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2 brothers charged with conspiracy in deadly smuggling crash

Aug. 16, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers from Mexico are facing federal charges after fleeing from U.S. authorities in late July and crashing their vehicle, killing two and injuring 10 others just miles from the international border. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jorge...

Ex-Vegas teacher, pastor gets prison time in child sex case

Aug. 16, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas elementary school teacher and church pastor has been sentenced to six to 15 years in prison and lifetime supervision as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a child sex crime. Reynaldo Cruz Crespin, 59, apologized Monday before a Clark County...

Son of suspect in Muslim slayings to remain in custody

Aug. 15, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The son of an Afghan refugee suspected in the shooting deaths of four Muslim men in New Mexico will remain in custody pending trial on a charge that he allegedly provided a false address on a form when purchasing a gun last year. Shaheen Syed, 21, appeared...

Rio Rancho police arrest man after shootout with officers

Aug. 13, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho said they have arrested a man who fled a Walmart parking lot after opening fire on officers at very close range as they tried to detain him Saturday morning. Rio Rancho Police said in a statement that officers...

Suspect in 4 New Mexico killings left trail of violence

Aug. 13, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the six years since he resettled in the United States from Afghanistan, the primary suspect in the slayings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque has been arrested several times for domestic violence and captured on camera slashing the tires of a woman's car, according to...

Albuquerque zoo sees first gorilla birth in almost 20 years

Aug. 12, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is celebrating the first birth of a gorilla in nearly 20 years. Zoo officials say a baby western lowland gorilla was born Wednesday to mother Samantha and father Kojo. Bob Lee, the zoo’s associate director. says...

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus detected in Albuquerque area

Aug. 12, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental and health officials in the Albuquerque area say they have found mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department and Bernalillo County Planning and Development Services Department jointly announced...

Albuquerque Muslims help bid to keep killings suspect jailed

Aug. 11, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's Muslim community pushed Thursday for the Afghan refugee suspected of killing four Muslim men to remain behind bars pending trial — citing previous accusations of domestic violence and video surveillance that appeared to show him slashing the...

New Mexico's Muslim community reels from arrest in killings

Aug. 10, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fear of attacks that had rippled through Muslim communities nationwide after the fatal shootings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque gave way to shock and sadness when it turned out the suspect in the killings is one of their own. Muhammad Syed, 51, was...

Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

Aug. 09, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

Police announced a breakthrough Tuesday in the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, charging a man from Afghanistan — himself a Muslim — with two of the slayings and identifying him as a prime suspect in the other killings that put the entire community on edge. ...