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The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments recently in an appeal of a murder case that could force the state's district court system to consider the question of whether a "warrior gene" might make some people prone to impulsive acts of violence. more
A 30-year-old Oklahoma man charged in six felony cases in Taos County since 2015 was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week as part of a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office. more
IIs a drug rehabilitation center really the best place for people convicted of violent felonies? Or is prison the better option for both rehabilitation programs and keeping the public safe? more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Oct. 23-28. more
Paddling downriver on Sunday (Oct. 27), a local boater from Taos came across a cheap kayak, two halves of a paddle and the body of an unidentified man on the eastern bank of the Río Grande near the Taos Box, a notorious set of Class IV rapids that threads a remote section of the Río Grande Gorge. more
ALBUQUERQUE - Malcolm Torres pleaded not guilty Tuesday (Oct. 29) to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Renezmae Calzada of Española and waived his right to a hearing to determine if he should be incarcerated until his trial. more
Law enforcement officers who investigated a hit-and-run at the Río Grande Gorge Bridge in 2017 believed they had the right man, but a jury that convened for trial this week was ultimately uncertain about who was actually behind the wheel. more
A felon released to a drug treatment center this year in a plea deal with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office has been charged with the murder of Javier Munoz, who died after he was shot on Sugar Lane on Saturday (Oct. 19). more
Though studies show solitary confinement can have a devastating effect on mental health, New Mexico Corrections Department workers for years have opposed reforms, calling the practice a crucial tool for keeping prisons safe. more
A U.S. District Court judge in Albuquerque has ordered one of the five people arrested last year at the makeshift compound near the Colorado border in Taos County to be hospitalized after finding her mentally unfit to stand trial. more
Less than two weeks after signing a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office for his eighth felony case filed in Taos County, Rafael Orozco has violated the terms of the deal and is once again on the run. more
Javier Munoz, a 33-year-old Taos County man, was found on Sugar Lane Saturday (Oct. 20) with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen he later died of at Holy Cross Medical Center, according to authorities. more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Oct. 16-21. more
A Ranchos de Taos man is facing two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after he was accused of running over two people with a vehicle in September, skirting attempted murder charges filed by a grand jury last month that a prosecutor dismissed from the case this week. more
Questa school board member Ellis Garcia was issued a letter today (Oct. 23) by the New Mexico Attorney General's office advising him to step down from his position within 14 days due to Garcia's 1992 felony conviction for conspiracy to commit arson. more
When he was 12 years old, John Gamble's face peered out from behind a football helmet on the front page of the Carlsbad Current-Argus -- he was the quarterback for the Spartans, a local youth team. A few years later, Gamble was on the front page for a different reason -- at 16, he had killed a friend. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, and a judge sent him to prison for 60 years. more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Oct. 9-14. Oct. 9 3:31 a.m. Missing adult, Calle de Romero – A caller said an employee at Stella’s Italian … more
Reassurances from Taos Police Chief David Trujillo and Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Lillian Torrez that a threat a transfer student made against Taos Middle School last week was “not credible” did not specify the seriousness of the threat — that of a plan to carry out a school shooting. more
A convicted felon from Taos who made national news in 2016 when he was accused of battering his wife, newborn baby and a security guard at Holy Cross Medical Center pleaded guilty to three violent felonies this week in exchange for what the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office described as his final chance to avoid a lengthy prison sentence. more
Taos County law enforcement and U.S. Forest Service members dashed someone's hopes to harvest around 70 mature marijuana plants found growing off State Road 518 in Taos County Thursday (Oct. … more
Students and staff at Taos High School and Taos Middle School were ordered to shelter in place Friday morning (Oct. 11) after rumors of a threat spread that were determined to not be credible, … more
At least four Taos County residents said they have incurred fraudulent charges on bank accounts used to make purchases at local Speedway gas stations, but a spokesperson for the retail chain this … more
The following is a selected overview of recent case activity in or related to the Taos County court system. All dates and times are subject to change. Editor's note: A jury trial that had been … more
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement Tuesday (Oct. 1) warning New Mexicans against using vaping products as cases of related illnesses in the state have risen to … more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Sept. 25-30. Sept. 25 8:27 a.m. Civil complaint, John Dunn Parking – A caller said he put five dollars in quarter into a … more
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