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Former PRC commissioner remains in jail

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Public Regulation Commission member remains in jail following a closed-door court hearing concerning his latest arrest Monday on charges of violating the rules of his Drug Court program. It’s not clear when Jerome Block Jr. will be released from Santa Fe County Detention Center. State District Judge Michael [&hellip...

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Teen mother in trouble for false reporting

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A teen mom is facing possible criminal charges after San Juan County authorities say she falsely reported that her car was stolen, and with it, her 1-year-old child. Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search using a helicopter for...

Pieces of evidence missing from NM burglary cases

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Forensic Laboratory Bureau says five pieces of evidence are missing from two separate burglary cases. The evidence had been seized by Farmington and Santa Fe police departments during their...

NM court allows citizen petition for grand jury

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a grand jury can be convened to investigate a Santa Fe educational center that promotes sustainable living. The court on Tuesday said a campaign by the center’s former students and staff...

State. Rep. Al Park announces bid for PRC

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic state legislator Al Park is running for an Albuquerque-area seat on the Public Regulation Commission. Park issued a statement Tuesday announcing his bid for the Democratic nomination in PRC District 1. A lawyer, Park has...

New Mexico fines private prison operator

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state is fining a private prison operator $1.1 million for not adequately staffing a prison it operates in Hobbs, New Mexico’s top corrections official said. Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says Florida-based GEO Group...

Cops: NM sheriff’s deputy hit on 1st day of work

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Talk about an introduction. KRQE TV reports (http://bit.ly/vvafvd) that a new Chaves County sheriff’s deputy, who had just graduated from a law enforcement academy last week, was blind-sided Monday morning on his first day on the...

NMSU student works to save endangered orangutans

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University student is earning degrees in conservation, ecology, biology and anthropology while trying to save an endangered species in Borneo. Twenty-two-year-old Zachary Brecheisen has traveled to the Southeast...

Report: Foreign college student numbers down in NM

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico colleges and universities are seeing a 6 percent drop in foreign students at a time when colleges nationwide are enrolling a record high number of international students, according to a new report on international...

DWI crash benches NM basketball star

November 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque teenager will have to watch his basketball team from the sideline this season after the jeep he was driving was T-boned by an alleged DWI driver, who is also a football player at the same school. Cameron Glasrud was a...