News Briefs: Ramp reopens after wreck

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Ramp reopens after wreck

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say the driver who caused a wreck that closed the Gibson on-ramp to southbound I-25 is being investigated for DWI. The Albuquerque Police Department says officers responded to the wreck Friday night to find one vehicle had been T-boned by another. APD says both drivers were taken to UNM Hospital and are expected to survive. Police have not identified the driver who caused the crash.

APD K-9s to receive protective vests

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department’s K-9s will be getting new ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide fundraising campaign through Groupon. From February to March of this year people went online and donated to Vested Interest in K-9s. It’s a non-profit organization that provides bullet and stab-protective vests for K-9s across the country.

APD says because of the program all six of its K-9s will get one. Right now they don’t wear protective vests. Back in March an APD K-9 named Rico was injured after he was shot three times by a suspected burglar. He survived.

More than $350,000 was donated. That money will buy 350 vests which are in memory of Rocco a police dog killed in the line of duty in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

Police: Counterfeit bills circulating in Roswell

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Police are warning people of fake money showing up in Roswell. In the past two months Roswell businesses reported nine instances when someone used or tried to use counterfeit bills.

In most of the cases, the fake money was spotted when the customer was already gone. The counterfeit bills range from $10 bills to $100 bills. Police believe the crooks are making the fake money on their own and not part of a organized operation. If you have information about the case call Roswell police or Crime Stoppers.

Trashed Atari games get big bids online

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – The bids for the ET Atari games unearthed in Alamogordo just keep rising. The city put a handful of the games on eBay Tuesday to see what people would be willing to pay and the answer is a lot. With 6 days still left in the auction some are going for well over $700.

The games were unearthed earlier this year after being buried for more than 30 years. The dig has made national news and is a big deal for gamers. Some of the games are going to museums the city will sell the rest. If you want these games be careful there are some imposters on eBay. The official games will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Robbery suspect makes deal with prosecutors

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man shot while trying to steal spice has made a deal with prosecutors while the clerk who shot him is looking at much longer behind bars. On September 26th Jarrett Breeden shot Jermaine Smith in the leg at a Farmington smoke shop.

Smith pleaded guilty to shoplifting as part of a plea deal this week. He’s facing a max of 18 months in prison a $5,000 fine.

Breeden is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon a charge that carries a possible three years in prison. While Breeden claims it was self defense prosecutors are pursuing the charges. Last week a judge bound him over for trial.

Crash slows I-25 traffic

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Northbound I-25 traffic at Coal has been reduced to one lane because of a crash. Drivers should expect delays or seek an alternative route. Details about the crash have not been released.

Dr. Jill Tarter to speak in NM

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – Are there people like us or other intelligent beings in the universe? A pioneer in the search for that life is in New Mexico Friday. Doctor Jill Tarter is the scientist that inspired Jody Foster’s character in the movie ‘Contact’.

She’s a former director of the Seti Institute and Friday’s event ‘Are We Alone’ is open to the public. Tarter is speaking at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center Friday night at 7:30 in Socorro.

Semi involved in roll-over crash

Santa Fe semi rollover
Santa Fe semi rollover

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe Police are on scene of a rollover crash on the northbound on-ramp from NM 599 to US 285 that left a semi truck turned over. Crews are asking drivers to avoid the area.

No injuries are reported at this time.

Officials are working to clear the accident and say the on-ramp may be closed for a couple of hours.

Former inmate files suit against NM prison

ALBUQUERQUE – A former New Mexico inmate wants to search a now-closed prison for evidence inmates were experimented on. Samuel Chavez filed a motion October 23rd seeking a court order to search the Old Main.

The filing says he wants to find proof the state experimented on prisoners, tortured them and sold their organs.

Chavez’s filing said he buried evidence at the prison south of Santa Fe. He served time on a murder conviction there.

A corrections department spokeswoman said there’s nothing to indicate the allegations are true.

The judge has not ruled on the motion.

Motorcycle crash closes Wyoming northbound at Spain

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are responding to a crash involving a mortocycle at Wyoming and Spain. The crash has force crews to close Wyoming northbound at Spain.

Drivers should expect delays and are urged to avoid the area.

The driver’s condition is stable.

New Mexico airport to get US customs officers

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) – An $800,000 customs inspection center is set to open Friday in southern New Mexico, not far from the U.S.-Mexico border. State and local officials are hopeful it will give them the leverage they need to recruit more international business to the region.

With federal customs officers staffing the Santa Teresa jetport, officials say executives and others will be able to fly straight into the burgeoning community instead of stopping for inspections in El Paso, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier says agents from the nearby Santa Teresa port of entry will be in charge of processing passengers. They will also be able to inspect cargo.

Jerry Pacheco of the Border Industrial Association says members of the business advocacy group hope this will be attractive to more companies.

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Fewer immigrants being deported from NM facility

ARTESIA, N.M.(KRQE) – Fewer immigrants are being deported from a detention center in Artesia. According to the publication Fronteras, a new immigrant court is hearing cases from Artesia and its judges are setting lower bonds allowing more immigrants to leave the facility.

It’s a departure from the government’s initial message that those who get caught coming into the country illegally can expect to get deported quickly.

The facility has more than 500 women and children.

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