News Briefs: Man behind bars after fatal fight

Man behind bars after fatal fight

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man is finally behind bars after a fight that ended in gunfire. Santa Fe Police say Luis Erives pulled out a revolver and a pistol after getting into a fight on Aqua Fria back in May and shot a man in the leg. He was finally arrested Thursday on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and cocaine possession. Police say he confessed to the shooting.

Rundown bank being torn down

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A vacant property that has been a magnet for the homeless and crime will soon be gone. The old bank on Wyoming near Menaul is being torn down this week. In the past few months, it’s been tagged and been the site of a number of emergency calls. Neighbors say they are happy to see it go.

Study: Most New Mexicans trust police

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new statewide poll says a majority of New Mexicans trust police. The Garrity Group conducted the poll. They say 54-percent of the state’s residents are standing behind their officers despite allegations of wrongdoing against some. That’s a 17 percent jump from last year. The increase comes during a time when two Albuquerque police officers are facing murder charges for the deadly shooting of James Boyd and the Department of Justice’s investigation into Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force.

City forced to pay thousands after illegal drug raid

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The city of Española is forking over thousands of dollars because of an illegal drug raid. The family sued Española after dozens of officers surrounded their home and pulled them out at gunpoint. When police searched their home they found nothing illegal inside. According to the federal lawsuit the family believed an officer made up an informant to raid their home. The city settled for $400,000.

Former New Mexico Supreme Court judge dead at 89

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Many are remembering a former New Mexico Supreme Court judge. Harry Stowers died Wednesday morning. He served on the state Supreme Court from 1982 to 1989. Before that Stowers worked as a city attorney and a judge and later served as mayor for Los Ranchos. His widow says he was battling cancer, he was 89.

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