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Numerous firearms stolen from New Mexico armory

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating the theft of numerous firearms from the Rio Rancho Armory. City police say officers were dispatched to the armory on Wednesday after an alarm activated. When officers arrived, they saw that someone had forced entry into the business and stole a still-undetermined number of firearms. Among...

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Court overturns Internet cafe gambling conviction

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has overturned a Las Cruces man’s conviction of running a gambling enterprise out of his Internet cafe. Michael Vento was convicted in 2009 of one felony count of commercial gambling, but the court...

Nev. man pleads guilty to bank heists in 3 states

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Nevada man has pleaded guilty to robbing three banks last year, including one in New Mexico and another in Arizona. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Justin A. Wolaver, of Las Vegas, entered a plea agreement Friday in an...

Police seek help in identifying body in Shiprock

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are seeking to identify a woman whose body was found in an irrigation canal in Shiprock. The FBI says no one matching the woman’s description has been reported missing in the area. The woman is believed to be Native...

101-year-old northern NM dam on brink of failure

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A century-old dam in northern New Mexico that holds a city’s water supply is riddled with holes and on the brink of failure. About 60 million gallons of water is leaking through the 101-year-old Peterson Dam in Las Vegas every...

Muskie caught at Bluewater Lake sets state record

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

BLUEWATER, N.M. (AP) — Bluewater Lake State Park has become a hot spot for catching record big fish. An Edgewood man recently landed a 46-inch tiger muskie that weighed 31 pounds and 14 ounces, setting the state record. The New Mexico Department of Game and...

Troubled NM border town approves spending plan

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A spending plan approved by a troubled New Mexico border city keeps the library open but requires employee furlough days. Most Sunland Park offices, excluding public safety, will be closed an additional day every two weeks. Officials...

Court: No license loss if DWI arrest flawed

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court says the state can’t revoke the driver’s license of someone stopped for drunken driving if the arrest was improper. The state Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday in upholding the...

Lawyer withdraws as NM Supreme Court candidate

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pool of candidates is shrinking for possible appointment to a vacancy on the state Supreme court. A judicial nominating commission said Thursday that Santa Fe lawyer Paul Mannick has withdrawn his application. That leaves two...

Troubled NM authority plans to scale back loans

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s...