News Briefs: Man accused of drinking, driving with teenage daughter

Ricky Ballejos

Man accused of drinking, driving with teenage daughter

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque father is behind bars Wednesday. He is accused of drinking and driving with his teenage daughter. Police saw a truck driving at high speeds and blowing through the red light at Wyoming and Zuni on Tuesday.

When officers pulled the driver over, 53-year-old Ricky Ballejos, appeared to be intoxicated. His 16-year-old daughter also said she had a few beers. Ballejos admitted to drinking and tested above the legal limit. His daughter was taken to the hospital, and Ballejos was taken to jail on child abuse charges.

7-Eleven clerk shot during robbery recovering

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned a 7-Eleven clerk shot in the chest is now recovering at home. An armed robber held him up then shot him early Sunday morning at the convenience store on 12th and Lomas. The Albuquerque Police Department has released a picture of a person of interest but they have not tracked the man down.

Downtown Chick-Fil-A location set to close

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It appears the test Chick-Fil-A downtown didn’t test so well. The Albuquerque Business First reports the restaurant on Fourth and Gold is closing before Christmas. The franchise owner of the fast food chain on Montgomery opened up this location back in April. It was only open for lunch, with a limited menu and the food was brought in from their other location.

‘Dig’ filming in downtown Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Part of Second and Central was busy Wednesday night with crews shooting the television show “Dig.” The conflict in the Gaza strip moved the production to Albuquerque. The show which will air on USA has been delayed from airing until next year.

Angel Fire resort to open Friday

ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (KRQE) – Skiers and snowboarders can finally enjoy a popular New Mexico resort this weekend. Angel Fire resort will officially open Friday for the winter season.

Officials say winter made a welcomed return dropping nearly 50 inches of fresh snow since October. The resort has also been taking advantage of the colder temperatures and making snow in anticipation of the opening. The natural and man-made snow has allowed the resort to open more trails.

Court agrees to move teen’s murder case forward

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The murder case against the teenager arrested for gunning down his family in their South Valley home is moving forward. In January 2013, police say Nehemiah Griego, who was just 15 years old at the time, admitted to shooting his parents and three younger siblings.

At a hearing Wednesday in district court the judge and the attorneys involved in the case agreed that the process needs to move forward, but no trial date was set.

Griego has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He’s still being held at juvenile jail.

Board revokes APD officer’s certification

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department officer accused of kneeing a University of New Mexico student during a traffic stop causing him to lose a testicle, has lost his law enforcement certification. A state Law Enforcement Academy board revoked Pablo Padilla’s law enforcement certification Tuesday.

APD says Padilla is assigned to administrative duty and his future with the department is unclear. UNM student, Jeremy Martin, filed a lawsuit in connection with the April injury which his lawyer said required surgery. Police said Martin would not follow Padilla’s orders during the traffic stop.

Councilor reprimanded for wrongfully using position

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho city council called out fellow Councilor Chuck Wilkins. They voted to censure him after a four to two vote. He’s under fire and being denounced for using his position to benefit himself.

Wilkins bought a plot of land near Southern and Unser earlier this year and then formed a committee to promote development there. Wednesday night councilors reprimanded him for violating the rules and compromising the integrity of the council.

ABQ BioPark opens poinsettia display

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s a new, very colorful holiday display at the Albuquerque BioPark. It’s all about poinsettias. For those who love the sight of the colorful and difficult-to-grow plants, but may not have the green thumb to keep them alive, now’s your chance to admire their beauty.

The BioPark has several varieties of the plant featured. BioPark workers hope visitors notice the hard work that went into placing the different type of poinsettias in the right places. The exhibit will run through the end of the month.

Roswell police seek 2 in shooting investigation

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell police are looking for two men in connection with a shooting Tuesday. Police say 38-year-old Fabian Ward Sr. and 32-year-old Thomas Olivas were in a car and fired at another car at southeast Main and Buena Vista.

The other driver, 22-year-old Angel Alfred Martinez, was not hit by the bullets, but was hit by glass from his window. Police say Ward is the victim’s uncle. If you have any information on Ward and Olivas’ whereabouts, call Roswell police.

Driver who hit teen, fled scene wanted

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad police are looking for a driver who hit a teenager then took off. It happened on the 1400 block of Mermod Street Tuesday night around 8 p.m.

According to the Carlsbad Current Argus, the 15-year-old boy was treated for head trauma and a serious cut on his leg. KRQE News 13 called Carlsbad police to see if they have a description of the vehicle involved or the driver. Police did not return calls Wednesday.

WIPP officials address latest incident

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are revealing new details about an incident at the plant last week. Four waste handling technicians suddenly became dizzy and nauseated while taking temperature readings on waste containers. They say the incident was accompanied by an unusual odor.

Employees stopped work, notified their supervisor and were checked out. Officials say the area was tested for radiation and nothing dangerous was found. The employees were approved to return to work that same day, but WIPP officials say their health will continue to be monitored as a precaution. They say the most likely cause of the odor was an organic vapor transported through the container filter.

‘Batman vs. Superman’ done filming in New Mexico

SANTA FE (AP) – The Warner Bros. film studio has completed filming of its “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” production in New Mexico after earlier shooting in two other states. The New Mexico Film Office said Wednesday the towns of Playas and Taos hosted the production.

According to the Film Office, the production stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the title roles and is set for a March 2016 release. Previous filming took place in Michigan and Illinois.

John Adams provides counselors after fatal crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Grief counselors will once again be available for students at John Adams Middle School on Wednesday to help students deal with the death of a classmate.

Sixth-grader Alicia Griffin was killed in a car crash Monday.

Three other kids were seriously injured in the wreck with an SUV near Coors and Gun Club. The girl’s cousin was taking the kids to school when it happened. Deputies are still investigating that cause of the crash. 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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