Las Cruces Crime

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  • Man acquitted of murder in MMA fighter's home invasion

    Thursday | via Deming Headlight 

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. >> A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist will be sentenced this month, but not for murder. The Las Cruces Sun news reports a jury found 24-year-old Leonard Calvillo not guilty of murder but convicted him on four other charges related to the 2014 New Year's Day invasion.

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  • Man accused in Torrez home invasion wanted on assaul...

    Thursday | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> Dona Ana County sheriff's detectives have issued an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly threatened to kill his 20-year-old girlfriend earlier this week. Nathan M. Avalos, 21, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, and battery against a household member, according to the arrest warrant filed Tuesday in Dona Ana County Magistrate Court.

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    Related Topix: Mixed Martial Arts (Ultimate Fighting), Martial Arts

  • Woman charged in theft of custom stroller

    Wednesday Jul 1 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> A woman being held in county jail in Arizona has been charged with a string of burglaries in Dona Ana County, including the theft of a customized wheelchair-stroller taken from a 6-year-old Las Cruces girl afflicted with a rare chromosomal disorder that has left her unable to walk or talk. Amanda Aberle, 26, has been charged with 32 felony and misdemeanor complaints, including theft of a rented pickup truck, fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of stolen prescription drugs, possession of burglary tools, residential burglary, larceny and an auto burglary, according to the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Las Cruces man suspected of pointing handgun at girl...

    Wednesday Jul 1 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of pointing a handgun at his girlfriend and allowing his 13-year-old brother to consume alcohol on Tuesday, according to the Las Cruces Police Department. Dulantis "Lonnie" Combs, 24, of 1020 S. Triviz Drive, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, intentional child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, battery against a household member and tampering with evidence, according to an LCPD news release.

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    Related Topix: Las Cruces, NM, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

  • Calvillo found not guilty of attempted murder in Tor...

    Wednesday Jul 1 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    Leonard Calvillo looks over at the jury Monday during opening arguments in his trial in 3rd Judicial District Court. Las Cruces >> Leonard Calvillo, one of four men who state prosecutors said conspired and attempted to kill mixed martial arts fighter Joe Torrez on New Year's Day in 2014, has been found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

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  • Crime Stoppers offers reward for information about a...

    Wednesday Jul 1 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information on two men and one woman said to be responsible for an armed robbery at a bar early Friday morning. Las Cruces Police were dispatched around 1:30 a.m., Friday for a report of an armed robbery at Q-Time, 1201 E. Amador Ave. According to an LCPD news release, a 22-year-old man met a Hispanic woman inside the bar before the incident.

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  • Witness: Garces tried to get suspects to leave Torre...

    Tuesday Jun 30 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> As the fight between Joe Torrez and the four men accused of invading his home on Jan. 1, 2014, quickly turned violent, Raymond P. Garces tried to persuade the men, including his brother, to leave the Dona Ana home, according to one witness who testified Tuesday in 3rd Judicial District Court in Las Cruces. Tuesday marked the second day of trial for Leonard Calvillo, 24, who is facing five felony charges, including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, conspiracy and child abuse, for his role in the deadly home invasion.

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  • Crime Stoppers offers reward for Walmart shoplifting...

    Tuesday Jun 30 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 award to identify a suspect in the theft of merchandise worth about $4,000 from the Walmart at 3331 Rinconada Blvd. Early Monday, a man allegedly left the store with a shopping cart containing merchandise without paying, according to a news release. Store surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect, who is believed to be white or Hispanic, and his vehicle, believed to be a gold pre-2005 Toyota Tacoma with a matching camper shell.

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  • Torrez testifies against man accused in Do a Ana hom...

    Monday Jun 29 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    Leonard Calvillo looks over at the jury Monday during opening arguments in his trial in 3rd Judicial District Court. LAS CRUCES >> Mixed martial arts fighter Joe Torrez on Monday testified against one of the men accused of invading his home on New Year's Day in 2014.

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  • Teens suspected in Las Cruces auto burglaries

    Thursday Jun 25 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> Las Cruces police arrested a pair of teenagers suspected of burglarizing at least two vehicles early Wednesday morning, according to a news release issued Thursday by LCPD. D'Shaun Anthony Hermans, 18, and Jordan Gift, 17, were each charged with two counts of auto burglary and one count each of conspiracy, the release said.

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  • Sound Off: June 24

    Wednesday Jun 24 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    Convention center >> Las Cruces has got to be the sorehead capital of the world. I see now someone still complaining about the Convention Center because it is not what they wanted.

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  • Sports briefs Tuesday

    Tuesday Jun 23 | via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal 

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  • Man accused in Torrez home invasion expected to agre...

    Tuesday Jun 23 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> State prosecutors have offered a plea deal to Raymond P. Garces, 20, one of three men accused of invading the home of mixed martial arts fighter Joe Torrez in 2014, according to two attorneys with close ties to the case. Garces' attorney, Jonathan C. Miller, confirmed Tuesday that prosecutors extended a plea deal to Garces on Monday, but he declined to discuss the terms of the agreement until Garces' formal plea hearing, which is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in 3rd Judicial District Court in Las Cruces.

