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Mental Health Hotline opens
SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday.
Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy access to services.
Starting Feb. 1, she says the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line will be available across New Mexico at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).
The crisis line will be staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It has previously been available in some of the state’s more densely populated areas.
Fugitive wanted in N.M. gun case captured in N.Y.
LOS LUNAS — Los Lunas police say the last person wanted in connection with the Christmas Day burglary of six guns from a local Wal-Mart has been captured by federal authorities in New York.
Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick says Gary Wilson was arrested Wednesday by agents with the U.S. Marshals Service as he was leaving an apartment in Getzville, N.Y.
The chief says the 27-year-old Wilson fled the state two weeks ago after police issued an arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in the burglary.
Wilson is accused of driving the getaway truck and acting as a lookout outside the store.
Men plead guilty in scheme
ALBUQUERQUE — Federal prosecutors say three California men have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme in which high-dollar cellphones were fraudulently obtained from retail stores in three states and then resold for profit.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales says Jeffrey Contella and Joseph Cohen of Los Angeles and Amir Meir Levi of Sherman Oaks entered their pleas in federal court in Albuquerque on Wednesday.
They were indicted last February on conspiracy to transport stolen property and fraud charges.
A trial is pending for a fourth defendant, Joshua Ferdman.
Five rifles, a shotgun and about $30,000 in merchandise were taken during the burglary. The guns were recovered earlier this month when authorities made four arrests in the case.
Teen hit, killed by train
BERNALILLO — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has been hit and killed by a passenger train in Bernalillo.
Bernalillo Police Chief Julian Gonzales says the teen was crossing the tracks at the south end of town when he was hit. Gonzales says the teen apparently didn’t see or hear the training approaching.
The incident happened Wednesday afternoon as Amtrak’s Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles was nearing its daily stop in Albuquerque.
There were 116 passengers on the train. No other injuries were reported.
Authorities have not released the teen’s name.