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11:26am

Mon January 19, 2015
Local and State News

Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Trafficking in Eddy County

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mexican national has pleaded guilty in Las Cruces federal court trafficking drugs in Eddy County.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 33-year-old Israel Mireles-Rivera, who had been living in Hagerman illegally, entered his plea Friday afternoon.

Mireles-Rivera was arrested in January 2014 on three counts including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a person in the U.S. illegally who owned a firearm.

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11:23am

Mon January 19, 2015
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Flora Vista Girl Hurt In Accidental Shooting Remains Stable

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An 8-year-old Flora Vista girl who was accidentally shot by her younger sister is in stable condition.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says the girl was upgraded Saturday from critical condition at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Det. Lt. Kyle Lincoln says the incident happened Friday when both girls and a third sister were helping their father clean the house.

According to Lincoln, the 6-year-old sibling dropped a rifle and hit the trigger, causing a gunshot wound to her sister's throat.

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11:22am

Mon January 19, 2015
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Convicted Former Sheriff Seeks Sentencing Delay, New Trial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former northern New Mexico sheriff convicted in a road rage incident is seeking a delay in his sentencing while he seeks a new trial.

Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday on his Sept. 26 convictions for brandishing a firearm and depriving a motorist of his rights during a March incident.

Rodella's lawyers on Friday requested a new trial and cited that request as grounds for postponing the sentencing.

Federal prosecutors oppose both requests.

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11:21am

Mon January 19, 2015
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Sheriff's Office: Santa Fe County Woman's Death Was Homicide

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County authorities say the death of a woman who had been reported missing was an apparent homicide.

Deputies found the body of 30-year-old Julieanne Kelly on her family's property in the Santa Fe area late Friday. Her body had blunt-force trauma.

Kelly's father had earlier told authorities that his daughter had not returned home.

11:20am

Mon January 19, 2015
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Albuquerque Police: Man Fatally Wounded When Shot At Store

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a 22-year-old man is dead following a shooting at a retail store.

Details of the Sunday night shooting remain sketchy.

Police haven't released the victim's identity. Police do say there's been no arrest and that witnesses weren't able to provide any suspect information.

The shooting occurred at a Walmart store at 2550 Coors Northwest around 9 p.m., but it's not clear whether the shooting occurred inside the store or outside in the parking lot.

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9:03am

Fri January 9, 2015
Local and State News

Preliminary Forecast for Runoff into Rio Grande Isn't Good

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Winter isn't over but a new preliminary forecast says runoff from mountain snows spells trouble for New Mexico, which has been beset by years of drought.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the National Water and Climate Center's preliminary forecast is based largely on snowfall so far in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Runoff from that snow flows into the Rio Grande Valley during the spring and summer.

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9:01am

Fri January 9, 2015
Local and State News

Lyons Refuses to Recuse Himself From PNM Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Regulation Commissioner Patrick Lyons says he will not recuse himself from the case involving the closure of two units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Lyons denied accusations that he had any improper communication with PNM, the utility that operates the San Juan Generating Station. The environmental group New Energy Economy had sought his recusal.

Lyons said in a filing this week with the commission that he has not prejudged the case and will be able to make a fair and impartial decision.

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8:59am

Fri January 9, 2015
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New Mexico Tribe Agrees to 22-Year Compact for its Casino

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Acoma Pueblo says it has reached an agreement with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's administration on a gambling compact.

Tribal officials say the deal would increase the percentage of revenue it shares with the state from operating a casino on Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque.

Acoma Tribal Secretary Jonathan Sims says officials feel confident their proposed deal will win approval from the state Legislature during its 60-day session that convenes Jan. 20 in Santa Fe.

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8:57am

Fri January 9, 2015
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Dulce Man Sentenced to Prison After Crash Kills 2 Passengers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Dulce man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Isaiah Dean Trujillo also was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervised release.

Trujillo was arrested in the case last May.

Authorities say two women died from injuries sustained during the rollover crash and two other passengers were hurt within the Jicarilla Apache Nation on April 24, 2013.

Prosecutors say Trujillo was the driver of the vehicle and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

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8:55am

Fri January 9, 2015
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Bus Reportedly Crashes into Albuquerque Home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A portion of an Albuquerque street has been closed after authorities say a bus crashed into a home.

Authorities say the bus rammed into the house Thursday but it is unclear what caused the crash. Another vehicle appeared to be involved.

Passengers were seen being taken away from the scene on stretchers. Their injuries are not known.

No other information was available.

8:53am

Thu January 8, 2015
Local and State News

Suspect in Shooting of Albuquerque Officer Pleads Not Guilty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the shooting and wounding of an Albuquerque police officer during a weekend traffic stop.

Christopher Cook appeared in court with his attorney Wednesday afternoon.

Cook was arrested before dawn Tuesday after being spotted staggering along a road. Police Chief Gordon Eden said the arrest was a lucky break in a case that spurred a massive three-day manhunt.

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8:51am

Thu January 8, 2015
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Judge Won't Reconsider Ending Lawsuit Over Killings Arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is refusing to reconsider his dismissal of a salesman's lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department and a former police chief in connection with the conduct of the investigation into two 2007 killings.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson in late December also refused to allow Travis Rowley to file a new version of the suit that Johnson ordered dismissed last July.

Rowley and another door-to-door salesman were jailed for nearly 17 months before being cleared.

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8:51am

Thu January 8, 2015
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Prosecutor: Fatal Shooting by Bloomfield Police Justified

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County say a Bloomfield police officer was justified in shooting a possibly suicidal man.

