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Death may lead to homicide charge in Las Cruces

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney’s office says a Las Cruces felon may face a homicide charge after a man he allegedly hit with a 2-by-4 died months later. Court documents show 38-year-old Matthias Schackow was indicted in August on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after allegedly hitting 64-year-old [&hellip...

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Federal investigation dismantles meth ring in NM

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 17 alleged members of a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in southeastern New Mexico this year. Authorities say three other people have been charged with methamphetamine trafficking...

Gov. Martinez trims cell phone use in agencies

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration expects to save about $320,000 this year by reducing the use of cell phones in state agencies. The governor’s office said Wednesday the number of smartphones, such as a BlackBerry, and...

Hispanic group allowed in NM redistricting case

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Wed. Oct. 26,2011 file photo New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez discusses environmental regulations in Albuquerque, N.M. Martinez and other GOP state officials are opposing a Hispanic civil rights group’s attempt to participate in a...

3 dead in crash of Cessna near Roswell

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed near Roswell, killing all three people aboard. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Cessna 182 plane left Snyder, Texas, on Saturday...

Forecasters: New Mexico in for winter blast

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hold on to those hats and dust off the snow shovels. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say New Mexico is in for some major winter weather starting with strong winds on Thursday. Those winds could gust up...

Attorney General issues warning about pedophiles

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque authorities say cartoon-like bear stickers have been spotted in the windows of at least two cars and the so-called “Pedobear” could be a sign of increased child sex offender activity in the Albuquerque area....

Public’s help sought in El Rancho family killings

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a couple found dead inside their El Rancho home last summer is hoping that law enforcement will make an arrest in the case soon. “It just hurts so much,” said Cherie Ortiz-Rios, whose parents Lloyd and...

For 2 centuries, miracles sought at NM’s Chimayo

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

This Nov. 13, 2011 photo shows El Santuario de Chimayo outside of Espanola, N.M. For two centuries, Hispanic and Native American pilgrims have sought help from El Santuario de Chimayo, a National Historic Landmark. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) CHIMAYO, N.M....

Ex-optometrist pleads guilty in NM firearms case

November 30, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Albuquerque optometrist has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms and ammunition. Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old Phillip Simmons entered into a plea deal Tuesday. He’ll be sentenced to a minimum...