News Briefs: Man arrested for shooting Navajo cop

Man arrested for shooting Navajo cop

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (KRQE) – A man wanted for allegedly shooting a Navajo police officer in the face has been arrested.

Authorities say Officer Joseph Gregg was shot with a 12 gauge shotgun during a gunfight with the suspect on Saturday north of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The suspect then barricaded himself in a house with kids inside.

Gregg remains in a hospital in Phoenix, where his condition is stable.

The suspect was also sent to the hospital, but there’s no word on his condition.

The FBI is investigating this case.

Billboard: “Don’t call Saul”

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Production of “Better Call Saul” wrapped up shooting Monday, here in New Mexico.

There is an electronic billboard which reads, “Do not call Saul.” It’s on display on southbound I-25 near Lomas Blvd.

This is the same location where a previous billboard for the show stood.

Before “Breaking Bad”, Saul was known as Jimmy.

The show has used all types of marketing to hype the show and is set to premiere in February.

Family sues Rio Rancho School District over child abuse case

RIO RANCHO (KRQE) – A family is suing the Rio Rancho School District after a teacher abused their special needs son.

In January of 2013, middle school teacher Ken Boyd grabbed the young boy by the collar, called him an idiot and slammed him into a table.

His family is suing Boyd, accusing him of violating their son’s civil rights. They are also suing the district for not providing a safe environment.

The boy’s attorney tells the Albuquerque Journal they filed the lawsuit after settlement negotiations with the district broke down.

Boyd took a plea deal and was sentenced to probation for child abuse and agreed to stop teaching.

Hunters asked to look out for young victim’s belongings

DURANGO, COLO. (KRQE) – Hunters in Colorado are being asked to look for items that might have belonged to a boy who went missing, and was later found dead.

Those close to 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, a boy whose body was found near Vallecitos Lake near Durango in 2013 have created a list of his items that were never found.

Redwine disappeared while visiting his father around Thanksgiving.

While Redwine’s remains were found last June; his backpack, cell phone, and cap were never recovered.

They say now that hunting season has started, they are hopeful that hunters may come across the boy’s belongings.

Balloon Fiesta Film Fest winners announced

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Balloon Fiesta officials have just announced the winner of this year’s Balloon Fiesta Film Fest.

The video was made by students Thomas Gallegos, Jonah Begay, Julie Mowrey, and Helosia Dias Fahl Dias.

The film fest gives film makers in college a chance to capture what they love about the Balloon Fiesta.

You can see the video showcases everything from the balloons themselves to the famous breakfast burritos.

The winners chosen were UNM students, and their film was chosen out of seven teams. They win a prize pack that includes balloon fiesta merchandise.

Southwest Bacon Fest returns to ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Southwest Bacon Fest will be serving up a sizzling helping bacon for the second year in a row at the Albuquerque balloon museum.

It includes all kinds of bacon-based foods such as desserts and even drinks.

This year there’s also a bacon eating contest, and a “best bacon bite” contest for amateur or expert chefs.

The Southwest Bacon Fest takes place Saturday, October 18th.

Sunport loses flights due to Federal Amendment expiration

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – the Albuquerque Sunport lost several flights, because the Federal Wright Amendment expired Monday morning.

The agreement had been used to curb long-haul flights out of Dallas’ Love Field, requiring them to land in a neighboring state.

Without the ruling in place, Southwest Airlines says they’re cutting back on some of the flights that have been empty between Albuquerque and other affected cities.

There will be fewer flights between Albuquerque and Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Dallas.

UNMH restarting public flu shots

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – University of New Mexico Hospital is back on track withflu shots being offered to the public, after manufacturing issues delayed delivery of the vaccine.

The hospital says a shipment of the vaccine arrived last week and more doses are expected to be delivered later this month.

Having the shipment of the vaccine allows University Hospital staff to resume flu shot clinics for the upcoming season.

The first drive-through clinic will take place this Saturday in Northeast Albuquerque.

We have more information available in the links section here at KRQE.com.

NM town honored by Google

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A northern New Mexico town has received a unique honor from Google. The company has named Los Alamos as the 2014 eCity of New Mexico.

The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community which embraces the web to fuel their economies, in each state.

The event happens in Los Alamos on Friday with a community celebration, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Man jailed on DWI and child abuse charges after 3-car wreck

SAN JUAN CO. N.M. (KRQE) – A man was jailed Sunday in San Juan county accused of driving drunk and causing a three car crash on highway 574.

