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State police officer cleared of child abuse

September 6, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A state magistrate judge has dropped child abuse charges against a New Mexico State Police officer. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/aKScFx) Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett ruled Wednesday there was no probable cause to support child abuse allegations against Isaac Vigil. Vigil was arrested last month...

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Child abuse charges dismissed against officer

September 6, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A judge in Tucumcari has dismissed felony child abuse charges against a New Mexico State Police officer. Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett ruled Thursday that he didn’t find probable cause to support the allegations made against...

Facility pulls contaminant from Las Cruces water

September 6, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Some of Las Cruces’ water supply now is being processed by a Superfund facility that removes a cancer-causing chemical. City utilities director Jorge Garcia says water processed by the Griggs-Walnut Superfund Groundwater Plume...

Indicted NM sheriff wants prosecutor disqualified

September 6, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for roughing up a motorist during an off-duty traffic stop in March wants a judge to disqualify a federal prosecutor from the lawman’s civil rights case. In a motion filed Thursday in...

Responders help hikers lost in monument overnight

September 6, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Personnel from Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Fire Department help six hikers forced to make an unplanned overnight stay in a remote area of the northern New Mexico park. Monument officials say the three adults and...

New Mexico counties warned on immigrant detentions

September 6, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico county jails may face litigation from inmates kept in custody for no other grounds than receiving a hold request from federal immigration authorities. Counties recently received letters about potential lawsuits centering...

Governor: New Mexico competitive for Tesla plant

September 5, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico offered a competitive economic development package to Tesla Motors, but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to Tesla’s electric-car manufacturing factory in...

23-year-old Komodo dragon dies at Albuquerque zoo

September 5, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the Albuquerque Biological Park say a 23-year-old Komodo dragon has died. They say the aging lizard named Sid was euthanized after zoo keepers observed a sharp decline in its health and veterinary exams confirmed it....

Texas group to open abortion clinic in New Mexico

September 5, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas company announced Wednesday that it’s opening an abortion clinic in southern New Mexico to help increase access near West Texas amid a restrictive new law. Whole Women’s Health confirmed that it’s opening a...

Belen resident pleads guilty in embezzlement case

September 5, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Belen man has pleaded guilty to eight felony charges of embezzlement from Albuquerque-area residents who thought they were investing in restaurants. Under a plea agreement announced Thursday by the state Attorney General’s...