Former Navajo officers accused in beating
TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) Two former Navajo Nation police officers have been indicted on charges of civil- rights violations stemming from a mans beating last year. The U.S. Attorneys Office in Phoenix announced the indictments of former officer Christine Thinn and former Sgt. Phillip Bedonie Jr. on Wednesday.
The indictment alleges that Thinn kicked, stomped on and hit Newton Charlie in January 2009, and sprayed him with pepper spray. It also alleges that Thinn assaulted Charlie with a dangerous weapon.
Bedonie is accused of willfully permitting the beating while Charlie was in their custody.
Thinn faces up to 20 years in prison, while Bedonie faces up to 10 years.
Family sues over 2008 poisoning deaths
DENVER (AP) A lawsuit by relatives of a Denver family killed by carbon monoxide in an Aspen-area house has been filed against companies that worked on the house and Pitkin County building inspectors.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Denver District Court alleges that gross incompetence led to the 2008 deaths of Parker and Caroline Lofgren and their two children, ages 8 and 10.
The family won a church auction for a getaway in Aspen over the Thanksgiving weekend.
A grand jury in July indicted the owner of a plumbing and heating company and two county building inspectors, now retired, in the deaths.
Federal funds to help save N.M. schools cuts
SANTA FE (AP) Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday that emergency federal legislation signed into law a day ago will help New Mexico close a budget gap by $191 million, sparing public schools from general fund cuts.
New Mexico will receive $126 million through Medicaid and $65 million for public schools. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the federal funds will free up state dollars and curb the likelihood of layoffs in school districts.
School districts will continue to receive the same amount of funding through the states equalization guarantee distribution until they receive additional federal money, said Richardson.