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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting another man after a fight at a party in Albuquerque.

Police say Esias Madrid was arrested on Monday and charged with murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

Madrid is suspected of fatally shooting 18-year-old Arturo Villa after a fight at a party on Camino Bello near Blake on Sunday.

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a man was holding a woman and a child hostage in Sunland Park before police shot him.

Sunland Park police responded to a call on Sunday night regarding a domestic violence incident. A caller reported that 18-year-old Rafael Cervantes had held several relatives hostage in a house by threatening them with a knife.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's busiest courthouse has revived a program that gives Native Americans with two or more DWIs an alternative to jail time with treatment that incorporates traditional aspects of their cultures cultures.

The treatment program is part of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court's DWI and Drug court.

It was suspended in 2009, but re-started a year ago under Judge Maria Dominguez.

About 100 people have graduated in the past year and half from the program, formally called the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order to keep a steady supply of propane throughout New Mexico as winter weather continues in the state.

The order suspends regulations that limit the number of hours propane suppliers are allowed to drive.

The governor has issued other orders related to the bad weather. She put the state National Guard on standby Saturday and ordered several state agencies to work closely together to monitor and prepare for the storm.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mesilla businessman has been indicted for allegedly lying about where he lived so he could run in municipal elections.

A grand jury indicted 66-year-old Christopher L. Alexander earlier this month on felony counts of making a false statement in a candidacy declaration and falsely swearing to an oath in a municipal election.

Alexander also faces a count of interference with the conduct of a municipal election.

The owner of Ristramnn Chile Co. will have a plea hearing Jan. 4.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have made two arrests in the stabbing death of an Albuquerque man who tried to stop a car burglary.

Officer Simon Drobik said Sunday that Tyler Hernandez and Craig Whited, both 25, have been booked on several counts including aggravated auto burglary. Only Hernandez faces a murder charge as well as assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

 Officers were called to the home of 55-year-old William McKinley on Saturday morning.

 They found McKinley with multiple stab wounds and he was later pronounced dead.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One person has died and a second one remains hospitalized after a shooting in southwest Albuquerque.

Police say the shooting happened Sunday morning on Camino Bello near Blake.

Officers were called to the area shortly before 5:45 a.m. and found two people with gunshot wounds.

They were taken to the hospital and one later was pronounced dead.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Officer Simon Drobik says the other victim is in critical condition.

The suspected gunman remains at large.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a State of Emergency following a powerful winter storm that continues to bring snow and strong winds to New Mexico.

Martinez said in a statement Sunday that all residents must stay off the roads until conditions improve.

The National Weather Service says some areas of the state have received as much as 21 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

Weather conditions have led to hundreds of traffic accidents on icy roads and major freeways shutting down.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The pecan harvest in Dona Ana County is gaining steam after experiencing earlier difficulties.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that experts consider 2015 to be a heavy production year for the crop in the Mesilla Valley. Pecan trees tend to produce a heavy crop one year and a light crop the next.

Some farmers had delayed the start of harvesting because of the timing of freezing temperatures, which prep pecan trees for harvesting, or because of rainfall, which muddies fields and keeps heavy harvesting machinery from moving through.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing an aggravated battery charge after police say he stabbed his friend in the neck.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 26-year-old Marc Bryan was arrested early Sunday after officers were called to a home in northwest Albuquerque.

Police arrived to find a man lying on the floor. The victim was taken to a hospital with severe injuries. Officer Simon Drobik says his prognosis for recovery is poor.

Police say Bryan told officers he stabbed the man because he insulted his family.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran was able to funnel thousands of dollars in campaign donations to her private bank accounts during a gambling binge without any regulatory agency noticing that she was breaking the law.

Duran's own agency was in charge of regulating campaign finance, but it was a confidential tip about numerous cash deposits that led to her getting caught.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The "interim" is gone from Ken Van Winkle's job title at the New Mexico State University campus in Alamogordo.

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers has named Van Winkle as president of the Alamogordo campus.

Van Winkle had served as the campus' interim president since May.

He previously was associate dean for strategic initiatives and assessment in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences.

The NMSU regents on Dec. 11 waived a policy requiring a formal search for the head of the Alamogordo campus.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The accomplice in an Arizona prison break that preceded the killings of an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico has lost her appeal.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a trial judge's ruling that federal prosecutors didn't violate Casslyn Welch's plea agreement.

