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CA man paralyzed after drunken fall sues NM hotel

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A California man left paralyzed after a drunken fall at a Santa Fe, N.M., hotel is blaming the hotel for his injuries, saying its staff over-served him alcohol. A lawsuit filed in state District Court by Mike Sherman of Petaluma, Calif., says bartenders at the Hotel St. Francis continued serving [&hellip...

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Sunland Park meeting on mayoral vacancy postponed

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A special meeting of city councilors in the troubled border town of Sunland Park over their mayor’s post has been postponed. More than 100 people wanted to attend Thursday’s meeting in a council room that can hold only...

Court keeps non-lawyer off ballot as magistrate

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court won’t allow a Las Cruces man to run for magistrate judge in Dona Ana County because is not a lawyer. Democrat Paul Martinez had asked the court to restore him to the June primary election ballot. Dona Ana...

Suspect arrested in Navajo Nation assault case

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and shooting of a woman on the Navajo reservation near Farmington, N.M. FBI officials in Albuquerque say 32-year-old Perfinna King was taken into custody Wednesday night at...

1 of 2 burned bodies found in NM is identified

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say they’ve identified one of two bodies found in a burned-out vehicle on Pajarito Mesa. KOB-TV says 41-year-old Alfonso Garcia was identified through dental records. The Bernalillo County...

NM crews fully contain wildfire near Silver City

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Crews have fully contained a nearly 900-acre wildfire that was sparked by a train south of Silver City. New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says crews were able to get ahead of the blaze Wednesday afternoon after it started...

ACLU sues Roswell police for street preacher busts

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is suing the city of Roswell and its police department for repeatedly arresting two local street preachers. The ACLU’s suit says the arrests violate the free speech rights of Joshua...

Roswell police still faces officer shortage

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The city’s police department is still short more than a dozen officers as the city faces high rates of gang violence, officials said. In January, Roswell police announced it was 25 officers down, and Police Chief Alfonso Solis...

Board reinstates 2 fired Albuquerque officers

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s personnel board has voted to reinstate two fired Albuquerque police officers with back pay and benefits The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Ipu1C7) that the panel voted unanimously Wednesday to rehire...

District attorney challenger restored to ballot

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court is allowing a Democratic primary election challenger on the ballot against Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Albuquerque lawyer...