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‘Katie’s Law’ Gets Support From N.M.

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will file written arguments with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case deciding the validity of laws in New Mexico and about two dozen other states that require DNA testing of criminal suspects.

The nation’s highest court will consider a case from Maryland in determining whether police can collect DNA samples from people arrested for certain crimes.

Martinez said Monday that her office will file arguments in support of “Katie’s Law” — named in memory of Kathryn Sepich, a New Mexico State University student murdered in 2003. Her killer was identified later with DNA evidence after being convicted of another crime.

New Mexico last year expanded its law to require DNA samples from adults arrested for any felony, rather than certain crimes.

Thieves Sought In Copper Wire Theft

Thieves caused thousands of dollars in damage to Hope Christian Elementary School early Monday while stealing copper wire, according to Albuquerque police.

The thieves struck the campus, at 8005 Louisiana NE, between midnight and 3 a.m., according to police.

Police are seeking the public’s help identifying two vehicles that were caught on security cameras at the school. The first is a white compact truck with a camper shell, and the second is a dark-colored 1970s-model Chevrolet truck with white rims and a black rim on the right rear tire. The second truck also has a sliding rear glass window.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.

San Juan County Heroin Cases Up

FARMINGTON — Authorities are seeing an increase in heroin cases in San Juan County.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that agents for a county drug enforcement agency have had 16 heroin cases and seized nearly 10 ounces of the drug this year.

That’s compared with four heroin cases and 2.4 ounces of the drug seized from 2004 to 2011.

The biggest bust came in October when authorities seized 8 ounces of heroin from a south Farmington home.

It was the most heroin San Juan County narcotics agents had confiscated in one arrest in at least 15 years.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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