KRQE news in brief, September 18, 2014.
ABQ man added to state’s most wanted list
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The U.S. Marshals have added an Albuquerque man to its New Mexico’s Most Wanted list. Angelo Burdex, 27, is wanted on four outstanding felony warrants, including one for beating up someone and causing great bodily harm.
Burdex has made headlines before U.S. Marshals say last year Burdex and Jabar Lewis were shot after a fight at the Copa Cabana nightclub in Nob Hill. Lewis was killed.
Marshalls believe Burdex is still in the metro area.
Police badges, medals stolen from SF home
SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe woman is asking for help tracking down the person who stole memories of her father, a former police officer. Santa Fe County deputies are investigating the burglary.
They say Willie Angel Junior’s military medals and his badge, similar to this one, were stolen from his daughter’s home in the Paseo Rael area south of Santa Fe. It happened between September 6th and the 12th. A laptop computer was also stolen.
Willie Angel worked for Santa Fe police back in the 90s. Call police or the sheriff’s department if you can help.
Man steals cash voucher from gambler at Buffalo Thunder
SANTA FE (KRQE) – Deputies say a man who tried to cash-in on another gamblers winnings left something very important behind. It happened early Thursday morning at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect approached a man playing on a casino machine pushed the “cash out” button and ran off with the ticket. The voucher was worth more than $600 but the crook never got to cash it.
Deputies say he dropped his cell phone and they later tracked him down at the Cities of Gold casino a few miles away.
Roswell Animal Shelter show signs of improvement
ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The Roswell Animal Shelter is showing big improvements since the police department began overseeing it. In the first two months adoptions of dogs and cats have more than doubled.
The number of owners reclaiming lost animals has also risen by almost a third. Euthanizations are also down by more than a third. Officials believe expanded shelter hours are helping.
Police in Roswell stepped in after a 9-year-old boy was mauled by a two pit bulls from a local rescue in June. The case caused a public uproar when rescues were not allowed to adopt from the shelter without proper paperwork.
Court rules man can sue Santa Fe hospital
SANTA FE (KRQE) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a hospital can be sued for failing to inform a man he had cancer. William Vaughn says he went into the hospital with abdominal pain in 2002 and was diagnosed with an abscess so he never underwent further treatment.
Fourteen months later he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. After reviewing his records he learned that doctors 14 months earlier had suspected cancer but no one ever notified him.
Lower courts had thrown out the case saying Vaughn had argued his case incorrectly. The Supreme Court disagreed saying Vaughn deserves his day in court.
BioPark to celebrates elephant’s birthdays
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two of the BioPark’s most popular pachyderms have birthdays coming up. The zoo’s youngest elephant, Jazmine, turns one on October 2nd. Her sister, Daizy, turned 5 on September 2nd.
Saturday at the BioPark there will be opportunities to learn about the pair from their keepers, watch the elephants work on training exercises and of course eat birthday cake. Guests can also help celebrate by bringing birthday gifts from the zoo’s elephant wish list.
Man crashes into middle school fence during police chase
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police say a man trying to get away from them crashed into a fence at a middle school. It happened around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Van Buren Middle School at Louisiana and Southern.
Police say they tried to pull over 25-year old Oswaldo Robledo but he sped off and crashed. Police say they found meth in his pocket and three empty beers cans in his car.
Robledo caused a thousand dollars in damage to the fence.
Stolen credit cards used to buy $12K worth of gift cards
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Four people used stolen credit cards to buy $12,000 worth of gift cards. It happened Monday afternoon at a Santa Fe Walmart. Police are trying to find them and believe they may be from out-of-state.
The store managers say the group went to different cashiers in order to buy so many gift cards. They used 17 stolen credit cards to make the purchases. They then fled in a silver Honda Odyssey mini van.
If you have any information, call Santa Fe police.
Alaska Airlines begins daily flights to, from Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Sunport got its first Alaska Airlines flight Thursday. It’s the first of many daily, non-stop flights between Albuquerque and Seattle. The airline touched down just after 2:00 Thursday afternoon marking its inaugural flight to Albuquerque.
Sunport to receive $6.5M in federal funding
ALBUQERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Sunport is one of several airports across the state to be awarded federal funding for repairs and runway extensions. The Sunport will receive about $6.5 million to rehab a taxiway and help reduce emissions.
Alamogordo, Roswell, Lea County and Questa are also getting funds for similar projects. Officials say the funding will create jobs and make airports safer and more efficient.
NM woman stranded in Mexico could be home soon
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There is hope for some New Mexicans trapped in Cabo San Lucas following a devastating strike from Hurricane Odile. Lori Rivera is one of them. She landed just as the storm struck Sunday damaging the airport, hotels and homes.
