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NM political consultant arrested by FBI

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico says a political consultant who formerly lived in Albuquerque has been arrested on child pornography charges.

The prosecutor's office announced Monday that Jason Loera was arrested in Los Angeles by the FBI based on an indictment in New Mexico. After appearing in federal court in California, Loera was released on a $20,000 bond.

The indictment alleged Loera received and possessed child pornography while living in Bernalillo County in 2009 and 2010.

According to state campaign finance records, Loera was paid as a consultant in 2012 by Grassroots New Mexico, a political action committee with ties to Albuquerque lawyer Sam Bregman, who became state Democratic Party chairman this year.

Bregman didn't immediately return a telephone message and email seeking comment.

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Los Alamos doctor arrested -- updated

By Tris DeRoma

 A Los Alamos doctor is currently being held without bond after being arrested shortly after leaving the Los Alamos Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

Police were acting on a probable cause warrant issued by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Dr. Pavel Mourachov, 42, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony. He was also charged with harassment, a misdemeanor and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth-degree felony.

The Los Alamos Medical Center released a statement Thursday after Mourachov's arrest.

"We share our community’s concerns about Dr. Mourachov’s arrest and the allegations that continue to come to light.  Dr. Mourachov is not an employee of Los Alamos Medical Center and has had a limited practice at our hospital for some time.  His medical privileges have been suspended," the statement said.

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Police: Sleeping Pills in Kid Cups at Daycare

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Sheriff: NM teen planned to randomly shoot people--Video Extra

By Susan M. Bryan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico teenager accused of gunning down five family members over the weekend ambushed his father as he returned home from an overnight shift at a rescue mission, then reloaded his rifles and planned to go to a Wal-Mart and randomly shoot people, authorities said Tuesday.

Instead, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego texted a picture of his dead mother to his 12-year-old girlfriend, then spent much of Saturday with the girl and her family, authorities said. That evening, the teen went to the church where his father had been a pastor, and Griego eventually confessed to killing his parents and three younger siblings.

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Raw: Woman Thrown on Philly Subway Tracks

Philadelphia transit police say a suspect has been arrested for throwing a woman on the subway tracks Tuesday afternoon. The woman was able to escape and suffered only bumps and bruises.

 

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Santa Fe boy stabs mom over Playstation

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is facing charges after police say he stabbed his mom when she told him to stop playing PlayStation video games and clean his room.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the boy was arrested Sunday and faces a number of charges, including aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon. Police said he stabbed his mother in the leg and threatened his younger siblings.

The mother told police that her son is bipolar and had broken all the windows of her 2005 blue Dodge Durango, where she and her four young children had sought safety.

Police said the mother was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment.

It was unclear if the boy had an attorney.

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Resident: Prostitution Arrest Rocks Maine Town

People in the upscale Maine beach town of Kennebunk are waiting anxiously as police prepare to release the names of clients of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright who also allegedly worked as a prostitute.

 

 

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Urgent Care founder indicted on drug, prostitution charges -- updated

By John Severance

A Santa Fe physician, also the founder and medical director of New Mexico MedWorks, Urgent Care Santa Fe, Los Alamos Urgent Care and Valley First Care in Española, is facing additional charges as the result of his arrest last May.

Richard Lieberman, 63, was indicted last month with a second-degree felony drug-trafficking count as well as the misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute, according to his attorney Peter Schoenburg.

The attorney said the added charge had been a possibility since the beginning.

When asked about the trafficking charge, Schoenburg said all that is required in the statute is that there is a transfer of the drug between two people.

“If you smoke something and hand it to somebody else, it’s considered trafficking,” Schoenberg said. “It’s the broadest interpretation of the law.

Schoenburg said Tuesday that Lieberman will enter a not guilty plea. He said Lieberman enrolled in an out-of-state residential treatment facility weeks after his arrest in May and has another two months left as part of the rehabilitation program.

Police Beat

I'm curious as to the Monitor's interest in highlighting the Police Beat by publishing photos of some people who are arrested and not others, and actually publishing them at all.  Sure there's a clause that states that just because your photo or name are in the Police Beat, that doesn't mean you're guilty...but it sure taints the reader towards judging the people in there.  Just like the same statement says use of the word "arrest" doesn't necessarily mean what most people and dictionaries think it means

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Arrest in College Student Disappearance

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Police Arrest Man for Driving a Wheelchair Drunk

Police in Utica, Mich. roll up on a man operating a stolen motorized wheelchair while drunk. But 55-year-old Raymond Kulma has a history with police; this is his seventh drunk driving arrest.

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Canadian Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke Dies

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah.

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Forces capture Ivory Coast strongman in bunker--video extra

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's elected president used his troops and French tanks and air power to oust strongman Laurent Gbagbo, ending their four-month standoff on Monday by pulling him from his burning residence.

Images of Gbagbo being led into a room in a white undershirt were broadcast on television as proof of his capture even as he refused to sign a statement formally ceding power after losing November's election.

Residents of the commercial capital of Abidjan refrained from celebrating in public, still fearful of the hundreds of armed fighters that continued to prowl the streets, refusing to believe their leader had been arrested. Sporadic gunfire echoed across the city Monday night.

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