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2 Arrested in Sunport Case

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Federal authorities in North Carolina have arrested two people in connection with the killing of an Arizona man whose body was found at the Albuquerque airport.

Authorities have identified the victim as 57-year-old Craig Stelmasek of Prescott.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force has arrested the victim’s 45-year-old wife, Laura Stelmasek, and 46-year-old Marzel Farris III of North Carolina.

Authorities say the two were taken into custody Tuesday at a home near Raleigh on felony warrants for homicide.

Craig Stelmasek’s body was found June 5 wrapped in a blanket in an abandoned van at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

The Daily Courier says Laura Stelmasek is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Authorities believe Craig Stelmasek was killed in Prescott and his body driven to New Mexico.

 

Ex-Sgt. Gets Prison in Death

LAS CRUCES – A former Holloman Air Force sergeant whose daughter withered away from malnutrition and dehydration while his wife spent hours online has been sentenced to three years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales says 35-year-old Derek Wulf was sentenced by a federal court in Las Cruces on Wednesday after pleading guilty to child abuse in December 2009.

His ex-wife, Rebecca Colleen Christie, was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison for the Jan. 26, 2006, death of their 3 1/2-year-old daughter, Brandi.

According to court documents, his wife spent 15 hours the day the girl died on the computer chatting with friends from the online fantasy role-playing game, “World of Warcraft.”

Wulf is a technical sergeant in the Air Force who now lives in Montgomery, Ala.

Joyride Suspect Arrested

LAS CRUCES – A joyride in a vintage ’57 Chevy has landed a man in a Las Cruces jail.

Police say the Chevrolet station wagon was stolen this week from a muffler shop.

The thief hot-wired the car, took it on a joyride and later crashed it into a Las Cruces car dealership.

The Police Department said 20-year-old Eric Carlson was booked for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

 

City, State To Share Grant

The state and the city of Albuquerque are getting $27 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced the funding this week, saying it will help the state meet the housing needs of some of its most vulnerable citizens.

The bulk of the money is for state and local government programs for developing low-income housing.

But it also includes nearly $1 million for improvements at homeless shelters and a half million dollars for programs to help low-income people with AIDS maintain their homes.

 

Man Pleads To Robbing Bank

A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to charges that he robbed an Albuquerque bank earlier this year.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 24-year-old Edwin Vismar Urena-Hernandez entered guilty pleas this week to charges that he robbed a Bank of the West branch in the northeastern part of the city and used a firearm during a crime of violence.

Sentencing has yet to be scheduled, but prosecutors say Urena-Hernandez faces up to 25 years in prison.

He will be deported after he completes his sentence.

Urena-Hernandez, a Mexican national from Sinaloa, has been in federal custody since his arrest March 10, the day the bank was robbed.

EDDIE MOORE/JOURNAL From left, Kim Sanchez, 9-year-old Benjamin and 8-year-old Ella pick up their two dogs at the Raton Animal Shelter. The dogs were brought to the shelter earlier this week when the Sanchez family had to evacuate their homes because of the nearby Track Fire.

Family Pooches Going Back Home
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

Photo Credit – EDDIE MOORE/JOURNAL
Cutline – From left, Kim Sanchez, 9-year-old Benjamin and 8-year-old Ella pick up their two dogs at the Raton Animal Shelter. The dogs were brought to the shelter earlier this week when the Sanchez family had to evacuate their homes because of the nearby Track Fire.

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