News Briefs: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KRQE News in brief September 16, 2014.

Fleeing suspect caught by police

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police have arrested a man who fled from police during a traffic stop. Police say the suspect was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen.

The fleeing suspect prompted a police search near Coors and Iliff Tuesday. The suspect has since been apprehended.

Police later identified the suspect as Michael Salas. Salas was arrested for receiving and transferring a stolen vehicle and a felony warrant. Salas will also be facing child abuse charges, police say. APD says he will be facing two counts for leaving his two children and their mother inside the stolen vehicle when he fled from police during the traffic stop.

Student accused of hitting guard with his car

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police arrested a CNM student they say hit a security guard with his car on purpose. Police say 20-year old Demardrick Banks illegally parked in a handicapped spot while he ran into the CNM bookstore.

A security guard confronted him and asked him for his ID. Police say Banks refused, yelled at the guard, jumped into his car then hit the security guard in the hip. Banks sped off into heavy rush hour traffic.

Police were able to identify Banks by the surveillance video in the bookstore. He was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The security guard is OK.

ABQ woman accused of calling in bomb threat to court

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Surveillance video also helped police catch an Albuquerque woman accused of calling in a bomb threat at metro court Monday.

Police say Dwila Allen called in the threat from a gas station at Bridge and La Vega. The Albuquerque Police Department traced the call and used surveillance video to determine Allen used the phone at the same time the call was made.

A criminal complaint says Allen told officers she didn’t do it, but her sister probably did, and that she wouldn’t stop her sister from blowing up the courthouse. Allen was arrested and charged with making a bomb threat.

Police: Man found with meth lab in car

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Santa Fe Police Department has some new tools to help catch crooks and they are already paying off. Police now have ATVs to go through open space areas and look for illegal activity.

Last Tuesday, officers were on patrol when they made a big bust. Police say they found 35-year-old Daniel Stuart inside his car with the makings of a meth lab inside. Stuart had $17,000 in cash.

Police say Stuart has a history of drug arrests. Stuart is charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Police: DWI suspect had children in the car

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman is accused of driving drunk with two kids in the car. Ramona Martinez, 44, was pulled over Sunday near 98th and Unser after an officer noticed she was swerving.

According to the criminal complaint, she told the officer she had a few beers before she got behind the wheel. Inside the car the officer noticed a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old. Martinez failed a field sobriety test and blew twice above the presumed level of intoxication.

Police say she has one DWI conviction already on her record. She’s charged with child abuse.

Walmart now hiring for new Rio Rancho store

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Walmart is hiring nearly 100 people for its new neighborhood store in Rio Rancho. The store will be located on Deborah Road and will open this fall.

The retailer is especially encouraging veterans to apply. They say they will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past year.

For more information and to apply »

UPS to hire thousands of seasonal employees

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The holidays are almost here and that means UPS has some seasonal jobs up for grabs. The company says it is going to hire up to 95,000 seasonal employees which is nearly double the number from last year.

Pay starts at around $10 an hour and after the holidays, many of these jobs could become full-time positions.

Deming family petitions US Supreme Court for new trial

DEMING, N.M. (KRQE) – A gun-dealing family from Deming is looking to the nation’s highest court for help. According to the Las Cruces Sun News, defense attorneys for Rick Reese, his wife Terri and their son Ryin have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case after a federal appeals court denied them a new trial.

The family was convicted in August 2012 of making false statements on federal firearms-sales forms. They were found not guilty of smuggling guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Roswell police donate cars to NM Mounted Patrol

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell police are helping out another New Mexico law enforcement agency. Roswell Police Department recently donated two cars to the Roswell-based troop of the New Mexico mounted patrol.

The Mounted Patrol is made up of volunteers who help local, county and state officers when needed. They are completely unfunded so the two Ford Crown Victorias no longer needed by Roswell officers will certainly help.

St. Francis statue unveiled in Santa Fe

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A huge bronze sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi was unveiled in Santa Fe on Tuesday.

The statue – created by artist Buck McCain – will grace the west side of the Church of the Holy Faith on East Palace Avenue which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The statue is a rendering of St. Francis with a flock of birds appearing to fly out of one of his hands. It weighs 900 pounds and is 10 feet tall.

“In celebration of our 150th anniversary as an Episcopal parish in this town, we would do something that would celebrate our presence here as well as a celebration for the whole community,” said Father Kenneth Semon of the Church of the Holy Faith. “What we came up with was a statue of St. Francis.”

The statue will be dedicated Oct. 5.

Man accused of threatening pregnant wife gets probation

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe man accused of beating and threatening to kill his pregnant wife will get probation rather than prison.

Francisco Jasso plead guilty to battery and assault against a household member after being accused of attacking his pregnant wife in January, saying he threatened to stab her as she tried to leave their home, and dragging her outside by her hair.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Jasso made a deal with prosecutors which allows for supervised probation, as well as behavioral health and alcohol screenings and treatment, instead of jail time.

It’s unclear if the victim approved the deal.

Sandbags available at Las Cruces fire stations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – More rain is expected in Las Cruces through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

In the case of flooding, Las Cruces fire stations are making 10 sandbags per homeowner available to help keep water from entering residences.

Farmington cancels boil water advisory

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – The boil water advisory for people in Farmington has now been canceled.

Tests for bacterial contamination of the city’s water turned out negative. The city says a small amount of untreated lake water was mixed with a large amount of treated water. The problem was discovered quickly and the city immediately flushed the contaminated water from the system.

Institute to see if atomic testing is linked to cancer

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Nearly 70 years after the atomic bomb test in New Mexico, federal researchers want to see if the blast gave residents cancer.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Cancer Institute will interview people who lived in New Mexico when the trinity test took place in 1945.

The study could lead to compensation for people exposed to radiation from nuclear testing.

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