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Clovis man gets 9 years on felony drug charges

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Possession with intent to distribute cocaine has landed a Clovis man in prison for nine years. The district attorney’s office says 31-year-old Melvin Payton was sentenced Thursday on felony drug charges. Payton was arrested Feb. 4. According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Payton was in possession of 3.4...

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Head of state’s medical marijuana program quits

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico’s medical marijuana program has quietly resigned and nobody is saying why. A state health department spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that Dominick Zurlo gave the state his notice about two weeks ago....

Cops: NM dad in DWI crash just released from jail

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her two children have been killed in a rollover after her husband, drunk and fresh out of jail, crashed their car. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/vWoHLi) that the crash Wednesday night in Valencia County...

Report: New Mexico foreclosures up 75 percent

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Initial foreclosure actions filed in New Mexico district courts against homeowners jumped 75 percent last month, according to new data released Thursday. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/rqTMGj ) that Irvine,...

DA to present ring charges soon to grand jury

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says the case against former UNM President F. Chris Garcia and other suspected leaders of a large-scale online prostitution ring will likely be presented to a grand jury within a month. Garcia is...

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...

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...