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FBI to update David Parker Ray case Friday

The FBI will give an update Friday on its progress in the case of suspected serial killer David Parker Ray.

Ray, who lived in Elephant Butte, claimed to have killed up to 40 women before he died in jail in 2002.

His claims have kept the FBI searching for victims and remains for years.

Most recently, FBI investigators searched the area around his former home, saying they were acting on new information.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 will be at the press conference Friday and will bring you every new development.

Las Cruces elementary teacher held for trafficking cocaine

 LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces elementary school teacher is being held on a $10,000 bond after being arrested for trafficking cocaine.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department said 35-year-old Roberto Varela was arrested Thursday just before classes began at Loma Heights Elementary.

Deputies said Varela's arrest came after a sting operation and a month-long investigation.

He was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on one charge of cocaine trafficking.

It was unclear if he had hired an attorney.

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Most wanted suspect arrested on Carlsbad campus

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A drug task force in southeast New Mexico has picked up a man wanted on drug charges.

Pecos Valley Drug Task Force Commander Carroll Caudill says they arrested 44-year-old David Gomez Martinez on the New Mexico State University-Carlsbad campus Wednesday.

Caudill says agents learned that Martinez was on the campus.

Martinez is listed as an absconder on the New Mexico Corrections Department website.

A news release says Martinez was found to be in possession of heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine and methadone tablets.

Agents said Martinez was arrested immediately and taken to the Eddy County Detention Center for booking.

He remains incarcerated pending an appearance in court.

Caudill said the investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

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Shooting in Silver City leaves one dead

We have more details Tuesday on a multiple shooting spree that left one person dead Monday in Silver City.

Grant County Sheriff’s deputies say Alejandro Balderrama went on a shooting spree Monday after getting into a fight with his girlfriend.

Deputies say Ernest Villa tried to confront Balderrama about the fight – and that’s when Balderrama shot and killed him.

They say Balderrama then went into the living room and shot Megan Ortiz-Padilla and Jaime Perez.

We’re told Perez is okay.

Ortiz was transported to a trauma center in El Paso. Her status is unknown.

Balderrama is facing multiple charges, including an open count of murder, and felony possession of a firearm.

Judge mulls single attorney in gun smuggle case

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge is considering whether to allow a high-profile Albuquerque attorney to represent all four members of a Deming family accused of selling guns to Mexican cartel members.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack declined to make a decision on the request Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces, but repeatedly cautioned that potential conflicts of interest could hamper attorney Sam Bregman's defense of the family.

Federal authorities seized more than 1,200 firearms and nearly 2 million rounds of ammunition when they raided a family-run Deming, N.M., gun shop last month.

Fifty-five-year-old Rick Resse, his wife, 48-year-old Terri, and sons 24-year-old Ryin and 19-year-old Remington are part of a 30-count indictment.

 

Air Force fraud investigation leads to 3 indicted

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted three people from Clovis in a $6.5 million fraud investigation linked to Air Force services and alleged overcharges.

Prosecutors in San Antonio say a 17-count indictment returned Wednesday names 60-year-old James McKinney of San Antonio, 62-year-old Donald Dean Brewer and his wife, 62-year-old Sherri Lynn Brewer. The Brewers are from Clovis, N.M.

All three are charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, 12 counts of wire fraud and four counts of major fraud against the government.

The indictment says Donald Brewer was employed by KARTA Technologies Inc. as the medical systems infrastructure modernization program manager at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio.

McKinney served as a vice president with Ark Systems Inc. The indictment alleges the trio and others created a sham subcontracting business.

 

Ex-trustee's wife in Columbus gun case pleads not guilty

 LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The wife of a former Columbus village trustee indicted in connection with a smuggling ring that federal authorities say funneled hundreds of guns into Mexico has pleaded not guilty.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 30-year-old Gabrielle Gutierrez entered her plea Tuesday to U.S. Magistrate Court Judge William P. Lynch.

A federal grand jury in Las Cruces last month returned a five-count indictment against Gutierrez, the wife of ousted Columbus village trustee Blas "Woody" Gutierrez. She's accused of conspiracy, making false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms and smuggling goods from the U.S.

The indictment alleges she conspired with her husband and others from January to March 2010 to buy firearms that would eventually be smuggled to Mexico. She is free on conditional release pending trial.