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Tainted heroin reported in San Miguel County

 LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in northern New Mexico's San Miguel County say tainted heroin has caused one death and several hospitalizations among people booked into the county jail in Las Vegas in the past month.

Detention Center Warden Patrick Snedeker says officials are using medical screenings and other steps to try to detect warning signs of use of contaminated heroin as people are taken into custody.

Snedeker says symptoms include seizures, hyperventilation, hallucinations and dangerous changes in vital signs. He says the first case was when a 41-year-old woman died Feb. 19, a week after she was stricken at the jail and hospitalized.

According to the Las Vegas Optic, jail officials then began seeing the same symptoms in other inmates who were long-term chronic heroin users.

Driver in wrong-way Santa Fe crash was over alcohol limit

Photo: Leela Perez

Photo: Leela Perez

 SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A blood test indicates a woman who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 before being involved in a three-vehicle accident had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Leela Perez's blood-alcohol level was .20.

New Mexico's legal limit is .08. Perez has been charged with causing great bodily harm by vehicle.

Her attorney has said Perez will plead not guilty but was sorry about what happened.

Retired officer arrested in counterfeiting case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A retired Santa Fe police sergeant is among three men accused of counterfeiting $100 bills.

Anthony Rivera retired from the Santa Fe department in 2011.

The 44-year-old, and his 34-year-old brother Dominic Rivera and their roommate, Tyler Arment, face various charges, including forgery and conspiracy.

Arment is accused of trying to pass counterfeit bills at a gas station and at a department store.

All three were arrested over the weekend and released after posting $10,000 bond.

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Santa Fe appeals tower closing

UPDATE: Northbound I-25 now open at San Felipe

All northbound lanes of I-25 are now open at San Felipe after an accident and hazmat situation.

State Police tell KOB that a semi tractor trailer truck rolled and fuel was spilled on the road.

Traffic was being diverted at the Algodones exit.


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Los Alamos lab starts up new waste facility

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos National Laboratory has a new super-size facility for repackaging nuclear waste such as used contaminated protective clothing, glassware and other equipment.

The facility is a 110-foot-by-48-foot structure that's built inside a dome once used to house waste containers.

The facility will be used to remove contaminated items originating from past operations at Los Alamos and repackage the contaminated material for shipment to permanent disposal facilities.

Some of the waste boxes that are stored above ground and are now being emptied are 40 feet long, and a lab administrator says the lab needed a repackaging facility big enough to handle containers that large.

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NM drunken driver sues buddy, Santa Fe restaurants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A repeat drunken driver convicted in a fatal drunken driving crash is suing two Santa Fe restaurants and a friend that he says caused him to drive drunk.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that James Ruiz filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from a former drinking buddy and Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe.

According to the lawsuit filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz "emotional distress" when they served him booze in 2010.

Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation. He's serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011. Both restaurants declined to comment on the lawsuit.