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Woman arrested in fatal Belen motorcycle crash

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico woman was arrested Saturday on alcohol related charges after a motorcycle crash in Belen that left one person dead. Police say the crash happened at 3rd Street and west Reinken when a car hit a motorcycle. Belen police say the victim was 16 years old and has not been identified. Police are still investigating the incident.

1 arrested in fatal Raton shooting

RATON, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say a Raton man is behind bars Saturday facing a slew of charges after a deadly shooting in Raton. Anthony M. Garcia, 21, is accused of shooting and killing another man in the 100 block of Jefferson Street. Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital where he later passed away. Garcia is facing multiple charges including, one open count of murder, five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of child abuse, two counts of shooting at a dwelling and two counts of tampering with evidence.

Woman’s child abandonment conviction overturned

SANTA FE (AP) – An appellate court ruling says it’s not a crime under New Mexico’s child abandonment law to put a 2-year-old child to bed in a locked bedroom and ignore the child’s cries during the night.The state Court of Appeals overturned Jennifer Stephenson’s child abandonment conviction in a Santa Fe County case.

She’d put her son to bed and went to sleep in her own room. During the night, he climbed onto a dresser which tipped over and pinned his legs.Stephenson took the boy to a hospital in the morning after the father discovered the boy was pinned.Doctors said the boy’s injuries indicated he’d been pinned for hours and would have been screaming.

The appellate court said Tuesday it’s not abandonment when a person means to return.

AFD: Firefighters respond to same house twice

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A fire almost restarted in a home that caught fire Friday. Saturday morning, Albuquerque firefighters got a report of smoke at the home on 56th Street near Hanover northwest. Firefighters found one of the window headers was smoldering. That home was on fire Friday and two dogs died from smoke inhalation in the blaze. No one was in the home Saturday.

Oil spill delays traffic

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lots of oil on the road caused a small traffic headache on Montano near Coors Saturday. Albuquerque Fire Department poured some sand over the oil to soak it up. Police say they didn’t know how that oil got there.

Dems name Brian Egolf as new minority leader

SANTA FE (KRQE) – State house Democrats have picked out a new leader following a bruising election. Santa Fe attorney Brian Egolf will be the Democrats’ new minority leader. This is the first time democrats have had to pick that role since the 1950s. Republicans won the state house in the November election. They’ve already tapped Socorro jeweler Don Tripp to be the next speaker.

Atari documentary released on Xbox video

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – This is the first weekend you can watch a documentary about a New Mexico landfill at the center of an urban legend. Atari Game Over was just released for free on Xbox video. It’s the story about thousands of Atari games buried in an Alamogordo landfill in the 1980s following the release of ET, a game so bad it nearly killed off the video game industry. That burial was considered an urban legend until earlier this year when filmmakers dug up a treasure trove of those games.

PNM donates dozens of refrigerators to ABQ families

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A lot of people are giving away turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving, but what about something to keep them cool? PNM dropped off more than two dozen free refrigerators in a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood Saturday morning. PNM says it is part of a program where people can get a custom look at how they can save power and water. The company says sometimes those energy assessments include a free refrigerator.

Magazine lists Taos as Christmas day hotspot

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico town is getting some national attention as a Christmas day hotspot. Travel and Leisure Magazine lists Taos as one of their “best places to visit for Christmas.” The magazine cites its luminaria, or farolito, lined streets, along with its traditional celebrations in and around town as reasons why. The article also recommends visitors hit the slopes on Christmas day at Taos Ski Resort. 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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