Witnesses told police 31 year old Robert Gagnebin was speeding in a mini-van and when he took a curve too fast. His mini van flew into the air, slamming into a Ford F-150 head-on – which then hit a semi hauling water.

Gagnebin and his two young passengers as well as two women in the Ford truck were taken to the hospital.

Gagnebin has been charged with DWI and child abuse.

Store owner tip off police about thousands in stolen comic books

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Thieves found out the hard way that it’s not easy to sell stolen, valuable comic books.

On Friday 24 year old Marcelo Hernandez and 23 year old Stacie Niavez went into the Nob Hill store comic book store “Astro Zombies” and tried to sell them for $9,000.

The comic books had been stolen the previous week from someone’s car and the store’s owner had a list of the stolen books – due to their value.

When the pair came in and attempted to sell the comic books to the store, the owner kept the thieves busy while tipping off police.

Both are charged with receiving and transferring stolen property and conspiracy.

Ghost, food tours being offered in Santa Fe through Dec.

SANTA FE (KRQE) – If you’re looking for a little “spook” this Halloween, then a visit to Santa Fe may be just what you need.

The hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe is teaming up with tour companies to take guests through the haunted history of Santa Fe.

The tour will take guests to some of the most haunted areas of the capital city. Visitors will be led by local historian Peter Sinclair, who’s been leading tours for more than 20 years.

If a scare isn’t what you’re looking for, the hotel will also be offering a walking food tour.

Both tours run through the end of December.

ABQ police busy with property crime arrests

ALBUQUERQUE (KQRE) – Officers with the Albuquerque Police Department were busy in the southeast area over the weekend as several property crimes were reported.

On Saturday, police arrested Jerry Trejo, 31, who is accused of stealing a vehicle. When police pulled over Trejo, he was found to have four felony warrants and was booked on those.

That same night, police arrested Eddie Lucero, 41, who is accused of taking a bait car in the area of Central and Moon.

Another bait car was burglarized Sunday in the area of Central and San Pedro, and police say they found Joe Gutierrez, 40, with the stolen items. Police say Gutierrez has been accused of several property crime offenses.

Navajo Nation president seen wearing controversial Redskins cap

NAVAJO NATION, N.M. (KRQE) – The president of the Navajo Nation is stirring up controversy because of his choice of hat.

President Ben Shelly was wearing a Redskins cap and sat next to Redskins owner Dan Snyder as the team played the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The president’s spokesman says Shelly was there to discuss an NFL franchising agreement involving Navajo artists.

The Redskins name is seen as offensive by many Native Americans and there’s been a recent push to get rid of it.

A spokesman responded to comments Sunday about Shelly’s gear saying Shelly believes challenges for the Navajo, such as education and job creation, take “far more precedence more than a mascot name.”

Former lab employee to team up with watchdog group

SANTA FE (AP) – A former employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to team up with a Santa Fe-based nuclear watchdog group to monitor U.S. progress on its global commitment to draw down nuclear weapons.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that James Doyle had previous worked for years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a nuclear weapons monitor, but was fired in July.

He will team up with the nonprofit Nuclear Watch New Mexico.

The lab blamed Doyle’s departure on budget cuts, but Doyle attributes it to retaliation over an academic article he wrote saying the U.S. should get rid of its nuclear stockpile rather than maintaining it, one of the lab’s central missions.

Closures in effect for Columbus Day

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s Columbus Day and that means most government offices and banks are closed. Residents won’t get mail today either, but trash will get picked up as scheduled. ABQ Ride is running a regular schedule too, but the Rail Runner is on a Saturday schedule.

County voters to be asked nonbinding tax question

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Voters in Bernalillo County will be asked in November to offer their opinions at the polls about a possible tax for mental health services, but the election results on that question aren’t binding.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Nov. 4 ballot includes an “advisory” question that would poll voters on whether they support a one-eighth percent gross receipts tax that would raise about $20 million a year.

Opponents say there’s funding already available that could be realigned to support mental-health services without going to taxpayers for more.

Supporters say it would provide a vital new funding source for programs that aren’t yet offered.

Care home catches fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A care home for children with autism caught fire Sunday.

The Albuquerque Fire Department was called out to the fire around 8 p.m. on Montreal near Candelaria and Tramway.

When they got there, they found smoke and flames coming from the garage. Firefighters were able to attack the fire quickly and keep it from spreading.

Everyone was able to get out and moved to another care facility. One care worker suffered some smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of this fire are under investigation.

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