Briefs 03-20-13

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By Associated Press

Few bills passed in legislature

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Just under a quarter of the bills introduced during the New Mexico Legislature’s 2013 annual session were passed by both chambers.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that of 1,317 bills introduced in 2013, 298 were approved by lawmakers.
That compares with 284 in 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed 98 — about a third — of those.

Two killed in Santa Fe
accident; vehicle was on fire

SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say two people are dead following a fiery automobile accident.
Officers arriving at the scene Tuesday evening found one body on the ground outside an SUV that was fully engulfed in flames and another body inside the vehicle.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, firefighters reported that flames were 25 feet high when they arrived.
It’s not clear whether another vehicle accident was involved in the crash, and identities of the victims haven’t been released.

Family: Belongings lost at unsecured crash site

ALBUQUERQUE— A family relocating from California to Texas escaped with their lives after a rollover on a main highway through New Mexico, but they say passers-by stole thousands of dollars’ worth of their possessions after authorities failed to secure the crash site.
Keith and Amanda Tucker and their three young children were in a truck towing a trailer of possessions from Sonora, Calif., to Rosser, Texas, when the accident occurred Saturday on Interstate 40 near Albuquerque.
A tire on the relative’s truck that Amanda Tucker was driving blew out, causing her to lose control of the vehicle, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/WB3Ezt). The truck went off the highway, rolled twice and came to rest upright near their heavily damaged trailer, according to a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office accident report.
The family members went to a hospital for treatment of various injuries.
“When we were getting ready to leave in the ambulance, Keith asked whether someone should stay behind to pick up our stuff, but the deputy said they’d take care (of) it,” Amanda Tucker said.
Many items were retrieved by deputies and a passer-by who took the items to the sheriff’s office, but the family says other belongings worth up to $15,000 have disappeared after apparently being left at the site. Items missing include toys, Christmas ornaments, a safe, ammunition and a knife collection.

ABQ police investigate fatal shooting

ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque police are investigating an overnight fatal shooting.
Police say one person was found dead after a resident called 911 shortly before midnight Tuesday to report seeing a person with a gun.
Police aren’t releasing any information about the victim, including age or gender.