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Albuquerque Public Schools

Name in the works for new APS school

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools’ newest school on the west side may have a name. If it is approved by the superintendent it’ll be called the George I. Sanchez Collaborative Community School. It’s the first school in APS to combine elementary and middle school students and will be located near Atrisco Heritage Academy and it’s expected to open in the fall. There will be a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the name. George I. Sanchez was an Albuquerque native and pioneer for educational civil rights.

5 corrections workers on leave in sexual harassment investigation

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Five high-ranking New Mexico Corrections Department employees are on administrative leave in connection with allegations of sexual harassment. The state says Los Lunas Warden Robert Stewart is among the accused. An internal investigation has also been launched to see if any complaints of sexual harassment were ignored. Corrections officials say they are expecting former and current employees to file a lawsuit but no other details have been released.

Police: Drug suspect caught with stolen police gun

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The feds arrested a man Tuesday not only accused of selling heroin but also having a Santa Fe Police officer’s stolen gun. The police chief says the Glock .22 was recently stolen from a police car which was locked. According to the criminal complaint the feds started investigating Phillip Lovato back in October. Over the next few months, agents witnessed Lovato selling heroin at three different places in Santa Fe.

Gov. Martinez backing domestic violence bill

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The governor backed a bill Wednesday aimed at protecting domestic violence victims. Currently officers can arrest domestic violence suspects if the person is still at the scene when police arrive. But if they leave officers have to get a warrant. State Representative Kelly Fajardo is sponsoring the bill that would allow officers to arrest the suspect at any location without a warrant. Governor Martinez says the bill would make it easier for law enforcement.

Bosque improvement project begins

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Crews have started working on improvements to a Bosque trail in Albuquerque. From the Central Avenue Bridge to I-40, crews are replacing this path with a “multi-use” trail which will be about six feet wide and made out of crushed rock. The goal is to make the trail easier for pedestrians, bicycles and wheelchairs to get through. Smaller, pedestrian-only paths will still be available off the main trail. The project will cost $400,000 and will take about six weeks.

FBI, Grants PD investigates bank robbery

GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – The FBI and Grants Police are hoping someone can lead them to a bank robber. The FBI says a man walked into the Grants State Bank with a limp Tuesday around 10:15 a.m. They say he handed the teller a note demanding cash. The teller then put the money in a black lunchbox with a velcro top. The suspect is described as Hispanic with a dark complexion. He wore sunglasses and something over his face. The FBI is offering up to $1,000 reward.

Woman arrested for shooting at neighbor

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – It is the second case, in two days of a woman shooting at someone after an argument in the Four Corners. San Juan County sheriff’s arrested 27-year-old Judith White on a private shooting range just north of Farmington Tuesday. They say she shot at her neighbor because she was unhappy with a guest the man had invited. Detectives say White was drunk. Deputies say she’ll likely be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges.

Ruidoso police may get body cameras

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – Another New Mexico police department is looking to equip their officers with body cameras. Police Chief Joe Magill says its part of the federal initiative enacted by President Barack Obama following the riots in Ferguson, Mo. He tells the Ruidoso News he approached the New Mexico Municipal League about helping the department buy the units which will cost about $800 each. They would need 24. After reviewing police cameras in Albuquerque, he is concerned about the quality of video but says it’s good that they record audio.

Deputies searching for suspect in bus stop stabbing

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies are still looking for a man who stabbed another man over aluminum cans at a bus stop last month. The suspect went up to the 58-year-old victim at a bus stop on Five Points southwest and stabbed him all over the cans he had. The suspect then boarded a bus that got off near Bridge and old Coors. If you have any information about the suspect call the sheriff’s department.

Durango woman causes scare, school lockdown

DURANGO, COLO. (KRQE) – An argument involving alcohol and guns shut down schools near Durango, Colo. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office told the Durango Herald they locked down schools in the Bayfield District after a drunk woman with firearms threatened her son. Authorities say they talked the woman – Margaret Wilson – out of the house where she was and arrested her. Her son, Michael Wilson, was also arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear in court. Inside the home, officers found two handguns, three rifles and a shotgun.

PNM solar farm on hold

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – PNM’s plan to build a large, solar farm south of Santa Fe has been put on hold. Concerns about archaeological sites and questions about zoning led Santa Fe County commissioners to table the project, that’s according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. The solar energy farm, which would be the largest in the county, would have about 40,000 solar panels covering 75 acres south of the New Mexico National Guard headquarters. Charlie Dorame, former governor of the pueblo of Tesuque, says an archaeological report identified two cultural resource sites on the property.

Cuban trade office could be in the works

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As America reestablishes its relationship with Cuba, New Mexico wants to create a Cuban trade office. The House government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee is supposed to talk about the bill Wednesday. Under the proposal, the office would identify potential buyers in Cuba for New Mexico goods and services. The office also would assist New Mexico businesses with marketing in Cuba.

Bill would shed light on tax dollar spending

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two New Mexico lawmakers want more transparency when it comes to how your tax dollars are being spent. The proposed bill would require state contracts any amendments and expenses to be posted online as part of the sunshine portal. Right now, state law only requires a small fraction of those contracts and expenses to be posted. Both Sen. Sander Rue and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard introduced that bill.

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