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Jul 8, 2019

New Mexico police investigating death of 2-week-old child(Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities are investigating the death of a two-week-old child at an Albuquerque apartment complex.The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that Albuquerque police responded to a report of an unresponsive infant Sunday afternoon.Medical investigators have determined the child's injuries were suspicious.A police official says emergency medical personnel attempted treatment, but determined the baby was "beyond help."The police department's Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating.An official says detectives are conducting interviews to determine the cause and circumstances of the child's injuries.___


4 people shot in parking lot outside New Mexico nightclubALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four people have been shot outside a nightclub in New Mexico.News organizations reported that all four people were transported to hospitals after the shooting in an Albuquerque parking lot around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.The names and conditions of the victims were not immediately reported.Police say they responded to a report of shots fired in the lot adjacent to Lotus Night Club Downtown.Authorities say three individuals were taken into custody for questioning, but no arrests were made due to conflicting reports and insufficient evidence.Police say they sealed a vehicle at the scene that had "visible firearms."Authorities say the investigation is continuing.


Zoo vandals let bobcat, raccoon briefly escape, police sayROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police are searching for whoever cut locks and fencing on exhibits at a New Mexico zoo, allowing four animals, including a bobcat, to escape before they were quickly found nearby.Police in Roswell, New Mexico, say they discovered the vandalism after a visitor noticed cut fencing at the red-tailed hawk exhibit Sunday. The zoo was evacuated as staff discovered that other vandalized enclosures had freed a raccoon, two raccoon-like coatimundis and a bobcat.Officials say the animals were all found within 20 minutes in non-public zookeeper areas.Spring River Park and Zoo staffers believe only the raccoon might have ventured into a visitor area.Authorities say they're glad the animals stayed in their "comfort zones," but the vandalism could have put people and animals in danger.


New Mexico ghost town saloon uses civility to draw crowd(Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com)WHITE OAKS, N.M. (AP) — A saloon in a New Mexico ghost town attracts regulars with diverse backgrounds and opinions with a promise to "have dialogue."The Albuquerque Journal recently reported that the No Scum Allowed Saloon in the White Oaks, New Mexico, pulls in people from around the state and sometimes tourists from overseas because of its reputation and catchy name.Saloon owner Karen Haughness, one of nine people who live in White Oaks, says the saloon's regulars often exceed the town's population. She says the saloon cultivates civil discourse among visitors.The town was founded after gold was discovered in the region in 1879. Outlaw Billy the Kid is said to have visited White Oaks often looking for a good time.White Oaks is 160 miles (257 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque.___


Jeffrey Epstein due in court after sex trafficking arrestNEW YORK (AP) — Eleven years after letting Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a once-secret plea deal, the U.S. government is taking another run at putting the wealthy sex offender behind bars.Law enforcement officials say Epstein was arrested over the weekend on new sex-trafficking charges and is expected to make his first court appearance in New York City on Monday.Prosecutors are likely to argue that he is a flight risk and should remain in jail instead of being released on bail pending trial.One law enforcement official told The Associated Press the case deals with allegations that Epstein paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s.The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.___Sisak reported from Orlando, Florida. Associated Press writers Colleen Long, Curt Anderson and Tom Hays contributed to this report.


Police searching for 2 who left juvenile supervised releaseALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police are searching for two 19-year-olds who they say walked away from a juvenile supervised release center.New Mexico State Police said Sunday that 19-year-old Deacon Castillo of Las Cruces and 19-year-old Jose Romero of Albuquerque left the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center late Saturday.Authorities say Castillo was sent there for aggravated and auto burglary. He is described as Hispanic, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 145 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.Police say Romero was committed for armed robbery. He is described as Hispanic, 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighing 151 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the New Mexico State Police at (505) 841-9256, option 3.


2 rescued from flood channels after Albuquerque rainsALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — Authorities say firefighters have rescued two people swept away in flood channels after heavy rains in the Albuquerque area.Albuquerque Fire Rescue says both people were exhausted, bruised, and hypothermic when they were hospitalized after being pulled from the water at two separate locations on Saturday.The Albuquerque Journal reports scattered thunderstorms moving through Bernalillo County and Rio Rancho on Saturday were part of the monsoons.National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Church tells the newspaper the evening storms dumped rain sporadically for a few hours, resulting in minor flooding in streets and small streams.He says the rain was heavy but the soil absorbed most of the moisture.


Environmentalists push for changes in New Mexico on beavers(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental advocates in New Mexico are pushing for the state to change its policies around beavers — pesky animals they say provide ecological benefits for river and stream.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that WildEarth Guardians and other groups want New Mexico wildlife officials to rethink how it manages beaver populations, including policy revisions on beaver removal and relocation.The push comes two months after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed seven new members to the State Game Commission, which is responsible for creating regulations regarding fish and wildlife in the state.The Department of Game and Fish doesn't have current data about how many beavers are in New Mexico, but an agency document from about eight years ago estimated there were around 6,000 in the state.___