KANW-FM

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have arrested a suspect and recovered possible evidence in the fatal shooting of man outside a convenience store. Officer Tanner Tixier says 31-year-old Benjamin Bruce Vigil was booked late Friday on a murder charge. According to investigators, Vigil got into a fight with 39-year-old Michael Lucero, of Zia Pueblo, last week that escalated with the suspect allegedly pulling out a gun. Police say the two men had argued earlier in the day at an apartment complex after Lucero's friend lit fireworks. They encountered each other again at a 7-Eleven.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners are expected to gather for the funeral service of a New Mexico police officer who was shot and killed last week. The funeral for Officer Clint Corvinus is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tays Center on the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo campus. Corvinus, who was 33, graduated from high school in the southern New Mexico town. The Alamogordo Police Department says he is survived by his parents, a girlfriend and daughter.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top officer for a New Mexico court says emails and documents show clerks sent the probation file for a man charged in the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl to corrections officials more than a year before his arrest in the crime last month. But the Corrections Department maintained Friday it never received the February 2015 file that it says would have prompted probation officers to begin monitoring Fabian Gonzales.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is signally she may add "more items" to a looming special session on the state's budget crisis. Martinez spokesman Mike Lonergan said Friday the Republican governor may seek to have "key issues addressed" if Senate Democrats want a lengthy session. But Lonergan did not say what legislative items Martinez would include. In recently weeks, the Republican governor has called for the return of the death penalty in New Mexico and has repeated her demand for stronger anti-drunken driving penalties.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man already serving a 20-year sentence in state prison for shooting an Albuquerque police officer four times during a 2015 traffic stop has pleaded guilty to violating federal firearm laws. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Christopher Cook pleaded guilty Friday to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition the day Officer Lou Golson was shot in January 2015. They say Cook could face up to a 10-year federal prison term when he's sentenced unless the court determines he's an armed career criminal.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a Republican and a Democrat to two open legislative seats. Martinez announced Friday she named James White of Albuquerque to fill the vacancy created in Senate District 19 by the resignation of former Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort. White served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014. She also has appointed Harry Garcia of Grants to fill the vacancy created in House District 69 by the resignation of former Rep. Kenny Martinez. He has been a small business owner in Cibola County for more than 30 years.

Jury selection is expected to start next week in the murder trial for two former Albuquerque Police officers charged in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man who authorities say struggled with mental illness. The March 2014 shooting followed a standoff between 38-year-old James Boyd and police. Video from the helmet camera of Officer Dominique Perez, one of the officers charged in the case, shows Boyd on a hillside with knives in hand. A flash of bean bag rounds goes off before Boyd, who appeared to be turning away from police, is shot and falls to the ground.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking that the retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in 2014 be moved to February. The original retrial of Tai Chan was set for Nov. 28, but Chief Deputy District Attorney Gerald Byers filed a stipulated motion Sept. 2 asking that the new proceedings be moved. Chan had been charged with first-degree murder in fellow deputy Jeremy Martin's death. Prosecutors say reconvening witnesses for a trial during the holiday season would be more difficult and expensive than delaying the trial.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report is raising questions about a former federal Bureau of Land Management official who worked in New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://www.sfnewmexican.com) reports a U.S. Interior Department report made public this week says Steve Henke may have violated agency policy and federal law by accepting gifts and meals. Henke served the manager of the bureau's Farmington Field Office before taking a top job with New Mexico's largest oil and gas trade organization in 2010. The report says Henke accepted gifts and meals and didn't financially disclose them.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group backed by Republicans who don't support their party's presidential nominee has won a spot on New Mexico's ballot, potentially giving the state's voters another choice in the presidential election. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the group, Better for America, says it will find a third party alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The party's efforts to recruit someone have slowed, however, because its biggest supporters have been focusing on independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin of Utah.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's licensed marijuana producers is under fire after a YouTube music video featured the facility's marijuana as a backdrop. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2bZatL3 ) that a Sept. 1 letter from the state's Medical Cannabis Program asks New Mexico Top Organics - Ultra Health how hip-hop artist Versatile Verse managed to get inside the facility and what benefit the video offers to qualified patients or the program.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Municipal Airport officials' removal of prairie dogs is drawing scrutiny from some wildlife advocates. That's because the filling of prairie dog holes also is hurting the burrowing owl population. Airport manager Cameron Humphres says prairie dogs attract birds of prey like burrowing owls, and both cause problems at the airport. Humphres says planes have had four bird strikes at the airport in recent years, but the prairie dogs can also mess with the runway lighting. But bird watcher Jim Walters says airport officials can do a better job at monitoring.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A district attorney's office in southeastern New Mexico is facing a budget crisis and will cut cutting personnel. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://goo.gl/wtVglp) Fifth Judicial District Court District Attorney Diana Luce said last week her office has asked the Legislature for a 1.5 percent budget increase. The Fifth Judicial District Court covers Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties and includes Roswell. Luce says cases have continued to increase with the office prosecuting 6,595 cases during the last fiscal year. She says that's an increase of 249 cases.

