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Pilot arrested after pot found on plane

Albuquerque police and federal Homeland Security agents arrested Stephen Acton, 54, and confiscated a planeload of marijuana at Double Eagle II Airport on Monday, police said.

Authorities got a tip that an incoming flight was loaded with drugs and landing at the airport at 7401 Paseo del Volcan NW, according to APD spokeswoman Tasia Martinez.

When the plane landed, the pilot did not have a valid license or a medical card.

Acton also had an expired plane registration and a fraudulent flight plan. A K-9 search found 41 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $780,000, Martinez said.

The suspect’s single-engine Cessna 172 was seized as a result of the operation. Acton is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on $5,000 bail, facing felony charges including distribution of a controlled substance.

Forum planned on teenage moms

How to keep New Mexico teenage moms from having a second child before the age of 20 will be the focus of a conference on Friday at Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa.

“What’s Next In Reducing 2nd Births in Adolescents in New Mexico,” the New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition’s conference, will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. at the hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE.

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, about one-fourth of teen mothers have a second child within 24 months of the first birth.

For between $45 (for students) and $105, conference-goers will receive lunch and hear speakers including New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward and Dr. Nancy Sokkary, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

For more information, contact Sylvia Ruiz, executive director of the New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition, at (505) 254-8737 or visit outreach@nmtpc.org.

11 districts, 3 charters get grants

Eleven school districts and three charter schools will receive state grants to help them teach reading to students in kindergarten through third grade, according to a news release from the Public Education Department.

The $2.1 million in grants is part of the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative, which requires districts to apply for grant funding and specify how they will use the money to improve reading.

Thirteen school districts and one charter school already received funding in the first round of “Read to Lead” grants. The second-round district recipients are Roswell, Los Lunas, Clovis, Alamogordo, Deming, Belen, Socorro, Hatch Valley, Cobre, Dexter and Estancia school districts. The new charter recipients are Turquoise Trail, North Valley Academy and Lindrith Area Heritage School. The awards range from $416,500 for Roswell to $1,500 for the Lindrith Area charter school.

Cops: Couple took kids on theft trips

A couple who took their children with them on theft trips have been arrested, police said.

Brandi Marquez and Felix Apodaca committed thefts at more than 20 stores, for a total of up to $10,000, APD spokeswoman Officer Tasia Martinez said Tuesday.

The couple admitted taking their children along on the stealing trips, committed over two months at businesses throughout the city, Martinez said.

Both were being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

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