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New Mexico's Muslim community reels from arrest in killings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fear of attacks that had rippled through Muslim communities nationwide after the fatal shootings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque gave way to shock and sadness when it turned out the suspect in the killings is one of their own. Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested late Monday after a traffic stop more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from his Albuquerque home. The Afghan immigrant denied any connection to the crimes that shook the city and its small Muslim community. In court documents, in fact, he told police that he was so unnerved by the slayings that he was driving to Houston to find a new home for his family, which includes six children. But investigators said they have ample evidence to prove his guilt, though they have yet to uncover the motive for the ambush-style killings, the first of which was in November and then three between July 26 and last Friday.

Boil-water advisory issued for mobile home park in Doña Ana County

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico's Drinking Water Bureau issued a "boil water advisory" Wednesday afternoon for a mobile home park located in Doña Ana County. The Madrid Mobile Home Park in San Ysidro, north of Las Cruces, was ordered to notify those who receive drinking water from its distribution system that E. coli bacteria was repeatedly detected in drinking water samples. The state Environment Department said that approximately 64 users are affected. Notice of the violation by the park is required within 24 hours under drinking water regulations.

Afghan man charged in killings of Muslims in New Mexico

The ambush killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shook the community but inspired a flood of information, including a tip that led to the arrest of a local Muslim man originally from Afghanistan who knew the victims, authorities said.Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested on Monday after a traffic stop more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away from his home in Albuquerque. He was charged with killing two victims and was identified as the prime suspect in the other two slayings, authorities announced Tuesday.The Muslim community is breathing “an incredible sigh of relief,” said Ahmad Assed, president of...

Hall of fame athlete, hall of fame guy passes

Former Cibola High School boys basketball coach and athletic director, and later the Eagle Ridge Middle School athletic coordinator, Phil Schroer passed away unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon. It caught the local sports community by surprise. Larry Chavez, former RRPS athletics director, said he got the bad news Tuesday evening. Chavez met...

ABQ Biopark baby orangutan has first checkup and shot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Baby Bulan the Orangutan had his first medical exam a little more than two months since Sarah the Orangutan gave birth to him. Like a human, Bulan got a checkup and his first shot. ABQ Biopark veterinarians were able to do the checkup a little earlier than they normally would. “A lot […]

Morning mishap takes out steel fence

Rio Rancho first responders chat with the driver of that white Ford, seen at left, which was headed east on Meadowlark Lane just before noon on Wednesday, when it abruptly headed north, taking down a section of steel fence before coming to rest facing south against a wood wall at Meadowlark Apartments. There didn’t appear to be any serious injuries, nor any disruption of traffic on Meadowlark Lane. (Gary Herron/Observer)