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Before Girl's Brutal Killing, Mom Sought Men to Rape Her: Cops

Victoria Martens was assaulted before brutal night that ended her young life, mom tells cops

(Newser) - The death of Victoria Martens was a brutal, unthinkable assault on the innocence of childhood: The Albuquerque girl was slipped meth on her 10th birthday, raped, strangled, stabbed, and finally dismembered, before what remained of her battered body was set on fire in the bathtub of her apartment—allegedly at... 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 »

One Year Later, Mayor's Idea for Homeless Shows Promise

'There's a better way' puts Albuquerque's panhandlers to work

(Newser) - An Albuquerque program that hires the homeless to beautify the city is being hailed as a success on its first birthday, the Washington Post reports. Republican Mayor Richard Berry said he launched the effort after spotting a man holding a sign on the street: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

NM Murder Suspect Has Road Rage Past

He allegedly pulled gun in 2006 incident

(Newser) - The man police say confessed to the shocking road-rage killing of a 4-year-old girl in Albuquerque, NM, has a long history of criminal charges—including a previous road-rage incident involving a gun—but no history of convictions. In the previous incident, Tony Torrez allegedly pulled a gun on a man... More »

Suspect in Road Rage Killing of 4-Year-Old Confesses

Anonymous tip led Albuquerque cops to suspect

(Newser) - Police in Albuquerque, NM, charged a man with murder Wednesday night in the road-rage killing of a 4-year-old girl , who was shot in the back seat of her father's truck after he picked her up from school—a death that horrified the public. Police say Tony Torrez, 32, was... More »

4-Year-Old Shot Dead in Road Rage Attack

Albuquerque cops plead for public's help

(Newser) - The chief of police in Albuquerque, NM, sounded completely outraged at a press conference Tuesday evening—with good reason. Chief Gordon Eden pleaded for the public's help in finding a suspect who shot a 4-year-old girl dead in an apparent road-rage attack, KOB reports. "This should have never... More »

Albuquerque Officers Charged With Murder in Homeless Man's Death

City erupted after James Boyd's shooting last year

(Newser) - Two New Mexico police officers will be charged with second-degree murder in last year's shooting death of a homeless man near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping, a special prosecutor said today. James Boyd was killed during a standoff after video showed him appearing to... More »

Man Showing Kids a Cherry Picker Kills One

Cops think there were too many people in bucket when it tipped over

(Newser) - A cherry picker accident that left a man and a boy dead and injured three other children happened as the man was giving the neighborhood kids in Albuquerque a demonstration of the elevated lift, authorities say. The cherry picker carrying the group toppled over from a strong gust of wind... More »

Jim Morrison Fans Want Him to Have Albuquerque 'Spot'

Jim Morrison lived in New Mexico home for 2 years, and they want it preserved

(Newser) - One of Jim Morrison's childhood homes could someday be turned into a historical site. At least, that's what a group of fans is pushing for, the AP reports. The Doors' lead singer lived in Albuquerque from ages 12 to 14 while his dad worked at a local Air... More »

Cops Nab Dad Shot by 3-Year-Old Son

Justin Reynolds faces felony child abuse charge

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy who allegedly shot his parents with a single bullet won't be charged, of course, but his parents are in hot legal water. Justin Reynolds was arrested in Albuquerque today and faces a "child abuse without a great bodily harm" charge, KRQE reports. Police say Reynolds... More »

Cop Stumbles on Pricey Art in Old Meth Lab

Work by American Indian artist Al Momaday worth over $30K

(Newser) - An Albuquerque officer searching a former meth lab stumbled upon artwork by late American Indian artist Al Momaday that was worth more than $30,000 and likely was stolen, according to police. Police say the officer found the valuable prints last week during a protective sweep of the condemned apartment... More »

Woman Calls Cop: Hi, Want to Buy My Drugs?

Unsurprisingly, he's interested in meeting up

(Newser) - Police say a woman selling drugs made a big mistake that landed her in jail—she mistakenly called an Albuquerque police detective. KOB-TV reports that 30-year-old Renea Lucero was arrested last week when she called the detective at his department-issued cellphone and made the officer an unexpected offer. Court documents... More »

3-Year-Old Shoots Both Parents With One Shot

Woman is pregnant; pair may face charges

(Newser) - A 3-year-old New Mexico boy going for an iPod in his mom's purse instead found a loaded handgun and managed to shoot both of his parents with one shot in the motel where the family was living, reports the Albuquerque Journal . The bullet hit the father in the right... More »

NM Cops Face Murder Charges in Homeless Man's Death

Albuquerque man was shot dead after standoff

(Newser) - Murder charges have been filed in a police shooting that sparked angry demonstrations in Albuquerque, NM, last year. Former Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and SWAT team member Dominique Perez have been charged in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd, a mentally ill homeless man who was fatally shot after... More »

Drought Lifts Western US —Literally

California mountains half an inch higher these days

(Newser) - If you're in the western US, the ground you're standing on may be a little higher than it was a few years ago. The drought that's been plaguing the West has resulted in an "uplift effect," scientists find. The "growing, broad-scale loss of water"... More »

How Not to Get to a Meeting With Your Probation Officer

New Mexico man admits stealing scooter from Walmart

(Newser) - On the bright side, 18-year-old Michael Johnson of Albuquerque made it to a meeting with his probation officer on time. Unfortunately, as KOAT-TV reports, he did so by zipping over in a stolen electric shopping cart. When Johnson's probation officer asked about the unusual ride, the teen admitted taking... More »

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