones while driving. The remaining tickets issued during a special operation Wednesday went to drivers who [&hellip...

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Valencia sheriff joins NM starving horses probe

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Valencia County sheriff’s department has joined the investigation into four emaciated horses found struggling for life at a Los Lunas horse auction business. Sheriff Louis Burkhard told the Albuquerque Journal...

Ga. handcuff case renews school policing debate

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FILE – This Jan. 26, 2012 file photo shows attorney Shannon Kennedy looking through a case file involving a school-aged child who was placed in handcuffs for “non-violent misdemeanors” and was charged with “interfering with the...

New mayor selected for New Mexico's Sunland Park

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — City councilors in the troubled New Mexico border city of Sunland Park have appointed a new mayor. By a 3-2 vote with one abstention Wednesday night, the council selected 24-year-old Javier Perea. He’ll be sworn in next week...

Gov. Martinez against proposed Sill Apache casino

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous is seeking a meeting with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez in hopes of winning her support for the tribe’s proposed casino on its new reservation near Deming. Martinez said Tuesday...

Albuquerque man wins $1 million Powerball prize

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has claimed a $1 million prize for matching five numbers in a Powerball drawing. The New Mexico Lottery says James Larson beat the 1 in 5.2 million odds in Saturday night’s drawing. If had also matched the...

Most of Bernalillo without water after pipe issues

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Most of the town of Bernalillo is without water and one lane of a major route linking Rio Rancho and Albuquerque has been closed after problems with a water main. U.S. Highway 550 is down to one lane in each direction around the...

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Law Enforcement Academy board has delayed a decision to terminate Attorney General Gary King’s role as its legal adviser. The board was set to consider the matter Tuesday. King serves as legal counsel, prosecutes...

SF councilwoman's possible conflict probed

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe has hired a law firm to determine if city Councilwoman Patti Bushee failed to disclose a conflict of interest with a developer. Bushee says the allegations are false and politically motivated. The investigation was prompted by...

Woman who tried to burn husband's body dead

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Grant County believe a woman who was briefly detained in February after she tried to burn her dead husband’s body has herself been found dead. A rancher checking fence lines found a body tentatively identified as...