School bus driver accused of punching boy
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque, N.M., school bus driver has been suspended after being accused of punching an 11-year-old boy in the face.
KOB-TV reports that students told police that the boy was punched after the driver stopped the bus, blew his whistle and yelled because the boy and other students were watching a video.
The incident occurred the afternoon of Dec. 6 as students headed home from a middle school.
Officials with the school district and the company that operates the bus involved in the incident say the driver has been placed on unpaid suspension pending the results of an investigation.
The boy's family says he's been having headaches and had trouble sleeping since the incident.
Lawsuit: NM officer fired for prostitution report
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico State Police officer says he was fired after informing his supervisor that a fellow officer was having sex with prostitutes.
Jeremy Romero says in a recently filed lawsuit that he tried a number of times to report he had seen prostitutes with fellow Special Investigations Division officer Timothy Carlson.
Carlson was later charged in 2012 with extortion, bribery, soliciting prostitution, sex charges and violating ethics laws.
According to the lawsuit, Romero told his sergeant that he saw a prostitute in Carlson's car but was told that Carlson was a good agent.
The lawsuit filed in state district court says Romero seeks damages, back pay and his old position back.
A New Mexico State Police spokesman did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press.
RIO RANCHO-SHOTS FIRED
Police: Rio Rancho home situation ends peacefully
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Rio Rancho police say a situation at a home where shots were fired earlier Friday morning has ended peacefully.
Lt. Nicholas Onken says a man and a woman were in the home and that they're being questioned by police.
Onken earlier said there was no indication that anybody was hurt or that the shots were aimed at anyone.
Officers surrounded the home after responding to the initial call at about 2 a.m. The situation was resolved after six hours later.
BORDER POT BUST
Agents seize marijuana at Santa Teresa crossing
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - Border agents in New Mexico have seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana at the Santa Teresa crossing.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations says officers seized 372 pounds of marijuana worth $297,600 Wednesday.
The drugs were found concealed in a pickup truck with the help of drug-sniffing dog named Murphy.
The driver, 22-year-old Luis Felipe Rodriguez Cruz of, Chihuahua, Mexico, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agents to face charges in connection with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
Police: NM used baby stroller in vodka heist
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque woman is facing charges after police say she and her boyfriend tried to steal vodka in a stroller with their 1-year-old baby.
KOAT-TV reports that Andrea Garcia recently was arrested as she fled authorities who caught the heist on a security camera.
According to police, grocery store employees tried to stop Garcia and her boyfriend but the baby's father pulled a knife and then darted across the street with the stroller. Witnesses say he left his girlfriend and baby behind.
Garcia told police she was going to use the vodka to pay rent to her sister.
Garcia is facing child abuse charges. It's unclear if she had an attorney.
The baby was handed over to the Children, Youth and Families Department.
NM Alzheimer's group offering Spanish classes
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Alzheimer's Association in New Mexico is holding Spanish-language classes for people who are caring for loved ones with the Alzheimer's disease.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the group is offering classes Friday and Saturday at the San Isidro Catholic Church in Santa Fe.
Annabelle Montoya says the organization is hosting the Spanish courses because of the growing demand from the state's immigrant community. She says the point of the course is to teach caregivers to stay calm in a high-stress situation.
Velma Arellano, the executive director of Sierra Vista, an assisted living residence, says she has encouraged employees to take the Spanish-language course because some residents whose native language is Spanish have forgotten English.
SKI SEASON-NEW MEXICO
Ski runs to open at Angel Fire, Sandia
ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) - The list of New Mexico ski resorts open for the season is getting longer.
Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico and Sandia Peak Ski Area just outside of Albuquerque are opening Friday as the latest blast of winter crosses the state.
Many resort managers say they're seeing some of the best conditions in more than a decade.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says a weak storm system is sliding into central New Mexico from the west. As much as three inches of snow were expected to fall along the Continental Divide.
Snow was also expected to reach the Interstate 25 corridor from Albuquerque south to Socorro.
Forecasters say the storm is expected to move out by Friday afternoon, and temperatures will get back to normal Sunday.
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