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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS One freed in bowlingalley killin Four other salesmen accused in mans slaying must wait until hearing resumes By Jason Auslander The New Mexican Charges were dropped Tues day against one of five outof town magazinesubscription salesmen accused of Wiling a Santa Fe man in a bowlingalley parking lot last month The remaining four defendants however will have to wait to find out if a District Court judge believes evidence exists to charge them with murdering Benjamin Suazo 32 because a Tuesday pre liminary hearing ended before all testimony could be given Judge Michael Vigil said he will resume the hearing which lasted approximately nine hours Tues as soon as possible The five men began the day accused of beating Suazo until he was unconscious during a fight Oct 20 at Silva Lanes in Santa Fe then running him over as they fled the scene The men all from the Midwest had been in town about three days selling magazine subscriptions door todoor and were at the tail end Please see FREED Page A4 Andrew Long 22 gets emotional during a preliminary hearing Tuesday Charges were dropped against codefendant Keith Lafleur Sieve Babuljak For The New Mexican CYCLE OF VIOLENCE Photos by Sandy The New Mexican Volunteer Maria Mailoy passes an interview room where caseworker Cara Starrett left meets with a client Oct 18 at the San Diego Family Justice Center Abuse victims have access to a range of services at what officials cal a onestop just want people to stay alive San Diego services for abuse victims under one roof By Henry M Lopez Jhe New Mexican SAN DIEGO From her seventhstory office Gael Strack has a birdseye view of the downtown skyline Along the length of her window hang 27 red human silhou ettes All these people right here 25 women and two men were all killed in domes ticviolencerelated homicides during the past four years And not one of them stepped foot in the Family Justice she said As director of the citys Family Justice Center Strack heads a bold approach to combat domestic violence Workers at the center call it a onestop shop for domes ticviolence victims It takes the dozens of nonprofit and governmental organi zations fighting domestic violence and places them under one roof making help Please see SAN DIEGO Page A7 OBITUARIES Elvira M Devargas 94 Nov 5 Joe B Montoya 85 Santa Fe Nov 6 Isaiah J Martinez 24 Nov 3 Isidro Martinez Nov 6 James Barker Santa Fe Nov 5 Samuel 93 Santa Fe Nov 7 PageC2 Director Gael Strack stands in her office at the Family Justice Center Along the length of her window hang 27 human silhouettes one for each domestic violencerelated homicide during the past four years in San Diego THE SERIES EPIDEMIC Santa Fe police have seen a surge of domesticabuse cases and in the intensity of the attacks SUNDAY New Mexico needs to strengthen domestic violence laws like it has with DW1 a state representative says MONDAY CULTURES From Indian Country to the immigrant community culture can affect how people deal with violence TUESDAY SOLUTIONS What do San Diego and Las Vegas have in common The possible key to helping abuse victims TODAY TREASURER SCANDAL Montoya received in kickbacks Former treasurer pleads guilty to one count of extortion Staff and wire reports Former New Mexico Treasurer Michael Montoya admitted Tuesday that he got in kickbacks from a financial adviser doing business with the state and is now cooperating with federal officials in their investiga tion into corruption in the state Treasurers Office Montoya 53 pleaded guilty in District Court to one count of extortion A second extortion count was dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors I discovered that it was quite easy to get bribes from people who wanted to keep or to obtain business with the state Treasurers Montoya said in the plea agreement People would approach me and offer to help me in return for my help to them Sometimes I would be Please see KICKBACKS Page A8 Michael Montoya RIO ARRIBA COUNTY Appointee to Magistrate Court withdraws name Valdez admits citation in 1983 for failing to pay child support By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardsons headaches over a Magis trate Court position in Rio Arriba County arent over yet On Tuesday David Gregorio Valdez Richard sons latest selection to fill the vacant judgeship informed the Governors Office that he was with drawing his name because he had not been truthful during the selection process Richardson announced Friday that he was appointing Valdez a longtime probation officer with the state to take the place of Judge Tommy Rodella who resigned in July during a dispute with the governor over a drunkendriving case But on Tuesday morning Valdez called the Gov ernors Office and admitted that in 1983 he had been found in contempt of court for failing to pay child Please see COURT Page A8 OVERPOWERING COLON Bartolo Colon the American Leagues only 20game winner became the Angels first Cy j Young winner since 1964 Sports Bl DRAWS SUIT Group files a federal lawsuit seeking to bar a Christian ministry program and a God Pod housing unit at a Womens Correctional Facility Local M CAKES TO ON Counting Sheep will be one of several cakes displayed at Saturdays benefit gala at the Museum of International Folk Art Taste Dl TODAY Partly sunny High 70 low 36 PageC10 Index A locally owned and independent newspaper Annies Horoscope Police Scoreboard D6 Main Late News Five sections 40 pages 156th year Issue No 313 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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