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NM man indicted for tossing mom off bridge

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who told Albuquerque police he beat, stabbed then threw his mother over a bridge into the Rio Grande because he believed she was a “clone” has been indicted. A Bernalillo County grand jury indicted Martin Montano this week on kidnapping and attempted murder charges stemming from the [&hellip...

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Albuquerque man tries to bust into ATM with car

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing numerous charges after being accused of using his car to try to pry open an ATM. Police say 42-year-old Michael Betz is being charged with commercial burglary, conspiracy, aggravated fleeing, criminal...

Whistleblower to get $1.8M as part of settlement

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a whistleblower who sparked a civil claim against a global defense contractor for allegedly overbilling the government for homeland security training programs will get more than $1.8 million as part of his...

DNA expert testifies in ex-NM policeman’s trial

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A DNA expert has taken the stand in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife. Albuquerque TV station KOB reports (http://bit.ly/12i33Fr ) that Alanna Williams of the Albuquerque Crime Lab...

NM man pleads guilty to securities fraud, ID theft

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An accountant accused of defrauding two New Mexico businesses has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Roger L. Baeza, of Jal, entered into a plea agreement Tuesday. He was...

NM onion harvest remains strong despite challenges

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal report says more than half of New Mexico’s onion crop has been harvested despite the state’s extreme drought conditions. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/121e8Yq) that those numbers are up about 10...

Jury convicts NM man in thwarted kidnapping case

June 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old Albuquerque girl in 2011 has been convicted in the case. Prosecutors say jurors found 31-year-old Phillip Garcia guilty Monday on all counts including child abuse, kidnapping, tampering...

Murder trial resumes for ex-Albuquerque policeman

June 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife has entered third week of testimony with a close friend of the victim taking the stand. Samantha Wheeler testified Monday that Tera Chavez “was...

Audit: NM mental health companies overbilled

June 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fifteen New Mexico providers of mental health and substance abuse services failed to meet standards, overbilled the federal and state government by tens of millions of dollars, and may have taken part in fraudulent activities,...

Gallup man pleads guilty in fatal car accident

June 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Gallup man has pleaded guilty second-degree murder in connection with a fatal car accident and is facing up to a 12-year prison sentence. Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Thomas Benally entered into a plea agreement Monday....