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State leaders remember fallen officer

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Services set for March 27

A New Mexico State Police Officer who was shot and killed on Interstate 40 will be laid to rest on March 27.

NMSP Officer Justin Hare’s funeral services will be held at 11 am at the Legacy Church at 7201 Central Ave. NW in Albuquerque.

The service will be open to the public, and all law...

Zuni man pleads guilty to sexual abuse against children

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A 51-year-old man from Zuni has plead guilty to sexual abuse against children after he allegedly touched two girls who were under the age of 9 years old in a sexual manner.

According to publicly available court records, between Sept. 2l, 2000, and Sept. 20, 2001,  Rodney Waikaniwa intentionally touched his first victim with the intent of gratifying his own sexual desire. At the time, the victim was only about 8 years old. Between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2015, Waikaniwa, an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo, intentionally touched a second victim with the same sexual intent. At the time, the second victim was approximately 6 years old.

A federal grand jury indicted Waikaniwa on May...

Man who shot, killed NMSP officer identified

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A New Mexico State Police Officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 during the early morning hours of March 15. The suspect has now been identified Jaremy Smith, and there is a warrant out for his arrest.

Smith is 32 years old and is from Marion, South Carolina.

He is facing charges of first degree murder, armed robbery, shooting from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and criminal damage to property.

Smith is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.  If seen, call the New Mexico State Police at (505) 425-6771 or dial 911.

Man shoots, kills NMSP officer during traffic stop

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A New Mexico State Police Officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 40.

During the early hours of March 15, NMSP Officer Justin Hare, 35, pulled a man over on I-40 near mile marker 320, which is near Tucumcari, New Mexico.

At some point during the interaction, the suspect, who was last seen wearing a a brown hoodie and jacket, shot Hare. He died at the scene.

As of 2:15 pm on March 15 NMSP is still trying to locate the suspect. In a Facebook post they warned the public that the man is armed and dangerous. He was last seen on I-40 near the 304 milepost, which is between Montoya and Newkirk.

Both Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Cabinet Secretary Jason R...

Arizona man pleads guilty to abusive sexual conduct

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A man from Red Valley, Arizona has pled guilty to abusive sexual contact  after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old.

According to court documents, Darwin Chee, a member of the Navajo Nation, sexually assaulted the 15-year-old girl  at a residence located within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation on Dec. 30, 2021.

A federal grand jury indicted 53-year-old Chee on Nov. 23, 2022.

Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced on March 12 that Chee pleaded guilty in federal court to abusive sexual contact. Chee will remain in custody pending...

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