News Briefs: Saturday September 6, 2014

Tracee Montoya-Herrera

KRQE News 13 headlines in briefs.

Parents found with needles charged with child abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A couple is facing jail time after police say they were doing drugs in front of their kids. Officers say they saw a 6-year-old boy walking alone and barefoot in northwest Albuquerque.

According to a criminal complaint the child told police he was on his way to buy food for his brother. Officers asked him where he lived and he directed them to a nearby hotel. There they found the child’s parents and siblings in a room.

Police say the boy’s mother Tracee Montoya-Herrera was in the bathroom shooting heroin. Police also say they found pipes and approximately 100 used hypodermic needles, many without the caps, scattered throughout the hotel room.

She and the boy’s father Dominic Montoya were arrested. Montoya-Herrera faced a judge Saturday. She faces multiple charges including child abuse. A judge set her bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

Dominic Montoya is scheduled in court Sunday.

Attorneys: Search of Mary Hawkes’ phone unconstitutional

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is facing scrutiny for looking through a cell phone that belonged to a woman who was later shot and killed by an officer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that attorneys say the search of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes‘ cell phone without a warrant was unconstitutional.

Officer Jeremy Dear was pursuing Hawkes, who was suspected of stealing a truck, on April 21, 2014. He claims Hawkes pulled a weapon on Dear. Dear then fired his gun, killing her.

The search warrant affidavit notes officers found Hawkes’ name and email address in her phone which she left in the truck. But a spokesperson for the department argues they have no specific policies on searching cell phones.

Karate competition raises funds for NM transplant patients

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A karate tournament benefiting organ donation hit the Duke City Saturday. The Fight For Life martial arts competition was held to help New Mexico patients waiting to receive organ transplants.

Organizers from New Mexico Donor Services say people from all over the southwest showed up. The group says more than 100,000 people are currently on waiting lists here in the state and portion of all the money goes towards patients as they wait for life saving surgeries.

Archbishop to lead Pontifical Mass

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Fiestas de Santa Fe are in full swing in this weekend and with that comes the annual Pontifical Mass. Archbishop Michael Sheehan is leading a special service tomorrow morning at 10:00 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

The mass is infused with Native American music and dances. It’s a tradition celebrated by hundreds of New Mexicans during the month of September.

AFD wins charity pizza contest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a pizza showdown between first-responders Saturday for the Pizza 9’s annual New Mexico eating contest. It all went down at the Pizza Nine in southeast Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque and Bernalillo County firefighters went head to head but AFD’s station nine walked away winning first place in the contest. Their team ate two and a half pizzas in just 10 minutes.

Station nine received $200 to donate to a charity of their choice. They say they’ll be giving their award to the Random Acts of Kindness. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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