LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces. State Police identified the crew members as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso, Texas. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said it would take about a week to issue a preliminary report about the crash.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The FBI is offering a reward in a case involving a man who assaulted and robbed an Iraqi Catholic refugee in Albuquerque and yelled obscenities about Muslims. The agency announced it will offer a $2,000 reward for the capture of a suspect who stole $20,000 in gold during the violent home invasion in June.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank and three businesses during a two-day crime spree in 2011. Under the terms of his plea agreement, 24-year-old Daniel Lujan, of Las Vegas, will be sentenced to 12 years in prison. He remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad Caverns National Park has adopted a ban on drones. Officials say anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the park's boundaries could face fines and possible jail time. Southwest national parks such as Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Canyon and Zion have recently put bans in place.
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