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Las Cruces teen pleads not guilty in fatal party shooting

Sep. 13, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has been arraigned in the shooting death of a man at a Las Cruces house party this summer. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the teen pleaded not guilty Monday at a hearing. He is one of two people charged in the July 31 killing...

Suspended professor advocates for 2020 election audits

Sep. 12, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University professor has been traveling to advocate for audits of the 2020 presidential election amid a paid suspension for rejecting coronavirus health mandates from the school. The Las Cruces Sun News reports that the public...

Boy, 16, arrested in fatal Las Cruces shooting

Sep. 10, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Las Cruces last weekend. Las Cruces police said Friday the boy was arrested based on a tip investigators received after releasing surveillance camera photos of a car...

Las Cruces woman sentenced 9 years for beating little girl

Sep. 09, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after pleading guilty to what prosecutors described as a vicious, hourslong beating of a toddler. Desirae Vargas pleaded guilty to a felony child abuse charge on Thursday and was...

Police arrest 1, seeking 1 in Las Cruces fatal shooting

Sep. 07, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police have arrested a 28-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting last month in Las Cruces and are asking for the public’s help in locating a second suspect. Las Cruces police said Tuesday they arrested Hector Victor Calderon on Saturday and...

Las Cruces couple reflect on 75 years together

Sep. 05, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A chance meeting on July 18, 1946 and three weeks together — that was the beginning of Thomas and Dee House’s 75-year marriage. “This is supposed to be the marriage that wouldn’t last,” Thomas said. But two...

Man found dead after exchanging gunfire with deputies

Sep. 04, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man who had shot at a Dona Ana County sheriff's deputy was found dead in a residence after briefly exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers hours into a barricade situation, the Sheriff's Office said. The deputy who first went to the...

New Mexico resolves tax dispute with $50M payment

Aug. 31, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local governments will get a $50 million boost to resolve a 2018 lawsuit that accused the state of botching tax distributions to 44 counties and municipalities across New Mexico. Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Farmington were among...

Psychiatrist pleads no contest in sexual assault case

Aug. 26, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces psychiatrist could face years in prison after pleading no contest to charges accusing him of sexually assaulting female patients. A plea agreement that recommends seven years in prison said Dr. Mark Beale pleaded no contest to a...

Las Cruces man pleads not guilty to killing son's neighbor

Aug. 23, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his son's neighbor in his driveway. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Santiago Rascon entered the plea Monday during his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder and evidence...