Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman in connection with the fatal shooting of her boyfriend at an Albuquerque apartment complex.

Authorities said Sunday that Karen Henderson is facing charges of murder, trafficking a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Officer Daren DeAguero says the incident happened Saturday evening on Chama Street near Zuni Road.

According to investigators, officers responded to reports of someone standing outside the complex holding a shotgun.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A businessman accused of misleading investors of a Kirtland hospital project has entered a plea related to embezzlement charges.

The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General says Bobby Willis pleaded no contest Friday to two felony counts of embezzlement in Farmington District Court.

Willis faces up to 12 years in prison under the agreement.

He has also been ordered to pay restitution to his victims.

Willis is also scheduled to go on trial in June for federal wire fraud charges.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says Secretary Retta Ward has died in a car crash. Health spokesman Kenny Vigil says the crash happened Thursday morning but he did not release any details, saying only that the secretary succumbed to her injuries. He recalled her as an exceptional leader who was passionate about improving the health of all New Mexicans. He said department employees were heartbroken about the news. Ward was tapped to lead the department by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2013.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio say they're going to work together to target money laundering along the border. The two prosecutors held a briefing Thursday in Las Cruces to discuss their participation in a recent conference that brought together attorneys general from other western states, federal partners and Mexican prosecutors. By focusing on money laundering, Balderas says law enforcement can curb other types of criminal activity.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at protecting farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits by neighbors amid encroachment of urban sprawl.

Martinez was in Clovis on Wednesday to announce her approval of the legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Stuart Ingle. The law ensures new neighbors cannot sue agricultural producers for being too noisy.

The governor also signed a measure that allows the courts to grant permanent restraining orders against convicted sexual predators to keep them from contacting their victims.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife nearly 50 times in front of their two young sons has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder. A judge sentenced Jerry Chavez to life in prison Tuesday. He will be eligible for parole after 30 years. Chavez was accused of breaking into the home of Sandra Ferrales in October 2013, dragging her out of the shower and stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife. The couple's 12-year-old son called 911 and their 6-year-old son also was home at the time of the murder.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two former officers of a New Mexico-based defense contracting firm have pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to wartime rebuilding projects in Iraq. Federal prosecutors say 66-year-old Neal Kasper and his 49-year-old wife, Tiffany White, were involved in a scheme to solicit and accept kickbacks in return for favorable treatment in awarding subcontracts. Kasper pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to solicit and accept kickbacks charges, while White pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax charges.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque family has filed a wrongful-death claim against the city, arguing their legal team's analysis of evidence doesn't back up officer accounts that a teenager pointed a gun at an officer before she was shot.

A review by the family's attorney of police video, ballistics and other evidence questions what police who were at the scene of the April 2014 shooting have long maintained: Mary Hawkes, a 19-year-old vehicle theft suspect, pointed a gun at Officer Jeremy Dear, prompting him to open fire.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories has returned to accepting New Mexico driver's licenses for visitors to gain entry to its facilities.

A Sandia official said Monday that a New Mexico driver's license is now acceptable by itself to verify a person's identity to access the premises.

New Mexico last week was given an extension until October to meet tougher federal identification requirements for driver's licenses after the state Legislature approved new rules for immigrant driver's licenses.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico state senator who resigned abruptly last year is facing criminal charges related to his role in the sale of a state-owned building. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office announced Monday it has filed a nine-count criminal complaint against Phil Griego in connection with the real estate deal. According to the complaint, the former Democratic senator used his role as a legislator to receive personal compensation and then failed to disclose the filing as required by state law.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman accused of getting into a wreck on an Albuquerque freeway and leaving behind her 18-month-child is seen crying in police video and asking if her daughter is OK soon after officers find her at a nearby apartment complex. Albuquerque police released the video on Thursday. They say Georgette Vigil crashed Monday when her SUV hit a concrete wall on Interstate-40 and a carseat with her child strapped inside flew out of the vehicle.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Records show New Mexico election regulators have yet to resolve a backlog of campaign finance accounts belonging to elected officials and candidates that were flagged for possible violations during the tenure of disgraced former Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Only eight of nearly three dozen cases have been resolved through amended filings and fines of up to $350, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press through a public records request.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge has pushed back the trial date for a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy charged with fatally shooting his partner. The trial of now-29-year-old Tai Chan was originally scheduled to begin in September 2015 and has been rescheduled three times. Chan is charged with murder in the 2014 death of 29-year-old Jeremy Martin after an alcohol-fueled fight in a Las Cruces hotel.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Bernalillo County jail guard is accused of sexually assaulting multiple inmates. A grand jury indictment charges 32-year-old Enock Arvizo with 11 counts of criminal sexual penetration of an inmate, one count of criminal sexual contact of an inmate, four counts of battery and two counts of assault. The state Attorney General's Office announced the indictment Wednesday, saying the charges stems from assaults on five different victims. Arvizo is jailed in lieu of $1 million bonds.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based oil company has pulled its application to drill an exploratory well just west of one of New Mexico's fastest growing cities.

