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Apr 8, 2019

Child under age 12 in critical condition after shootingALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a child under the age of 12 was shot Sunday night in a home on the northeast side of the city, the Albuquerque Journal reports .Police say the child is in critical condition. The child's gender and age have not been released, the Journal reports.Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik says officers were dispatched to the house around 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Drobik said the shooting took place inside of the residence, the newspaper reports.Drobik says the investigation involved a search for two other children who live in the home who were ultimately found in southeast Albuquerque."This is a family home and three kids live in this house," Drobik told the Journal. "Somehow they were moved after this incident happened."


Convicted ex-sheriff wants sentence tossed, blames lawyerALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico sheriff convicted of abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage wants his prison sentence tossed.Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella recently filed a motion to vacate his sentence over claims his attorney failed to provide an effective defense.According to court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Rodella says attorney Robert Gorence refused to let him testify on his own behalf, resulting in "a miscarriage of justice." Court documents also accuse Gorence of failing to investigate critical issues in the case.Gorence did not immediately return an email requesting comment.Thomas Rodella was sentenced in 2015 to 10 years.  He's serving time at a federal prison in Seagoville, Texas.


2 people dead, 9 arrested after van rollover in New MexicoDONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead and nine others arrested after a minivan believed to be carrying immigrants rolled in southern New Mexico near the Texas border.U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Paso Sector responded to a report of a suspected smuggling incident around 5 p.m. Saturday on New Mexico's Highway 9.Authorities say the minivan failed to yield to emergency lights and sirens, so agents deployed a tire deflation device.The minivan swerved to avoid the device and rolled over.Border Patrol officials say two occupants of the minivan were ejected and declared dead at the scene.Their names are being withheld until relatives are notified.Authorities say five other occupants were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life threatening.


Trump shakes up leadership at Homeland Security DepartmentWASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well-respected by members of Congress and within the administration. The decision to name a top immigration officer to the post reflects Trump's priority for the sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.Though Trump aides were eyeing a staff shake-up at Homeland Security and had already withdrawn the nomination for another key immigration post, the development Sunday was unexpected.


Police: 2 dead bodies found in home in southeast AlbuquerqueALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two dead bodies have been found in southeast Albuquerque home.Albuquerque police say the bodies of a man and woman were discovered Saturday evening inside a home south of the University of New Mexico campus.They say an acquaintance of the couple came to the house around 6 p.m. and found the bodies.Police have not identified the bodies yet or say how the man and woman died.


Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisisALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new documentary explores the world of rural health care amid poverty and a persistent opioid crisis."The Providers," set to air on the PBS Independent Lens series this week, looks at the challenges three health care workers in rural New Mexico face as they provide services to aging patients and those struggling with addiction.The film shows how the health care providers from El Centro Family Health Center refuse to pass judgment on patients trying to cope with alcoholism, opioid use and unemployment in one the poorest regions in the nation.Filmmakers Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin say they captured around 350 hours of footage.The film is scheduled to air on most PBS stations on Monday.


Suspect charged in fatal shooting of a man in AlbuquerqueALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in northwest Albuquerque last week.Albuquerque police say 18-year-old Zachary Hammond has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.It was unclear Sunday if Hammond has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.Police say Eric Apisa died Saturday from a gunshot wound he suffered last Tuesday.Hammond was booked into jail after the shooting on an outstanding warrant and homicide detectives worked with the District Attorney's Office to file additional charges.Police say the tampering with evidence charge stems from Hammond telling authorities that he gave the gun to a neighbor for safe keeping.


Police: Suspect injured during arrest may have lost eyesightLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a knife-wielding shoplifting suspect accused of trying to steal a vehicle after stabbing mall employees may have lost his eyesight because of injuries suffered when police fired bean-bag rounds 15 times and stun guns 23 times to subdue him.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Police Chief Patrick Gallagher said during a Friday news conference that a multi-agency task force will investigate the March 23 incident involving 31-year-old Joshua James LeNoir.Police released a 17-second police video clip showing projectiles being fired at a man who stood up, turned away from officers and walked away.A police spokesman said LeNoir is at a rehabilitation facility after being released from a hospital.Court records don't list a defense attorney for LeNoir who could comment on the allegations.