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University of New Mexico honoring Rudolfo Anaya with lecture

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The University of New Mexico is honoring acclaimed Mexican-American novelist Rudolfo Anaya with a special lecture series in his name.

Novelist and poet Rigoberto Gonzalez is scheduled Thursday to take part in the Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest days after Anaya was awarded the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. The lecture was created through a donation from the Pastura, New Mexico-born author who also founded the school’s creative writing program.

Gonzalez says Anaya has influenced a generation of Latino writers thanks to his 1972 novel “Bless Me, Ultima.”

University of New Mexico English professor Bernadine Hernandez says in recent years Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz and Latina playwright Denise Chavez have been keynote speakers for the lecture series.

SEC dropping fraud charges against Thornburg Mortgage execs

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The Securities and Exchange Commission is dropping some fraud charges against two former executives of Santa Fe-based Thornburg Mortgage.

The agency filed a motion Friday, saying it would no longer pursue three of five claims and an allegation that the two had filed a false financial statement.

The agency filed a lawsuit in 2012, alleging that Larry Goldstone, Clarence Simmons III and Jane Starrett hid the company’s deteriorating financial condition at the start of the housing market collapse by issuing misleading statements.

They also were accused of hiding a $428 million loss in a 2007 annual report.

Starrett settled and agreed to pay a penalty.

A jury cleared Goldstone and Simmons in July of five counts of civil accounting fraud but deadlocked on five others.

Warrants out on 2 accomplices in Albuquerque homicide

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Albuquerque police say two accomplices in a man’s shooting death last June remain at large.

Authorities said Sunday that 24-year-old Dakota Cook, a New Mexico prison inmate serving time for unrelated charges, has been identified as the suspected shooter in Larry Sanchez’s killing.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says arrest warrants have been issued for 27-year-old Joe Ray Newson, who is also known to use Newsom as a surname, and 40-year-old Antoinette Martinez.

Both are considered armed and dangerous.

Tixier says Newson fired a weapon at a relative’s home while committing auto burglary Friday.

Police say the two assisted Cook, who is accused of fatally shooting the 49-year-old Sanchez before pushing him out of a vehicle June 20.

Investigators did not say what the possible motive was.

Woman allegedly hit man with car to get parking spot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Bernalillo County authorities say a woman is accused of hitting a man with her car in a fight for a parking spot.

County sheriff’s Capt. Andi Taylor tells Albuquerque’s KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/2daaS9H) 45-year-old Yvonne Aragon was booked on several felony charges.

Taylor says the incident began Friday when the victim tried to save a parking spot for his wife outside Route 66 Casino.

Aragon allegedly struck him with her vehicle.

The victim threw a cup of coffee at Aragon’s car. Aragon then allegedly pulled out a pistol.

Officers arrived and determined that the victim had significant bruising on his leg that matched a skeleton license plate on the suspect’s car.

Aragon admitted to hitting him but denied pointing a weapon.

It was not clear Sunday if Aragon had an attorney.

Farmington-area customers demand more from water supplier

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Farmington-area residents affected by a months-long water crisis are demanding more from the water supplier.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports (http://bit.ly/2dfnotm) that local activists protested Friday and released a list of demands.

The demands include getting new tanks in the Harvest Gold water system, bringing bottled water to customers’ homes and replacing AV Water Co. employees.

Attorney Germaine Chappelle, who represents AV Water, says a lot of the demands have been met and the company is working on granting others.

A boil-water advisory was issued in June to AV Water customers in the Morningstar and Harvest Gold systems.

The Morningstar system had its advisory lifted earlier this month.

Customers in the Harvest Gold subdivision say they are spending too much money on heating water and getting it bottled.

Farmington shelter halting cat adoptions due to illness

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – A Farmington animal shelter is putting a temporary halt on all cat adoptions after several cats became ill.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports (http://bit.ly/2d82BVq) that officials at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter say multiple cats have been diagnosed with panleukopenia, a parvo virus also known as feline distemper.

The cats were all diagnosed earlier this month.

As a result, the shelter is refraining from adoptions for at least 14 days and the rooms with cats will be closed to the public.

They are also advising people not to bring any stray cats to the shelter.

Shelter Director Stacie Voss says some cats who were adopted have since tested positive for the virus.

Symptoms include lack of appetite, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

There is no treatment.

Mom charged in Albuquerque girl’s death wants venue change

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – An attorney representing an Albuquerque woman accused of playing a role in the horrific rape and killing of her 10-year-old daughter wants her trial to be separate from the other two suspects and held elsewhere.

Attorney Gary Mitchell told KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/2cv2zct) Friday that he plans to ask for a change of venue for Michelle Martens. He also wants each defendant tried separately.

Mitchell told Martens to ask for a different judge, citing Judge Brett Lovelace’s background working in the district attorney’s office.

Lovelace was excused and the case has been reassigned to Second District Judicial Judge Benjamin Chavez.

Martens, Fabian Gonzalez and Jessica Kelley have pleaded not guilty to child abuse resulting in death and other charges in the slaying last month of Victoria Martens.

Missing for 2 years, California dog turns up in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A dog found in Albuquerque has been reunited with his owners after going missing two years ago and 800 miles away.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2d7n5f0) that Huxley, a paillon and collie mix, was flown Friday from Albuquerque to Reno, Nevada where his owners now live.

Someone dropped the dog off last Sunday at a local shelter after he was found wandering.

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department director Paul Caster says Huxley had a microchip which led to a phone number for his original owners.

Justine Mendez and Michael Martin say Huxley disappeared from their Riverside, California home in 2014.

How the dog survived will likely remain a mystery but he was likely fed by someone.

Mendez says, judging by pictures, Huxley has gotten a lot chubbier.

Nothing found after bomb threat made to Santa Fe Plaza

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Police are investigating a bomb threat that led to the shutdown of the Plaza in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2cZEB6I) that someone telephoned in to report a possible bomb Friday just before 5 p.m.

Police spokesman Greg Gurule says officials closed the area within minutes, forcing tourists and vendors at the Palace of Governors to leave.

City Hall also sent out text message and email alerts to warn people to shelter in place.

Officers took about 45 minutes later to determine there were no suspicious devices.

The area reopened to traffic.

Gurule says the investigation remains ongoing.

Taos man accused of assaulting baby’s mom for breast-feeding

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Taos police are searching for a man accused of slapping his newborn daughter and punching the mother because the woman was breast-feeding in front of a male doctor.

Authorities say 22-year-old Rafael Orozco remains at large after the incident, which led to the hospital going into emergency mode the next day.

According to a police report obtained by the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2cZiXkI), Orozco became outraged Wednesday night because the victim was “exposing herself” to a doctor who had come to check on them.

The 23-year-old victim had given birth earlier that day.

Police say Orozco punched her in the mouth and grabbed her throat. He also slapped the baby on the head.

A security guard restrained Orozco but released him when he said he had a gun.