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Norovirus cases on the rise in NM

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Norovirus cases are increasing in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Health is recommending everyone take precautions, especially around the very young, elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines and it is very contagious. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. Officials say washing your hands and cleaning surfaces are good ways to protect yourself. Most people recover within two days.

Man pleads guilty to ABQ bank robbery

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man who was caught shortly after robbing a northeast heights bank over the summer has admitted to his crime. Jeremy Trujillo, 35, pleaded guilty in federal court to holding up the Bank of Albuquerque near Wyoming and Montgomery in July. Police caught up with him a few hours later at an apartment complex. Trujillo is facing up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing.

Students studying impact of altitude on sound

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Highland High School students are conducting an experiment to figure out how high altitude impacts sound and cell phone transmissions using a weather balloon.

Scientists and engineers from the air force research laboratory helped students launch the balloon Friday. Over the past month they have been learning how to collect data from it.  The kids are also tracking the balloon.

Group seeks to replace damaged mural with new one

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Washington Middle School in downtown Albuquerque is home to the city’s largest outdoor mural and now it needs a new one. Officials say the current mural is in such a state of disrepair it provides an opportunity for students and the community to create a new one.

In collaboration with lead artist Nani Chacon, the Working Classroom organization and students, they are looking for an idea that represents and inspires culture and creativity. Most of the funding for the project is coming from a grant but more money for the project is needed. To donate

Suspect in string of pharmacy robberies wanted

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is hoping surveillance pictures will lead them to a man in a string of violent robberies in Albuquerque. APD believes he’s the same man who has been using a gun to rob pharmacies since October. They say his latest heist was Thursday. APD says he has stolen large amounts of Oxycodone.

APD offers new program to track stolen valuables

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are trying to help shoppers who fall victim to thieves. They’ve launched a program called “Report It.” It’s a website where you can enter information about valuable property, like serial numbers, that way if something is stolen there’s an easier way to track it.

APD will be at the Walmart on Wyoming and Academy until 9:00 p.m. helping people register. Anyone can sign up for the program there or online.

Aircraft damaged in hard landing

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft made a hard landing Friday in Albuquerque. It happened at around 11:30 a.m. during a routine training mission at the Double Eagle Airport. Kirtland Air Force Base says the aircraft’s nose was damaged and its investigating what happened. No one was hurt.

Crews stripe Paseo in preparation for opening

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After a year of construction the Paseo Del Norte flyover is about to open. According to the state, the flyover from northbound I-25 to westbound Paseo will be open Tuesday morning just in time for rush hour. The two-lane on-ramp from eastbound Paseo to southbound I-25 will open to traffic. Crews have striped the roads in preparation for the openings. The Department of Transportation has said the project would be finished before Christmas.

Police search for ABQ bank robber

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Authorities are looking for a bank robber. The suspect walked into the New Mexico Bank and Trust on Louisiana northeast just after ten this morning, demanding money.

Take a good look at these photos from the FBI.

If you have any information, call police.

American Pickers coming to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s time to bring out that old junk sitting in your back yard. The TV show American Pickers is coming to New Mexico.

The series is about pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who look for valuable and unique antiques that are junk to most people.  The Ruidoso News reports hey plan to explore the back roads of New Mexico in March.

The Wolfe and Fritz are looking for a variety of collectibles including old scooters and motorcycles, old advertising signs and posters and old toys and gaming machines.

Beer falls off truck in Durango

DURANGO, Colo (KRQE) – Beer ended up all over a Colorado road Friday morning. The Durango Herald reports a driver forgot to close the door to his delivery truck and several cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon ended up on the street along with shattered glass.

La Plata County Sheriff deputies and Durango police showed to the spill near Sawyer Drive on south Camino Del Rio. They helped the southwestern beverage company driver clean up the broken glass.

Mexican gray wolf shot, killed in Arizona

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The feds are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf in Arizona. The Game and Fish Department says the animal was found dead last month. While investigators won’t say if he was shot, efforts to reintroduce wolves into parts of New Mexico and Arizona have been hindered by illegal shootings.

The endangered animals currently roam about 7 million acres of federal, tribal and private land in both states. It was recently confirmed that a pack of wolves attacked some dogs in the Gila Hot Springs area.

SFPD names new safety officer

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The adorable Santa Fe Police Department safety elf has a new name. Community members sent in nearly 100 different names, they thought would be perfect. The winner said the department should name the new safety aid “Biscochito”.

Inspired by the Elf on the Shelf trend, Biscochito is an honorary officer and he will provide safety tips through Christmas. His first tip is a reminder that you can drop off any unwanted medications or illegal drugs at the Santa Fe Police Department. Follow Biscochito daily on the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Residents to get help to thin vegetation near homes

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Some residents in Lincoln County could soon get some help easing the fire threat near their homes. Lincoln County officials are working on applying for a federal grant that would assist property owners located in strategic areas to thin the vegetation surrounding them.

It’s the same area struck by the Little Bear Fire in 2012 which destroyed 242 homes and is still at especially high risk of fire. County officials have been working on a number of initiatives to reduce the threat since then but thinning property is an expensive and labor intensive process, that many homeowners can’t afford.

Plea hearing to be rescheduled for Omaree’s step-dad

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – On Friday, Stephen Casaus, the step-father of Omaree Varela, was expected to change his plea involving several child abuse charges. His attorneys ended up saying they have not come to an agreement and the hearing will be rescheduled.

In December 2013, police arrested Synthia Varela-Casaus for allegedly kicking her son, 9-year-old Omaree, to death. In May, Casaus pleaded not guilty, for his involvement in Omaree’s abuse which resulted in his death.

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