Thursday News Roundup: Lost Family Found In Santa Fe National Forest

Jan 2, 2014

  Lost Family Found In Santa Fe National Forest - The Albuquerque Journal

A Santa Fe-area woman and her three young children were found in good condition after they got lost in the Santa Fe National Forest.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, Denise Lee and her children ended up several miles off course after they got turned around during their outing Wednesday afternoon on the Bear Wallow Trail.

State Police and Atalaya Search and Rescue responded to a call for help, and searchers found the family about two hours later Wednesday evening.

Lee is a daughter of Santa Fe Public Schools board president Linda Trujillo.

Ousted NM College President Contests Dismissal - The Santa Fe New Mexican

The ousted president of Sante Fe Community College is citing a state law providing protections for whistleblowers as she contests her firing.

Lawyers for Ana "Cha" Guzman say the college board fired her in retaliation after she wrote a letter to the state auditor in October to request an investigation into the college's finances.

The college board fired Guzman last month, saying it was invoking a contract provision that allows dismissal for "just cause."

Guzman has filed a request for arbitration to get her job back plus back pay, and The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that one of her lawyers says Guzman plans to file a lawsuit in state District Court under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Settlement Reached In Albuquerque Police Case - The Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque has settled two lawsuits that alleged three people were mistreated during alleged "secret" arrests.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the $150,000 settlement was reached in connection with 2010 detentions of a woman and her two adult sons. They were detained during an investigation into an officer-involved shooting of a suspect in a 2008 shooting.

The lawsuits accused police of mistreating Patricia Silva and her sons by pulling them from their home at gunpoint. The three weren't charged, and their lawsuit said officers failed to identify themselves or file reports documenting the detentions.

The city denied wrongdoing and didn't acknowledge any liability.

Assistant City Attorney Stephanie Griffin says officers were searching for individuals who had been with the shooting suspect. She acknowledged that not all officers involved wrote reports.

New Year's Eve Shooting Leaves NM Man Dead - The Associated Press

Rio Rancho police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting at a New Year's Eve party.

Police received a call around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from someone who reported a shooting at a home along Evelyn Drive. Officers responded and found 22-year-old Carlos Rueda with a gunshot wound to the head.

Rueda was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The initial investigation led to the arrest of 20-year-old Ryan Wathen. He's facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Detectives are trying to determine what led to the shooting.