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Colorado prison escapee caught after nearly 50 years on run

Aug. 7, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974 was found living under an alias in a small town in northern New Mexico after the Denver police officer he shot decades ago helped track him down, authorities said. Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in...

Candles melt in the sun at an impromptu memorial for Fedonta

Document sheds light on shooting death of basketball recruit

Aug. 5, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — College basketball recruit Fedonta White pleaded with friends to help him survive after being shot in an altercation at a house party on the outskirts of Santa Fe. He also named the person who shot him before departing for a hospital where he would die, according to a summary of...

Candles melt in the sun at an impromptu memorial for Fedonta

Prosecutor wants to try juvenile as adult in athlete's death

Aug. 3, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors plan to seek adult criminal sanctions against a 16-year-old defendant in the killing of a standout high school basketball player in New Mexico, Santa Fe-based District Attorney Marco Serna said Monday. Serna said the district attorney's office filed a petition in juvenile...

In this June 11, 2020, photo, Kevin Marquez, 28, from Bluewater, N.M., rides through a pasture on the Zuni Mountains in McGaffey, N.M. New Mexico cowboys say the challenges of ranching in the Zuni Mountains include predators, extreme weather and vandalism. One of his cows was shot and killed last year. (Vida Volkert/Gallup Independent via AP)

Horseback outfitters want riders back in the saddle

Aug. 2, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LOS CERRILLOS, N.M. (AP) — Meandering along a dusty trail on the back of a horse, with a vast New Mexico landscape of layered mountains, red rocks and blooming claret cup cactuses spread across the horizon, one can temporarily forget the world is suffering from a pandemic. Perched on a saddle, moving with...

This Jan. 3, 2019 photo, JB White of Santa Fe High School, prepares to shoot a free throw during the first half of the basketball game against Cleveland High School at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium in Santa Fe, N.M.  The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says Fedonta (JB) White was killed early Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020,  just north of Santa Fe. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.  (Gabriela Campos /Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

Standout New Mexico prep basketball player fatally shot

Aug. 2, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old has been arrested after a standout New Mexico high school basketball player who planned to play for the state’s largest university was shot and killed early Saturday, authorities said. The teen, a Santa Fe resident, was charged in the death of 18-year-old FeDonta...

Troubled Las Cruces police gets new interim chief

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The troubled Las Cruces Police Department is getting a new interim police chief. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Deputy Chief of Administrative Support Services Miguel Dominguez was named Thursday interim chief and will serve until the city permanently fills the position this fall....

Manslaughter charge against ex-sheriff's deputy dismissed

Jul. 30, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a voluntary manslaughter charge against a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy. Tai Chan had previously been tried twice on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Santa Fe County...

Mother of Nambe teen beaten to death gets 12 years in prison

Jul. 28, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The mother of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia will serve 12 years for failing to protect her son from ongoing abuse and a deadly beating. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 38-year-old Tracy Ann Pena was sentenced Monday in Santa Fe for her role in the Nambe boy's killing. She was...

Santa Fe County man recovering from bubonic plague

Jul. 27, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say they have found a case of bubonic plague. The New Mexico Department of Health reported Monday that a Santa Fe County man in his 60s has the plague. He is recovering at a hospital. According to health officials, an environmental investigation is being...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, James Lujan is sworn in by the Rio Arriba County Commissioners as the new Rio Arriba County Sheriff in Espanola, N.M. Espanola Police said Lujan on Saturday, March 21, 2020, showed up drunk to a SWAT standoff, tried to order officers away, then ignored commands to leave the

New Mexico has history on troubled sheriffs in legal trouble

Jul. 27, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan has had a difficult year so far. He currently faces two felonies and three misdemeanor charges, all of which stem from incidents where Lujan allegedly assisted, or attempted to assist, former Española city councilor Phillip Chacon evade...