Meow Wolf Evacuated
Several strange letters were found throughout the popular Meow Wolf art exhibit in Santa Fe on Sunday afternoon. One of which made reference to a suicide bomb and was found in the mailbox of the House of Eternal Return exhibit by a guest who pulled the building's fire alarm. About 200 people were evacuated from the building, and the Santa Fe Police Department sent in a bomb squad. After searching the grounds, SFPD declared that no explosive devices were found. Police are now reviewing video surveillance footage but have not made any arrests. Due to the letter's vagueness, it is unclear as to whether or not any charges will be filed. Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf’s executive director, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that it’s unclear whether the note was an actual threat or an attempt to “play along” with the interactive nature of the exhibit. Meow Wolf will offer refunds to any customers who were evacuated.
Hatch Residents Mourn Officer
The Village of Hatch is stunned after reports of the first officer killed there in the line of duty in 60 years. Around 4pm last Friday, Officer Jose Chavez pulled over a silver car on Franklin Avenue that police say was occupied by driver Jesse Hanes, 38, and passenger James Nelson, 36—both of whom were fugitive suspects in the murder of a 62-year-old man in Londonderry, Ohio. An assisting officer arrived in time to witness Officer Chavez fall to the ground while standing near the passenger side of the vehicle. Another officer followed the two suspects, who were fleeing the scene, and was led on a high speed chase down I-25. The officer lost sight of them some time before they exited the highway at Radium Springs. At the rest area located there, eyewitnesses reported a man in a red shirt was approaching drivers and demanding their keys. The man allegedly shot one person in the torso after they refused to enter a vehicle with him. Doña Ana County deputies finally caught up to Hanes, who surrendered after having his tires flattened by police stop sticks. Nelson was found nearby, allegedly attempting to escape. One other passenger—who police say was a hitchhiker—is being treated as a witness and not a suspect. Residents of Hatch held a vigil in honor of Officer Chavez Saturday night. Chavez was a two year veteran of the Hatch Police force and a graduate of the Doña Ana County Law Enforcement Academy.
Republican VP Candidate Visits N.M.
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence made two campaign stops in New Mexico last Tuesday. It was the first GOP campaign event in the state since presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Albuquerque for his headline-making rally in May. State Democrats held a news conference Monday to speak out against Pence.