News from around New Mexico:
- A winter storm warning is in effect until noon on Wednesday.
- Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 and a private citizen is pitching in $500 for information leading to the identity and arrest of a person who wrote a note last month threatening to kill a cat.
- A guard at the Rio Arriba County jail was arrested over the weekend after allegedly leaving his three young children alone in a hotel room while he was drinking in a resort’s bar.
- The New Mexico Supreme Court has suspended a Carlsbad attorney after his clients accused him of abandoning them.
- President Obama reportedly will reduce the number of federally paid National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border amid questions about the cost and fading impact of the operation to backstop the U.S. Border Patrol.
- San Juan County authorities say a man was fatally shot at a residence in Crouch Mesa in northwest New Mexico. Christopher Lucero died Monday after he was shot several times.
- A Raton man who pleaded guilty to 14 counts of sexual exploitation of children avoided prison time and was sentenced last month to five years on probation.
- New Mexico, with more than 1,600 homeless children, ranked 45th in the nation in child homelessness in a state-by-state report card, which looked at four years of U.S. Education Department data and rated the states in terms of state wages, poverty and foreclosure rates, cost of housing and programs for homeless families.
- Vincent P. Francis, 45, a Laguna Pueblo member, was arrested last Thursday at University of New Mexico Hospital where he was recovering from injuries received in a Nov. 20 crash on Interstate 40 that killed two women, also Laguna Pueblo members.
- Two small earthquakes — one in Colorado Thursday night and one in New Mexico Saturday night — were recorded near the state line west of Trinidad, Colo., and Raton.
- Attorneys for a Farmington man want the district attorney removed from the man’s murder case. In a motion filed Monday, the defense representing 18-year-old John Mayes cites harassment, conflict of interest, improper bias and prejudice in a move to disqualify the District Attorney’s Office from prosecuting the case.
- The annual New Mexico Water Conference kicks off today in Alamogordo and the discussion will center on desalination and renewable energy.
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