If his present situation weren’t troubling enough, Johnny Tapia’s past may be catching up with him — with a vengeance.

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The little boy turns 5 on Valentine's Day, his birth date something of an irony, given the bitterness and contempt that rage around him — all in the name of love.

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A 17-year-old murderer was sentenced Tuesday to 31/2 years in the New Mexico Boys School in Springer for his part in last year's slaying of Placitas drug dealer Jerry Lopez, 47.

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 ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $580,000 to a former Hobbs resident who said two Hobbs police officers violated his civil rights following a 1996 traffic stop.

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