Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - Morning
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for the family of a New Mexico woman who died in 2002 when a tractor-trailer struck her car and buried it in sand says he hopes an $80 million judgment awarded to his clients will result in real consequences for trucking companies. District Judge Shannon Bacon entered the judgment Monday to the estate of 48-year-old Laura Miera of Albuquerque and her husband and daughter. It includes $60 million in punitive damages against Albuquerque Redi-Mix and others.
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities a school teacher has been found dead after a fire at a housing unit in Shiprock. The San Juan County Fire Department and San Juan County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a structure fire near Mesa Elementary School about 5 a.m. yesterday. They say the blaze was in the teacher housing units adjacent to the school.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife has voluntarily relinquished his New Mexico police officer certification. The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy says Levi Chavez recently gave up his certification but he declined to give a reason why. Chavez can reapply for his certification in three years and must take a course.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $8,700 in funds that belonged to the Mescalero Apache Nation tribe in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 65-year-old Iris Peterson entered her plea yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces to theft from a tribal organization. She was accused of embezzling $8,695 between January 2007 and December 2011.
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