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Public Regulation Commissioner Espinoza Joins Task Force

Jul 31, 2015

Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza has been appointed to a national telecommunications task force aimed at monitoring the nation's telecommunications laws.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Lisa Edgar recently named Espinoza to the task force after the group's summer meeting.

The group says the initiative is a response to the transformative changes in the telecommunications sector. In addition, the group wants to examine how state can respond to various federal laws.

Man's Past Center Of Albuquerque Fatal Police Shooting

Jul 31, 2015
3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

The criminal past of a homeless camper shot and killed by Albuquerque police is the center of a hearing involving a former officer and current officer facing murder charges.

Lawyers for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy are set Friday to argue that prior arrests of 38-year-old James Boyd should be allowed in the trial. The attorneys say Boyd previously attacked police.

But a special prosecutor says if Boyd's past wasn't known at the time of the shooting, it shouldn't be allowed in court.

New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a three-day back-to-school immunization clinic on Thursday, August 6th, Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Cineport 10 Movie Theatre at the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.  The immunization clinic is open to the public and immunizations will be administered at no cost. All parents have to do is bring a copy of their child’s shot record and Medicaid or private health insurance card, if they have one.

UPDATE: Officials Identify Man Shot To Death By Police

Jul 30, 2015

  The man who was fatally shot by a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detective Wednesday has been identified as 34-year-old Michael Malone.

The detective, assisted by members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT), was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Malone, who was known to be armed and dangerous.

Malone had been wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and battery against a household member.  The allegations stem from an ongoing domestic violence investigation headed by the sheriff’s department.

University of New Mexico Revamps Its New Student Orientation

Jul 30, 2015

The University of New Mexico has revamped its new student orientation to better reach students with a message about sexual misconduct.

Over the summer, incoming freshmen will spend a couple of days on campus learning the ropes on topics like advisement, financial responsibility, sexual assault and alcohol literacy.

New Mexico State Police: 2 Killed In Crash Of Small Plane

Jul 30, 2015

Authorities say two men from New Mexico and Utah were killed when a single-engine plane crashed in the vicinity of the airport in Truth or Consequences.

State Police said New Mexico Game and Fish Department officers spotted the wreckage Wednesday.

Police say the plane was registered to one of the victims, 48-year-old David Reasor of La Luz, New Mexico. The other victim was identified as 37-year-old Jason Robert Glenn of Layton, Utah.

State Police say it appears the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, but it's unclear when it went down.

New Mexico Dems Eye Changes After Historic Losses In 2014

Jul 30, 2015

New Mexico Democrats are hoping a new executive director and chairwoman will steer the once-dominate party back into power after historic losses in 2014.

The party announced this week it has selected Colorado attorney Joe Kabourek (kah-BOOR' ehk) as its executive director and officials plan on embarking on statewide tour to speak to "dispirited" activists.

NMSU’s Anderson Earns National Achievement Award For New Mexico

Jul 30, 2015

  Jeff Anderson, an agronomy and horticulture agent for New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service, received the National Achievement Award during the National Association of County Agricultural Agents earlier this month.

“It was a great honor for me to accept this recognition for the service to my community, especially because this is a highly competitive award,” Anderson said. “Only one award is given for the entire state of New Mexico.”

Fire Stations Stocked With Sandbags As Flooding Continues

Jul 30, 2015

  With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to eight sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

Suspect In Las Cruces Domestic Assault Arrested

Jul 30, 2015

  Jesus Garcia, the 21-year-old man suspected of physically assaulting his girlfriend and forcing her to nearly crash during a rolling domestic on Tuesday, turned himself in to police last night.

Garcia, of the 100 block of Cinnabar Lane, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery against a household member, battery against a household member and criminal damage to property. Officers detained Garcia Wednesday evening when he arrived at the Las Cruces Police Department to turn himself in.

Inmate Claims He Was Shot By Guards During Target Practice

Jul 30, 2015

An inmate is suing the New Mexico Corrections Department, claiming that he was shot in the foot by officers who participated in target practice near the cells.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Robert Vasquez filed the lawsuit Wednesday. He alleges that prison officers at Western New Mexico Correctional Facility fired their guns, which had been loaded with bean-bag pellets, at several cells during training exercises in July 2013.

Judge: NM Attorney General Firings OK

Jul 30, 2015
Hector Balderas

A judge has recommended a state board dismiss appeals by 20 former employees of the New Mexico Attorney General's Office seeking to get their jobs back.

An administrative law judge recently ruled Attorney General Hector Balderas had the authority to fire the workers and recommended that the State Personnel Office allow the firings to stand.

Balderas fired the workers when he took office last January.

Twenty of them appealed their terminations to the State Personnel Board, arguing the State Personnel Act protects their positions.

Albuquerque Police: Second Carjacking Suspect Now In Custody

Jul 30, 2015

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.

Silver City Report

Jul 30, 2015

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.  

In Depth: Suspect Shot And Killed Near Las Cruces Motel

Jul 29, 2015

  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.

Rain Stymies Drought In About Half Of New Mexico

Jul 29, 2015

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.

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 Carjacking Suspects Surrenders

Jul 29, 2015

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.

Two Houses From "Breaking Bad" For Sale In Albuquerque

Jul 29, 2015

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.

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

Jul 29, 2015

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.

Investigation Is Underway In Fatal Shooting In Jal

Jul 29, 2015

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.

Planned Parenthood Officials Not Testifying At Texas Senate Hearing

Jul 29, 2015

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.

Search Of Vehicle At Laredo Crossing Leads To $482K

Jul 29, 2015

Agents at the South Texas border have seized nearly $482,000 hidden in a vehicle attempting to enter Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say a 43-year-old man from Laredo has been taken into custody in the undeclared currency investigation.

Authorities at the Laredo Port of Entry say the cash was confiscated Monday from a pickup truck at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge.

Investigators didn't immediately say where the bundles of money were found in the vehicle or release further details on the driver.

Navajo Nation's Only Nursing Home Facing Closure

Jul 29, 2015

The Navajo Nation's only nursing home, which caters to nearly 80 elderly patients, is at risk of being shut down as the facility faces a hefty fine over safety code violations.

The Gallup Independent reports that Chinle Nursing Home CEO, Wayne Claw, says they owe nearly $200,000 because the aged building doesn't meet the Native American Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services requirements. The nursing home may lose its license, which Claw says could force elderly patients to relocate off the Navajo Nation.

Threes sites of the Manhattan Project are a step closer to becoming a national park managed jointly by two federal agencies.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the atomic bomb was designed and tested in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II. Los Alamos and cities in Tennessee and Washington will make up the future Manhattan Project National Historic Park.

The National Park Service and the Department of Energy released an agreement Tuesday to manage the project together.

El Paso Customs Agent Charged With Smuggling Immigrants

Jul 28, 2015

  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.

Man Accused Of Abducting Teen To Be Extradited To New Mexico

Jul 28, 2015

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.

Imprisoned Former Sheriff Asks Court To Protect Bank Funds

Jul 28, 2015

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.

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.

NTSB: Co-Pilot Of Spaceship Unlocked Braking System Early

Jul 28, 2015

Federal safety investigators say the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the resulting aerodynamic forces caused the brakes to actually be applied without any further action by the crew.

Investigators are also telling the board that no safeguards were built into system to overcome the error of the co-pilot.

Santa Fe Police Chief Announces Immediate Retirement

Jul 28, 2015

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.