State Briefs 08-10-14

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By Associated Press

Sandoval County deputy involved in shooting

ALGODONES — Authorities are investigating a shooting involving a Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputy that left one man wounded.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the shooting took place Thursday around 9 p.m. in Algodones, just north of Bernalillo.
Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder says deputies responded to reports of shots fired.
Elder says one man was taken to a hospital but did not say if the man had been shot by a deputy. His condition is unknown.
He did not identify him or the deputy involved.
Resident Richard Spence, who lives across the street from the scene, says he called 911 after hearing about 10 shots.

Crew finds prehistoric remains at missile range

LAS CRUCES — Remains of a prehistoric elephant-like creature have been found in southern New Mexico.
White Sands Missile Range recently announced the discovery of a fossilized mastodon skeleton on the expansive military installation, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
Stan Berryman, an archaeologist at WSMR, says the mastodon was first found in January in the foothills of the San Andres Mountains to the west of U.S. 70. He says a 10-person crew was searching for remnants of early Native American cultures at the time.
“We were doing an archaeological survey along the shoreline of the old lake,” Berryman said. “Surprise, surprise — we found the mastodon.”
Officials said the team was led to the specimen via a trail of tooth fragments. A tusk was partially exposed, thanks to erosion.
“We suspect there’s a complete animal out there,” Berryman said.

Family of 4 killed in head-on crash in Four Corners area

BLOOMFIELD — Authorities say a Texas family was killed when their vehicle collided head-on with another while they were traveling in New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police say the crash occurred Friday around 9 p.m. on US 550, about 20 miles south of Bloomfield.
According to investigators, 24-year-old Brian Lee became fatigued while driving northbound and crossed the center line.
They say his Ford truck crashed into a van heading southbound.
All four occupants in the van died immediately upon impact.
Authorities have identified them as 47-year-old Michael Miller, of Argyle, 48-year-old Leann Miller and their two children, 12-year-old Zoey Miller and 7-year-old Miles Miller.
Police say Michael Miller was the only person using a seatbelt.