ALBUQUERQUE — The mayor and police chief of a New Mexico border town best known for a raid by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa nearly a century ago were among 11 people accused Thursday of participating in a ring that illegally sent firearms to Mexico.
A federal indictment alleges the defendants have engaged in a conspiracy — based in Columbus, N.M. —to buy the firearms since January 2010.
Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Police Chief Angelo Vega, and town Trustee Blas Gutierrez were among those accused of firearms and smuggling charges in the 84-count indictment, which was unsealed Thursday afternoon.
Police officer's slaying stuns Limon, Colo.
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LIMON, Colo. —The shooting death of a police officer on Colorado's eastern plains left his community grieving Thursday as state and local police investigated a standoff that also ended with a suspect dead inside a mobile home.
Limon officer Jay Sheridan, 27, was killed Wednesday by gunfire that erupted when police tried to serve a fugitive warrant to a man at a mobile home park in the town 70 miles east of Denver, Colorado State Trooper Heather Cobler said.
Giffords will attend her husband's launch
HOUSTON — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has shown so much progress in her recovery from a bullet wound to the head that friends and family are making plans for her to attend the launch of her husband's space shuttle mission next month in Florida, a person close to the family told the Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the family and doctors have not yet publicized the decision. A news conference was scheduled for this morning at the Houston hospital where Giffords is undergoing rehabilitation.