CRIME & SAFETY
45-year-old woman shot, killed in Las Cruces officer-involved shooting
Update: Officials with the Las Cruces Police Department said that placing an officer on paid administrative leave following this type of incident is standard protocol. Officials said emergency personnel immediately provided aid to the woman who was shot, and she was taken to the hospital, where she died. There was one other person in the The post 45-year-old woman shot, killed in Las Cruces officer-involved shooting appeared first on KVIA.
Details scarce in Tuesday morning shooting death of woman by Las Cruces police officer
Details about an early morning Tuesday shooting involving a Las Cruces Police Department officer that resulted in the death of one woman remained scarce by late that afternoon. During a 4 p.m. Oct. 3 press conference about the incident Interim Chief of the Las Cruces Police Department Jeremy Story said...
Convicted Las Cruces baby killer sentenced to life in prison
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KVIA) -- Lalo Castrillo, the man convicted last month of killing Baby Favi in 2018, will spend the rest of his life in prison. The sentenced was read in court Tuesday morning, according to the Las Cruces District Attorney's Office. ABC-7 spoke with Faviola Rodriguez's mother, Saundra Gonzales, after the sentencing. The post Convicted Las Cruces baby killer sentenced to life in prison appeared first on KVIA.
Las Cruces man arrested for second time, confesses to mother's murder
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CBS4) — A 30-year-old Las Cruces man has been arrested for the second time and is being charged again with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Dillon Waller was arrested on September 28 and is accused of murdering his 69-year-old mother: Cynthia Berendzen. Waller's arrest raised...
Las Cruces Police launch 'Bridging the Badge' program to enhance community engagement and transparency
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14) — The Las Cruces Police Department is making an effort to provide more transparency to the community it serves. During the month of September, LCPD launched a new program called 'Bridging the Badge'. "It's us being both curious, and then connecting, and then contributing," Lieutenant...
City of Las Cruces and associated departments will discontinue X (Twitter) pages October 15th
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KVIA) -- The City of Las Cruces, and its associated departments, including the Las Cruces Police Department, will shut down their X (formerly known as Twitter) platforms in mid-October. A post on the city's X page from September, 26th reads: "The official X (Twitter) account for the City of Las Cruces The post City of Las Cruces and associated departments will discontinue X (Twitter) pages October 15th appeared first on KVIA.
VIDEO: Body camera footage shows moment leading up to officer-involved shooting in Las Cruces
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14/CBS4) — New body camera footage from the Las Cruces Police Department shows the moments that lead up to an officer-involved shooting in June. Officers arrested 47-year-old Bobby Crawford in June 21. Crawford was charged for attempted murder and aggravated assault on an officer following the...
Las Cruces Police Department, City of Las Cruces close accounts on X platform
The social media platform X, formerly Twitter, has not resonated enough with the public to justify keeping the platform active for both the City of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Police Department, officials said. A notice posted Sept. 26 to both accounts relayed the intention to discontinue use on...
Las Cruces Police Department's Victims’ Assistance Unit Marks 30 Years of Service to Our Community
The Victims’ Assistance Unit (VAU) of the Las Cruces Police Department recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The VAU, set up in 1993, was the pioneer police-based support program in New Mexico. It offers extensive services to victims of violent crimes. Interim Police Chief Jeremy Story commended the unit's work over the past 30 years, highlighting their dedication to assisting vulnerable individuals.
Las Cruces-Dona Ana County Crime Stoppers Seek Information on July Assault, Reward Offered
Crime Stoppers of Las Cruces-Dona Ana County is offering a reward up to $1,000. This is for information leading to the identification of the person or people involved in a severe assault on July 19, 2023. The assault occurred on the 600 block of west Organ Avenue. A 53-year-old man was critically injured and transported to a local hospital.
Police respond to shooting in Las Cruces
Las Cruces, NM (KFOX14/CBS4) — The Las Cruces Police Department responded to a possible shooting on North Main Street near the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Saturday. A spokesperson with LCPD says the shooter was thought to have entered the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library located at 200 East Picacho Avenue.
Man threatens to put ‘bullet in face’ of Texas congresswoman
A Las Cruces man is pleading guilty to a federal charge of making threats through interstate communications.
Weekly Safety Report: Convicted Murderer Attacks Deputy, Infant Found Playing on Street, and Controversial Rulings in Las Cruces, New Mexico
This week in Las Cruces, New Mexico, several incidents occurred that raised concerns about safety in the community. These incidents include a convicted murderer attacking a deputy, parents being charged after their infant was found playing on the street, a petition to remove a student from NMSU reaching 25,000 signatures, a judge ruling that a police officer's shooting of an elderly woman was constitutional, and the same officer being granted qualified immunity in a federal lawsuit.
Firefighters extinguish fire at Las Cruces apartment complex
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14/CBS4) — A fire was reported at an apartment complex Friday morning in Las Cruces. The apartment is located at the 1100 block of La Fonda Drive. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The apartment was searched...
Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education renews school resource officer contract
In a night filled with emotion and testimony from students, parents, staff and community members, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education took up a vote in its Sept. 19 meeting on whether to renew a school resource officer contract. Discussion of the topic continued from the last board...
Former Doña Ana County deputy sheriff could face life in prison
DOÑA ANA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Federal prosecutors have arrested former Doña Ana County Deputy Sheriff Michael Andrew Martinez. They have accused him of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an unnamed victim. Because Martinez reportedly committed the crimes in April, 2023, while working for the sheriff’s office, he faces federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges. Prosecutors […]
WATCH: Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Press Conference
DONA ANA COUNTY, New Mexico (KVIA) -- The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department is holding a press conference Friday morning. The post WATCH: Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Press Conference appeared first on KVIA.
Judge finds Cosper's shooting of Amelia Baca constitutional. Here's what we know.
A federal judge found that Las Cruces Police Department Officer Jerad Cosper did not violate the U.S. Constitution when he killed 75-year-old Amelia Baca in April 2021. The ruling came on Sept. 5 from Senior District Judge Robert Brack after Baca's family sued LCPD in federal court. The Baca family argued that Cosper violated Baca's 4th amendment rights to be free of excessive use of force when he killed her on Apr. 16, 2021.