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Briefs 09-21-12

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By Associated Press

Police say SF man hogtied 5-year-old son

SANTA FE  (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say they arrested a man on a child abuse charge after the uncle of the man’s 5-year-old son found the boy hogtied in a bathroom.
A police probable cause statement obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican says the uncle told officers he confronted 28-year-old Damon Gardner after finding the boy Thursday morning. The report says Gardner told the uncle he tied up his son because he didn’t believe in spanking and needed to punish the boy for acting out.
The uncle and Gardner ended up in a fight and another person in the home called police.
Gardner’s wife told the responding officer that she saw her son lying face down on the bathroom floor tied up.
It isn’t clear if Gardner has a lawyer.

Gov. Martinez kicks off health kids challenge

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants to make New Mexico’s kids healthier.
She was at Kirtland Elementary School in Albuquerque Thursday to kick off a new program that teaches kids better habits.
The program, developed by the Department of Health, is called the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Challenge. It asks all of the state’s third graders for 21 days to eat five fruits and vegetables, limit television and computer use to two hours, get at least one hour of physical activity and drink plenty of water.
All New Mexico 3rd grade teachers will receive an activity book that promotes the health habits, along with a 21-day challenge tracker to help kids document their activities.

Woman accused of prepping false tax returns

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing a former New Mexico resident of preparing false federal income tax returns.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 42-year-old Frances Rivas was arraigned Thursday in Albuquerque on a 25-count indictment. She pleaded not guilty.
Rivas, who now lives in Amarillo, Texas, was released pending trial.
Federal prosecutors allege that Rivas prepared and presented false returns on 25 separate occasions between January 2008 and April 2011.
According to the indictment, the tax returns were prepared on behalf of a number of taxpayers.
The returns included false dependents, false filing status, false exemptions or false W-2 wages.
Prosecutors say the government lost more than $98,000 in taxes because of the false returns.