Topless mom charged with drunk driving after crash with kid

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe woman is facing charges after police found her bloody and topless following an apparent alcohol-related crash with a young child inside her car. Jennifer Jensen was arrested last week following reports that she smashed her red Toyota van in a McDonald’s parking

Hero teacher saved 17 lives from ‘evil’ school shooter

The shooting Thursday morning at Aztec High School in northern New Mexico could have been significantly worse had it not been for heroes who locked the school down and the police officers who ran inside. There were two heroes in particular, according to San Juan Shereiff Ken Christesen. One

High school shooter posed as student to carry out attack

The gunman who killed two teens at a New Mexico high school Thursday disguised himself as a student to carry out the attack and was previously investigated by the FBI, authorities said. William Atchison, 21, a former student of Aztec High School, wore a disguise so he could evade

Man flipped golf cart while driving drunk: cops

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he drove a golf cart while drunk and crashed it into a fence. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office said Justin Valenzuela was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated drunken driving following reports of the golf cart

Thousands raised for clerk who lost job shooting armed robber

Nearly $10,000 has been raised as of Tuesday night for a mother of three who lost her job at an Albuquerque, N.M., gas station after shooting an armed robbery suspect. Jennifer Wertz said the suspect pointed a gun at her at a Circle K gas station last week, forcing her to

Multiple people killed, injured in library shooting

CLOVIS, N.M. — Two people were killed and four others injured when gunfire erupted inside a public library on Monday, throwing an eastern New Mexico community into a panic as officers swarmed the building with their guns drawn. Authorities and elected officials in the city of Clovis said the shooter had

Militant Christian cult charged with sexually abusing children

Members of a military-style Christian group in New Mexico have been arrested for what authorities are calling horrific crimes against children. Peter Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in Fence Lake was arrested Sunday morning and faces 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child, local station KOAT

Shootings spark fear of serial cattle killer

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that another six cattle on two separate properties were shot and killed. Detectives say a high-caliber

Thief steals 1,700-pound barbecue pit filled with brisket

Police are investigating a bizarre heist of a 1,700-pound barbecue pit from a popular Albuquerque restaurant. The Albuquerque Journal reports police say the black and red 200-gallon smoker smoke was stolen early Sunday. Daniel Morgan, the owner of Pepper’s Ole Fashion BBQ, says the smoker was cooking up a batch of brisket

Brothers arrested in drive-by shooting of teen girl at party

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Authorities say two brothers have been arrested in the drive-by shooting killing of a 14-year-old girl shot in the head as she attended a party at a home in Las Cruces. Police say 20-year-old Julio Gutierrez-Barrera and 19-year-old Alonzo Barrera were arrested in the killing early Saturday

Teen dies from using cellphone while taking a bath

A Texas teen died Sunday morning while using her cellphone in a bathtub, according to reports. Madison Coe, 14, was electrocuted taking a bath at her father’s home in Lovington, New Mexico, news station KCBD reported. Relatives told KCBD that the accident was caused either when she plugged in her phone while

Alexa calls cops on man allegedly beating his girlfriend

A New Mexico man was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend and threatening to kill her — after Amazon’s Alexa called police, authorities said. Eduardo Barros, 28, became angered with his unidentified girlfriend while house-sitting in Tijeras, about 15 miles east of Albuquerque, and the dispute suddenly turned physical on July

20 Ways We’ve Depicted Aliens On Film, 70 Years After Roswell

Whether or not you believe there were aliens present at the site of a crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, we can all agree the incident sparked an entire culture of conspiracy theories and speculation about creatures beyond planet Earth. Seventy years after the initial incident, when a farmer

Teacher, husband found shot to death in truck on side of road

Authorities are investigating the deaths of a Texas couple found shot inside a truck on the side of a highway. Ursula Tammy Kokotkiewicz, 32, and her husband Jacob Kokotkiewicz, 31, were identified Monday as the bodies discovered last week in a vehicle near Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to the Dallas News. Police

Man accused of attacking parents because they had no AC

A New Mexico man was accused of attacking his parents with a knife because of a lack of air conditioning in their home, according to a report. Robert Generosa of Albuquerque lost his cool and threatened to stab his elderly parents, reported, citing court documents. Generosa then sliced his father’s face

Bodies found of dad, son who went missing on hike

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Authorities say a Texas man and his son reported missing on a hike in the area of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park have been found dead. New Mexico State Police say the search for 57-year-old of Robert Stuart Pluta and his 21-year-old son Robert Jr. began Monday. Both men

Cops urge author to end deadly treasure hunt with cult following

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s top law enforcement officer is urging the author and antiquities dealer who inspired thousands to search remote corners of the American West for a hidden chest of gold and jewels to end the treasure hunt. The plea from State Police Chief Pete Kassetas follows what

Man arrested for shooting rampage that left 5 dead, spanned 200 miles

ABIQUIU, N.M. — A man accused of killing his stepfather, brother and two strangers in a shooting rampage spanning nearly 200 miles across New Mexico had made troubling statements to family members about his intentions to kill or hurt people for fun, court documents said Friday. An argument between Damian Herrera,