Latest Farmington News

Woman sentenced in scheme to steal iP0ds intended for kids

Jan. 15, 2022 16:07 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A former employee of a northwestern New Mexico school district faces 18 months in prison after sentenced in a yearslong scheme to steal and resell thousands of Apple iP0ds intended for Native American children on the Navajo Nation. Kristy Stock, 46, of...

Colorado escapee sought in New Mexico case caught in Arizona

Jan. 14, 2022 16:16 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado jail in late December and who was sought in the subsequent non-fatal shooting of a New Mexico police officer a week ago was arrested Friday in Arizona, police said. Phoenix police got a tip and arrested Elias Buck, 22, of Durango...

$10K reward offered in shooting of Farmington police officer

Jan. 12, 2022 13:30 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man sought in the Friday night shooting of a Farmington police officer. The Farmington Police Department announced Tuesday that the U.S. Marshals Service is offering the...

Man accused in New Mexico drive-by also facing murder charge

Jan. 09, 2022 11:02 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man awaiting trial in a drive-by shooting that injured two people near Farmington last year also is facing charges in the fatal shooting of a woman days later northwest of Aztec. Prosecutors said 21-year-old Jaden Ortega remains jailed in...

Farmington police officer shot, wounded; suspect sought

Jan. 08, 2022 18:37 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington police officer was shot and wounded by a DWI suspect who remained at large, police said Saturday. The officer wounded Friday night, 25-year-old Joseph Barreto, was hospitalized in stable condition, a police department statement said. ...

Daryl Noon sworn in as Navajo Police Department’s new chief

Jan. 03, 2022 16:38 PM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Daryl Noon was sworn in Monday as the Navajo Police Department’s new chief. Window Rock District Court Judge Malcolm P. Begay administered the oath to Noon during a ceremony at the offices of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron...

Sentencing set for US airman convicted in teacher's killing

Dec. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force airman who was convicted of killing a Mennonite woman after kidnapping her in New Mexico and taking her to Arizona will be sentenced next month. An Arizona judge during a status hearing on Tuesday scheduled Mark Gooch’s sentencing for...

Salvation Army official: Theft of toys no victory for Grinch

Dec. 19, 2021 09:22 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington-area residents of northern New Mexico donated gifts and money after somebody stole a Salvation Army van loaded with $6,000 worth of toys for children, according authorities. “The Grinch will not have this victory," Salvation Army Lt. Christopher...

Police: Van full of Christmas toys stolen in New Mexico

Dec. 17, 2021 18:38 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Time is of the essence for the Salvation Army in New Mexico now that the Grinch has thrown a wrench into the group's holiday toy program. A van loaded with $6,000 worth of toys set to be passed out to hundreds of children was stolen this week from a store...

US Navy medics due at New Mexico hospital strained by COVID

Dec. 03, 2021 18:08 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A team of U.S. Navy health care providers is expected to arrive this weekend at San Juan Regional Medical Center, where an official said a continuing surge in COVID-19 patients has pushed the hospital to more than 200% of its critical care capacity. ...