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have shown jurors video of the frantic moments that followed the shooting of a suburban Albuquerque police officer and emergency workers' efforts to render life-saving aid to him. Law enforcement officers and the widow of Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner watched through tears Thursday as the video played on a courtroom screen. Authorities say Benner was gunned down after a routine traffic stop on May 25, 2015.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Department of Health officials say a 63-year-old Valencia County man has died from West Nile virus. They say the man developed neuroinvasive disease and was hospitalized before his death. It's the second human case of West Nile infection identified in New Mexico this year and the state's first West Nile fatality in 2016. The man's name wasn't released Thursday. Last year, the New Mexico Department of Health identified 14 cases of West Nile virus in people, including 12 with neuroinvasive disease. There were no fatalities.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A former Navajo Nation lawmaker has been ordered to pay $10,000 for his involvement in misusing the tribe's discretionary fund. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2bW0KAi ) that Navajo Nation Window Rock District Court judge has already sentenced the majority of the lawmakers involved in the case. Prosecutors say all 10 delegates abused a financial assistance program designed to help tribal members facing hard times.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico lawmakers are complaining that Gov. Susana Martinez hasn't offered a plan to fill the state's budget hole. The Republican governor says she's already asked the agencies under her control to cut back and has promised to call a special legislative session once lawmakers have concrete proposals for shoring up the state's finances. But there's no indication either side is closer to an agreement as New Mexico faces a $458 million shortfall that's tied to weak tax revenues and New Mexico's dependence on oil and natural gas development.

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys are delivering opening statements in the trial for a New Mexico man charged in the shooting death of a police officer in suburban Albuquerque. Authorities say Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner was gunned down after a routine traffic stop on May 25, 2015. Andrew Romero, who is 29, was charged with murder in the officer's death. A woman who authorities say was in the car with Romero also was charged in the shooting but took a plea deal last month in exchange for testifying against Romero during his trial in Los Lunas.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A school board in New Mexico will revisit its policy about storing guns on campus. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2bVxWHT ) that the Los Alamos school board recently decided to allow the local police department to keep AR-15 rifles and shotguns in safes at the district's middle and high school. The firearms are meant to help school resource officers if there is a shooter on campus. School Board President James Hall said Wednesday that the board will discuss the topic again at its next meeting because of concern from parents.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A building that once housed a historic creamery in southeastern New Mexico is set to be demolished. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://goo.gl/7ZDTXN) that attorney Frank Patterson said this week the Price's Creamery's building in Roswell will be torn down to make room for another business. Patterson says the building has gone through several hands over the years and recently has had a tough time keeping renters.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and wounding two New Mexico State University students in 2014 has been sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Philip Zaman was sentenced Wednesday. Five months ago, Zaman pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, negligent use of a firearm and criminal damage to property. Zaman was an NMSU student at the time of the November 2014 shooting at a Las Cruces home near the school's campus. He was accused of firing at two other students in a bedroom.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and wounding two New Mexico State University students in 2014 has been sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Philip Zaman was sentenced Wednesday. Five months ago, Zaman pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, negligent use of a firearm and criminal damage to property. Zaman was an NMSU student at the time of the November 2014 shooting at a Las Cruces home near the school's campus. He was accused of firing at two other students in a bedroom.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney prosecuting two Albuquerque police officers in the death of a homeless man has sent a letter to the local district attorney requesting she refrain from making public comments that could prejudice the trial. A judge ordered special prosecutor Randi McGinn to send the letter of caution to District Attorney Kari Brandenburg, who was cited in a recent article saying she became concerned for her safety after deciding to bring charges against the officers in the 2014 case. McGinn also is quoted briefly in the story.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say three men have been arrested after a drug bust. They were taken into custody about 6 a.m. Wednesday after a warrant was served. Sheriff's deputies had been conducting surveillance for the past week after a tip that drugs were being bought and sold from a home. They say 34-year-old David Jones, 28-year-old Phillip Jones and 31-year-old Ricardo Kelly are being held without bond at the county detention center. Phillip Jones is accused of failing to register as a sex offender and resisting or obstructing arrest.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Tropical storm Newton appears to be packing less of a punch upon its arrival in the American Southwest from Mexico. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says western-central New Mexico is not getting the 3-4 inches of rain that forecasters initially feared would come Wednesday. Meteorologist Kerry Jones says between 2-3 inches have fallen in Catron County's more mountainous areas. But other areas have only received between half to three-quarters of an inch. Jones says flash-flood warnings could be dropped late Wednesday. Gov.

Pages