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First News: Residential burglaries are on the rise in Santa Fe. (listen)
(2012-05-17)
(KSFR) - The number of residential burglaries in Santa Fe has increased over last year, and so have the number of arrests. A report from Santa Fe police says there were 286 home break ins and burglaries in the first four months of this year compared with 187 in last year's period. That's a 52 percent increase. Police Chief Ray Rael tells the New Mexican one way to lower the rate would be to increase jail time for those who are convicted. That would keep them off the streets. So far this year, 45 people have been arrested. Last year, the number was 29.

Meanwhile, Santa Fe Police have arrested a man linked to local robberies by DNA. 29-year-old Luis Aguilar is in the County Jail charged with larceny and burglary in connection to two crimes from last fall. Aguilar has a long history of arrests for burglary and other offenses and his mental competency has been questioned in some of those. A DNA match of his blood to that found at crime scenes led to his most recent arrest Wednesday.

The use of opioid pain relievers is on the rise in New Mexico. The health department says sales of the highly controlled drugs doubled over the past 10 years. Deaths from overdoses during the same period grew by more than 60 percent. Among the biggest killers are oxycodone, morphine and methadone. Deaths from those drugs were higher than the death rate from heroin and cocaine.

Three Santa Fe women this morning are beginning a hike along the Santa Fe River that will take them from the watershed all the way to Cochiti where the river meets the Rio Grande. They want to learn more about the endangered river and the people who live alongside it. Dominique Mazeaud told Diego Mulligan on KSFR's Journey Home show that she knows of no one else who has walked the 46-mile river. *** Also making the walk are Valerie Martinez and Bobbe Besold.

In Washington, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan decried the House Republican version of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women act. *** He concluded by urging adoption of the Senate version which includes greater protections for immigrants, lesbians and Native Americans, among other groups. It passed last month with bipartisan support, 68 to 31.

Weather for Santa Fe - look for mostly sunny skies today through Sunday with highs nearing 80 degrees. There's a very slight chance for a passing shower this afternoon -otherwise, dry throughout the period.
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