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Ex-comptroller of Albuquerque company pleads guilty to fraud

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former comptroller of an Albuquerque construction company has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges. Prosecutors say 40-year-old Stephanie Pyle, of Albuquerque, faces up to a 12-year prison term when she’s sentenced and be required to pay restitution that currently is estimated at more than $2.4 million....

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Police chief orders review of dead suspect’s treatment

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s police chief is ordering an internal review of how officers treated a suspect who hid in a storage container and was dead for hours before officers noticed. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EhJtb2) State Police...

Council approves contract for independent police monitor

May 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque council members aren’t blocking a $4.5 million contract that appoints James Ginger to independently oversee police force reforms for four years. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1JX799F) the council...

Grants woman gets prison term for heroin, meth sentence

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Grants woman has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for heroin and methamphetamine trafficking. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Rachel Chavez Basurto received a 51-month sentence Monday followed by three years of...

Albuquerque City Council president to retire at end of term

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council’s president plans to step down at the end of his current term. Council President Rey Garduno was elected to the council in 2007. The Democrat represents a district that includes much of the...

Man lived in filth in solitary confinement, lawsuit says

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico man with schizophrenia was placed in a Curry County solitary confinement cell without medical treatment for seven months, and he was forced to live in filthy conditions, a new federal lawsuit says. Alejandro...

Court upholds convictions, sentence in Navajo Nation case

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — A court has upheld a man’s convictions and sentences stemming from the death of a man and the wounding of two other people in a 2010 shooting on the Navajo Nation. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in the case...

Many try to shape Valles Caldera’s future

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service has a challenging task ahead as it transitions into management of the sweeping 88,900-acre Valles Caldera landscape in the Jemez Mountains. Just how challenging became clear this past week as hundreds of...

Albuquerque police: Missing girl returned to her mother

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a 6-year-old girl who was reported missing is back with her mother. Police say the father of Arianna Lopez turned her over to police Sunday night and that police subsequently returned the girl to her mother....

Albuquerque police trying to locate stabbing victim

May 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they have located a suspect but not the victim in a reported stabbing. According to police, personnel in the department’s Real Time Crime Center saw the stabbing occur while viewing a traffic camera....