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In Brief - News - April 24, 2013

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From The Associated Press

Fireworks ban law rejected

Some local officials in New Mexico are fretting over their inability to ban all fireworks as the fire season approaches.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a proposal to expand the authority of the state, cities and counties to ban all fireworks was derailed during the last legislative session.
A 1999 law limited what cities and counties can do in regulating fireworks.
They can prohibit certain types of fireworks, such as Roman candles and firecrackers, but can’t outright ban a group of commonly used sparkling devices.
They can restrict the use of certain fireworks during times of severe drought, but have to issue a proclamation with the restrictions at least 20 days before the Fourth of July.
Local officials want more flexibility.
Fireworks vendors say the current system is working.

Woman pulled over twice

ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she was pulled over twice in 20 minutes.
KRQE-TV reports that Veronica Torres is facing child abuse charges stemming from a bizarre chain of events early Friday.
According to Albuquerque police, Torres was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. Friday after officers saw that her car had no license plate. Police say the officer found out that she had been drinking but did not test over the limit. The officer told her to go home.
But Albuquerque police say Torre was pulled over a second time less than a half hour later with her young son in the car. This time, police say she tested over the blood alcohol limit of .08. Torres was then arrested.
It was unclear if she had an attorney.

Unlicensed dentist charged

SANTA FE — A man who calls himself “El Dentista” is facing charges after Santa Fe police say the unlicensed tooth doctor was found operating as a “mobile dentist” out of a sedan around town.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 36-year-old Eliver Kestler, also known as Eliver Lopez, was arrested Saturday following a tip from a former customer.
According to police, investigators discovered Kestler with a portable drill machine and other dental equipment in a small, red Chevrolet sedan.
Authorities say Kestler told police that he had a dentistry license in Mexico but no license in the U.S.
Kestler, who was wearing blue hospital scrubs when he met with police, was arrested on a number of charges, including practicing dentistry without a license.
It was unclear if he had an attorney.