Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Around New Mexico
Journal and Wire Reports
Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Gibson
A male pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in an eastbound lane of Gibson SE about 9 p.m., Albuquerque police said.
The pedestrian was found lying outside the crosswalks just west of the intersection of Gibson and San Pedro SE, police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said.
The pedestrian apparently was struck by an eastbound vehicle. Police were questioning the driver at the scene late Monday, she said. Police identified neither the pedestrian nor the driver.
N.M. 5th in Nation For Kids In Poverty
SANTA FE — The Census Bureau reports that New Mexico ranks fifth nationally for the percentage of children living in poverty.
The agency's American Community Survey found that slightly more than 25 percent of children under 18 in New Mexico were below the federal poverty level in 2009.
That's an increase of about 1 percent from 2008.
Three states and the District of Columbia had higher rates of child poverty than New Mexico. Mississippi was the highest at 31 percent.
Nationally, 20 percent of children were living in poverty last year, an increase of not quite 2 percent.
Two Women Admit To Medicaid Fraud
LOS LUNAS — Two Los Lunas women have admitted to cheating New Mexico's Medicaid program out of more than $96,000 by claiming to be each other's caregivers.
The Attorney General's Office says 61-year-old Mollie Stacey and 55-year-old Deborah Cronn have entered guilty pleas to counts of Medicaid fraud over $2,500, falsification of documents and conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud.
Prosecutors say between March 2005 and October 2007, Stacey and Cronn each received Medicaid benefits and falsely claimed to be disabled to the point of needing additional in-home services from the Medicaid Personal Care Option Program.
Wine Festival Flap Turned Over to DA
A case involving a confrontation between Rio Rancho police officer John Francis and Bernalillo police officer Anthony Ortega at the New Mexico Wine Festival has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office in Sandoval County for review.
Francis asked that Ortega be charged with battery.
Ortega said he did not know Francis was on duty and thought Francis was fighting with festival attendees, according to a State Police report.
Francis was working in plain clothes as part of a DWI task force, which was announced during a briefing that Ortega missed.
Confusion between the two officers was due to Ortega missing the briefing and Francis not displaying his badge in plain sight, the State Police investigation concluded.
See the raw video at ABQjournal.com.
Assaulted Teen To Appear on 'MAURY'
An Albuquerque teenager will appear on the Maury Povich show today to talk about her experience being bullied and the makeover she received from the show.
The show can be seen at 5 p.m. on KASY, My TV 50.
Brianna Chavez, 17, is a student at Los Puentes charter school.
According to a news release, Chavez has been teased for the way she looks, and wears special glasses because of an accident when she was 3.
She was lured to a ditch by some people she thought were her friends, who told her she was ugly, cut her with a broken bottle and pushed her into the ditch. She didn't come home until the next day, according to the release.
Chavez received a head-to-toe makeover from the "MAURY" show, and will reveal her new look on today's episode. She also received a $500 gift card to buy a new wardrobe for school and new glasses.