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Crash Kills Motorcyclist

A 23-year-old motorcyclist has died from wounds he suffered during a crash on Tramway NE near Lomas on Tuesday night, according to an email from Albuquerque police spokesman Rob Gibbs.

The motorcyclist, identified in Gibbs’ email as Delone Artley, was pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Artley, who was wearing a helmet, was traveling southbound on Tramway when he lost control of his bike, crossed over into the northbound lanes and struck a vehicle, according to Gibbs.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, Gibbs wrote, but speed does.


Doctor Gets Prison Over Pills

A Raton doctor has been sentenced to a year and half in prison for trafficking prescription drugs.

A federal judge in Albuquerque this week sentenced Christopher Aragon, who was a physician at the Family Practice Clinic in Raton, for his conviction on five charges of illegally obtaining and distributing prescription drugs, U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales said.

Aragon, 48, pleaded guilty to the charges in May, which stemmed from incidents involving painkillers and anti-anxiety medicine that was illegally prescribed in 2009 and 2010.


Future of Case Up in Air

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – A northern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether to retry or drop a case against a Las Vegas businessman accused of striking a rival with a two-by-four piece of lumber.

Jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous decision last week on whether to convict or acquit Oren Mathews of aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, the Las Vegas Optic reported.

Mathews and another gravel business owner had a dispute in 2011 over which business got to provide material for a city repaving project, and there was a confrontation at a work site.

A witness said he saw Mathews strike Miguel Melendez, but Mathews has said it was Melendez who attacked him.


Fugitive Found 20 Years Later

The U.S. Marshals Service says a New Mexico fugitive has been apprehended in California after 20 years on the run that included using seven aliases and three Social Security numbers.

Brian Washington was arrested this week after a deputy marshal reviewing cold cases discovered that Washington was living under an alias in Los Angeles, the Marshals Service’s office in Albuquerque said.

Federal officials say Washington moved frequently from state to state after becoming a fugitive in August 1992 for violating probation on a conviction for distribution of crack cocaine.

The service said it discovered that Washington was arrested three times while a fugitive but that his identity wasn’t discovered because he was released without being fingerprinted.


MVD Warns of Phone Scam

The state Motor Vehicle Division is warning New Mexicans against a potential insurance scam that claims to reduce auto insurance rates by requesting personal information over the phone.

Telemarketers for “The Auto Insurance Center” are calling residents with the following message, “The New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department is concerned because you may be paying too much for auto insurance.” The message asks residents to call back 505-204-7865, MVD said in a news release.

The MVD said it is not connected with this operation, and it advises people not to provide personal information over the phone to any one.

Callers to “The Auto Insurance Center” are asked to provide personal information such as name, address and birth date.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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