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Border Patrol nabs nearly 200 Central American migrants near New Mexico port of entry

U.S. Border Patrol on Monday said agents apprehended a large group of nearly 200 illegal immigrants near a base at a New Mexico port of entry over the weekend.

The agency said 194 illegal immigrants were apprehended after 3 a.m. Sunday. They were trying to cross the border near Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base, located near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico, a statement read. The group consisted mostly of families and unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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Migrants, mostly from Central America, were apprehended Sunday trying to cross the border illegally near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

A 7-year-old travelling with a parent was airlifted to a hospital after tests showed he had a high fever. The child was diagnosed with the flu and later returned to Border Patrol custody. Initial medical screenings showed other migrants had lice and scabies.

“Large groups like these exacerbate the current immigration process further impacting our workforce, facilities, and resources,” Interim Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez said in a press release. “I commend the incredible work of our Border Patrol Agents who continue to push forward through this border crisis.”

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Though the number of apprehensions has been down in recent months, border patrol operations are challenged by a high numbers of illegal immigrants entering the United States when compared to last year’s figures. 172,000 migrants had been apprehended in the El Paso Sector this fiscal year, a large increase from more than 31,000 migrants apprehended during the entire fiscal year 2018.

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Witness against violent New Mexico prison gang gunned down outside home

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A former member of a violent New Mexico prison gang who testified against some of its members last year was shot and killed outside his home earlier this week, authorities said.

Las Vegas, N.M. police told the Albuquerque Journal that 48-year-old Leroy “Smurf” Lucero, a former member of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM), was shot multiple times on the night of July 22.

Las Vegas police investigator Caleb Marquez told the paper that a motive for the killing hasn’t been determined and no one has been arrested.

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“We have no reason to believe anybody else is in danger,” he added.

In May 2018, Lucero testified about SNM crimes — including a directive that led to the 2001 strangulation deaths of two inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces — during the trial of seven defendants. The murders had gone unprosecuted until the FBI began building a racketeering case against the gang in 2015.

Defendants Joe Gallegos and Billy Garcia were found guilty of one of the murders, while Garcia was also convicted of the second murder. Both were sentenced to life in federal prison last month.

Lucero said had transferred to another prison when the crimes were committed, but he was aware they were being planned, according to the Journal. FBI case agent Bryan Acee testified Lucero had been a senior member of the gang but left around 2007 or 2008.

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“I just threw in the towel,” Lucero said.

Federal prosecutors were aware of the gang’s potential to retaliate against witnesses.

“If you snitch, you get killed,” one witness said on the stand.

The FBI also investigated threats against the family of another witness against the gang. Last summer, Lucero told a federal judge he didn’t want to testify in a racketeering case against Anthony “Antone” Cordova.

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“Someone came to his door with a gun asking for Smurf,” Lucero’s attorney told the judge.

He was allowed to leave without taking the witness stand. Cordova was convicted of racketeering and murder charges in July 2018 and faces a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Police: New Mexico woman orders food, tells server ‘this one’s on God’ before fleeing

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A New Mexico woman told a Sonic fast food server “this one’s on God” when he asked her for payment Monday before fleeing the restaurant with her order, authorities said.

Delila Hernandez, 30, pulled up to the Las Cruces drive-thru on her bicycle and ordered a meal, police said. After telling the server that God would pick up her tab, the server replied “that’s not how this works,” the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

The server gave Hernandez the meal after she allegedly threatened him.

The server called the police and Hernandez was found eating the meal in a nearby park. She told officers she knew what she did was wrong and contemplated not eating the food.

She eventually gave in because she was “starving,” according to court documents obtained by the paper.

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Hernandez was charged with felony robbery, which will most likely be reduced to a petty misdemeanor of under $250, a spokeswoman for the Third District District Attorney’s Office told the paper. The report added that she will likely be forced to pay back the restaurant and possibly fined an additional amount, or the charges may be entirely dropped.

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Convicted kidnapper of Jayme Closs, killer of her parents, moved to New Mexico prison: report

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Jake Patterson, the 22-year-old man who was sentenced to life in prison in May for killing a Wisconsin couple and holding their 13-year-old daughter captive for nearly three months, has been moved to a prison in New Mexico, according to reports.

The girl, Jayme Closs, finally escaped from Patterson’s cabin in Douglas County, Wis., on Jan. 10, nearly 90 days after Patterson had fatally shot her parents, James and Denise Closs, in their home 60 miles away in Barron, Wis.

After killing her parents, Patterson had tied up Jayme with tape and thrown her into the trunk of his car before making the drive to the cabin. It was there that he kept Jayme under a bed for weeks before she managed to break free while he was away from the cabin.

