News Briefs: Firefighters extinguish 4 small brush fires

Albuquerque Fire Department

Firefighters extinguish 4 small brush fires

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Firefighters were busy putting out four small brushfires that broke out near I-25 and Broadway. They were small, but one grew to about two acres. Fire crews were able to put them out quickly. Investigators are looking into how they were sparked.

One of Albuquerque’s worst criminals to spend decades behind bars

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  Federal prosecutors say he’s one of Albuquerque’s worst criminals. Now Chris Blattner will spend decades in prison. In court on Friday, he pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges. Last April, he pleaded no contest in the 2007 murder of a drug dealer, shooting at cops during a swat standoff and killing his neighbor, Kathy Paquin, two years ago. Police believe Blattner was draining Paquin’s bank account. As part the plea deal, Blattner will spend 30 years behind bars. He is also supposed to tell police why he murdered Paquin and where he hid her body.

ENMU students vote to change Zia mascot

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – Eastern New Mexico University students have voted. They have decided to stop using the Zia symbol as a mascot for female athletes. Instead, they would like the school to adopt the greyhound which is already used by the men’s teams. But, it’s not a done deal just yet. The final decision lies with the university president and board of regents. The female athletic teams have been known as the Zia’s since the 70’s, but ENMU can’t license or trademark merchandise with the Zia symbol. Also, many people don’t agree with using a Native American symbol as a mascot.

Police search for person that bought gun from shooting suspect

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police are looking for the person who bought a gun from a shooting suspect. Over the past two days, Albuquerque Police Department arrested Devante Enriquez, Raul Tena, and Isaiah Martinez.In January, they allegedly robbed and shot Adrian Gallegos, a known pot dealer that nearly died in the shooting. Police say one of the suspects sold the gun after the incident. Authorities say, if you know the person who bought the gun from one them after the shooting to call police.

Alamogordo police force to add body cameras

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Alamogordo Police Department is the latest to arm its officers with body cameras. They started on Monday. The body cameras will eventually replace the dash cameras. The video can acquit officers falsely accused of wrong doing and can identify officers engaging in misconduct. Every officer will be required to use the camera to record interactions with the public. The department entered into a five year contract for the cameras.

Little rain poses problems for New Mexico farmers, cities

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Federal officials say it’s going to be another tight year for cities and farmers dependent on Rio Grande water. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say snow-pack from the mountains that feed the Rio Grande now is halfway gone, and there has been little rain in the last month. Albuquerque and Santa Fe will likely see allocations cut for a second year.

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