State News at a Glance 09-23-10

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By Associated Press

Fugitive arrested, taken to UNM Hospital   

ALBUQUERQUE— The U.S. Marshals Service in New Mexico has arrested a fugitive out of Montana who has been at large for the past two years.
Authorities said   63-year-old Daniel Herman Lopez was taken into custody Tuesday at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he has been treated since July for an undisclosed medical condition.
Lopez was targeted in a nationwide manhunt since 2008, when he jumped parole in Missoula, Mont.
Authorities said he has a violent criminal history with convictions for rape, assault and theft, and for participating in the 1991 Montana State Prison riot, where five inmates died.
Lopez had most recently been living in the region that includes El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces.
He was in custody in Albuquerque, pending additional charges and extradition to Montana.

Finding a friend for a giraffe

Clovis zoo officials hope to fill a tall order in the next few weeks.
Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo said they have located a male giraffe after a yearlong search. They want the giraffe as a companion for their girl giraffe Jael.
The Clovis City Commission would need to approve a budget transfer of $15,500 during the city’s regular meeting Thursday.
Zoo director Herschel Arnold said he’s not expecting a tough vote from the commission, and noted city staff has been excited about the find.
Arnold tells the Clovis News Journal the male giraffe should arrive within a few weeks of the purchase agreement.
The giraffe is a proven breeder, and the hope is that three or four offspring could be produced with Jael.
– Associated Press