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  • Shoplifters arrested after fleeing, attempting to run over officer

    Two men were arrested this week after shoplifting and fleeing from police. The suspects crashed a truck after fleeing from Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos Friday.

    An unknown amount of suspects were involved in the shoplifting and accident, but Stephen Jaymes Montano and Joel A. Martin, were located and arrested that night, according to Los Alamos Police Department.

    Montano and Martin were arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, aggravated fleeing, shoplifting, leaving the scene of a crash, reckless driving and criminal damage to property. Montano also had the two active bench warrants.

    Around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. J. Montoya was dispatched to a shoplifting incident involving a white Nissan Titan pickup truck.

    The suspects drove out of the Smith’s Marketplace parking lot, heading east on East Road, turned right onto Arroyo Lane, then right onto Verde Ridge Road.

    Around 10:10 p.m., Cpl. R. Larsen advised over radio that shots were fired and the white Nissan truck was fleeing from him.

    The white truck then wrecked on Verde Ridge and Arroyo Lane. The suspects had turned around in the cul de sac at the end, ran over a group of mailboxes, then crashed the truck into two cars parked on Arroyo Lane.

  • Santa Fe Archdiocese collecting donations for Harvey relief

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Catholic Charities of New Mexico are organizing donation efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Tuesday that the two entities are collecting donations online to be given to Catholic Charities in southeast Texas and Louisiana.

    In addition, all Archdiocese of Santa Fe parishes have been invited to participate in a second collection during the weekend of Sept. 17 to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Floodwaters drop across much of Houston; death toll at 20

    By NOMAAN MERCHANT and JUAN LOZANO, Associated Press

    HOUSTON (AP) — Harvey's floodwaters began to drop across much of the Houston area and the sun peeked through thinning clouds Wednesday in the biggest glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city. But as the crisis eases, the storm could begin to give up its dead.

    "We have good news," said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. "The water levels are going down. And that's for the first time in several days."

    The number of confirmed deaths rose to 20 when authorities reported that two men drowned on Monday. One of them drove around a barricade and into standing water, while the other tried to swim across a flooded road.

    Authorities expect the toll to rise as the waters recede and they are able to take full stock of the death and destruction wrought by the hurricane.

    Many thousands of homes in and around the nation's fourth-largest city were still swamped and could stay that way for days or longer. And some Houston-area neighborhoods were still in danger of more flooding from a levee breach.

    Officials said 911 call centers in the Houston area were still getting more than 1,000 calls an hour from people seeking help.

  • Festival celebrating Bigfoot in Jemez Springs Saturday

    Some people believe Bigfoot, the legendary, ape-like creature that allegedly roams the forests of the great northwest, has moved south. More specifically – somewhere in the Jemez Mountains.

    The village of Jemez Springs will host a barbecue, festival and lecture Saturday celebrating this the legend.
    Called the Bigfoot BBQ & Blues Fest, the event is organized by Jemez Springs resident Felix Nuñez.

    “Although I don’t want to hang my hat on Bigfoot’s existence, I think there’s been a lot of fascinating audio and video clips that can only be described as ‘unexplainable’ but real to those who have had personal encounters,” Nuñez said.

    “Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, this event is for everyone who wants to enjoy live music, the beautiful Jemez Valley and hear from one of New Mexico’s top Bigfoot experts.”

    The event begins at 11 a.m. in the town’s main plaza when DJ Julian Trujillo plays music to get the event started. Nomad’s BBQ, Marley’s BBQ and local breweries will be selling food and drink. 

    Woodcarvers and vendors will also sell various handcrafted items.

  • Sec. of state seeks more info about complaint

    The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office has requested more information from Patrick Brenner, a Sandoval County resident who filed a complaint against Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary with the office on July 10.

    Brenner filed a claim with the office, claiming that O’Leary was in conflict of interest when she advocated for the passage of a recreation bond measure when also serving as part of a political action committee that promoted the $20 million recreation bond measure in May.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, has asked Brenner to clarify why he thinks O’Leary is in conflict of interest.

