New Mexico

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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 »

FBI: Stranger Kidnapped, Murdered This 11-Year-Old

New Mexico suspect allegedly lured 2 kids into his van

(Newser) - The Navajo Nation has been shaken by the nightmarish murder of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped along with her 9-year-old brother. Authorities say the body of Ashlynne Mike was found in a remote area near the Shiprock monument in northwest New Mexico on Tuesday, the day after a stranger... More »

New Mexico Students Say This Seal Is Offensive

It has both a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman

(Newser) - The University of New Mexico's official seal depicting a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman is drawing accusations of racism from Native American students, the AP reports. Native American students in the Kiva Club, as well as members of advocacy group Red Nation, call the seal offensive, the Albuquerque Journal... More »

Cops: Some Teens Stole a 'UFO' in Roswell

At least that's what the government wants us to think happened

(Newser) - An unidentified flying object of sorts was found in pieces two miles outside Roswell, New Mexico—after some teens swiped it from a local museum. According to the Roswell Police Department , three teens swiped the decoration from the UFO Museum & Research Center on March 19. It had just been... More »

Recaptured New Mexico Inmate: I Had Fun

Getting out of shackles was easy, he says

(Newser) - The second of two violent felons to escape from a prison van in New Mexico was recaptured on Saturday—and Lionel Clah wasn't exactly repentant. After he was arrested without a fight in Albuquerque, the 29-year-old inmate told reporters he "just had fun" after the escape, NBC News... More »

Violent Felon at Large After Brazen NM Escape

Inmates vanished between prisons

(Newser) - Lionel Clah is probably beginning to regret getting that big tattoo of a feather on his left cheek: Police hope it will help the public identify the escaped 29-year-old New Mexico inmate. Clah, convicted in 2009 of crimes including armed robbery with a deadly weapon, escaped from a prison van... More »

Cops: Man Breaks Into Store, Leaves Cash for Cigarettes

Ellis Battista is still charged with breaking and entering

(Newser) - When you really want a cigarette, a locked door apparently won’t stand in your way. Police say a New Mexico man arrived at a 24-hour convenience store in Las Cruces around 3:30am Sunday to buy a pack of cigarettes, per the Las Cruces Sun-News . After pounding on the... More »

Bomb Found on Rental Car at NM Airport

'Credible explosive device' disarmed, but renters had long wait in Albuquerque

(Newser) - The FBI and the ATF are on the case in New Mexico for a Breaking Bad-like scenario: a "credible explosive device" found underneath a rental car that was returned Sunday to the Albuquerque International Sunport, CNN reports. Police say the vehicle had been rented elsewhere (cops aren't saying... More »

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