News Briefs: 2 arrested in armed drugstore robbery

2 arrested in armed drugstore robbery

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police have arrested two men for the armed robbery of a local Walgreens. It happened Monday at Coors and Central when police say two men pulled a knife on store employees, stole liquor and took off. Officers caught up with the suspects a few minutes later at 60th and Central. They have been identified as Jason Armijo and Sammy Gutierrez. Both men have extensive criminal pasts.

New jobs available for solar company

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A solar panel company is looking to help people cash in on New Mexico’s sunshine. SolarCity is opening an operations center in Albuquerque this month and is hiring at least 30 employees. Unlike other solar installers, homeowners can finance their systems with fixed 30-year loans with interest rates as low as 4.5 percent and no upfront costs. The California-based company says New Mexico has the potential to be one of the best markets in the nation.

Woman avoids prison in embezzlement case

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A woman who bilked a Las Vegas, New Mexico mortuary out of more than $200,000 over three years has struck an agreement that will keep her out of prison. Molly Martinez, 63, was a former employee at Rogers Mortuary. She pleaded guilty to embezzlement last month and she’s set to be sentenced next month. A plea agreement calls for a nine-year sentence but the judge can suspend it if Martinez stays out of trouble. Martinez will be on probation and forced to pay restitution.

Pipe bomb found in Taos shelter

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A shelter in Taos had to be evacuated after a pipe bomb was found. A teenager told employees at the Dream Tree Project it was a firecracker but employees say it was larger than a glue stick and had wires sticking out of it. Police say an employee had apparently found the pipe bomb back in December and put it in storage and it was discovered by other employees Tuesday. Police removed the device and took the teen into custody. Tey’re still investigating to see if charges will be filed.

County OKs funding for new detox center

SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – San Juan County commissioners unanimously approved money for a new detox center. The new sobering house would replace some of the services provided by Four Winds Recovery Center which closes this summer. It would cost about $1.2 million to build and maintain. The county approved $775,000 the City of Farmington would have to cover the rest.

Committee passes super pac bill

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A New Mexico bill requiring super pacs to report donors is slowly making its way around the Roundhouse. The House and Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 7-to-1 in favor of the measure. If passed into law, the bill would apply to super pacs and non-profits that, while not directly affiliated with a candidate’s campaign, buy ads praising or bashing candidates. It must go to two more House committees before it could reach a vote on the house floor.

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