Local News

  • Vegas man arrested on sixth DUI

    A 51-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested for his sixth DUI on Tuesday after local police found him sleeping in a red van with his ignition on.

    Jerry Martin, who resides on the 600 block of East Jackson, has been charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs — sixth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and with a misdemeanor count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

    Las Vegas police booked Martin into the San Miguel County Detention Center, where he remained on Thursday.

  • Play will benefit HU Foundation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Actress and playwright Lisandra Tena will perform her one-woman play “Guera” at 7 p.m. May 13 in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Tena, an Albuquerque native and magna cum laude graduate of DePaul University Theatre School in Chicago, wrote Guera in 2012 as a story about the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit in the face of lost love, family dysfunction, drug addiction and violence.

  • Girl’s slaying shocks, angers small community

    By Felicia Fonseca and Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    SHIPROCK — On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl.

    Hours had passed since the man had talked the girl and her brother into his van while they were playing about a quarter-mile from their home after school.

  • Gathering of Nations event booted from from the Pit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico says the Gathering of Nations will no longer be held at its basketball arena.

    UNM Executive Vice President David Harris sent a letter Wednesday to the event’s organizer about the school’s decision, which he says is financial and operational.

    This year’s 33rd Gathering of Nations wrapped up last Saturday at The Pit.

    More than 100,000 spectators, artists and Native American dancers converged on Albuquerque as part of North America’s largest powwow.

  • Audit to probe backlog of evidence kits

    By Morgan Lee
    Associated Press Writer

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state auditor is looking into what practices led to the backlog of more than 5,400 untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes at law enforcement agencies and evidence vaults across the state.

    State Auditor Tim Keller announced Thursday a special survey of eight police departments and sheriff offices aimed at identifying root causes of the backlog and providing better policies and written standards to prevent untested kits from piling up again.

  • Jail Log May 6, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 26 and May 2:
    Martin Valencia, 42, hold for court, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Henry Flores, 22, failure to comply
    Adam Dimas, 43, failure to comply
    Richard Belian, 52, failure to comply, bench warrant, SM District
    Matthew Mendiola, 34, battery
    Juan Martinez-Sandoval, 31, battery on a household member, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joshua Tenorio, 22, hold for court

  • Juvenile sentence for teen killer

    The 16-year-old boy who stabbed a man to death last year has been found to be amenable to treatment and rehabilitation, which means he will be sentenced as a juvenile.

    Under the juvenile code, the maximum sentence that Fabian Maes can receive is confinement until age 21. He was ordered to undergo an evaluation prior to sentencing.

    Judge Gerald Baca ruled that Maes is amenable to treatment after a day-long hearing last Thursday.

  • Kidnapped girl found dead

    The Associated Press

    FARMINGTON — An 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, launching a massive search, was found dead Tuesday.

    Authorities had been searching by air and ground for Ashlynne Mike, a Navajo fifth-grader who was abducted by a man believed to be a stranger Monday afternoon, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said.

    The girl’s body was found Tuesday morning in Shiprock, near a rock formation that the town is named for, said Jesse Delmar, the tribe’s public safety division director.

  • Mariachi group wins second

    Robertson High School’s Mariachi Cardenal is making waves in the music scene. In late April the group of more than 20 students earned second place in the annual Tucson International Mariachi Conference. While there the students learned from professional mariachi performers. Mariachi Cardenal was also the second-place recipient in what the director Martin Sena calls the “People’s Choice Award.”

    “We won second in the competition where people have to cast votes,” Sena said. The group’s second-place award also included $1,000.

  • Anti-child abuse campaign launched

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A state agency tasked with protecting New Mexico children is launching a campaign Monday with a new website and meetings around the state aimed at getting more parents involved in fighting child abuse.