News Briefs: Albuquerque Police investigate fatal crash

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Albuquerque Police investigate fatal crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officers are investigating a fatal crash at Richmond and Candelaria. Details about the crash have not been released. Drivers should expect delays in the are until the scene has been cleared.

Man flees from police during traffic stop

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe police arrested a man who took off during a traffic stop. It happened Monday when an officer pulled over Rick Chavez for not wearing a seat belt. Police say he gave the officer a fake name and when he was told to step out of his car, Chavez put it in drive and took off. A short pursuit ensued, but was canceled due to safety concerns. Police were able to positively identify Chavez as their suspect. They arrested him a short time later at his home. He has two outstanding warrants and several charges related to the chase.

$38K worth of equipment stolen from power plant

EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Eddy County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of more than $38,000 worth of equipment stolen from a power plant. Deputies believe the thieves cut a lock to get inside and targeted two trailers taking 4,000 feet of copper wire, an air quality tester, two cutting torches and other equipment. The thieves also took some hand tools. If you have any information about the theft call Eddy County Crime Stoppers. There is a reward

Dog recovering after marijuana overdose

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – A dog in Durango is recovering after a pot overdose. According to the Durango Herald, the owner of Tiffin, a 4-year-old schnauzer-yorkie mix noticed her acting strangely when she came inside. She said the dog had poor balance and a strange look on her face. Her owner found two apple halves in the backyard with holes poked in them and marijuana residue. Investigators believe someone had transformed the apples into pot pipes. Pot can be fatal for dogs but Tiffin was treated at the vet quickly and should make a full recovery.

Albuquerque ranked as best city for wildlife

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque has grabbed a top spot for one of the wildest lists yet. The National Wildlife Federation has ranked the Duke City seventh on its list for best cities for wildlife in America. The rankings are based on percentage of parkland, citizen action to create wildlife habitat and outdoor learning in wildlife areas. Austin, Texas was the top city on the list.

Police: Man pretending to help stole purse

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A man pretending to help women in Santa Fe is accused of taking advantage of them. Deputies say a suspect flagged down a woman saying she had a flat tire. When she pulled over to check she noticed it was fine then drove away only to discover the suspect had stolen her purse during the ordeal. Inside her purse was her cell phone, cash, credit cards and ID. Police have not identified the man. They are asking any other woman who has been a target to report it.

Bill making school year longer defeated by Senate committee

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A bill that would have made your school year 25 days longer is no more. The Senate rules committee defeated the state constitutional amendment on a four-to-two vote. The sponsor, Senator Joseph Cervantes has been a critic of long summer breaks saying they hurt student achievement. But the decision came down to money. Adding five weeks to the school calendar would have cost an estimated $351 million for its first three years.

BioPark reveals gender of baby chimps

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two new chimpanzees born at the BioPark Zoo in November have finally left their mother’s care for long enough for zookeepers to figure out their gender. On Tuesday, officials revealed the twins are both male. The BioPark wants the public’s help choosing their names. Residents can vote online for the names Rio, Dezi, Alby (short for Albuquerque), River and Moyobi.

Police: Be aware of counterfeit $100 bills

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad police have issued a warning for businesses: Look twice before accepting a $100 bill. Police tell the Carlsbad Current-Argus counterfeit bills are on the rise. In the past, counterfeiters used smaller bills such as $10 and $20 bills, but $100 bills bills have become the trend. Real hundreds have a security bar on them. Call police if you spot any of the fakes.

Search continues for person of interest in Clovis murder

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Clovis police have questioned three people but still want to talk with one more person about a weekend murder. Brandon Cordova, 32, is still wanted for questioning for the murder of 39-year-old Joesph Chavez. Investigators believe he was shot. Those with any information on Cordova are asked to call police.

Committee to vote on right-to-work proposal

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The state Senate Public Affairs Committee is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal that would make New Mexico a right-to-work state. The bill would ban unions from collecting so-called “fair share fees” from people who aren’t members. Those fees pay for union reps who help negotiate collective bargaining contracts for everyone – union members and non-members. Some think a change will attract new business. Others think it will unfairly harm New Mexico’s union jobs.

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