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6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Las Cruces City Council To Discuss Public Art Program

  On Monday, the Las Cruces City Council is expected to discuss a public art program.  The weekly city manager newsletter states city councilors will discuss a plan that could make public art more common in Las Cruces. 

The resolution for the program would designate 1% for the arts for most facility related, general funded, capital improvement projects. Such a policy would be incorporated into the city’s budgeting process.  Specific projects and funding would be identified within the Capital Improvement Program.

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3:51 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

UPDATE: Man Charged In Talavera Robberies Is Convicted Felon; Ran From Las Cruces Police

A man who briefly ran from police Wednesday afternoon was found to be a convicted felon armed with a 9 mm handgun.

Raymond Isreal Carreon, 27, was charged with receiving stolen property – a 9 mm handgun – and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, a Las Cruces Police officer was approaching Carreon on Mesquite Street when the suspect took off running. The officer gave chase and witnessed Carreon remove a handgun from his waistband and throw it to the ground.

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3:48 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Udall Votes To Authorize Military Force Against ISIS

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined the full committee to debate and pass a resolution authorizing war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for three years.

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3:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Arrest Made After Two-Day Burglary Spree In Talavera Near Las Cruces

  The suspect involved in a rash of residential burglaries in a neighborhood east of Las Cruces last week has been arrested, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators.

Raymond Carreon, 27, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with three counts of aggravated residential burglary, one count of residential burglary, two counts of larceny over $2,500, and two counts of larceny over $250.

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2:19 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

NMSU DanceSport Company Place Fourth At National Event

  The New Mexico State University DanceSport Company placed fourth overall at the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships held on Nov. 21 and 22 in Columbus, Ohio. Team members competed against 46 universities and surpassed last year’s appearance, where they received fifth place overall. 

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2:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Over 45,000 Sign Petition Supporting Albuquerque Police Indictments

  Some family members of those killed by Albuquerque police have presented a petition demanding federal indictments.

Family members on Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez to seek indictments against Albuquerque officers linked to more than 40 shootings since 2010. They are upset that Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has not found probable cause against any of the officers.

The petition garnered more than 45,000 signatures.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not return a phone call from The Associated Press.

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2:16 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Feds: SMU Violated Law On Gender; Sex Harrassment

  Southern Methodist University has agreed to provide a safer environment for students who allege sexual assault or harassment.

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced SMU violated Title IX. It bars discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs or activities.

The agency since 2011 received three complaints alleging SMU did not promptly or equitably respond to reports of gender and sexual harassment and/or sexual assault.

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2:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Texas Father Arrested In Death Of Child Injured In Washing Machine

  North Texas authorities are trying to determine how a 4-year-old boy ended up in a washing machine where he suffered injuries that contributed to his death.

Garland police officer Joe Harn says the victim's father, 28-year-old Joseph Blocker, remained in custody Thursday on a capital murder charge.

Bond was set at $500,000 for Blocker, who was arrested after the boy was found dead Tuesday at a residence after the father called 911.

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2:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Texas Teen Convicted Of Capital Murder In Satanic Ritual Killing

A jury has convicted a Houston-area teenager of capital murder for a girl's slaying that prosecutors said was part of a satanic ritual.

Jurors found 18-year-old Jose E. Reyes guilty on Thursday in the February death of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes in a vacant apartment southeast of Houston.

Reyes will receive an automatic life sentence.

The Houston Chronicle reports that during closing arguments, prosecutor Martina Longoria told jurors Reyes committed "so many horrible, heinous and inhumane things."

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10:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Suspect In Anthony Murder Arrested In El Paso

  The man suspected of fatally stabbing a 21-year-old Anthony man who was walking home after his shift at a fast-food restaurant earlier this year reportedly turned himself in on Tuesday.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, Mario Soto, 20, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder.

Soto has been at the center of an investigation by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office since the death of Gilberto Wences, who was found stabbed to death in the 1200 block of Church Street in Anthony on April 19, 2014.