    “The complaint doesn’t really make anything clear about why Mr. Brenner is making his complaint, and that’s why our office then submitted that letter to him asking for clarification,” Secretary of State Communications Director Joey Keefe said. 

    Brenner is also alleging that the PAC accepted donations from non-profit organizations, which he says state law prohibits.

  • NKorea leader urges more missile launches targeting Pacific

    By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang announced Wednesday, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

    Tuesday's aggressive missile launch — likely the longest ever from North Korea — over the territory of a close U.S. ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby.

    Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said it was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that the North first successfully tested in May and threatened to fire into waters near Guam earlier this month.

    Kim expressed "great satisfaction" over the launch that he called a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam, which is home to key U.S. military bases that North Korea finds threatening, the agency said. He also said the country will continue to watch "U.S. demeanors" before it decides on future actions.

  • Pastor: New Mexico shooting suspect showed no warning signs

    CLOVIS (AP) — The suspected teen gunman who opened fire inside an eastern New Mexico public library, killing two people and wounding four, appeared to be turning his life around, volunteering at church and never missing a service, the youth's pastor said Tuesday as the small farming city of Clovis struggled to understand the violence.

    Living Word Church of God Pastor David Stevens said the teen had been troubled but started attending his church more than three months ago and gave no indication that anything was wrong. He said the teen, who was dating his daughter, had been searching for "inner peace" and making strides in his life.

    Stevens found out that the teen was the suspect when his daughter rushed to the Clovis-Culver Public Library after receiving a text from a friend with a video of person who looked like her boyfriend being led away in handcuffs by police.

    After the girl arrived with her mother, they were led to authorities and interviewed by a detective who identified the boy as the suspected shooter and took her cellphone, looking for any messages between the teens that might help in the investigation, said the mother, Paula Stevens. The pastor said police found nothing.

  • The Latest: Facebook, Google to match Harvey donations

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):

    2:55 p.m.

    Facebook and Google are matching donations to people affected by Hurricane Harvey, the tech giants announced on Tuesday. Facebook says it will match every dollar raised through its platform, up to $1 million, for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. The money will support local recovery and rebuilding efforts. U.S. Facebook users are getting a message at the top of their news feed on how to donate.

    Google says it is matching $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross. To donate, go to https://www.google.org/harvey-relief/ . The company also matched donations from employees, and said Tuesday it donated $750,000 between its nonprofit arm, Google.org, and employee contributions to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.


    2:30 p.m.

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed that police Sgt. Steve Perez has died after he became trapped in his patrol car as he was driving to work.

    The Houston Chronicle has reported that the 30-year officer was heading to work Sunday when he became trapped in high water on Interstate 45 in north Harris County and then couldn't get himself out of his car.


  • Trump: 'All options are on table' after North Korea launch

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that "all options are on the table" in response to its launch of a missile over close U.S. ally Japan.

    In a terse, written statement, Trump said that North Korea's missile launch "signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior."

    "Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world," Trump said. "All options are on the table."

    Trump later told reporters, "We'll see, we'll see" when asked what he would do. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, was departing the White House to survey storm damage in southeast Texas.

    North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload. It flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said, as Washington and South Korea were conducting war games nearby.

  • Houston to open more mega-shelters to house flooded families

    By NOMAAN MERCHANT and JUAN LOZANO, Associated Press

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials will open two or three more mega-shelters to accommodate people who continue to arrive at the overflowing George R. Brown Convention Center seeking refuge from Harvey's record-breaking flooding, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday.

    The center already held more than 9,000 people, almost twice the number officials originally planned to house there, Turner said.

    "We are not turning anyone away. But it does mean we need to expand our capabilities and our capacity," Turner said. "Relief is coming."

    More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters and that number seemed certain to increase, the American Red Cross said.

    City officials have made a formal request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for more supplies, including cots and food, for additional 10,000 people, which he hopes arrive no later than Wednesday, the mayor said.

    Also on Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that a city police officer drowned in his patrol car as he was driving to work. The newspaper, citing three unidentified department officials, said the 30-year officer was heading to work Sunday when he became trapped in his car in high water on Interstate 45 in north Harris County.