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Las Cruces activates cooling stations to help with hot temps

Jul. 19, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One southern New Mexico city has activated its cooling stations as high temperatures near triple digits. Las Cruces officials say the cooling stations will be open until 8 p.m. every week night and from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends. The stations are places where the elderly, other...

2 guards taken to hospital after attack in New Mexico prison

Jul. 18, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials say two guards were taken to a hospital after they were attacked by inmates at a New Mexico prison. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces was placed on lockdown Tuesday evening. The state Corrections Department's...

Colorado man pleads guilty in series of crimes in New Mexico

Jul. 11, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to carjacking resulting in death and other offenses stemming from a series of crimes committed in 2017 in New Mexico. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Daniel Allen Lowell of Pueblo made his plea Thursday and faces up to life in prison when he's...

Arizona woman accused of smuggling after Border Patrol stop

Jul. 11, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says an Arizona woman has been arrested after an agent stopped a van carrying 10 people suspected of entering the country illegally. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Wednesday that 33-year-old Evelyn Limas of Casa Grande has been charged with felony smuggling...

Police searching for 2 who left juvenile supervised release

Jul. 7, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police are searching for two 19-year-olds who they say walked away from a juvenile supervised release center. New Mexico State Police said Sunday that 19-year-old Deacon Castillo of Las Cruces and 19-year-old Jose Romero of Albuquerque left the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center...

Man charged with impersonating federal agent to be released

Jun. 25, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the spokesman for a group of armed civilians that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border will be released to a halfway house in New Mexico while he faces charges that he impersonated a federal agent there. U.S. Magistrate Judge Shon Erwin ordered James...

Lawyer says client fatally shot neighbor in self-defense

Jun. 20, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer for a Las Cruces man arrested in the death of his neighbor says the shooting was in self-defense. Corban Serna is facing a voluntary manslaughter charge in Saturday's death of 28-year-old Nathan Froseth. Serna was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Dona Ana...

Las Cruces police ID man killed in shootout with authorities

Jun. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces say they've identified a man who was killed in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers. Police say 35-year-old Francisco "Paco" Tarin was pronounced dead at the scene of Monday's incident. Tarin, who lived in Las Cruces and Roswell, allegedly shot...

Police: Man fatally shot, 3 officers injured in Las Cruces

Jun. 17, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a man was killed and three law enforcement officers injured after he fired authorities in Las Cruces. Police spokesman Danny Trujillo says two Las Cruces officers and a Dona Ana County sheriff's deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries. The man killed early Monday...

New Mexico mural focuses on missing Native American women

Jun. 16, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new mural in southern New Mexico seeks to honor missing and slain Native Americans amid a nationwide push to bring more attention to the issue. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports artist Sebastian "Vela" Velazquez recently erected the mural in Las Cruces in conjunction with the city's...