NM Cow Shootings Spark Fears Of Serial Cattle Killer, Suspect Shot After Law Enforcement Operation

Aug 5, 2017

New Mexico Cow Shootings Spark Fears Of Serial Cattle Killer – Associated Press

The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the Eddy County Sheriff's Office announced this week that another six cattle on two separate properties were shot and killed. Detectives say a high-caliber rifle was used in the shooting from within a half-mile radius.

Deputies have ruled out an accidental shooting and don't believe the cows are being killed for meat because they were left in fields.

The case is being labeled as one of "extreme animal cruelty," which is a fourth-degree felony.

The shootings come after another cow shooting in June south of Carlsbad.

Lt. Matt Hutchinson says Eddy County has seen an uptick in cattle shootings this year.

Suspect Shot After Law Enforcement Operation In Albuquerque – Associated Press

The FBI says special agents and task force officers have been involved in a shooting with a suspect during a law enforcement operation in southwest Albuquerque.

They say the suspect was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital after Friday afternoon's incident, but no law enforcement officers were injured.

An FBI spokesman didn't immediately release the name of the injured suspect or the person's condition.

The shooting occurred around 3 p.m.

The FBI says the incident remains under investigation.

Police Investigating Discovery Of Dead Body In Roswell Hotel – Associated Press

Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a hotel room in north Roswell.

Roswell police were called to the scene at Comfort Suites around 12:40 p.m. Friday.

Investigators describe the death as suspicious.

Police didn't immediately release the woman's name or age.

They say the investigation is in its early stages.

GOP Lawmakers Eyes Return Of Narrow New Mexico Death Penalty – Associated Press

Recent child killings, attacks on officers and a rise in crime has some conservative New Mexico lawmakers calling for the state to reinstate the death penalty.

State Rep. Monica Youngblood said Friday she will once again push for a bill that would bring back capital punishment for fatal attacks on law enforcement and in the murder of children.

The Albuquerque Republican says the recent attack on correctional officers by two high-risk inmates and a jump in crime in Albuquerque show that criminals don't care.

But Democrats say the death penalty is not a deterrent and is being used as a wedge issue.

A similar measure failed this year.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez who supports bringing back the death penalty has not said if she will include it on the legislative agenda next session.

The Latest: EPA Chief Visits Colorado Mine Spill Site – Associated Press

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured the site of an old Colorado gold mine where the agency inadvertently triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of tainted wastewater.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had promised to visit the site during his confirmation hearing. He came to see the mine Friday along with Colorado lawmakers on the eve of the second anniversary of the disaster.

The spill sent 3 million gallons of tainted wastewater into rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, causing an estimated $420 million in economic damage.

Pruitt said he would consider paying for the damage and has sent letters to farmers, business owners, residents and others whose claims were rejected by the previous EPA administration.

He says the EPA should be held to the same standard as those it regulates.

Day Care Workers Indicted In Toddlers' Hot-Car Death, Injury – Associated Press

A mother-daughter pair of Portales day care workers have been indicted on felony charges stemming from the death of a 1-year-old girl left in a hot car and the injury of another toddler.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Mary Taylor and 31-year-old Sandi Taylor are charged with first- degree child abuse resulting in death and first-degree child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

The Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office says the children were left unattended July 25 in a vehicle for almost two hours outside a day care operated by the Taylors and that one girl remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The Taylors remain jailed and haven't yet entered pleas. Defense attorney Tye Harmon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations.

Longtime Boston TV Meteorologist Dick Albert Has Died Of Complications From Pneumonia – Associated Press

WCVB-TV, where Albert worked for 31 years until his retirement in 2009, announced Albert's death on Friday. He was 72.

Albert, known as "Dickie," joined the station in 1978, and became one of the most recognized personalities on Boston TV. He called his work his vocation and his lifelong avocation, and said upon his retirement that his career had been a gift.

A native of Newton, Albert won multiple regional Emmys and the prestigious Silver Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was voted the second most popular weathercaster in the nation by "Television/Radio Age" in 1987.

Driver Who Fled State Trooper Then Crashed Into Church Dies – Associated Press

New Mexico police say the driver of a car that reached speeds up to 130 mph (209 kph) while fleeing from a state trooper has died of his injuries after crashing into a church.

They have identified the driver as 20-year-old Christopher Cloud of Ignacio, Colorado.

The incident began early Thursday just north of the village of Cuba when the trooper clocked the car speeding on U.S. 550.

New Mexico State Police say the trooper chased the car for more than a mile, but decided to break off the pursuit because of safety concerns.

The vehicle apparently had hit a curb before smashing through the front of the church.

The trooper saw smoke, drove to the scene, put out a fire in the crashed vehicle and attempted life-saving procedures.