Headlines: NM Sheriff Arrested, ABQ School Chief Resigns And More...

Aug 15, 2014

FBI: Embattled New Mexico Sheriff, Son ArrestedThe Associated Press

The FBI says a New Mexico sheriff and his son have been arrested in an ongoing investigation.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested Friday morning in their Espanola home, but didn't say why.

Fisher says federal officials will give more details later Friday.

U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez and FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol Lee have scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce the filing of a "significant federal indictment," but also didn't offer details.

A lawyer for Rodella didn't immediately return a phone message and email from The Associated Press.

In June, FBI agents raided Rodella's home in connection with an aggravated assault case. The raid occurred just hours after Rodella lost re-election.

Albuquerque School Chief Resigns Amid Probe - The Associated Press

The superintendent of New Mexico's largest school district has resigned amid a "personnel issue" investigation.

In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides have agreed it was best for the embattled school chief to resign. The statement said the resignation was "the best option" for both parties.

Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in closed session over a "personnel issue" investigation involving Brooks and came out without taking action.

The focus of the probe into Brooks remained a mystery and board members refused to comment.

Hired in July 2008, Brooks earns an annual salary of around $258,000.

Albuquerque Public Schools has about 86,000 students and is one of the largest districts in the country.

Official Clears Contested Contributions To King - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran now says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King can keep nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions that Duran previously said exceeded campaign finance limits.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Duran's reversal Thursday apparently makes moot a legal action filed by King that the state Supreme Court planned to hear Aug. 28.

Duran says in a letter to King that two previously contested contributions are permissible if King can document that the contributions were intended for paying off some of his campaign debt from the primary election.

King previously argued that was the case, but Duran had contended that the contributions from a Taos couple and a Santa Fe woman exceeded contribution limits by a total of $10,900.

Santa Fe Police: Man Fatally Shot At Residence - The Associated Press

Santa Fe police say a man has been fatally wounded in a shooting being called suspicious.

According to police, the man who was shot Thursday night was in his late 40s or early 50s.

He died at the residence on the 1100 block of East Alameda near Monsignor Patrick Smith Park and Canyon Road.

Police say officers detained another man at the residence for questioning by detectives.

No further information is immediately available.

New Mexico Teen Pleads Guilty For 2012 Killings - The Associated Press

A 15-year-old boy charged with killing his adoptive mom and sister in 2012 near Tucumcari has pleaded guilty.

The teen entered his plea Thursday to murder charges and was sentenced to detention and treatment in a state Children, Youth and Families Department facility until age 21. That's the maximum the boy could receive after a judge ruled last month he was amenable to treatment.

Authorities say the teen fatally shot 67-year-old Sue Day and killed her 48-year-old daughter Sherry Folts in their home on the outskirts of Tucumcari.

The teen's lawyer says he was abused and neglected as a child.

Albuquerque Police: Woman Found Killed - The Associated Press

Albuquerque police say homicide officers are investigating a violent attack on a woman in southeast Albuquerque.

Police say a woman's body was found yesterday morning and a witness reported seeing a man running from the scene near Zuni Road and Utah Street.

Officers on the scene say there are obvious signs the woman had been violently attacked.

State Police: Teen Pointed Rifle At Deputies - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say a 17-year-old boy pointed a high-powered rifle at deputies and had been drinking before a deputy shot him.

Authorities say the teen also pointed the rifle at unarmed residents before Sandoval County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to the chaotic scene in Algodones last week.

After trying to get the teen to drop his weapon, state police say Deputy Jacob Hopkins hit the teen with two shots.

The teen was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition from gunshot wounds.

Diving Hawks Go After People On New Mexico Campus - The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Part of the New Mexico State University campus is off limits for pedestrians — at least as far as some protective hawks are concerned.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, five people have visited the Campus Health Center in recent weeks for treatment of injuries suffered when they were struck by diving hawks.

Dr. Benjamin Diven says most of the patients had cuts or abrasions on their heads but that one was struck hard enough to have post-concussion symptoms that included dizziness and nausea.

The hawks are parents and they built their nest in a tree outside Rentfrow Gym,

Professor Martha Desmond of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation says the hawks consider pedestrians threats to the birds' offspring.

The university has posted warning signs in the area.

Albuquerque Seeks Bids To Restore Historic Motel - The Associated Press

The De Anza Motor Lodge along historic Route 66 is one step closer to getting a new lease on life.

The city of Albuquerque is now seeking proposals from developers interested in renovating the 2-acre site along Central Avenue. The city's development commission expects to select the winning proposal in February.

Built in 1939 by Native American art and pottery trader Charles Garrett Wallace, the property includes seven separate buildings. One of them features murals by artist Tony Edaakie that depict a Native American ceremonial procession.

The property is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties and on the National Register of Historic Places.

New Mexico Game Agency Buys 1,100-Acre Ranch - The Associated Press

New Mexico's game agency has purchased a 1,100-acre ranch in southwestern New Mexico that includes a two-mile stretch of the Mimbres River.

The Game and Fish Department said it paid $585,000 for the River Ranch, which is about 20 miles northeast of Deming.

Part of the financing came from a program allowing people to donate some of their tax refunds to protect habitat and help wildlife. Some money also came from an environmental settlement fund.

The ranch will be a wildlife management area in which the department determines what hunting, fishing, recreational or educational activities will be allowed.

New Mexico Land Conservancy Executive Director Scott Wilber said state ownership of the ranch will help prevent development from encroaching on the nearby City of Rocks State Park.