Rivera’s daughter Ashley says she’s only had very brief conversations with her mom but was told Thursday that airplanes are being sent by the Mexican government to pick them up. They are being told to show up at a pick up point and hope there’s room for them on board.
Lori told her daughter that they are being fed rice and beans but the bottled water is now gone and it’s not a safe situation. She said there has been looting and a warning for hotel guests to stay inside.
Once Lori does get on a plane, she’ll be taken to one of four other Mexican cities where she’ll be on her own and have to figure out a way home.
No CBS Evening News Thursday
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – CBS Evening News will not air Thursday September 18, 2014 due to Thursday Night Football. CBS will stream Thursday’s Evening News online Friday.
Court upholds decision in Ron Bell’s DWI case
ALBUQERQUE (KRQE) – Another win for well known anti-DWI Attorney Ron Bell who is fighting his own DWI charges. Bell was pulled over in 2010 because a deputy says he saw him swerving.
The officer says Bell failed a field sobriety test and later tests showed he had excessive levels of prescription drugs in his system. A district judge later dismissed the DWI charge saying the deputy didn’t have enough evidence after he stopped Bell to investigate him for driving under the influence.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has now upheld that decision. It’s unclear if the case will be taken to the Supreme Court.
Deputies locate shooting victim’s stolen SUV
VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Deputies have found the SUV stolen from a Valencia County man this weekend after he was shot but they’re still looking for the shooter. The man was attacked in his yard in Los Chavez near Peyton Road and Cedro Way on Saturday Night.
Neighbors say the gunman came out of nowhere then shot him multiple times and took off in his SUV. Deputies say the victim is still in serious condition, they’re waiting to talk to him to try to identify a suspect.
Deputies did find his SUV Wednesday in the Huning Ranch Neighborhood. It will now be processed for DNA and fingerprints in an effort to identify the gunman.
Bones found in Santa Fe may not be missing woman
SANTA FE (KRQE) – What could have been a new development in a 62-year-old cold case in Santa Fe turned out to be a dud. Detectives started digging inside the garage of a home near Agua Fria back in March looking for Inez Garcia.
She was 26 when she disappeared in 1952. There were rumors her husband had buried her in the garage of the home. He died years ago and the home has a new owner.
Investigators did retrieve bones from the dig but now say most of them are not human. They say the one bone that was found that could be human is still being tested at a lab in Texas.
ABQ, Bernalillo County firefighters work to ‘Fill the Boot’
ALBUQERQUE (KRQE) – It’s that time of year, local firefighters are kicking off their annual Fill the Boot campaign. The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Fire Departments are celebrating 60 years of partnership.
Firefighters will be asking the public to fill their boots with cash and it is all for a good cause, raising money for children and adults with muscular dystrophy.
From now until September 29th, nearly 900 firefighters will be in front of stores and street corners across the county collecting donations. The goal this year is to reach $90,000, a jump from last year’s goal of $74,000.
Air Force may start working on fuel spill next year
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a proposal to start drilling wells next year to try to intercept jet fuel before it reaches Albuquerque’s drinking water.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, eight new cleanup wells will operate by august 2016.
Excavation work has already begun out there to remove soil tainted with jet fuel.
The spill discovered in 1999 has been estimated at anywhere from 6 to 24 million gallons.
Elementary school evacuated due to possible gas leak
QUESTA, N.M. (KRQE) – Alta Vista Elementary School in Questa, N.M., is currently under evacuation orders due to a possible gas leak.
All the kids have been moved to Questa High School. If parents want to come pick up their kids fr
om the high school early, they are welcome to do so.
ABQ City Council to vote on new police oversight committee
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque City Council will vote Thursday to establish a new civilian run police oversight committee.
The board would have the power to subpoena officers and witnesses and it could demand a response from the police chief if the boards recommendations are ignored.
Last month, the council voted to suspend the previous police oversight commission and is expected to vote to abolish it at today’s meeting.
This new agency would cost about $750,000 a year to run and it would come out of the police department’s budget.
Navajo high court to hear case on language fluency
TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) – The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a case challenging a presidential candidate’s ability to speak Navajo.
The candidates are required under tribal law to speak Navajo fluently and understand it.
Dale Tsosie contends that Chris Deschene lied about being fluent when he entered the race to preside over the country’s largest American Indian reservation.
Deschene says fluency is a matter of opinion and that his language skills are progressing.
The tribe’s Office of Hearings and Appeals dismissed Tsosie’s grievance, saying it was untimely filed. Tsosie appealed to the high court.
Arguments are set for Sept. 26 in Tuba City.
Deschene and former Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. are set to face off in the tribe’s general election in November. Tsosie placed tenth in the primary.