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Police looking for missing 73-year-old NM man

January 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico and Texas are on alert for a missing 73-year-old man who was last seen in Ruidoso and may be headed to Texas. Police said that Kenneth Payne is in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and likes to hitch hike. He is described as a [&hellip...

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Cops: NM man stabbed tiny statue, spoke in tongues

January 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after police said he kept stabbing a small statue while speaking in tongues. KRQE reports (http://bit.ly/zYy9A1) that 40-year-old Karim Jaekel (JAY’-kehl) was arrested Saturday and charged...

Gov. Martinez urges anti-corruption legislation

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the New Mexico Legislature to crack down on public corruption. The Republican governor held a news conference with a group of lawmakers Sunday at the Metropolitan Court to drum up support for a package...

AG educating police, public on human trafficking

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The ads on buses and billboards around the state are dramatic, with pictures of men, women and children and declarations of “Stop Slavery,” and “We are not for sale.” They are the latest in an ongoing effort by...

Elevator issues lead to Carlsbad Caverns delays

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Visitors to the Carlsbad Caverns are going to have deal with more delays as the National Park Service works on elevators that take tourists deep underground. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/wF2sCG ) that the two large...

NM man re-creates history with tiny figurines

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Welcome to Pop’s Gift Shop. No, you can’t buy that one! Dennis “Pop” Ryan lives in a house built at Mom and Pop RV Park. Tiny toys he collected while traveling the world when he was in the United States Air...

Snow makes for difficult driving in northern NM

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Roads Department says drivers are having a rough Sunday morning in the state’s northern mountains. State highways 434 from Black Lake to Angel Fire, 38 from Bobcat Pass to Eagle Nest and U.S. Highway 64 from the Taos...

Farmington official to police: I took city funds

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — City officials believe Farmington’s leading tourism official could have stolen more than $200,000 from city-funded accounts, and police are searching for financial records from two of the city’s more prominent events,...

Holloman airman acquitted of murder charges

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A military jury has cleared an airman at Holloman Air Force Base of charges he killed his roommate. The jury of eight officers and enlisted men deliberated for about three hours before acquitting Airman 1st Class Erik M. Wilhelm of...

UNM football player booked for domestic violence

January 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico football player has been arrested after police say he sprayed his girlfriend with pepper spray during an argument. Albuquerque police say 18-year-old Ryan Trujillo was arrested Friday after he confronted...