News Briefs: Joe’s Crab Shack will no longer come to Winrock

Joe’s Crab Shack will no longer come to Winrock

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  It looks like Joe’s Crab Shack isn’t coming to Albuquerque. That’s according to the Albuquerque Journal. They are reporting the seafood chain is no longer coming to Winrock. The restaurant signed a lease for a space at the new Winrock development two years ago. The company is not saying why it has put the plans on hold. Winrock says it is now looking for another seafood restaurant go near the new movie theater.

Albuquerque campground closes due to safety concerns

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  A popular campground will stay closed for at least a year. Canjilon campgrounds and lakes is surrounded by dying trees which can fall and hurt people. Forest officials say the problem stems from insects, disease and drought.  As larger trees fall, they threaten to destroy campground improvements like picnic tables, fire rings and restrooms. It could take several years to remove all of the dead trees.

Bernalillo High School recycling for a good cause

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  Bernalillo High School is getting into the recycling business. Students didn’t like just tossing old newspaper out, so they contacted Goodwill and set up recycling bins.  Each time they fill one with plastic, plastic, paper or clothes, Goodwill takes them to be recycled. Community members can recycle items there as well. The goal is to eventually get these bins in all Bernalillo city schools.

Driver slams into Albuquerque Fire Department vehicle

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials say a driver failed to yield to an emergency vehicle and hit an Albuquerque Fire Department vehicle Wednesday at Menaul and Juan Tabo. No one was injured. The driver that hit the AFD vehicle will be cited.

DOJ continues UNM investigation

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Wednesday the feds are expected to continue their investigation into how the University of New Mexico handles sexual assaults on campus. They held the first of three meetings where investigators heard from students Monday. More than a dozen students were part of the roundtable talks. The feds launched their investigation in December after getting a series of complaints about the university from students. There will be three focus groups Tuesday.

Volunteers plant new trees in honor of Earth Day

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – School volunteers were out at the Open Space Visitor Center digging holes and planting new trees. It plays a big part in the San Juan-Chama Water Project. The Albuquerque Water Utility Authority set aside money to revitalize these areas. This year alone, volunteers added about 2,000 new plants, including cottonwoods and shrubs. A total of 40 acres has been restored in two years.

Bank teller accused of stealing from elderly customers

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – A bank teller is accused of stealing from her elderly customers. Police say 20-year-old Hannah Stone a teller for Citizens Bank of Clovis would write out the checks for them, adding another number to the amount, and pocketing the difference. They say a 94-year-old initially reported money missing from his account, then another customer came forward saying $5,000 was missing from his. Stone is now facing 18 counts of fraud, identity theft and forgery.

Teen murder suspect could be charged as adult

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The 15-year-old Taos boy accused of shooting and killing a 17-year-old in Red River will likely be charged as an adult. That’s what prosecutors indicated during his first court appearance Tuesday. Authorities say Aaron Garcia shot 17-year-old Daniel Caleb Williams Sunday night at a cabin. The teenager was arrested and reportedly told police “it was just an accident.” What’s unclear is where the gun came from and whose it was. The marshal said it was sitting on the table when Garcia grabbed it and shot. Williams was a well-known snowboarder who often competed in area contests.

ATM customer attacked, stabbed by robber

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – The search is on for a robber who attacked a customer at an ATM then stabbed him. The attack happened in downtown Durango at the bank of the San Juans. Detectives say the customer was shoved in the back and slashed on his face. Durango police are now searching for the suspect who fled in a white Toyota Prius. He was wearing a mask, sunglasses, hooded sweatshirt and gloves. If you have any information you are asked to call police.

Raft the Rio contest won’t continue

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The annual Raft the Rio is no more. The Southwest Environmental Center founded the friendly contest 17 years ago. In its heyday, people floated the river on homemade rafts vying for a number of prizes. But the non-profit says participation has been down for the last couple of years. They’re reluctant to invest time and money for an event that doesn’t draw many people.

Las Placitas fire 65% contained

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The brush fire that sparked Tuesday in Las Huertas Canyon is now 65 percent contained. Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Firefighters are still on scene. Forest officials want to remind the public that the state is still suffering from drought and that fire danger is still high.

Officials: Telephones not working at Roswell City Hall

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Telephones at Roswell City Hall and at the city offices annex building are not working properly Wednesday morning. Officials say phone company technicians are scheduled to work on the problem. Until the problem is repaired, no phone calls be made or received at the two buildings. It is unknown when service will be restored. Other provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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