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Patterson was recently moved to an unspecified prison in New Mexico after Wisconsin corrections officials raised “safety concerns based on the publicity this case has received,” an inmate classification report from New Mexico said, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

The prisoner had been held in the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wis., the report said.

Wisconsin corrections officials would not confirm the move to New Mexico, but Patterson’s name no longer appears on a publicly accessible database of Wisconsin prisoner information, nor in the state’s online sex offender registry, the newspaper reported.

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Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, said it was outrageous that the state would not confirm Patterson’s whereabouts, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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New Mexico construction worker saves baby, toddler from burning building

A New Mexico construction worker is being hailed a hero for saving a two-month-old girl and a young boy from a burning building Friday, according to a report.

Construction workers had been installing a roof on a building in northeast Albuquerque when a fire broke out at an adjacent apartment building, KOAT-TV reported.

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A construction worker helped save a two-month-old girl and a young boy after a fire broke out on Friday, according to a report.  (Albuquerque Fire Rescue)

Mason Fierro, one of the workers, told the station he saw a man screaming for help from the second-story with his baby and toddler.

“We saw him hanging out of the window with his baby, his two-month-old baby,” Fierro said.

Construction workers brought their ladders over while Fierro told the man to drop the baby girl into his arms.

“He dropped her. I caught her. Then they bring another little boy, two or three-years-old, then we caught him as well,” Fierro added.

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Fierro credited the rest of the construction workers with helping to save the children’s parents.

“We had each other’s back, and it was just an all-in thing,” Fierro said.

Fierro and the crew made sure the children’s parents were okay before going door-to-door to alert people until firefighters arrived.

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Albuquerque Fire Rescue said three people were sent to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case draws his New Mexico ranch into investigation

A sprawling desert ranch south of Santa Fe is tied to a New Mexico state attorney general investigation targeting financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.

News of the probe comes as Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender in Florida and New York, faces new charges of sex trafficking underage girls in an indictment Manhattan federal prosecutors obtained last week.

Also drawing scrutiny is a New Mexico law that allowed Epstein to avoid having to register as a sex offender in the state.

“New Mexico continues to lag behind the rest of the country in strengthening outdated and weak laws that fail to protect our children from abuse,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. “This is a huge black eye for our state.”

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A Balderas spokesman confirmed his office had interviewed possible victims of Epstein who visited the ranch, the AP reported. The office has not said how many accusers were interviews or elaborated on what they say took place at the property.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Stanley, N.M. is shown Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein is entangled in two legal fights that span the East Coast, challenging his underage sexual abuse victims in a Florida court hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case in New York. (KRQE via AP)

In a 2015 court filing in Florida, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Epstein said she had been abused at several locations, including the New Mexico property, according to the AP.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution under an agreement that required him to spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender. The agreement has been widely criticized for secretly ending a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls at the time that could have landed him behind bars for life.

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of the 2008 deal with Epstein. Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw the non-prosecution agreement.

Epstein purchased Zorro Ranch from the family of former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King years ago.

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This March 28, 2017 image provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

In 2010, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety sent Epstein a letter saying he had to register as a sex offender and then sent a second letter a month later saying that he did not have to register, KOAT-TV reported.

Epstein wasn’t required to register because the age of the victim in the Florida prostitution case involved a girl who was 17 and the rules are different for that offense in New Mexico, according to the station.

He would have been required to register if the victim was 16 or younger, according to reports.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges.

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A judge will hear his application for bail on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking involved locations in NY, Virgin Islands, Florida, NM ranch: attorney

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Billionaire financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is due in court Monday following an arrest on new charges that he trafficked young girls across state lines including New York, the Virgin Islands, Florida and a ranch in New Mexico, according to a lawyer for the accusers.

Attorney David Boies told Fox News on Sunday that Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager, will be charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and he expected that more superseding indictments would be added.

Boies said both the public corruption unit and the sex trafficking unit in New York worked the investigation.

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He said Epstein was picked up at a New York airport and taken into federal custody Saturday after his flight landed from Paris.

Epstein was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. He’s expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court.

“This is an important first step. Hopefully prosecutors will focus on some of his [Epstein’s] co-conspirators going forward,” Boies told Fox News.

Epstein once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew and President Trump.

Court documents obtained by Fox News in 2016 showed that Clinton took at least 26 trips flying aboard Epstein’s private jet, known as the “Lolita Express,” and apparently ditched his Secret Service detail on some of the excursions. Records showed that Trump apparently flew on the jet at least once.

