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By Associated Press

Prostitution ring case to go to high court 


SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is taking up a case involving two aging professors accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state’s highest court will hear arguments Feb. 6 after prosecutors appealed a lower court’s ruling that the website was legal.

In June, a state judge ruled that the website “Southwest Companions” linked to former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory violated no laws. That ruling complicated the case for prosecutors, who were planning to present their case to a grand jury.

Garcia and Flory were arrested by Albuquerque police in June 2011 on charges of promoting prostitution.


Police say smartphones spread word on DUI stops 


ALBQUERQUE — Albuquerque police say some motorists -- including some planning to drive drunk — now use their smartphones to avoid sobriety checkpoints.

Officer Robert Gibbs says smartphone applications, texting and social media are being used to spread word of where checkpoints are located.

Officer Robert Gibbs told KOB-TV that the use of smartphone technology is a factor in fewer people being taken into custody at the department’s New Year’s Eve checkpoint.

Gibbs says that’s a frustration for law enforcement but that it’s just a matter of time before drunken drivers are caught.


Gov. Susana Martinez’s father dies 


ALBUQUERQUE —  The father of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 80.

The governor’s office says Jacobo “Jake” Martinez passed away just before 5 p.m. Monday.

The elder Martinez was a three-time Golden Gloves winner in the 1950s as an amateur boxer.

He also had served as a deputy sheriff in El Paso County, Texas, and was a Korean War veteran.

Gov. Martinez’s office says her father will be buried at Ft. Bliss in Texas. In lieu of flowers, Gov. Martinez suggests people make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Man fatally shot at home by Farmington officer 


FARMINGTON — New Mexico State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a Farmington police officer.

Farmington Police Lt. Taft Tracy says officers went to a home Tuesday after police received a report of a suspicious situation.

Tracy says the shooting occurred after an officer was confronted by an armed person.

 No identities have been released.