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7:53 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Albuquerque Police: Second Carjacking Suspect Now In Custody

Albuquerque police say two carjacking suspects now are in custody.

A man who holed up in a tire shop for hours was arrested Wednesday evening.

Police say an SUV was stolen from a woman Tuesday morning by a man at gunpoint and officers spotted it Wednesday morning in the Albuquerque foothills.

That prompted a 25-minute pursuit that ended at the tire shop.

News video showed a man and a woman run into the building after getting out of the SUV in an adjacent alley.

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6:00 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic who is reporting on the latest Silver City School Board news.  

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6:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

In Depth: Suspect Shot And Killed Near Las Cruces Motel

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, assisted by members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT), attempted to serve an arrest warrant Wednesday on an allegedly armed and dangerous man who was wanted on charges related to an ongoing domestic violence investigation.  After a brief confrontation, the armed man was subsequently shot and killed after he attempted to escape from the window of a motel room.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Pearce: Short Term Highway Patch "Questionable"

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Surface Transportation Act (H.R. 3236) another short-term extension which also contained unrelated provisions involving the Veterans Choice program. Following his vote against the bundled bill, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:

 

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Regional
1:36 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Rain Stymies Drought In About Half Of New Mexico

More than 49 percent of the state is free of drought conditions following the fourth-wettest six months the state has seen.

The Albuquerque Journal reports drought was present statewide in July 2014, with the prevalence of severe drought at 77 percent compared to 1 percent currently.

Socorro County extension agent Jessica Smith says calves are fat and cattle are "fat and sassy." While grateful for the rainfall, she said producers aren't counting on the drought being over for good.

The new numbers were discussed Tuesday during a drought monitoring work group session.

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1:33 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 Carjacking Suspects Surrenders

Albuquerque police say one of two carjacking suspects who holed up in tire shop has surrendered and that officers are trying to get the other to also give up.

Police say an SUV was stolen from a woman Tuesday morning by a man at gunpoint, and police spotted it Wednesday morning in the Albuquerque foothills, prompting a 25-minute pursuit that ended at the tire shop.

News video showed a man and a woman run into the building after getting out of the SUV in an adjacent alley.

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1:27 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

District Attorney’s Office Secures Conviction in Child Abuse Case---Mandatory 18 Years Imprisonment

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A jury has found Oscar Oropeza guilty of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree after a two-day trial led by Chief Deputy Mick Gutierrez and Senior Trial Attorney Rebecca Duffin.

 

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1:23 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Social Media Safety Tips From The Las Cruces Police Department

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As the use of social media and social networking has grown, those who use such platforms have – knowingly or unknowingly – exposed themselves in ways that may potentially compromise their privacy, safety and security.

 

Over the years, the Las Cruces Police Department has received reports of stalking, harassment and cyber bullying via various social media sites.

 

The Las Cruces Police Department offers these tips when utilizing social media platforms:

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Regional
10:52 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Two Houses From "Breaking Bad" For Sale In Albuquerque

Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque.

A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine on the hit television show.

The house in Albuquerque's Country Club area is listed for $1.6 million.

Susan C. Feil and Alicia Feil Peterson of Coldwell Banker Legacy also listed another house that appeared in the series finale in Albuquerque's North Valley.

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10:42 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Mexico Sentences Five Men To 697 Years For Killings Of 11 Women

Mexican prosecutors say they have won "historic" convictions and sentences of 697 years in prison against five men for killing 11 women near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The state prosecutor's office in Chihuahua state says the men lured women with the promise of jobs, but instead subjected them to human trafficking and forced prostitution before killing them.

The women's skeletal remains were found dumped in 2012 in the Rio Grande valley east of Ciudad Juarez.

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Regional
10:39 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Investigation Is Underway In Fatal Shooting In Jal

State police are investigating a fatal shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Jal.

Jal police say they received a 911 call about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday about a shooting that occurred on South Second Street.