Trump biographer Tim O’Brien this weekend reposted an excerpt from a 2002 profile of Epstein in New York Magazine, in which Trump told a reporter, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

However, Trump’s legal team more recently has denied the two were friends.

Trump banned Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago estate “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” according to court documents filed by Bradley Edwards, the lawyer who has represented several Epstein accusers. That claim has not been confirmed by Trump or Mar-a-Lago.

Epstein’s arrest came amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that ended a federal investigation against him.

That deal, which has been challenged in Florida federal court, allowed Epstein, 66, to plead guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution.

Averting a possible life sentence, Epstein instead was sentenced to 13 months in jail. The deal also required he reach financial settlements with dozens of his once-teenage victims and register as a sex offender.

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Epstein’s deal was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now Trump’s labor secretary. Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances, though the White House said in February that it was “looking into” his handling of the deal.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of Florida ruled earlier this year that Epstein’s victims should have been consulted under federal law about the deal, and since then he’s been weighing whether to invalidate the non-prosecution agreement, or NPA, that protected Epstein from federal charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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New Mexico woman dies from virus linked to rodent droppings

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A New Mexico woman’s death marked the first hantavirus-related fatality in the state this year, health officials said, who are urging residents to be vigilant when opening up sheds, cabins and other buildings.

It was not clear how the 42-year-old McKinley County woman, who was not identified by officials, contracted the virus, but the health department did conduct an environmental investigation at her home.

“We urge New Mexicans to be mindful when they are opening up sheds, cabins and other building sthat have been closed up as mice and other rodents may have moved in,” Kathy Kunkel, the state’s health secretary, said in a news release. “Stirring up dust in areas where rodents hang out — that includes everything from nets tot droppings, can cause the virus to get into the air where the particles can be breathed in. It’s best to air out cabins and sheds before entering them and wet down droppings with a disinfectant.”

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Health officials said it was the second case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) confirmed in New Mexico this year, with the first case also occurring in a woman from McKinley County who eventually recovered.

HPS is a severe, respiratory disease that is fatal in approximately 40 cases and is transmitted through infected rodent droppings, urine or saliva. Patients can also contract the virus through air particles, but it cannot be transmitted from person-to-person.

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Symptoms of the virus typically develop one to six weeks after exposure and may include fever, muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Later symptoms may include a cough which rapidly progresses to respiratory distress. According to the health department, no specific treatment exists, but recovery may be possible with prompt medical attention.

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2 firefighters have life-threatening injuries after fireworks explosion near Roswell

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At least 12 firefighters were injured — two critically— after a fireworks explosion south of Roswell, N.M., state police reported.

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KOAT reported that the two firefighters who were critically injured were taken to a hospital for treatment. The other 10 injured firefighters were treated at the scene.

The explosion occurred around noon Wednesday in a fireworks storage area on the west side of the Roswell International Air Center.

As KRQE reported, firefighters were packing fireworks for the Fourth of July when the explosion occurred.

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It’s unclear what caused the explosion. Authorities said it took about 20 minutes to get the resulting fire under control.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Suspect arrested in killing of University of New Mexico baseball player

Albuquerque police arrested a man on Friday, accusing him of killing a University of New Mexico (UNM) baseball player at a popular restaurant last weekend.

Darian Bashir, 23, was taken into custody at an apartment on Saturday and arrested without incident. He faces a count of murder in the shooting of Jackson Weller, 23.

Friends of Weller told police the former baseball player was in a fight before the shooting, but that Bashir wasn’t involved, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

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Video surveillance appears to show Bashir committing the crime, officials say. Detectives say he was later seen in a car speeding away from the scene, although it’s not clear if he was driving the vehicle.

Police found Weller at 2:15 a.m. lying on the street. He was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after.

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UNM pitcher Jackson Weller stands in the team’s locker room. He was shot and killed last weekend and police have identified a suspect. (UNM)

According to police, three witnesses saw Bashir holding a gun, and two of them reported seeing him shoot Weller and walk away.

Bashir was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Feb. 13. for allegedly firing a weapon out of a vehicle, but Judge Richard Brown released Bashir because he had “minimal criminal history” and “no felony convictions.”

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Tributes for Weller were planned at the UNM baseball team’s game against UNLV on Saturday. Ray Birmingham, the coach for UNM, tweeted a picture of the team’s lineup for the game, with Weller included as the starting pitcher

A large heart shaped wreath with a cross in his baseball glove were also placed on the pitcher’s mound behind a large poster with Weller’s name on it, the caption reading “We love you Jackson Weller.”

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