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DA Announces Rio Arriba Grand Jury Indictments

on November 17, 2017 - 8:29am

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna

Staff Report

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna has announced that a Rio Arriba County grand jury handed down indictments on four counts of first degree murder, tampering with evidence, unlawfully taking a vehicle or motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, attempt to commit the crime of disarming a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, larceny, and theft of a credit Card against Damian Herrera. 

Herrera is accused of a

Balderas Urges Congress To Repeal Law That Supports Opioid Oversupply & Handcuffs The DEA

on November 17, 2017 - 7:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas 
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter late Monday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable.
The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016” (P.L. 114-145) has severely limited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) response to the opioid crisis.

Review Committee Declares Santa Fe Police Officer’s Shooting A Justifiable Homicide

on November 17, 2017 - 7:43am

Staff Report 

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna’s office has announced the findings of the Officer Involved Shooting Review Committee’s evaluation of the investigation of the shooting death of Andrew James Lucero by Santa Fe Police Ofc. Leonardo Guzman. 

In a letter to Serna, Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores said the committee unanimously agreed that Ofc. Guzman acted in the lawful discharge of his duties and that the killing of Lucero was a justifiable homicide by a police officer. 

“As such, the committee recommends that no criminal charges be filed,” the

Heinrich, Flake, Shaheen Press DOD For Unpublished Domestic Violence Reporting Data

on November 16, 2017 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today sent a letter to the Defense Department (DOD) raising serious questions about how and where the agency is reporting domestic violence related convictions adjudicated in military court, and the recent FBI’s assertion that it cannot determine how many, if any, of these convictions have been reported to one of three databases used to prevent the sale of firearms to statutorily-barred individuals.
As the letter notes, currently available data shows only one

FBI: Man With Goatee Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank May Have Fled In Red Car

on November 16, 2017 - 6:48am
The thief in Tuesday's bank robbery. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
A man with a goatee and wearing a red baseball cap robbed an Albuquerque bank Tuesday and possibly fled in a red, older model car.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a slender build. He had a goatee and wore sunglasses, a red baseball cap with a white logo on the front and black brim, a black T-shirt, black and white hooded jacket, and blue jeans. 
The suspect entered BBVA Compass bank, 13140 Central Ave. SE, at approximately 2:10 p.m.