When officers responded to the scene, they discovered the body of 21-year-old Mathew Lujan with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police say the Jal resident was transported to a hospital in Kermit, Texas where he later died from his injuries.

No other details were immediately released.

Jal police asked for assistance to investigate the shooting.

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Regional
10:34 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Planned Parenthood Officials Not Testifying At Texas Senate Hearing

Planned Parenthood officials are not testifying before Texas lawmakers about covertly recorded videos that target the abortion provider, calling the emergency hearing "political gamesmanship."

Conservatives on the Texas Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday scolded Planned Parenthood for their absence. Republican Chairman Charles Schwertner said the organization needs to answer for how it operates in Texas.

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5:36 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Meeting In Chaparral To Highlight Skate Park Plans

 

             

  District 2 Doña Ana County Commissioner Dr. David J. Garcia will host a Chaparral community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, to update residents on the community’s skate park. 

The meeting will be held at the Delores Wright Community Resource Center at 400 East Lisa Drive.

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Regional
7:28 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

El Paso Customs Agent Charged With Smuggling Immigrants

  A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been charged with smuggling four Mexican nationals into the United States.

In a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, prosecutors charged 53-year-old Lawrence Madrid with smuggling immigrants into the United States on two separate occasions at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso.

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3:03 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Call For Hearing On Need To Expand Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on their work to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to expand compensation for victims of radiation exposure in New Mexico as well as several Western states and Guam. Udall, Heinrich and Sens.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Man Accused Of Abducting Teen To Be Extradited To New Mexico

A Rio Rancho man accused of abducting a 16-year-old girl and taking her to Indiana will be extradited back to New Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque announced Tuesday that 37-year-old Joe Medina faces federal charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor in interstate commerce for purposes of engaging in sexual activity.

Indiana State Police arrested Medina on July 20 after locating him with the missing girl at a bus station in downtown Indianapolis.

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2:10 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Imprisoned Former Sheriff Asks Court To Protect Bank Funds

A former sheriff serving a 10-year prison sentence is asking a judge to prohibit the seizure of $70,000 to pay fines pending an appeal.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella says his wife needs the money in their joint bank account so she can run her bail bond business.

Rodella was convicted in September of brandishing a firearm and depriving a motorist of his rights during a March traffic stop.

Prosecutors have been trying to collect court fines totaling more than $200,000 from Rodella, with a balance of $147,000 remaining.

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1:56 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Santa Fe County GOP Official Voted Out After Anti-Trump Piñata Event

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A New Mexico Republican Party official has been removed from his post after hosting an anti-Donald Trump event that included a necktie-wearing blonde piñata.

Former Santa Fe County GOP treasurer Ignacio Padilla says he wasn't acting as a party official when he organized the event last week to allow residents to hit a piñata that bore Trump's likeness.

Padilla says he was exercising his right to free speech and believes Trump's previous comments about Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans belittles Latinos.

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1:51 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

NMSU TRiO Student Support Services Program Receives Nearly $2 Million In Funding

The U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded a five-year grant for $1,952,315 to the New Mexico State University TRiO Student Support Services Program. 

NMSU first received funding for this program in 1971. The goals of Student Support Services are to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation students, low-income students and students with a disability. NMSU TRiO SSS participants receive a variety of academic success and social support services to assist with the transition to the university. The program supports 350 participants every year. 

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1:49 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Additional Sex-Crime Charges Levied Against Jailed Man

Anthony Bramblett
Credit Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department

A Las Cruces man being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor will face additional charges filed this week by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives.

Anthony Bramblett, 39, was arrested June 11 by Las Cruces Police after an investigation found evidence suggesting he sexually abused a female family member, who was in elementary school at the time of the alleged incident. He was charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration.

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Regional
12:30 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Santa Fe Police Chief Announces Immediate Retirement

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Santa Fe's police chief is stepping down after just more than a year in office.

