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Man sues NM state police over son’s shooting death

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state police have been sued by the father of a Glorieta man who was shot and killed at his home by officers last year as they responded to a report of road rage on an area highway. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/TrP1w9 ) that the wrongful [&hellip...

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Former NM teacher avoids jail time in sex case

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A former Robertson High School teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been sentenced to three years of probation. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/TrEhPm) that Jay Quintana will also have...

NM cracks down on improper unemployment payments

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say they have cut the unemployment insurance fraud rate over the past year and continue to crack down on improper payments. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions says the state now leads the nation...

NM man arrested for shooting trained hawk

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing possible federal charges after he admitted shooting a trained hawk. The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/QJ3x4p) that 18-year-old William Hefley was arrested last week on an extreme cruelty to animals...

Bratton picked as minority leader of NM House

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Donald Bratton of Hobbs was picked as minority leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UZuJHx) that Bratton will replace Tom Taylor of Farmington as the...

NM man gets 2 years for sexual contact with girl

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man who pleaded guilty to a having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl was sentenced to two years in prison. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UT0Tqo) that 22-year-old Jesus Esparza-Gutierrez also was...

Albuquerque officer accused of encouraging fight

November 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department says one of its officers is on administrative leave after he was accused of encouraging a man to fight to settle his differences with a neighbor. Spokeswoman Officer Tasia Martinez says Officer...

Audit reveals procurement violations in NM county

November 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An independent special audit shows McKinley County made about $240,000 in questionable payments to a business owned by the county commission chairman. State Auditor Hector Balderas released the finding of the audit Monday. His office...

NM sheriff’s deputy injured in shootout

November 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Lea County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after being shot in the arm and neck while serving a search warrant. New Mexico State Police say the shootout happened Saturday after midnight when sheriff’s deputies and police...

More time needed for canvassing election results

November 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Final election results won’t be ready for Tuesday’s meeting of the state Canvassing Board, and it’s possible that recounts could be required in two tight legislative races, state officials said Monday. The secretary...