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  • Jail Log Mar. 11, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 1 and March 4:

    Martin Flores, 31, 30- day commitment
    Frankie Herrera, 23, 14-day commitment
    Jerry Gonzales, 26, forgery, retaining stolen property, disposing of stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Julian Gonzales, 26, failure to pay fines, receiving stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Mora Magistrate
    Carlos Marquez, 51, no insurance, no registration, no tail lights, expired registration, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Convicted murderer, other inmate escape

    The Associated Press

    ROSWELL — Authorities searched Thursday for a convicted murderer and another violent inmate who corrections officials said escaped while being transported to a New Mexico prison.

    Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah were last accounted for Wednesday night in the Roswell area while in a prisoner transport van in Artesia, a town about 80 miles from the Texas border, New Mexico State Police said.

  • Senate approves bipartisan bill bolstering anti-drug efforts

    By Alan Fram

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Senate paused Thursday from its nasty partisan clash over the Supreme Court vacancy and easily approved election-year legislation reinforcing government efforts against heroin and the abuse of opioid painkillers.

  • In Brief Mar. 11, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Candidate is on ankle monitor

    ALBUQUERQUE.  — An Albuquerque man is campaigning for a state representative seat despite the monitor on his ankle.
    KOB-TV reports that Democrat Christopher Berkheimer is looking to unseat incumbent Rep. Christine Trujillo, also an Albuquerque Democrat. He is currently in the Community Custody Program for violating a protection order against him.

  • Adams alleges threat by DA

    A member of Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees is accusing District Attorney Richard Flores of challenging him to a fight and threatening to use his position to make sure Adams spends a lot of time in jail if he gets into the slightest trouble.

    Michael Adams alleges that the incident occurred at the Plaza Hotel bar on Dec. 18. He said Flores was upset because Flores’ wife, Sarah — who headed Luna Community College’s Foundation for years — had lost her job.

  • March Madness
  • Vegas man charged with fifth DUI

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man was arrested and charged last week with driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, fifth offense, and with driving with a revoked license.

    Alfred Ulibarri, 45, whose address is listed as being on the 2300 block of West Drive, was arrested Thursday at the Enchanted Hills mobile home park. Ulibarri was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center but released a day later after posting bond, according to online court and jail records.

  • Candidates file in legislative races

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative candidates were lining up to run for election Tuesday, a one-day registration spree for every seat in New Mexico’s Republican-controlled House and Democratic-dominated Senate.

    Incumbent and aspiring lawmakers filed petitions to participate in party primaries on June 7. The November general election will decide all 112 seats in the Legislature. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file their paperwork to register.

  • In Brief Mar. 9, 2016

    The Associated Press

    PNM wants meter change

    ALBUQUERQUE — Utility regulators will weigh whether 513,000 Public Service Company of New Mexico customers should have their meters swapped out for new devices.

    KRQE-TV reports the proposal charges customers $5 starting in 2020 to begin paying the $87.2 million cost of replacing the meters. That fee would reduce annually through 2039.

    The new meters would send a signal straight to the utility company, putting over 120 meter readers out of work.

  • No Room at the Inn

    Alejandra Trujillo is an expecting mother. But instead of preparing her infant’s nursery she is now scrambling for a new hospital to deliver her baby.

    Her problem started early last week when Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced its decision to close the obstetric unit temporarily starting Monday. Trujillo had planned to deliver her newborn at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She is due in July.

    Trujillo is just one of many pregnant women in the area who had been planning to have a baby at the local hospital.