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  • ALBUQUERQUE CRIME

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's only a few days into the new school year, but New Mexico's largest district is reeling from a shooting that left one student dead and landed another in custody. Authorities say Friday's shooting was an isolated incident between two Washington Middle School students who were believed to be about 13 years old. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she was heartbroken and that more needs to be done to address gun violence. The shootings come as Mayor Tim Keller convened his latest session with other officials to talk about curbing violence and crime in the city. 

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are putting out an urgent call for volunteer nurses to help boost the state's medical workforce. The New Mexico Department of Health late Friday called on nurses or anyone with a medical license to volunteer to help because they think hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with patients. They want recently retired health workers or anyone qualified to sign up for the state's Medical Reserve Corps. Hospitals in New Mexico and across the nation are seeing increased hospitalizations because of long-postponed surgeries and a surge in COVID-19 patients. The state reported 798 new cases Friday and expects 1,000 a day in coming weeks.  

  • CHILD ABUSE-ARREST

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man whose young son was found dead in the Rio Grande River days after the man was seen taking the boy to the riverbank has been arrested on charges, including child abuse leading to death. New Mexico State Police announced the arrest of Shaquille Ferguson Sr. of Truth or Consequences in the death of 5-year-old Shaquille Ferguson Jr. on Friday. State police have been investigating since June 18, when the boy's grandmother came into the Truth or Consequences state police office saying she hadn't seen the boy for weeks. The boy's body was found in the river the next day. 

  • STREET RACING-GALLUP

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say operations aimed at cracking down on street racing within Gallup and the surrounding area of northwestern New Mexico's McKinley County have netted a dozen arrests and produced 70 traffic citations. A New Mexico State Police statement said the arrests made during operations conducted July 17 and Aug. 7 included five for DWI,. The statement said the Gallup Police Department had requested help in curbing street racing and that the McKinley County Sheriff's Office also participated in the operations. State Police Chief Tim Johnson said illegal street racing is a problem statewide and "unnecessarily puts the safety of citizens traveling in New Mexico in danger.""

  • DRUG TRAFFICKING SENTENCES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Phoenix men have been sentenced to lengthy terms in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine from Arizona for sale in New Mexico. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque announced Friday that 67-year-old Arturo Munoz of Phoenix was sentenced to eight years in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine. Phoenix resident Ricardo Osornio, 44, previously received more than five years in prison. The two men were arrested in March 2019 after police in Lordsberg, N.M., stopped their vehicle on Interstate 10 and discovered more than 2 kilograms of meth. They planned to sell it in Deming, N.M. 

  • FUGITIVE ARRESTED

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted for pointing a gun at a New Mexico State Police officer during a June encounter has been arrested. State police said Friday that they were working with police in Espanola to arrested the man on June 14 in connection with a recent stabbing when he got out of a vehicle and pointed a gun at a state police officer. The officer fired at the man but he ran away and escaped. State police and officers from Espanola followed numerous tips over the summer as they searched for the 37-year-old Chamita resident. He was finally located Wednesday in La Mesilla and arrested after a standoff.

  • DETENTION OFFICER ARREST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A detention officer at the jail in San Juan County has been charged with multiple counts of having sexual contact with an inmate and with bringing contraband into the jail. The county sheriff's office said Friday that it was called to investigate early this week after an inmate at the adult detention center in Farmington reported the crime. Detectives investigated and arrested 23-year-old Kendall F. Begay after determining he had sexual contact with a female inmate six times. Begay has been fired and faces multiple counts of sexual contact with an inmate by a person in a position of authority.

  • HEALTH INSURANCE DEADLINE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A special enrollment period for health insurance on the state exchange is coming to a close on Sunday. Federal pandemic relief is providing financial assistance with health care insurance premiums for New Mexico residents with moderate incomes or living on the cusp of poverty. Low- or zero-premium policies area available to the currently uninsured as well as enrolled exchange members who re-enroll by the Sunday deadline. Open enrollment typically takes place only in November and December at the insurance exchange known as beWellnm. There are five insurance carriers that offer coverage in every county in the state.