That agreement led to her being sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Welch helped three Arizona prisoners escape from the Kingman prison in August 2010. She and two of the prisoners were charged in the carjacking killings of Linda and Gary Haas of Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe judge has removed himself from a high-profile case after insulting a prosecutor.

State District Judge T. Glenn Ellington told Deputy District Attorney Jason Lidyard last month that a case "might be above your pay grade." He made the remark during a hearing on a proposed plea agreement for a Santa Fe police lieutenant.

Ellington on Wednesday said his statement was unprofessional and issued a public apology to Lidyard.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he wants to see a decrease in the monthly bills for a majority of residential customers who depend on El Paso Electric.

Balderas made the comments as state regulators weigh a rate hike proposed by the southern New Mexico utility.

A public hearing on the proposal was held last month and briefs are due this week. It's unclear when the hearing officer could make a recommendation to the full Public Regulation Commission.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan contingent of state senators is sponsoring a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at reforming New Mexico's bail system.

The senators prefiled the resolution Tuesday. If approved by the Legislature and voters, it would amend the New Mexico Constitution to give judges more authority to deny bail for dangerous defendants.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to assault and firearms charges stemming from a confrontation with two Navajo Nation police officers.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Jarod Martin, of Crownpoint, entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Martin fired shots at one tribal police officer after a March 2 traffic stop on his vehicle in McKinley County and pointed a gun at both officers as they tried to arrest him following a foot chase.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief has announced a major reorganization that will move more than 80 officers from downtown into neighborhoods throughout the city

Chief Gorden Eden announced Tuesday that the moves could start early next year.

Eden says the plan is based on recommendations in a staffing study that was part of the effort to reform the police department after a federal investigation found there was a "culture of aggression."

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Even though impeachment proceedings never got off the ground for former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, legislative officials say the price tag for a special committee to begin investigating has topped $17,500 so far.

The officials said Tuesday an attorney hired to brief the committee has been paid more than $14,400 and lawmakers received about $3,110 as per diem and mileage for a Sept. 28 meeting.

The bill could go up since the committee is expected to meet at least once more to close out its business.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The Alamogordo branch of New Mexico State University will no longer allow groups to rent its facilities to sell or give away guns.

The Alamogordo News reports that NMSU-A Interim President Dr. Ken Van Winkle announced the ban on Wednesday. It puts an end to the fundraiser gun shows that the Alamogordo Evening Lions Club and Western Frontier Gun Shows have been holding on the campus since 2011.

The new policy will also prohibit National Rifle Association banquets if the NRA has a gun raffle with the firearms present at the banquet.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico regent says he's retiring at the end of this year.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Jamie Koch is leaving to work at an insurance company in Santa Fe.

Koch has been on the UNM Board of Regents for 13 years.

Before that, he served in the state House of Representatives and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Koch also has served as state chair of the Democratic Party and authored New Mexico's Inspection of Public Records Act.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted in a homicide case in California has been arrested in New Mexico.

Albuquerque police say an officer was sent to a bus terminal last Thursday concerning a man who wanted to turn himself in for a California murder two days earlier.

They say 50-year-old Pedro Telles-Hechavar also told police that he wasn't taking his medication.

The police officer was able to locate a misdemeanor warrant out of Bernalillo County, but found nothing that tied Telles-Hechavar to any homicides there.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities report difficult driving conditions on many highways in northern and western New Mexico, and state transportation officials are postponing the beginning of a highway movement of a heavy freight shipment due to weather conditions.

The National Weather Service says a cold Pacific storm that is dropping snow is moving across western New Mexico and expected to cross northern and central parts of the state Monday evening and overnight.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced proposals aimed at toughening penalties for those who have four or more drunken driving convictions.

Martinez unveiled Monday in Albuquerque another legislative push to increase mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drunk drivers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — Authorities are seeking two men and a woman who carried out an armed robbery at a casino in the Albuquerque area.

The FBI says the trio fled Route 66 Casino Express on Sunday morning with an unspecified amount of money in a silver four-door Ford sedan that had tinted windows and a spoiler on the trunk.

Both men wore camouflage and had scarves covering their faces.

One of the men walked with a limp in his left leg.

The woman wore a black leather jacket and served as the driver.

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