LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana County District Attorney says a Las Cruces man has been sentenced to over 13 years in prison for kidnapping an elderly woman and stealing her car. The DA says 44-year-old Andrew Serna of Fairacres was sentenced in the October 2015 case in which he burglarized an 82-year-old woman's home, holding her against her will and stealing her car after dropping her off at a convenience store.
TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a sheriff's office sergeant is facing 21 felony counts of fraud, falsification of documents and perjury. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says Sgt. Ricky Romero was charged Wednesday and that the department has launched an internal investigation.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has determined there's probable cause for prosecutors to pursue their case against a man accused of gunning down a police officer on the nation's largest American Indian reservation. Kirby Cleveland is charged with killing Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo on March 11. A judge on Wednesday ordered Cleveland held pending trial.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The head of New Mexico's child welfare agency is frustrated that a string of measures aimed at closing loopholes and toughening penalties for those convicted of child abuse and similar crimes failed to reach Gov. Susana Martinez's desk. Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson described photographs in which belt marks and bruises covered one boy's legs while another boy had two black eyes. She said more needs to be done legally to protect such victims.
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