State briefs 6-26-14

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By Associated Press


Numerous cars vandalized

in Santa Fe parking lot 


SANTA FE (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say they’re investigating criminal damage, vandalism and burglary to numerous cars in a Rail Runner parking lot.

They say 26 cars either had windows damaged or tires slashed and seven batteries were stolen from vehicles.

Police are working with Rail Runner officials to obtain surveillance footage of the vandalism.

Investigators believe the damage was done sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Officers were called to the scene after a victim noticed the damage around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say they’re looking for suspects in the case.


Trial reset for consultant 

tied to hijacked email 

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A trial on child pornography charges has been postponed for Democratic political consultant Jason Loera, who’s been linked to a separate case about the hijacking of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s campaign email account.

U.S. District Judge James Browning rescheduled Loera’s child pornography trial for Sept. 15. It was to start July 1. Loera has pleaded not guilty.

The FBI found sexually explicit images of children on computer equipment when they searched Loera’s Albuquerque home in 2012 while investigating the hijacked email.

Former Martinez campaign manager Jamie Estrada pleaded guilty last week to charges of intercepting email and making false statements to federal agents.

According to FBI affidavits, Estrada and Loera knew each other and hijacked emails were sent from a Loera-controlled account to Martinez political opponents.


Navajo Nation wildfire

 now 90 percent contained 

ALBUQUERQUE — A wildfire that has burned nearly 23 square miles of terrain on the Navajo Nation just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border is almost fully contained.

Fire officials say Assayii (UH’-saw-he) Lake Fire was 90 percent contained by Wednesday night.

Crews say they are securing the last of necessary fire lines around the southwest area of the wildfire west of Long Lake.

They say passers-by will continue to see smoke as some spots within the fire area are still smoldering.

Authorities say anyone driving in the area should proceed slowly for firefighter and public safety.


Rangers ID New Mexico

woman’s dead at Lake Powell 

PAGE, Ariz. — Authorities have identified a 41-year-old New Mexico woman who went missing in the waters of Lake Powell over the weekend and was later found dead.

The body of Pamela Hammitt, of Gallup was recovered near Lone Rock Beach on Monday morning, two days after park officials received an emergency call about her and launched a search effort.

Officials at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area say the cause of death appears to be drowning.