News Briefs: Man claims girlfriend robbed bank to win argument

Man claims girlfriend robbed bank to win argument

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The FBI has captured a man and his girlfriend in a string of bank robberies. Joshua Hicks, 31, and 29-year old Jessica Bower are accused of holding up four banks in just two weeks. Bower is accused of robbing a bank in Albuquerque as well as one in Gallup. According to court documents, Hicks claims some of the robberies his girlfriend pulled off happened after arguments where Bowers wanted to prove she could do it.

Several arrested on drug charges near Tent City

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police say they made several drug arrests around 1st and Iron in the area known as “Tent City.” Last week the mayor’s office said after letting the homeless campers live there for months it was time for a change. Tent City was becoming littered with crime like drug and prostitution.

Bicyclist killed in crash identified

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The identity of the bicyclist hit and killed by a driver Monday night has been released. Albuquerque police say 30-year-old Ernesto Kee was riding his bicycle and crossing Coors near Paseo from east to west. APD says a vehicle travelling south on Coors struck Kee as he was crossing the road. Charges are not expected to be filed against that driver.

Crews begin work on indoor soccer facility

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Ground has been broken on what will become Clovis’ first indoor soccer facility. Owner Doug Lynch and his son Levi helped dig the first shovels into what will soon be a 15,000 square foot building. The family has been working on making their dream reality for the last four years. The facility is located by the Clovis Civic Center. The family says that they started talking about the facility after learning just how many teams from Clovis were traveling around the state to compete. The goal is to have the facility built by May.

ABQ 4th grader wins national contest with giant cabbage

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Sandia Park fourth grader grew one big cabbage and he’s one of the winners of a nationwide contest. Benjamin Roesler attends San Antonito Elementary school. He grew this 11.7 pound cabbage. Every year students at the school are given a cabbage plant to grow. After 8 weeks or so the kids dig them up and the cabbages are weighed. Even Benjamin was shocked that his cabbage was so big. More than 10,000 children in New Mexico participated in the contest. Benjamin won the $1,000 scholarship which is the grand prize in each state.

Man handed 50 year sentence for sex trafficking

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man is going to prison for nearly 50 years for forcing a young girl into prostitution. In district court Tuesday a judge sentenced Sharoski Jackson to nine years in prison for the human trafficking ring. He also got 40 years for being a habitual offender.

The state Attorney General’s office says in January 2013 Jackson started a relationship with a 17-year-old girl. He then posted her online where he arranged sex between her and dozens of men. Jackson’s girlfriend, Tiffany McKnight, i also charged in the case.

Man critically injured in DWI crash

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A suspected DWI crash has left a young Santa Fe man in critical condition. It happened late Monday night on Highway 599 shortly after police got a call of a reckless driver. Officers witnessed the driver lost control and roll. A 20-year-old male passenger was critically injured and remains at Christus St. Vincent Hospital.

An 18-year-old female was treated and released. The driver 20-year-old Marcos Martinez was arrested for DWI, reckless driving, speeding and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Investigators say when they find out who provided the alcohol to the minors, they will be prosecuted.

Serial shoplifter caught again

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – An alleged shoplifter in Roswell, didn’t get too far because he couldn’t pedal fast enough. It happened over the weekend at the K-Mart on south Main Street. Police say 24-year-old Corey Adam Deck grabbed a backpack from the store and started stuffing it with more than $500 worth of merchandise including a radio-controlled helicopter, deodorant and a bicycle which he tried to ride out of the store. Store security was able to stop him. Court records show this is Decks’ 13th shoplifting arrest since 2006.

Former bullfighter fights bullying

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former bullfighter brought in his bull to an elementary school Tuesday to spread the message that bullying is not acceptable behavior. Gary “Roach” Hedemen, who was born in Raton, introduced Bill the bull to students at Corrales Elementary School. He created the anti-bullying program with his wife who wrote and animated the children’s book “Bill Is No Bully.” It’s a story about a bull that doesn’t fit in.

Gaming compacts may violate federal law

DEMING, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s a question whether Indian gaming compacts being considered by the state legislature violate federal law. The agreement could bar an Oklahoma-based tribe from opening a casino. Under the proposal, tribes could only have casinos if they had eligible land before 1988. The fort still tribe’s 30-acres near Deming became tribal trust land until 2002. While federal officials are warning of problems with the compacts, the Martinez administration says each tribe can propose its own compact to fit it’s needs.

Duran supports more restrictive voter ID bill

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Secretary of State Dianna Duran is switching support from a bipartisan voter ID bill to a more restrictive one. Her staff wrote that House Bill 61, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith, would allow expired driver’s licenses to be used for voter identification. Instead, she is endorsing a tougher bill currently being written by Rep. Cathrynn Brown. Duran won re-election while supporting a voter ID requirement while her Democratic challenger, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, strongly opposed it.

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