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8:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Police: Man Sought In Albuquerque Manhunt In Custody

Albuquerque police say man who allegedly carried weapons near an elementary school last week is in custody after turning himself in.

The Dec. 1 incident triggered a four-hour manhunt and resulted in the school and nearby businesses being placed on lockdown. Nobody was injured.

According to police, investigators said 28-year-old Andrew Godsey acknowledged shooting at a glass bottle with an air rifle but said he didn't point the air gun at people or a school.

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8:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Officer's Certification Suspended After DWI Arrest

The law enforcement certification of a 29-year-old Espanola police officer has been suspended for two years by a state board in the wake of his drunken-driving arrest while off duty in October.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board approved the suspension for Officer Jose Martinez on Tuesday.

New Mexico State Police arrested Martinez during an Oct. 14 traffic stop, and Espanola police Chief Richard Gallegos says Martinez has been on administrative leave since October.

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6:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Las Cruces Police Department To Expand Body Camera Program In 2015

More than half of uniformed Las Cruces police officers will be wearing body cameras with the expansion of the departments body camera program.
Credit Simon Thompson

Following public outcry and protests President Obama announced a plan to improve relations between police and the public.  The plan includes 75 million dollars for 50,000 body cameras for police officers.  And the Las Cruces Police Department already had plans to expand the use of cameras.

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4:06 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

More States Join Texas-Led Immigration Lawsuit

  Four more states have joined a Texas-led coalition suing the Obama administration over executive action on immigration.

The addition of Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma brings to 24 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville.

Announced last month, the president's unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But the lawsuit accuses the White House of "trampling" the U.S. Constitution.

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4:04 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

New Mexico Agency Wants $10 Million For Child Welfare Reforms

A state child welfare agency that has been hamstrung by staffing shortages, overwhelming caseloads and a string of high-profile abuse cases in recent years is asking New Mexico lawmakers for millions of dollars more to continue with reform efforts next year.

Officials with the Children, Youth and Families Department made their case Wednesday before the Legislative Finance Committee.

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4:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Supreme Court Clears Way For Land Commissioner Recount

  The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for the recount to begin in the race for land commissioner.

The court on Wednesday lifted the stay it had imposed after reviewing a petition filed by incumbent Democrat Ray Powell over concerns his campaign had with the procedures for the recount.

The court denied the petition, a move that came after Powell and state elections officials negotiated an agreement over how to conduct the count. One issue was how many ballots would be used to calibrate the vote tabulating machines.

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4:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Anthony Man Gets 10 Years For Heroin Trafficking

  An Anthony, New Mexico, man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a heroin trafficking conviction.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Daniel Arrieta also was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court in Las Cruces to three years of supervised release.

Arrieta was arrested in May 2013 on a criminal complaint charging him with participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy. He pleaded guilty earlier this month.

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12:58 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Efforts Continue To Recall Three Las Cruces City Councilors

  Efforts continue to recall three Las Cruces City Council members.  And the group running the petition drive has been very successful in raising money.

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11:46 am
Wed December 10, 2014

UPDATE: Las Cruces Identity Theft Suspect Wanted For Child Sex Crime In Texas

The man suspected of identity theft and arrested Tuesday in Santa Fe is believed to be a sex offender wanted in Texas since 2009.

Fingerprints of the suspect have positively identified him as Rafael Marquez Piñeda, 43, of Amarillo, Texas. A warrant was issued for Piñeda’s arrest in May 2009 where he was wanted for criminal sexual contact of a minor.

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11:42 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Martinez Proposes Higher Starting Salary For Teachers; Still Far Behind El Paso

Credit Office of the Governor

  Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants to boost the salary for new teachers as part of an $11.5 million package of proposals aimed at supporting teachers around the state and improving student achievement.

New Mexico consistently ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to education, and Martinez says increasing the pay for starting teachers by $2,000 will help make the state's recruitment efforts more competitive.

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9:39 am
Wed December 10, 2014

"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" Wraps Production in New Mexico

Credit facebook.com/batmanvsuperman

  Santa Fe - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that Warner Bros. Pictures' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the title roles and directed by Zack Snyder, successfully completed production in New Mexico. 

