Local News

  • Baby abandoned at fire house

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A couple who had been watching a friend’s baby for weeks has dropped the child off at an Albuquerque fire station.

    Albuquerque police spokesman Officer Robert Gibbs says the couple weren’t able to take care of the child any longer because they both work.

  • Jail Log - April 20, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 9 and April 16:

  • TV icon Dick Clark dead at 82

    By Lynn Elber
    AP Television Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Dick Clark stood as an avatar of rock ‘n’ roll virtually from its birth and, until his death Wednesday at age 82, as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grandkids alike.

  • In Brief - Obituary - April 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Musician found dead in home
    SYDNEY — Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said.

    Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house but did not identify him by name, in keeping with local practice. Ham was 58 and neighbors said he was the lone occupant of the house.

  • 24-year-old named mayor

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    SUNLAND PARK — City councilors in the troubled New Mexico border city of Sunland Park appointed a new mayor Wednesday night.

    The council voted 3-2, with one abstention to select 24-year-old Javier Perea for the job. He’ll be sworn in next week in the council’s next scheduled session.

    Former Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Salinas won the election in March but was barred from taking office under the terms of his release from jail.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Rancher finds woman’s body
    SILVER CITY — Officials in Grant County believe a woman who was briefly detained in February after she tried to burn her dead husband’s body has herself been found dead.

    A rancher checking fence lines found a body tentatively identified as 65-year-old Patricia Ann Overton in a sleeping bag last Thursday. The woman had been dead at least six weeks.

  • Another Term

    Three months ago, Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. offered up his services to the citizens of Las Vegas, saying that while he hadn’t planned to seek re-election he’d leave it up to the community to decide whether to keep him on as mayor.

    Voters took Ortiz up on his offer Tuesday, choosing him over political rival Tonita Gurule-Giron in the city’s first-ever municipal runoff election. Ortiz, 71, captured 54.3 percent of the vote to win his second term as mayor. Results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

  • Herrera elected to Ward 3 council post

    In the battle of the Josephs, Ward 3 voters opted for the Las Vegas native, granting him a four-year term on the City Council and giving him the break into politics that he has been chasing for years.

    Joseph “Joey” Herrera walked away with 53.9 percent of the vote to Joseph McCaffrey’s 46.1 percent in Tuesday’s runoff election. Results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

  • Quintana sex case delayed

    The trial for Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on an affair with a student, has been delayed again.

    The trial had been scheduled to begin on May 14, but it has been pushed back to July because defense attorney Thomas Clark had a scheduling conflict. Clark is one of the attorneys representing Michael Astorga in the death penalty phase of his trial. Astorga was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy James McGrane Jr.

  • Vegas man killed in rollover

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was killed Monday in a rollover on Interstate 25 near Rowe.

    State police say Nathan Martinez was speeding southbound on I-25 when he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup. The vehicle rolled two to three times and came to rest in the median.

    Martinez was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene, state police said.

    State police say contributing factors in the fatal crash were high speed and failure to use a seatbelt.