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In Brief - New Mexico News - April 24, 2013

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The Associated Press

Police: Man kills ex, himself

SANTA FE — Española police say a man and his ex-girlfriend are dead after a homicide-suicide after the man stopped her while both were driving in the northern New Mexico city.
According to police, 36-year-old Sergio Gandara shot and killed 33-year-old Janeth Bojorquez after using his vehicle to stop hers and then removed her from her car at gunpoint.
Police say they got 911 calls about a man pointing a gun at a woman just before Gandara shot Bojorquez and then himself.
Both died at a nearby hospital.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that court records indicate that Bojorquez and Gandara were involved in a custody battle over a child.

Former officer sentenced

PORTALES — A former Portales police officer faces 25 years in prison after being sentenced on his guilty pleas to sex charges involving a female high school student.
Victor Castillo pleaded guilty to 17 of 34 charges, including sexual exploitation of a child and criminal sexual contact of a minor.
The student’s mother told District Judge Donna Mowrer that Castillo’s conduct shattered her daughter’s dream of becoming a police officer and led to thoughts of suicide.
District Attorney Matt Chandler said the investigation began after state police were told that sexual activity involving minors took place during a party at Castillo’s home in Clovis.

Series to film NM episode

ALBUQUERQUE — The PBS series “Ask This Old House” is scheduled to start filming for an episode on New Mexico.
The show that seeks to solve home improvement problems is slated to film Tuesday in Albuquerque for an episode on assisting landscape contractor Roger Cook on raising a chile garden.
A drip irrigation project in Albuquerque will by the focus of second segment filmed on Wednesday. Host Kevin O’Connor will then record a segment in Santa Fe with homeowners struggling with a deck that is largely unusable because of the hot desert sun.