 

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8:55 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hobbs Residents Approve Voter ID Measure

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

Residents in a southeastern New Mexico city have overwhelmingly approved a measure to require a photo ID to vote in municipal elections.

About 78 percent of voters in a special election Tuesday decided to amend the city charter to require residents to present photo identification at polling places.

Hobbs is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots.

Supporters say the measure would help eliminate potential in-person voter impersonation and increase public confidence in elections.

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8:54 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Official: Mexican Grey Wolves Attack Domestic Dogs

State officials say two domestic dogs have been bitten by Mexican gray wolves around the Gila Hot Springs area.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Service says the wolves were from the Coronado Pack and were originally released at McKenna Park in the Gila Wilderness during the summer.

Department Jeff Humphries says neither of the wounded dogs was seriously injured. He says the dogs were attacked around Thanksgiving.

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8:52 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Rail Runner Speeds Increased After Gates Installed

New Mexico Rail Runner Express trains traveling through Santa Fe road and trail crossings are back at normal speeds following the installation of new safety measures.

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District had slowed its trains following the deaths of two bicyclists struck by trains at crossings in separate incidents earlier this year. Each cyclist rode in front of a train.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the new safety measures include pedestrian gates and more warning signs.

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8:50 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Three To Sue UNM Over Rape Case

Two University of New Mexico football players and another man plan to sue the University of New Mexico and its police department over an investigation that led to rape charges that were ultimately dropped.

Lobo football players players SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay and community college student Ryan Ruff on Tuesday said they plan this week to file a suit accusing UNM police of conducting an inadequate investigation.

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8:48 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Albuquerque Police, Dept. Of Justice Hold 'Frank Meetings'

Albuquerque police and U.S. Justice Department officials have held a series of private but contentious briefings following a signed agreement on reforms.

Officials say officers and federal authorities gathered Tuesday for the last of five meetings on how reforms will be adopted. But some officers expressed anger on how the Justice Department investigated Albuquerque police and pressed federal officials on why they only focused on certain excessive force cases.

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4:32 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

NMSU Receives Additional $1.25 Million For Ethics Initiative

New Mexico State University accounting professor Cindy Seipel is one of 15 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellows. The ethics initiative has received an additional $1.25 million from the Daniels Fund to continue its principle-based ethics education program another five years. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Following the success of its five-year pilot program, the New Mexico State University College of Business has been awarded an additional $1.25 million over the next five years to continue its principle-based ethics program. The grant is part of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, whose goal is to strengthen principle-based ethics education and to foster a high standard of ethics in young people. 

The college received its first $1.25 award through the Daniels Fund in 2010.

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3:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Madrid Avenue Closure Thursday In Las Cruces

  Madrid Avenue at Main Street will have a road closure and detour for two weeks beginning Thursday, Dec. 11.  The closure was delayed from Monday.

 

Eastbound traffic will be detoured south onto Main, east onto Spruce Avenue, north onto Mesquite Street, and west back onto Madrid.

 

Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto Main, north onto Spitz Avenue, west onto Three Crosses Avenue, south onto Alameda Boulevard, and east back onto Madrid.

 

The closure will not affect Roadrunner Transit.

 

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12:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Mexico Eyes Teacher Merit Pay Programs

Credit NM Education Secretary-Designate Hannah Skandera

   New Mexico's Public Education Department is expected to announce plans on merit-pay pilot programs at selected schools districts and charter schools.

The $7 million initiative will allow nine school districts and 12 charters to submit their own plans for merit-pay programs.

Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says by allowing districts to design their own programs, state education officials can explore different ways merit pay might work statewide.

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12:33 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Mexico Teacher Resigns After Student Pens Story About Jesus Handing Out Pot

A New Mexico high school teacher has left her job after a student rewrote the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor into a narrative about Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick.

Katrina Guarascio, a creative writing teacher at Cleveland High School in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, had assigned students to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times.

Guarascio says a student got offended by the story and told her parents.

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