SandRidge Exploration and Production LLC sent a letter to the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Department on Tuesday saying it was withdrawing its request.

The company did not offer an explanation but thanked the county for the time it spent considering the request.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Dona Ana County Sheriff says 21 cadets will graduate from the department's academy on Thursday.

A graduation ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dona Ana Community College's east campus in Las Cruces, with state Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil and New Mexico Court of Appeals Chief Judge Michael Vigil are expected to deliver remarks.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says the graduations ceremony follows more than five months of training for the cadets at a department law enforcement academy.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Forest officials say a human-sparked fire is to blame for the destruction of a historic mill along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

The Silver City Ranger District released details of the fire Tuesday and asked the public to call if they had any information.

Officials were assessing the damage but it appears the flames destroyed most of the wooden elements of the site. The so-called arrastra, or a primitive mill, was used for crushing gold ore during the 1800s.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison after being convicted of robbing four commercial businesses.

Federal prosecutors say 56-year-old David Savoy Thomas will be on supervised release for three years following his term of incarceration.

Thomas was arrested in December 2013 after being indicted in the case.

Evidence at his March 2015 trial showed that Thomas robbed one Bernalillo County business in May 2010 and three businesses in 2013.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a man shot outside his home as deputy U.S. marshals sought to arrest a homicide suspect nearby has sent a letter to federal officials, saying they have been stonewalled while requesting answers in the case.

State and federal officials have disclosed few details in the officer-involved shooting Saturday that killed 23-year-old Edgar Camacho-Alvarado, except to confirm that he was killed as deputy marshals were attempting to execute an arrest warrant for 25-year-old George Bond.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Even though parts of New Mexico were hammered by heavy snow at the end of December and again in late January, forecasters say meaningful moisture has been scarce and drought is threatening to creep back into the state. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque met this week with state and federal water managers to discuss the outlook. They're still holding out hope that the super El Nino that was expected to bring snow and rain to New Mexico this winter will deliver something before fizzling out.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez still is not ready to make an endorsement in the GOP presidential race. A Martinez spokesman said Monday the nation's only Latina governor will remain neutral as the contest moves next month to states with more Hispanic voters. The Republican governor previously denounced GOP hopeful Donald Trump following comments he made about Mexican immigrants. She also told The Associated Press she didn't know and didn't follow Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas after he announced he was running for president.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A sprawling New Mexico ranch owned by the family of former Gov. Bruce King is on the market for $33 million. Purchased by the late King and his brothers in 1961, Alamo Ranch is considered one of the state's legacy ranches. It stretches across more than 100 square miles of high desert hills, prairies of native grass and arroyos in Sandoval County. According to Hall and Hall Real Estate, the ranch has views of the Jemez Mountains to the north, Albuquerque's city lights to the southeast and Mount Taylor on the west.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has formally requested a waiver from federal REAL ID requirements after state lawmakers passed a bill to revise the state's driver's license law. The governor's office said Monday that Martinez recently met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in Washington, D.C. and presented the waiver request. The move is needed to give state officials time to adopt the law. The measure would stop immigrants in the country illegally from obtaining new driver's licenses.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking state utility regulators to reconsider a recommendation he says will negatively affect thousands of electric customers in southern New Mexico. The attorney general's office has filed a motion asking the Public Regulation Commission to order a hearing examiner to reconsider a proposal by El Paso Electric to raise its rates. The examiner recently recommended that the utility's request for a $6.4 million rate hike be slashed to just $640,000, or an increase of about one-half percent.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities have released the identity of an Albuquerque man who they say was fatally shot during a confrontation with a deputy U.S. marshal. New Mexico State Police say the man killed Saturday morning was 23-year-old Edgar Camacho-Alvarado and say he was shot after deputy marshals went to a trailer park to arrest a homicide suspect. Details of the shooting have not been released but authorities say Camacho-Alvarado was not the wanted homicide suspect, George Bond. Bond was arrested in the trailer park several hours after the shooting.

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