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  • LCPD foot patrols aim to thwart auto burglaries

    Tuesday Jun 23 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> Several residents of the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods woke up Tuesday morning to find a flyer hanging on their doorknob, courtesy the Las Cruces Police Department, according to a news release. The flyers were left at the homes of 45 residents whose vehicles were found unlocked by officers conducting foot patrols during the early-morning hours, the news release stated.

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  • Las Cruces police see spike in auto burglaries

    Monday Jun 22 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> The Las Cruces Police Department saw a spike in automobile burglaries this weekend, including at least 10 that occurred in the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods, according to an LCPD news release. It appears the vast majority of auto burglaries reported this weekend may well have been prevented had windows been rolled up and doors locked.

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  • Autopsy: Victim in botched Las Cruces burglary died ...

    Friday Jun 19 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> A 38-year-old Las Cruces man who was shot twice as he and his brother attempted to foil a home burglary in February died of a gunshot wound to his chest, according to a state autopsy report . Antonio Molina Jr. and his 36-year-old brother, Fernando Molina, were shot on Feb. 14 by a gunman who authorities say was trying to break into a home in the 1600 block of Delano Drive.

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  • 2 suspects in Do a Ana County check scam appear in c...

    Wednesday Jun 17 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> A defendant in a high-profile, alleged check cashing and identity theft case appeared for the first time in Dona Ana County Magistrate Court on Wednesday. Anthony, N.M., resident Denise Ceniceros, 24, who is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud over $2,500, attended a hearing Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Norman Osborne.

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  • Elderly Las Cruces man charged in fatal shooting sti...

    Tuesday Jun 16 | via Las Cruces Sun-News 

    LAS CRUCES >> The 89-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed his 65-year-old son last month at a Las Cruces senior living center has been released from University Medical Center in El Paso, according to a spokesman for the Las Cruces Police Department. Carl Fredrick Harlan, a resident at the Village at Northrise, is accused of killing his son, Carl Tracy Harlan, and holding another resident hostage inside his second-floor apartment on May 11 at the complex, 2880 N. Roadrunner Parkway.

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  • Fatal stabbing suspect to be charged as adult

    Wednesday Jun 10 | via KOB-TV 

    Authorities say a 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally stabbing a man during a party in the Las Cruces area will be charged as an adult. Dona Ana County sheriff's officials announced the arrest Monday night of a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of murder in the fatal wounding of 20-year-old Carlos Contreras early Saturday during an argument at a party in the East Mesa area.

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Las Cruces Law

I won my dwi dmv case, but got a deferred judgement for six months in court with a dismissed charge if complete my conditions.
In the conditions I have to have the interlock in the car for six months, I had the interlock installed and I went to my interlock license dmv is not showing that I have to have an interlock license. Since I won the dmv hearing do I need to have the license? The court will not file until the end of my probation stating that it was dismissed. Can the dmv come back and force me to have the interlock again after they receive the dismissal?
If the conditions say you have to have an IID then you have to have an IID.
Arrested for DUI but not convicted: would this prevent me from getting a teaching license?
I was arrested for DUI eventhough I was under the legal limit. This was five years ago and not in my home state. It went to court anyway and I got 2 years probation then it was changed to not-guilty and I have no criminal record, no convictions. Just a couple questions. On a teacher license application where they say I have to list "plea-guilty/convictions/deffered or dismissed charges, do I have to list this? Would it show up on a FBI fingerprint back ground check? Would this prevent me from getting a license?
Every state has it's own statutes regarding restrictions on professional licensing that result from criminal...
How are punitive damages decided, how much $ can one involved in a dui case be expected to pay?
i was the driver in a dui case and am being sued for punitive damages. i have no job. i have no income. i had insurance at the time which the party i hit refuses to be paid out by.
Hire an attorney.
If i was arrested for DWI can my ex prevent me from seeing my children
I was pulled over for suspicion of DWI just recently and my kid were with me. They allowed them back with there mother and I hired a lawyer to fight this but now she is saying I can't see them can she do that.?
No. She probably is worried about your drinking and driving with the kids in the car, which is serious. Whatever...
20 years old received a minor attempt to enter establishment with alcohol. what will the penalties be?
do i fall under the minor category? will this be affect my dwi in a different county?
See the answers to the original post of this question. Included were some excellent answers from NM attorneys. I...
Is it possible to erase DUI's in Utah more than 15 years old
Utah DUI's and jail time
It is always possible to EXPUNGE misdemeanors or felonies as long as you did not go to state prison. The forms are...
I have a revoked license dwi in nm can I get a license in any other state?
I am a mechanic and need to drive for my job. when convicted I was told I need a breathilizer for life
You will not be able to obtain a license lawfully in any other state while you are revoked in New Mexico. The...