News Briefs: Man steals golf cart, claims he thought it was free

Man steals golf cart, claims he thought it was free

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man accused of ripping off a $3,000 golf cart from a local casino told police he thought it was free. According to the criminal complaint security at Sandia Resort and Casino spotted Jeromy Graves stealing the cart Tuesday morning. Police say Graves entered through a secured employee entrance. Once he was in custody he told police he thought the cart was complimentary. He’s charged with commercial burglary.

Senators introduce bill to bring in more money for New Mexico labs

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have introduced a new bill on Capitol Hill that would bring New Mexico’s national laboratories more money for research. The measure increases the maximum percentage of funds available from six percent to 10 percent, and would directly affect the Los Alamos National Lab and Sandia National labs. Udall says the added funds will attract more talent to New Mexico, ensuring the future of the labs.

Photo sparks Bigfoot hunt in Silverton

SILVERTON, Colo. (KRQE) – The City of Silverton is getting a lot attention for a resident that may not even exist. A picture has some people searching for big-foot in Silverton. A recent episode of Paranormal Central on the dark matter radio network resurrected the image while discussing possible big-foot sightings. It was taken in 2008 and it allegedly captures big-foot trotting beside the river across from the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. To see other sightings mention on the show »

Man who shot, killed cop denied parole

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A cop killer is denied parole. A parole board unanimously voted to deny parole for Joel Lee Compton earlier this month. Compton shot and killed Albuquerque Police Department Officer Gerald Cline in 1983 at the Tewa Motor Lodge on Central after Cline responded to a call about a man with a rifle. Compton was sentenced to death. But the governor at the time, Toney Anaya, commuted his sentence to life in prison. This is the second time the board has denied Compton’s parole. He can request another parole hearing in two years.

Albuquerque residents can now recycle some electronics

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – You can now recycle some of your old electronics. Albuquerque Recycling Inc. is partnering with the Eldorado High Eagle Earth and Reality project this Saturday. They will be accepting all of your unwanted electronics he event runs from ten to one in the east parking lot of Eldorado high. Some of the items you can recycle include computers, printers and phones.

Police searching for Texas homicide suspect with ties to New Mexico

Harlin Pierce
Harlin Pierce

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The search is on for a man with ties to New Mexico who is wanted in a recent homicide in Texas. Harlin Pierce, 18, is suspected of killing his father in Jeff Davis County, Texas. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says Pierce used to live in Santa Fe and went to school there and still has friends and family there which leads them to believe he may return. Pierce is believed to be driving a blue Volkswagen with New Mexico license plate JLN715. If you have any information on his whereabouts call police.

Suspected shoplifter leaves behind personal items

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A shoplifter in Roswell, left the store with less than she brought in. Police say the 14-year-old suspect and a friend walked into the target on north Main Street one of the girl’s had a purse that appeared to be empty but was later noticed to be bulging with items. When the girls tried to leave the store, an alarm sounded and the girls fled, ditching the purse. Employees later found the purse, inside were several unpaid items as well as personal items including cash, keys and family pictures.

Roswell police now wearing body cameras

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell police officers now have a second pair of eyes watching over them and the city. Roswell’s police force is wearing body cameras on their sunglasses or shirt collars. They’re intended to produce video testimony during an encounter, to protect both the suspects and officers. On-duty officers and sergeants are required to have the cameras recording during all encounters. The 60 cameras cost $235,000 and the money was taken from RPD’s budget.

Hot tub leads police to suspected thief

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Deputies in Taos County put a stop to a string of burglaries all because of a hot tub. The Taos County Sheriff’s Office says Jessica Sparks-Lewis used keys belonging to her incarcerated husband to burglarize local storage units and made off with items as big as a hot tub. Suspicions fell on Lewis when a deputy spotted the hot tub at the home of Ariel Reyes, a man she was living with.  Reyes was arrested for keeping the stolen items at his home. Investigators say a third suspect, Monica Romero, is still on the run. She’s accused of using a stolen credit card taken by Lewis and Reyes.

Fruitland man’s death deemed suspicious

FRUITLAND, N.M. (KRQE) – FBI agents are calling the death of a Fruitland man suspicious. Although FBI officials haven’t given many details, the Shiprock Police Department has identified the victim as Brandon BlueEyes. They say he died Saturday morning, but won’t say how. His father, Perry BlueEyes,- was also injured in the incident. A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

2 new solar farms approved in New Mexico

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe County commissioners approved two new solar farms that will generate 15 megawatts of power. Both installations are PNM’s first in the county. One of the sites is located south of the New Mexico guard facility off I-25’s east frontage road. It will be the largest in the county with about 40,000 solar panels tracking the sun’s movement from east to west. The other is located north of New Mexico 599 off Caja del Rio Road.

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