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Bad Move: Cartwheels During Sobriety Test

Bryelle Marshall charged with DWI in New Mexico

(Newser) - Bryelle Marshall didn't walk in a straight line during a field sobriety test in Albuquerque, NM, on Friday—but she did do cartwheels. After receiving a report about a reckless driver, officers say they found the 23-year-old asleep in the driver's seat of her car, parked partially on... More »

Feds: Plan to Reintroduce Wolves in Southwest Is Working

Mexican wolf numbers are up in Arizona, NM

(Newser) - There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began trying to reintroduce the predators nearly two decades ago.The annual survey released Friday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows at least 113 wolves are spread between southwestern... More »

2 Missing NM College Students Found Driving Slowly in Idaho

Cop pulled over McKinnah Sinclair, Charlie Daniels for going 30mph below speed limit

(Newser) - A multi-state hunt for two missing New Mexico State University students ended in Idaho Thursday morning. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 18-year-old McKinnah Sinclair and 19-year-old Charlie Daniels, missing since they attended a hip-hop concert in Texas last Friday, were found driving in Nampa and said to be in... More »

2 Missing Students Show Up on ATM Video

Police are asking for information on McKinnah Sinclair and Charlie Daniels

(Newser) - Two female New Mexico State University students who went missing after attending a hip-hop concert in El Paso, Texas, last week have been spotted on surveillance video on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Las Cruces Police Department confirmed Wednesday that the women on the ATM surveillance video are McKinnah... More »

When Vet's Body Went Unclaimed, Strangers Stepped In

Lawrence Kays will get full military funeral on Friday

(Newser) - When US Army veteran Lawrence Kays died of heart disease at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Sante Fe on Nov. 16 at age 78, there were no family members gathered around him. Nor have any turned up to claim his body in the months since. Indeed, Kays' body sat at... More »

Under New Mexico Desert, Nuclear Dump Is Back at It

After a 3-year hiatus

(Newser) - Employees at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository resumed disposal work Wednesday after a nearly three-year hiatus prompted by a radiation release that contaminated a significant portion of the facility, the AP reports. Two pallets of low-level radioactive waste were placed in one of the underground disposal... More »

Thou Shalt Not Erect Religious Monuments on City Grounds: Court

Ten Commandments structure in Bloomfield, NM, declared unconstitutional

(Newser) - Much like those "rapid-fire warnings at the end of prescription drug commercials," a disclaimer on a Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico might require "a reasonable observer … to get on his knees" to read it, an appeals declared this week. That was one of the factors... More »

Early Morning Car Surfing Turns Deadly for NM Woman

It's at least the 7th such death this year

(Newser) - A young woman from New Mexico taking part in a dangerous activity in the early morning hours Sunday paid for it with her life, the Farmington Daily Times reports. Wilberta Becenti, 23—though the AP notes her online obituary has her age as 21—was standing on top of a... More »

Albuquerque Throws Birthday Party for Brutally Slain Girl

Victoria Martens was killed on 10th birthday

(Newser) - Victoria Martens was brutally murdered in Albuquerque Wednesday— her 10th birthday . On Sunday, mourning residents of the city came together at a park the little girl loved to throw a birthday party for her, the AP reports. Thousands of people picnicked and ate donated pizza and birthday cake, children played... More »

Little Girl's Gruesome Slaying Rocks Albuquerque

Victoria Martens was killed on her 10th birthday

(Newser) - It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man with a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts. The woman told officers her 10-year-old... More »

Murdered Woman's 3 Missing Kids Found at NM Motel

2 suspects—including slain California woman's sister—still on the run

(Newser) - A huge sigh of relief in a troubling case came Wednesday as authorities found the three missing kids of a murdered woman in a New Mexico motel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kimberly Harvill was found slain on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three... More »

Cleanup Bill at Nuke Waste Dump Could Rival Three Mile Island

Report: Feds ‘downplayed’ damage to New Mexico dump after blast

(Newser) - An explosion at a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico two years ago is now looking like what might be one of the most expensive cleanups in US history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Long-term damage was far greater than federal officials let on after a drum filled with radioactive... More »

13-Year-Old Allegedly Drives Drunk With Grandma in Car

Cops say he had a 0.14 BAC

(Newser) - Authorities say a New Mexico woman learned the hard way that drunk 13-year-old grandsons don't make for the best designated drivers. KRQE reports the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office pulled a vehicle over for swerving around 1am on Aug. 4. When the car stopped, deputies saw a 13-year-old... More »

Mom, Son Will Defend Incestuous Romance in Court

New Mexico pair face jail over incest charges

(Newser) - A New Mexico courtroom will be the scene of a trial sure to make many uncomfortable next month: A 36-year-old mother and her 19-year-old son have been charged with incest and face three years in jail, reports the Clovis News Journal . But Monica Mares and Caleb Peterson are anything but... More »

Court Upholds Teen's Arrest for Burping

He was accused of disrupting middle school class

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque, NM, student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle school class with loud burps. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week ruled that the officer and educators named in the lawsuit were entitled to immunity, and... More »

6 Months After Disappearing, Treasure Hunter's Body Found

He is first to die searching for Forrest Fenn's loot

(Newser) - Randy Bilyeu thought he knew where Forrest Fenn's treasure was. But instead of being the first to find the $2 million haul of jewels believed to be buried somewhere in New Mexico, he ended up being its first victim. Police confirmed Tuesday that the remains of the 54-year-old grandfather... More »

Mystery Thieves Steal Guy's Roof

Yes, really

(Newser) - It's a theft so bizarre even police had trouble believing it. Cory Archuleta says he stepped outside his Albuquerque home Saturday only to realize that all the shingles on his roof had been torn off—and cleaned up. Neighbors say a work crew in a silver pickup truck with... More »

Murder Conviction Reversed Thanks to Skype

Court says defendant missed out on right to confront witness

(Newser) - Technology is great, except when you're trying to get someone convicted for murder and you have your DNA expert testify via Skype, which denies the defendant his Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses in court, which in turn gets the defendant (who was convicted and sentenced to life in... More »

Marathon Runner Played Dead in Bear Attack

NM woman says mama bear 'was just being a bear'

(Newser) - A woman was running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico Saturday when she was attacked by a bear, wildlife officials say. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says Karen Williams—who suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck, and... More »

Protesters Throw Burning 'Make America Great Again' T-Shirts

Inside, Donald Trump slammed NM's GOP governor

(Newser) - Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning "Make America Great Again" T-shirts, plastic bottles, and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans, and knocked down barricades. Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd... More »

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