Woman gets 21-year sentence in killing
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico woman faces 21 years in prison after being sentenced to the maximum term allowed under a plea agreement in the killing of a former educator during a home invasion robbery.
A state District Court judge in Santa Fe on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Angel Baldonado in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Rudy Montoya in his Chimayo home.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Baldonado had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence under her deal with prosecutors.
A jury acquitted 36-year-old Rhiannon Montoya of murder Aug. 1 in her uncle's death, but convicted her of burglary and tampering with evidence.
Montoya and the third defendant, 20-year-old Sheanee Martinez, await sentencing.
Baldonado and Martinez testified during Montoya's trial.
NEW MEXICO SOCCER-HAZING
2 New Mexico soccer players quit amid hazing probe
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two sisters on the New Mexico women's soccer team have quit amid an investigation into possible hazing involving alcohol.
University of New Mexico said freshmen twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following a police report that several players were extremely intoxicated.
School officials more details of the investigation will be released Wednesday.
Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said the team's opening game in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled Friday was canceled following the allegations of hazing Sunday night.
Officials say neither Texas Tech nor New Mexico will have its season record affected.
Krebs says officials are still interviewing student-athletes and gathering details.
The Lobos now will open their season on Sept. 5 against Marquette in the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Report: Man shot by US marshal had meth in system
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A toxicology report says a probation violator shot and killed by deputy U.S. marshal had a large amount of methamphetamine in his bloodstream.
KOB-TV reports the Office of the Medical Investigator found that 27-year-old shot Anthony Jacob Chavez had the drug in his system when he was shot July 2.
Authorities say the deputy shot Chavez in Albuquerque after he threatened the deputy U.S. marshal with a BB gun.
The OMI says the large amount in his blood levels have been reported in methamphetamine abusers who exhibited violent and irrational behavior.
The autopsy report says Chavez died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally in the United States. The conviction resulted from a 2010 arrest in Luna County.
Group eyes report in school chief's resignation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A government transparency group is asking state officials not to approve a buyout for outgoing Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks until the district releases a report into alleged personnel concerns.
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government said Tuesday it has filed on open records request for details into the investigation that has remained a mystery.
FOG president Kathi Bearden says the public deserves to know the circumstances around Brooks' resignation and why public money is being spent to end his employment.
The embattled superintendent of New Mexico's largest school district resigned Friday after school board members met earlier to discuss an investigation of a personnel issue involving Brooks. Both sides declined to elaborate.
The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.
Lottery revenue for scholarships drops to $41M
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million for college scholarships in the most recent fiscal year.
However, the lottery said that's down about 6 percent from a record-setting $43.7 million a year earlier.
Net lottery ticket sales were $136 million in the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $141.8 million in 2013.
The lottery said sales exceeded the agency's budget projections by $4.6 million, despite being lower than the previous year.
Lottery officials attributed the revenue decline to smaller Powerball jackpots, which didn't drive ticket sales as high as a year earlier.
Lottery sales have declined seven out of the last 10 years.
State law requires at least 30 percent of lottery proceeds go to the scholarship program, which helps pay tuition for New Mexico college students.
Albuquerque mayor considers veto on pot measure
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.
Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.
Along with the marijuana decriminalization proposal to make possession of an ounce or less a civil offense, Berry also opposes a measure for a tax increase to provide funding for social services.
According to Gilberto Montano, Berry's chief of staff, the mayor is seriously considering a veto.
However, the Albuquerque Journal reports that there's debate over whether Berry can legally veto individual propositions or only the entire package.
Police identify man fatally shot in home invasion
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot while allegedly participating in a home invasion.
Police identified the man fatally wounded Friday by the victim of the home invasion in northeast Albuquerque as 18-year-old Edgardo Marquez-Ordonez.
According to police, a second man was shot and wounded in the incident and is in custody while being treated at a hospital.
A third man has been arrested in the case.
Hobbs commissioners OK voter ID special election
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.
But the Hobbs News-Sun reports that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.
Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.
City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.
Despite the possibility of being short on signatures, Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says that the valid signatures already tallied showed him the voter ID issue is something residents need to decide.
STOLEN CART-PROBATION VISIT
Stolen shopping scooter ride leads to jail
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer.
KOAT-TV reports court papers say 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode the electric shopping cart this week to make his scheduled visit. When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got the cart, court documents say Johnson admitted taking it from an Albuquerque Walmart.
Johnson was arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond.
Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the cart is worth more than $1,800.
It was not known if Johnson had an attorney.
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