News Briefs: 2 arrested after breaking into SE ABQ home

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2 arrested after breaking into SE ABQ home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a scary situation for a couple of teenagers in southeast Albuquerque. They called 911 Wednesday morning after they heard someone breaking into their home near Chico and Tennessee. When officers responded they saw a suspect run from the area.

Police set up a perimeter and searched the area. Eventually two males were taken into custody a few blocks away. Police say items were taken from the victim’s home but the suspects never made physical contact with the teens and no one was hurt.

Suspicious package prompts Public Safety Building evacuation

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Public Safety Building near Albuquerque Police Department Headquarters was evacuated Wednesday after a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office employee opened a letter that had a white powdery substance inside. BCSO says the employee notified her supervisor and the building was evacuated. The Albuquerque Fire Department later determined the substance was not hazardous and the employees in the area where the powder was discovered were all checked by medical personnel and released.

Public meeting planned ahead of I-40 construction

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s one of the busiest stretches of highway in Albuquerque, I-40 and Coors. And even though the asphalt and concrete is less than a decade old, there are cracks in the road that need to be fixed.

The price tag to fix all this asphalt is $10 to $11 million and is slated for this spring. There’s a public meeting Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the West Mesa High School Performing Arts Center. For more information » 

Thousands descend on ABQ for Quilt Week

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Professional quilters from around the world came to Albuquerque for Quilt Week at the Albuquerque Convention Center. More than 15,000 members of the American Quilter’s Association are showing off their work and competing for cash prizes. Organizers say you’ll be astounded by the winners and that it’s not just for older people. Quilt Week also includes classes for all ages.

Sign to help traffic flow, safety alerts in Ruidoso

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – A new sign in Ruidoso Downs will help keep residents safer. The Hubbard Foundation is awarding the department $20,000 to buy a portable LED message board. The sign will help with traffic flow and post fire safety alerts and winter driving advisories as well as will Amber Alerts. Officials tell the Ruidoso News the sign will be in full color and high resolution and will be moved around different locations.

APD hosts community blood drive

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department and United Blood Service held a community-wide blood drive Wednesday in honor of those two officers who were shot in different situations earlier this month. The blood donations were key in saving both of those officer’s lives.

It’s been a tough month for the police department and this is way for people to show their support. They say one donation can save up to three lives. Contributions will be taken until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday in the police academy gym. Another blood drive will be held Thursday at the Bernalillo County Academy on Tijeras.

Ranch aims to help endangered ferrets

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Ted Turner’s ranch on the New Mexico-Colorado border is looking to help out the endangered black-footed ferret so they’re asking permission to import the animals. It will be up to the New Mexico Game Commission to clear the way for a permit for the ranch during a meeting Thursday.

Biologists at the ranch have been working for years to recover the species but this marks the first time they have to jump through an extra hoop because of a regulatory change involving the importation and release of carnivores on private land in New Mexico.

Crews extinguish house fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Firefighters responded to a house fire Wednesday at 1033 Lawrence Drive Northeast. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the garage door. They were quickly able to put out the flames, and no injuries were reported.

County cuts contract with NM Airlines

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico county wants to end its contract with a small airline that recently grounded its planes. Los Alamos County officials say they’ve cut their contract with New Mexico Airlines – giving the contractor 10 days notice. The airline stopped service for two weeks last month and hasn’t flown between Los Alamos and Albuquerque for the past week. County Manager Harry Burgess says a request for qualified contractors will go out in the next two weeks.

Man sentenced to 16 years for murdering friend

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A Carlsbad man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for murdering his friend. Anthony Durant was 18 years old when he shot 20-year-old Adrian Fierro. He told the district judge that he was on drugs and not in his right mind. According to the defense attorney, both men were under the influence of meth and marijuana during the incident.

Police search for suspect in home break-in

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officers are currently looking for a suspect who allegedly broke into a home that was occupied with two juveniles in the area of Chico and Tennessee. No other information has been released.

Protestors to gather day after police shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police brutality protests started at the scene early Tuesday night following APD’s latest officer-involved shooting. Protestors said they will continue Wednesday. Tuesday’s group of protestors was fairly small.

 

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