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  • Espanola man who killed teens on pilgrimage dies

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Espanola man who pleaded guilty to killing a teenage couple during a religious pilgrimage in 2000 has died in an Albuquerque hospital.

    Department of Corrections Director of Public Affairs spokeswoman Christina Rodda says 32-year-old Carlos Herrera was taken to the hospital from a state prison on Dec. 4 and died Monday. Rodda tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that it appears Herrera died of natural causes.

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator plans an autopsy this week.

    Herrera pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Karen Castanon and Ricky Martinez in 2000. He was serving two consecutive 30-year life sentences.

    The 17-year-old teen sweethearts were participating in the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to Chimayo when they were killed.

  • Today in History for December 12th
  • Huskies prevail vs. Hilltoppers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team tried to come back from a big second half deficit but the Hope Christian Huskies held on to win Tuesday night.

    Los Alamos trailed by as many as 17 in the second half but opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 run. It wouldn't be enough, however, as Hope picked up a 50-37 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos, which plays at a tournament at Albuquerque Academy Thursday. For more information, see Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Neighbors say NKorea has fired long-range rocket

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.

    South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a nationally televised news conference that a South Korean Aegis-equipped destroyer deployed in the Yellow Sea detected the launch but South Korea still didn't know the launch was successful. North Korea had indicated technical problems with the rocket and recently extended its launch window to Dec. 29.

    Japan said one part of the rocket landed west of the Korean Peninsula and another part was expected to have landed east of the Philippines. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak planned an emergency national security council meeting Wednesday, and Japan protested the rocket launch.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power after his father Kim Jong Il died on Dec. 17 last year, and the launch also comes about a month before President Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second term.

  • North Korea fires long-range missile

     

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.

    South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a nationally televised news conference that a South Korean Aegis-equipped destroyer deployed in the Yellow Sea detected the launch but South Korea still didn't know the launch was successful. North Korea had indicated technical problems with the rocket and recently extended its launch window to Dec. 29.

  • Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos.

    About to invite a child to hop onto his lap, Brance Wilson instead dove for the floor and kept his head down as he heard shots being fired upstairs in the mall Tuesday afternoon.

    "I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target," said the 68-year-old Wilson. Families waiting for Santa scattered. More shots followed, and Wilson crept away for better cover.

  • Raw: W.Va. Gas Line Blast Burns Homes, Roads

    A major gas line has exploded in West Virginia, burning five homes and shutting down a stretch of Interstate 77 in Sissonville, West Virginia.

  • Small Business Saturday

    David Jolly from Metzger’s Do It Best presents a check for $669.59 to Kristy Ortega, with the United Way. Metzger’s participated in the Small Business Saturday, which donated a percentage of sales to the United Way.

  • LAHS wins two design awards

    Los Alamos High School came up with two design awards at a ceremony last week in Albuquerque.
    The first award, presented by the New Mexico Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, named Los Alamos High School the winner of the 2012 Contractors for Excellence in Construction Award.
    Los Alamos also received the National Association of Industrial Office Properties 2012 “Merit Award.” Accepting the award on behalf of the school, Sanjay Engineer stated he was very proud of the award that “recognized the modern design and respected the tradition of the historical campus.”
    Sanjay Engineer from Fanning, Bard and Tatum Architects, was the lead architect on the high school project. He shared news Los Alamos High School also won the Associated Builders  and Contractors’ 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” at the ceremony Oct. 26 in Albuquerque.
    High School Principal Sandy Warnock attended the NAIOP ceremony and accepted the plaque on behalf of the staff, students and community of Los Alamos.

  • Police Beat 12-11-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Nov. 28

    10:24 p.m. — Police released a 15-year-old Abiquiu juvenile to his parents after he was caught possessing marijuana (less than one ounce) and possessing drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 29

    1:13 p.m. — Daniel Rodarte, 27, of Española was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction while at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    2:10 a.m. — Jesse Sterba, 28, of Hobbs was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Diamond Drive and East Jemez. He was also arrested on a district court warrant.

    (No time given) — A 16-year-old girl was released to her parents after police found her in possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 30