News Briefs: Thursday September 4, 2014

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KRQE News 13 headlines in briefs.

Suspect flees after stabbing man in face

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a man was stabbed Thursday and the suspect fled the scene.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 5200 block Central Avenue on reports of a man being stabbed in the face. The man was taken to UNM Hospital with non life-threatening injuries but police say he was extremely intoxicated and kept giving officers inconsistent stories.

Police say witnesses at the scene were also intoxicated and could not provide consistent statements.

APD says the suspect did flee the scene and has not been located.

The case will be sent to the Southeast Impact Detective for further investigation.

Man pleads guilty to stealing from investors, family

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – A Belen man pleaded guilty to ripping off hundreds of thousands of dollars from business investors, including family. Over a three year period starting in 2006, 55-year-old Gerald Tabet solicited money from people to start several new Nothing But Noodles restaurants in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque’s west side but Tabet really used the money for personal luxury trips, entertainment and private dance lessons for a family member.

Tabet’s victims also included family members and the families involved with his children’s sports teams. He has agreed to pay $475,000 in restitution. He also faces several years in prison when he is sentenced.

SF Brewing Company announces hiring plans

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Tesla may be going elsewhere, but there is some good news on the jobs front. The Santa Fe Brewing Company announced it’s creating more than one hundred new jobs.

The company is expanding production with the help of a $250,000 state grant. Right now, the microbrewery sells its beer in nine states.

The company’s CEO says the new positions will help them expand that reach. The $10 million project will happen in two phases.

The company’s CEO credits new tax laws on producing craft beer for his decision to grow the company here in New Mexico.

State settles lawsuit from former prostitute

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state has settled a lawsuit filed by a former prostitute who accused a cop of raping her. Timothy Carlson was an agent with the state’s special investigations division, when he was caught with the woman.

Her attorney said Carlson demanded sex from her and threatened to arrest her if she didn’t comply. According to the lawsuit, Carlson’s first encounter with the woman came in late 2011.

He allegedly picked her up at least three times and had sex with her in the backseat of his unmarked police car and the woman reported Carlson to APD. He was arrested in March of 2012 and charged with rape and extortion but the charges were later dismissed.

Carlson was fired from his job. The lawsuit stated that Carlson should never have been hired in the first place because he had a history of rape allegations as a military officer in Washington and those charges were also dropped.

The settlement amount has not been released.

Man pleads no contest in ex-wife’s shooting

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – A Belen man has pleaded no contest for shooting his estranged wife in front of their three kids. That’s according to the Valencia County News-Bulletin.

In January 2013, Pio Aquino forced his way into the woman’s apartment on west Aragon Road. The two, who were in the middle of a divorce, started arguing. That’s when police say Aquino shot his wife in the abdomen. She survived.

Aquino pleaded no contest to child abuse and aggravated battery on a household member. He faces 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Mayor signs off on new city council proposal

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Mayor R.J. Berry has decided to push three issues to voters in November. Wednesday the council moved along the proposals that would allow the council to approve or fire the fire and police chiefs, make a change to the special election code and bonds.

They did not have enough votes to override a veto on the pot decriminalization bill and increase in sales tax to help the homeless and mentally ill.

The mayor said as long as the three proposals passed Wednesday night are in their original form, he has no problem signing them and letting the voters weigh in.

The County Commission still has to decide if all the issues will fit on the ballot and if they don’t, which ones will make it.

Mattress Firm makes donation to Heading Home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A program in Albuquerque that finds permanent housing for the homeless is now helping them get a better night’s sleep. Wednesday Mattress Firm delivered 100 new mattresses, frames and box springs to Heading Home families.

Heading Home aims to give the homeless a more stable environment in the hopes they can get not just a job but back on their feet. Mattress Firm says they’ll supply a brand new bed to every person housed through the program this year.

More than 400 people have been helped by Albuquerque Heading Home since the program started in 2011.

The Cottages make changes after party, shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There are some big changes at a new apartment complex near UNM that has caused a lot of problems in the few weeks it’s been open. Police were called out to the Cottages for a big party the first weekend it was open and the following weekend there was a shooting.

While the apartment complex is privately owned, it’s mostly occupied by UNM students and was marketed as a place where the students could set their own rules unlike living on campus.
The problems have prompted management to enforce some rules including a limit of one guest at a time and no more parties.

Previously residents could invite up to five guests and register a party with management and keep it going until 2:00 a.m. more security guards will also be hired to keep the peace.

Many students are not happy with the new rules saying they go too far. Others say it makes them feel safer after a dangerous few weeks.

Farmington teen arrested in fatal shooting

FARMINGTON, N.M (KRQE) – A 17-year-old is behind bars after Farmington police say he shot a man dead. It happened Wednesday night just after 7:00 at a home on Sycamore Street just south of west Murray Drive.

Officers found the victim, 22-year-old Seth Stallings, dead from a single gunshot wound.

Police arrested Rafael Velasquez for the murder Thursday evening. No word yet on a motive.

Wanted NM felon disappears in Mexico

DEMING, N.M. (KRQE) – A wanted felon from New Mexico was able to escape into Mexico during a high-speed police chase. Deming police, Luna County Sheriff’s deputies and border patrol agents all joined in the pursuit of 19-year-old Gerardo Jaramillo, of Deming, over the weekend.

They put spike strips down twice but that still didn’t stop him and he was able to cross the border. Mexican police continued the chase but lost Jaramillo, they did find his car eventually but he is still at large.

Jaramillo is wanted in Luna County for kidnapping, aggravated battery and robbery charges.

SF paint splatters could cost city $70K

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Vandals are being blamed for pink, yellow, red, blue and turquoise paint on a stretch of road in Santa Fe.

The Department of Transportation estimates it will cost up to $70,000 to remove it.

The splatters are on the exit from northbound I-25 to St. Francis Drive were reported Tuesday.

NMDOT officials expect to start removing the paint late this week or early next week and anticipate the work will affect traffic.

Officials are concerned that the paint could confuse drivers and say it simply looks bad for the city.

ABQ to unveil business strategy for entrepreneurs

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque is preparing to roll out a new economic development strategy called Business Accelerator which will aim to help entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Late last night, the City Council unanimously approved a $1.8 million three-year contract with a nonprofit group called ABQ ID, which will run entrepreneurial boot camps and mentor programs. The money comes from the city’s economic development action account,

The sole critic of the plan said the plan does not help out ordinary workers, but investors.

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