January 23rd First News: Santa Fe Police Investigate "Suspicious Death" (Listen)
Santa Fe Police are investigating what may be the city’s second murder of 2014. SFPD calls the death of a man unofficially identified as 51 year old Narcisco Gonzales suspicious. Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says his body was found at his home in the 17-hundred block of Espinacitas Street early Wednesday. Westervelt says officers discovered “suspicious evidence” at the scene.
District Attorney Spence Pacheco says she's surprised that a State Police officer wasn't indicted by a grand jury in connection with last November’s shooting death of Jeanette Anaya. The New Mexican reports that Pacheco presented a full day of testimony from multiple sources, and within 50 minutes, the grand jury had made its decision.
Santa Fe County DWI Prevention Specialist Peter Olson says the drunken driving statistics the County DWI program tracks—the number of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities—are going down. However, Olson notes:***** 012314-Olson-2 :15***** Numbers show a decline in DWI arrests as well.
About 100 gun safety advocates rallied at the Capitol Wednesday in favor of a bill to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows. Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael spoke in favor of the measure at the rally. Supporters are urging Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to add the gun proposal to the Legislature's agenda.
New Mexico State Police report that 40 law enforcement agencies from Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Torrance Counties combined efforts last weekend in an effort known as the “force multiplier operation.” State Police spokesman, Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez:*****0123-Gutierrez-2 :13***** Gutierrez says such combined law enforcement efforts gives the public a sense of security.
A revised gambling compact proposed by the Navajo Nation could open three additional casinos over 15 years. The proposal is now in the hands of New Mexico lawmakers, who will consider its approval. Navajos operate two Las Vegas-style casinos under terms of a compact that expires next year. The tribe has a third casino in New Mexico with low-stakes gambling not subject to state regulation
A former associate of Governor Susana Martinez has joined the race for New Mexico attorney general. Susan Riedel says she will seek the GOP nomination. Riedel was a prosecutor for 25 years in Albuquerque and Las Cruces before Martinez appointed her to a state district judgeship. She lost an election last year to retain the seat.
Santa Fe County animal control officers are seeking information about a dog that was found shot in La Cienega. The 18-month-old Queensland heeler is being treated at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter after the female dog was picked up Wednesday afternoon. Animal control officers said they rescued the dog after a person spotted it near their property. Those with information about the dog or the shooting are asked to call the Santa Fe County Animal Control Office or Animal Control Dispatch.
Santa Fe Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Windy and a 10 percent chance of snow showers. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 44.