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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 31, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                DECEMBER SATURDAY 50 CENTS 15yearold accused in crime spree7 Police S F boy involved in 10 robberies in 2005 8y Jason Ausiander The New Mexican Police have licked a 15yearold Santa Fe boy to 10 sometimesviolent robber ies in the city in the first half of 2005 that targeted women people with dis abilities and the intoxicated according to court documents and interviews I would classify the activitv involved in this case as a crime Santa Fe Police Chief Beverly Lennen said this week Jorge BarronLino who has been in custody since July for his role in the armed robbery of a sandwich shop and at least two other area youths involved in some of the crimes used what police call blitzkrieg attacks to snatch purses and steal wallets and other possessions from pedestrians Lennen said In the attacks the victim was hit hard and fast and not given time to react she said BarronLino first came to the atten tion of police after a July 2 robbery at Subway 540 W Cordova Road in which he took off a mask he was wearing and an employee recognized him as a for mer Subway employee Luis Ceballos 18 another former Subway employee was with BarronIino at the time and was also recognized police said After he was arrested July 14 Barron Lino who allegedly brandished a hand gun during the robbery told police that Ontoniel Tom7 Antillon 16 drove the getaway car in the Subway robbery and had conspired with him and another Please see SPREE Page A5 Stayin for the New Years Eve Many Santa Feans choosing private parties over pricey events IF YOU GO OUT Santa Fe stays up late on New Years Eve with a number of musical events to greet 2006 What follows is not an all inclusive list but it may help you plan for partying tonight Dance to the Latin rhythms of Savor at Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort North Bishops Lodge Road 9 cover includes party favors and a cham pagne toast An eightcourse dinner is available starting at 7 for 9836377 Disc jockey John Edwards spins tunes at the Catamount Bar Grille 125 E Water from 9 to 1 The cover includes champagne toast and party favors The bars regular menu will also be available 9887222 If you dream of stardom in the com ing year you can practice from to 1 with the Karaoke Star Search at the Cow girl BBQ Western Grill 319 S Guada lupe St Admission is a fivecourse meal is extra 982 2565 More New Years Eve listings on Page A4 INSIDE 4Highend booze a holiday hit Page A4 Jane New Mexican Carol Jennings a nurse at St Vincent Regional Medical Center shops Friday for New Years Eve supplies at Party City where she found a shot glass on a chain for a coworker By Natalie Storey The New Mexican Three sisters scoured the aisles at Party City in Santa Fe on Friday after noon looking for lastminute touches that would make their New Years Eve party perfect They had already picked out their party favors the usual horns and plastic champagne flutes Which were lying in their cart Jennifer Victoria and Xblanda Valen cia were planning a party at home in Pecos for about 50 of their relatives Like many other people in the area Jennifer said the sisters opted for a party at home this year because the bars in downtown Santa Fe are expensive And they wont have to worry about a ride home How expensive it is and then the driving if s just better to stay at Jennifer said We want to start the new year out Yolanda added Most downtown bars have to cover charges on New Years Eve Other places such as Eldorado Hotel and the Club at Las Campanas are having elabo rate dinner and champagne parties A ticket for dinner at Eldorado costs per person and the event is already sold out Las Campanas party is a mem bersonly affair Tickets for the SITE Santa Fe dance party at Pachanga Restau rant and Cantina are and Prices such as those have led many Santa Feans to call caterers and shop for their own decorations flooding caterers and party stores with customers like the Valencia sisters Although the sisters are Please see HOME Page A4 Ruling State can levy income taxes on outofstate firms Court denies on grossreceipts tax By Barry Massey The Associated Press The states highest court has lim ited New Mexicos authority to tax certain sales by outofstate compa nies but the government still won an important victory because it was allowed to impose income taxes on those corporations even if they have no physical presence in the state The ruling by the state Supreme Court came in a case that has been pending almost four years arid involves farreaching taxpolicy questions that are the subject of legal battles across the country dur ing a time of expanding electronic commerce The legal question of whether states can levy income taxes on outofstate companies is a very hotly debated national Frank Katz general counsel of the Multistate Tax Commission said Friday This the New Mexico rul ing will help the The decision could affect how much revenue New Mexico collects from companies based outside the state particularly large nationally known retailers and technology and financialservices companies In the tax dispute Kmart Corp had challenged incomeand gross receiptstax assessments of million the state had imposed on a subsidiary for its operations from 1991 to Please see TAX Page A5 Feds launch probe into domestic spying leak Witnesses including journalists likely will be brought before grand jury By Josh Meyer Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The Justice Depart ment disclosed Friday that it is investigat ing who leaked classified information about President Bushs topsecret domes ticspying program paving the way for a potentially contentious criminal probe that reaches high into the White House Con gress and the courts Several officials familiar with the investigation which is in its infancy said it will be conducted by FBI agents specially trained in probing nationalsecu rity matters and counterintelligence The officials said it will focus primar ily on disclosures in The New York Times that Bush authorized the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance on people within the United States without obtain ing warrants from a special federal court established to approve them The existence of the warrantless spying program has caused an uproar in Congress and among privacy experts who said the Please see LEAK Page A6 IMMIGRATION Visitortracking program gets mixed reviews By Nicole Gaouette Los Angeles Times Four years after the SepL attacks the Bush adcninistxation has finished install ing the equipment for a system to identify photograph and fingerprint visitors arriving at every land sea and air port in the country The absence of a reliable system for tracking visitors was identified as a serious nationalsecurity gap as the reassessed its counterterrorism efforts in the wake of Sept 11 The new program called US VISIT is the countrys first comprehensive system to track foreigners and check their information against criminal and terrorist watch lists Described as the greatest single advance in border security in three decades by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge it is not yet fully operational and has been dismissed by critics who charge that Please see TRACKING Page A6 OBITUARIES Edna T Coward Dec 27 Deborah S Enenbacb 57 Dec 29 Sidney N Classman 85 Santa Fe Dec 29 Michael F Gray 60 Santa Fe Dec 29 Theodore Puck 89 Nov 6 PageC2 Index A locally owned and independent newspaper Man asks for help paying for car repairs PageC5 Annies COMING SUNDAY Land of Enchantment New Mexicos entry in the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade is the centerpiece in an aggressive program to bolster the states image nationwide and drum up tourism ANOTHER STU CLARK TITLE FOR CAPITAL Jaguars pull out victory over Santa Fe High Sports Bl DISILLUSIONED VOTERS Few Mexicans in Santa Fe are signing up to vote by absentee ballot in their nations presidential election next year Local news Ci Health Horoscope Local Police Main Late News 9863000 TODAY Thickening clouds High 54 low 32 PageC8 Five sections 36 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 365 Publication No 596440 Serving Hew Mexico for 156 years   

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