LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two Las Cruces municipal employees are accused of falsifying public documents, diverting resources to work on a private project and misappropriating materials paid for by the city.
Las Cruces police say 43-year-old Robert "Bob" Medina Jr. and 31-year-old Jesus "Chuy" Vasquez work for the city's transportation department.
Police say both were arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of forgery and two counts of conspiracy.
They say Medina also is facing two counts of embezzlement and Vasquez one count.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility.
Carlsbad field office manager Jose Franco said Thursday that readings from sensors above and below ground indicate the radiation is coming from waste stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. But officials won't know what caused the leak until they can get underground to investigate. That could be weeks.
LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Court documents say a 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend struck him following an argument over the teen's infant daughter.
The arrest warrant affidavit, first obtained by KRQE-TV, says the 15-year-old suspect hit Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, on the left side of his head, then placed him under a mattress in a field outside Los Lunas.
Valencia County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Hall says the suspect's daughter is around 4 months old.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a measure that calls for studying the effects of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.
The nonbinding memorial passed the House 31-28 late Wednesday.
Under the measure, the Legislative Finance Committee would conduct the study and report its findings later this year. The committee will be looking specifically at state revenue and agricultural production levels as well as addiction rates and the availability of law enforcement resources.