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First News: A jury will decide fault in December auto fatality in Santa Fe. (listen)
(2012-03-16)
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner over New Mexico. (Courtesy photo)
(KSFR) - A jury will have to decide who ran the red light or was speeding the night a 4-year-old Santa Fe girl died in a two-car crash on St. Francis Drive. The incident took place December 30. The woman driver of one car had a blood alcohol content considered illegal. The driver of the other car was the little girl's mother. The New Mexican reports that police will not issue a citation in advance of a court hearing.

New Mexico's ACLU is working with several Albuquerque doctors to find out if physicians are exempt from state law making it a crime to assist in a suicide. Some states allow aid-in-dying care by doctors. But New Mexico's law is vague when it comes to the medical profession. The doctors filing the lawsuit in district court say they want to help patients with their personal end-of-life decisions but don't want to face legal questions in the process.

An Austrian-born skydiver has made a test jump over the New Mexico desert from an altitude of 13 miles up. That's about half the distance Felix Baumgartner hopes to achieve in a jump over New Mexico this summer. He carried out yesterday's feat after being lifted from Roswell to the 13-mile mark in a helium balloon. He is believed to be only the third person to leap from such a high altitude and freefall to a safe landing.

Michael Soutar, the Santa Fe man dubbed the "Casanova Con Man" for his fraud and racketeering activities, is soon to be released after serving eight years of a 34-year sentence. State District Court Judge Michael Vigil approved a motion for early release upon the condition that Soutar make full restitution of $200,000 to those he defrauded.
Soutar will be under state probation for five years with any violations of terms threatening a 15-year prison sentence. Soutar was convicted back in 2007 of swindling investors in his art investment firm. Many of his victims were women thus earning him the Casanova moniker. Soutar is suffering from prostate cancer, a factor which Judge Vigil also considered in his early release decision.

Santa Fe police have apprehended 29-year-old Luis Aguilar, a serial burglar listed among our local area's top 100 property crimes offenders. Aguilar was picked up Thursday after a homeowner summoned law enforcement when he found the criminal trying to steal tools from his shed. The suspect fled in a vehicle police then tracked to a West Zia road apartment complex. He's being held at the Santa Fe County Jail.

In response to two homicides just weeks apart in the West Alameda Street area, City Councilors Patti Bushee and Chris Calvert plan a neighborhood meeting at noon tomorrow. The councilors will be joined by Police Chief Ray Rael at the Mary Ester Gonzales Senior Center on Alto Street.

Weather for Santa Fe - our sunny, dry and warm weather persists today and tomorrow ahead of big changes Sunday. Highs both days in the mid 60s with overnight lows in the mid 30s. Meteorologist Jennifer Paluki with the National Weather service office in Albuquerque says Sunday heralds the approach of a potent, late winter storm ****.
Monday's high temperatures should only make the high 30s with a 40% chance for snowshowers.

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A jury will have to decide who ran the red light or was speeding the night a 4-year-old Santa Fe girl died in a two-car crash on St. Francis Drive. The incident took place December 30. The woman driver of one car had a blood alcohol content considered illegal. The driver of the other car was the little girl's mother. The New Mexican reports that police will not issue a citation in advance of a court hearing.

New Mexico's ACLU is working with several Albuquerque doctors to find out if physicians are exempt from state law making it a crime to assist in a suicide. Some states allow aid-in-dying care by doctors. But New Mexico's law is vague when it comes to the medical profession. The doctors filing the lawsuit in district court say they want to help patients with their personal end-of-life decisions but don't want to face legal questions in the process.

An Austrian-born skydiver has made a test jump over the New Mexico desert from an altitude of 13 miles up. That's about half the distance Felix Baumgartner hopes to achieve in a jump over New Mexico this summer. He carried out yesterday's feat after being lifted from Roswell to the 13-mile mark in a helium balloon. He is believed to be only the third person to leap from such a high altitude and freefall to a safe landing.

Michael Soutar, the Santa Fe man dubbed the "Casanova Con Man" for his fraud and racketeering activities, is soon to be released after serving eight years of a 34-year sentence. State District Court Judge Michael Vigil approved a motion for early release upon the condition that Soutar make full restitution of $200,000 to those he defrauded.
Soutar will be under state probation for five years with any violations of terms threatening a 15-year prison sentence. Soutar was convicted back in 2007 of swindling investors in his art investment firm. Many of his victims were women thus earning him the Casanova moniker. Soutar is suffering from prostate cancer, a factor which Judge Vigil also considered in his early release decision.

Santa Fe police have apprehended 29-year-old Luis Aguilar, a serial burglar listed among our local area's top 100 property crimes offenders. Aguilar was picked up Thursday after a homeowner summoned law enforcement when he found the criminal trying to steal tools from his shed. The suspect fled in a vehicle police then tracked to a West Zia road apartment complex. He's being held at the Santa Fe County Jail.

Weather for Santa Fe - our sunny, dry and warm weather persists today and tomorrow ahead of big changes Sunday. Highs both days in the mid 60s with overnight lows in the mid 30s. Meteorologist Jennifer Paluki with the National Weather service office in Albuquerque says Sunday heralds the approach of a potent, late winter storm ****.
Monday's high temperatures should only make the high 30s with a 40% chance for snowshowers.
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