In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 28, 2012

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The Associated Press
No charges for SF teacher

SANTA FE — The top prosecutor in Santa Fe says she’s decided not to charge a special education teacher who dragged a blind student down a hallway.
District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said Wednesday that although the video of the incident was “distasteful,” there was no evidence that the teacher harmed or intended to harm the uncooperative child.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports  Pacheco met with the parents of the 6-year-old Gonzales Community School student. She says they were very upset and wanted her to keep the teacher from ever working in schools again. Pacheco says that’s up to the school.
The teacher says she dragged the boy Nov. 15 because he wouldn’t go to another classroom. The teacher was placed on leave and wasn’t identified because she was never charged.

Teen pleads not guilty in deaths

ALBUQUERQUE — A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his adoptive mom and sister in Tucumcari has pleaded not guilty to two first-degree murder charges.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the teen waived his right to a preliminary hearing and arraignment that had been scheduled for Friday and instead had a lawyer enter his not guilty plea through court records.
The Associated Press is not identifying the teen because he is a juvenile.

Man killed in accident

LAS CRUCES — Authorities say they’ve identified a man killed late last week after being run over at southern New Mexico truck stop as a Tennessee resident.
The Luna County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Charles Surber Jr. of Morristown was under a trailer at a truck stop west of Deming on Friday when the driver of the big rig backed up. The driver then pulled forward and drove around the truck stop without realizing what had happened.