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First News: Alleged Santa Fe speed van shooter expected to be arraigned today. (listen)
Car crashes into Pier 1, Santa Fe (courtesy Santa Fe police)
(KSFR) - Expected to be arraigned today is Santa Fean Scott Powell. He's the man arrested heading into the weekend for shooting up one of the city's two speed vans earlier this month. Police had identified him from video camera footage and a deal was worked out for the 63-year-old Powell to surrender to authorities on Friday. Instead, Powell apparently panicked and led police on a brief chase, ending with his apprehension at a Calle Medico office building. He now faces not only firearms and felony criminal damage charges but also fleeing and assault charges from the police pursuit.

Parents who have not been able to register their children for school in Santa Fe will have more opportunities coming up. School officials acknowledge that the process of everyone registering at the outlet mall has resulted in long lines and frustration. They say they will add two more weeks to the process -- one in early June, another in early July. Parents are reminded they need to bring original birth certificates, two proofs of address and also legal guardianship papers if someone other than the parent is registering the student.

The private Desert Academy School will open for the fall semester in a new location. It is buying the old New Mexico Academy for Sciences and Mathematics on Old Santa Fe Trail. Desert's trustees had hoped to move into the school district's Kaune elementary school, but that deal fell through. They say they'll be paying about $7 million for the new location. Only a small down payment is being required. They tell the New Mexican the current owner of the property is contributing a quarter million to the academy as a bonus for closing the transaction. Desert Academy serves about 170 students in grades seven through 12 and has plans to increase that to 250 students.

Local shoppers at a southside Pier One store narrowly averted disaster Saturday afternoon after a 68-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle and smashed through the store's front window. The noontime accident did substantial damage to the structure and the store's inventory but no employees or customers were injured. Neither was the still-unidentified driver. Authorities don't think alcohol was a factor but suspect the woman may have medical issues that caused the accident.

It's a little more than a month before the June 5 primary elections, and the Santa Fe County Clerk says voters can start making plans now to cast their ballots well in advance of that date. Absentee-in-person voting takes place between Tuesday, May 8, and Saturday, June 2 at the county clerk's office. Early, in person voting begins on Saturday, May 19. A list of early voting locations is available on the county's website.

From downstate in the border community of Sunland Park comes word that the recent mayoral appointee, 24-year-old Javier Perea, has submitted his resignation. Scandal has left the town with its city government in shambles as the mayor-elect and other officials have been hit with felony corruption charges. City Council there appointed Perea some days ago at a public meeting wherein the man presented himself for the job. The Attorney General's office late last week advised Sunland Park that the meeting violated state laws in that it did not accommodate all the citizens wishing to participate. Perea volunteered his resignation, asking that city council hold yet another meeting where he may be lawfully re-appointed.

Santa Fe's 2012/2013 operating budget is the focus today at a special Finance Committee study session. The daylong event begins at 9 and runs through 4:30. It'll end with a request to approve the city's manager's recommendations for the next fiscal year.

Weather for Santa Fe - a sunny and dry week is in store with daytime highs in the mid 70s. Overnight lows throughout the period in the mid 40s. Tomorrow will be the breeziest day of the week with north winds to 20 miles per hour.
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