Police Chief Eric Garcia on Tuesday announced his retirement effective immediately after a meeting with the city manager.

Garcia said in a statement released by the city that the department has laid a foundation for improving community policing, and City Manager Brian Snyder expressed gratitude for Garcia's work to decrease crime, expand community engagement and raise morale within the department.

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6:49 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Over 150 Swear Oath Of US Citizenship

158 people, from 19 different countries, ranging in age from 19-94 all swore the same oath and became US citizens. Mayra Ontiveros, the youngest new citizen at 19-years- old said it was one of the best feelings.

“It’s a great feeling,” Ontinveros said. “I came a long way to come here, it’s a great feeling.”

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5:04 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Countersuit In California Case References State Auditor

New Mexico's state auditor has surfaced in a California legal fight involving a former employee of a Native American consulting firm.

The Albuquerque Journal reports court documents claim State Auditor Tim Keller was "improperly paid" to help the company win contracts from Native American clients.

Keller is not party in the lawsuit and denied last week ever soliciting work for the firm, where he worked as a financial analyst from the summer of 2009 until last fall.

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4:00 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez Announces Statewide Vaccination Program

Credit Office of the Governor

Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a statewide vaccination program to help make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized before they head back to class. From Aug. 1 to 15, Got Shots? Protect Tots! program will offer clinics throughout the state at convenient hours and at little or no cost. The Governor made the announcement at a public health office in Albuquerque and reminded parents about the importance of vaccinating their children before the new school year.

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3:50 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Overnight Closures Wednesday, Thursday For Missouri Avenue In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction will need to continue with their overnight closures at the intersections of Triviz Drive, Don Roser Drive and Missouri Ave.

The closures are necessary in order for Bixby Electric to proceed with the installation of the electrical lines for the new traffic signals that will be placed at these intersections.

The work scheduled for Missouri Ave at Triviz Dr and Don Roser Dr will be as follows:

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3:41 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Wild Horse And Burro Adoption Coming To Silver City

 The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Silver City, N.M., Aug. 7-8, 2015.  The two-day event at the Southwest Horsemen’s Association Rodeo Grounds will feature dozens of spectacular animals.  These are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals.

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2:49 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Trial Set For Man Who Threw Banana Peel At Dave Chappelle

The man accused of throwing a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle during a New Mexico performance is headed to court.

Assistant District Attorney Anastasia Martin told the Santa Fe New Mexican that jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 23 for Christian Englander's trial.

The 31-year-old Englander, who is white, is facing charges of disturbing the peace and battery after the fruit-throwing disturbance in March. The petty misdemeanors each carry a jail sentence of up to six months and a possible fine of $500.

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2:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Countersuit In California Case References State Auditor

New Mexico's state auditor has been referenced in a countersuit filed in California by a former employee of a Native American consulting firm.

The Albuquerque Journal reports attorney Michael Khouri is representing former employee Nikishna Polequaptewa and says State Auditor Tim Keller got a percentage of each contract he won for Blue Stone Strategy Group LLC.

Khouri says he doesn't know which contracts his client is referring to.

State Auditor Tim Keller said last week he never solicited contracts for the California-based company.

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2:14 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Air Force Base Near Clovis Accused Of Religious Favoritism

Cannon Air Force Base
Credit cannon.af.mil

Officials at an Air Force base near Clovis are denying claims that they improperly promoted an upcoming religious event.

The Clovis News Journal reports emails about an Aug. 15 Gospel Explosion event planned for the Cannon Air Force Base chapel said "please post everywhere and spread the word."

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2:10 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Most expensive Trips For Albuquerque Employees Reported Late

City Of Albuquerque
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The city of Albuquerque is three months late in posting four of last year's most expensive employee trips to its transparency website.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the city spent about $3,400 to send four Cultural Services Department employees to the New Orleans Jazz Fest in April.

City employees have a week from the day they return from their trips to file taxpayer-funded travel expenses with the city clerk.

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