New Mexico teens jailed for alleged gang fight


Ashley Meeks (Las Cruces Sun-News) 08/07/2010 LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – Three teenagers are in jail after authorities say they attacked a man during what detention officers say was a gang fight north of Las Cruces early Saturday morning. Ruben Rincon and Joseph Saenz, both 18, and a 17-year-old boy allegedly ambushed the man with […]

NM DA seeks hate crime charges against 3 men who branded mentally challenged man with swastika


Associated Press May 9, 2010 FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors in northwestern New Mexico said they will pursue hate crime charges against three men accused of branding a swastika on a mentally challenged man’s arm using a heated metal clothes hanger. Jesse Sanford, 24, William Hatch, 28, and Paul Beebe, 26, were charged Friday with […]

N.M. seeks harsher penalties for gangs


Elizabeth Piazza (The Daily Times) May 03, 2010 FARMINGTON (AP) – New Mexico is the only state in the Southwest that has not enacted laws increasing punishments for gang-related crimes and law enforcement officials are seeing an increasing number of gang members move into the area to avoid harsher prison sentences in other states. Crimes […]

2 escape from youth corrections facility


Associated Press March 22, 2010 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in northeast Albuquerque late Sunday night. The pair are identified as 18-year-old Arturo Tafoy and 20-year-old James Davis. Tafoy is serving time for armed robbery. Davis was being held for burglary […]

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart By Dan Frosch Published: September 14, 2005 Santa Fe Reporter It’s August 27, a sleepy late afternoon in Eldorado and Vince Galterio is in his garage, putting fresh covers on the seats of his prized 1971 Volkswagen bus. The warm northern New Mexico summer sun bakes the roof of his stucco framed […]