The Daily Times reports that the finding by the District Attorney's Office means that Office Andy Darby won't face criminal charges in the Aug. 27 fatal shooting of 61-year-old John J. Rogers.

The office told New Mexico State Police in a Dec. 31 letter that evidence suggests that Rogers threatened Darby with a handgun before Darby shot Rogers.

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8:50am

Thu January 8, 2015
Local and State News

Attorney Says Santa Fe Can't Force Sale of Electric System

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe may not be able to legally force Public Service Co. of New Mexico to sell its electric distribution system in Santa Fe to the northern New Mexico city.

City Attorney Kelley Brennan advised the City Council recently that state law on electric utilities apparently doesn't allow cities to use condemnation to force a sale of an existing electric utility.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Brennan's legal opinion represents a major snag in Santa Fe's yearslong push to create a government-owned electric utility.

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8:49am

Thu January 8, 2015
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Balloon Pilots Prepare to Break Long-Distance Record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team led by two veteran pilots is preparing to break a pair of major ballooning records when it launches its helium-filled balloon this week.

Albuquerque pilot Troy Bradley and fellow pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia say they anticipate launching early Friday morning from Saga, Japan.

The team's mission control will be located in Albuquerque at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

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10:44am

Wed January 7, 2015
Local and State News

Report Of Smoke Odor Evacuates Floor Of Albuquerque Hospital

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Patients and employees on one floor of an Albuquerque hospital were briefly evacuated because of a reported smoke odor.

Albuquerque Fire Department officials say firefighters didn't smell smoke but instead noticed an electrical odor on the ninth floor of the downtown Loveless Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

They say a melted motor in the HVAC system was discovered.

There were no injuries and all patients and employees later returned to the ninth floor.

10:43am

Wed January 7, 2015
Local and State News

Bloomfield Man Gets Prison In Involuntary Manslaughter Case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Bloomfield man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say 40-year-old Jasper Fernandez received a 46-month term Tuesday.

He will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence and must pay almost $1,325 in restitution for the victim's funeral expenses.

Fernandez was arrested in February 2012 in the Nov. 4, 2011, death of a 36-year-old woman on the Navajo Nation. He pleaded guilty last month.

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10:42am

Wed January 7, 2015
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Man Faces Federal Charge In Shooting Of Albuquerque Officer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief says the man suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer during a weekend traffic stop was homeless and driving a stolen SUV.

Chief Gordon Eden says the manhunt for 36-year-old Christopher Cook proved to be difficult because he had been moving around and acquaintances had severed ties with him.

Cook has a long criminal history, and Eden says he was released from prison about a year ago after serving time for multiple violent felonies. Online court records don't list a lawyer for Cook.

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10:40am

Wed January 7, 2015
Local and State News

New Mexico Newspaper's Twitter Account Hacked

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the Albuquerque Journal.

The newspaper's Twitter account was hijacked Tuesday morning. Someone replaced the profile picture with an image that expressed support for Islamic militants.

Numerous posts followed, including photos of driver's licenses belonging to New Mexico residents, inmate profiles and warnings to residents that their confidential information was at risk.

By midday, the newspaper's account was restored.

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3:24pm

Mon January 5, 2015
Local and State News

New Mexico Regulators Weigh Power Plant Proposal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.

The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists argue it doesn't do enough to wean the state's largest utility off of fossil fuels.

The hearing before the Public Regulation Commission began Monday in Santa Fe as dozens of people protested outside.

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3:23pm

Mon January 5, 2015
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Senate Leader: Time To Vote On Education Secretary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate's top-ranking leader says it's time for lawmakers to vote up or down on Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

New Mexico Senate President Pro-tem Mary Kay Papen says the Democratic-controlled chamber has wasted too much time by preventing Skandera's nomination from coming to the floor over the last four years. The Las Cruces Democrat says Gov. Susana Martinez has a right to appoint her cabinet members and the Senate has the responsibility to vote to approve them or not.

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3:22pm

Mon January 5, 2015
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Shot Albuquerque Officer Identified; Gunman Sought

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified the Albuquerque police officer shot during a traffic stop of a suspected drunken driver.

Police said Sunday that Lou Golson, a 31-year-veteran of the force, is listed in stable condition following surgery.

Meanwhile, authorities say the gunman remains at large and police asked the public's help in identifying the attacker. Police released three blurry photos taken from Golson's label camera.

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3:20pm

Mon January 5, 2015
Local and State News

Police Follow Wheel Marks Made On Streets, Make Arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police arrested a man after following wheel marks in street pavement after a suspicious vehicle punctured a tire when it sped away from a supermarket parking lot.

Officer Fred Duran says shoppers on Sunday had reported somebody in a parked car watching shoppers.

Responding officers approached the vehicle. It sped away at high speed, striking something that punctured a tire.

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11:52am

Tue December 23, 2014
Local and State News

Valles Caldera Looks To Future As National Park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico.

The transition is among dozens of public lands measures squeezed into the half-trillion-dollar defense bill approved by Congress and signed by the president last week.

The Park Service is taking on Valles Caldera and numerous other properties at a time when the agency is struggling with more than $11 billion in deferred maintenance at existing parks and monuments.

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11:51am

Tue December 23, 2014
Local and State News

Albuquerque police looking for $32K in stolen copper wire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they're searching for three suspects who allegedly stole more than $32,000 in copper wire off a movie set in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police say one of the suspects already was in jail and has been re-booked on new charges.

They say 20th Century Fox had completed a movie shoot Nov. 24 at Winrock Mall when the copper wire was stolen from the set overnight.

On Nov. 28, a car seeking service at a truck stop was found with a large amount of copper inside.

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