New Briefs: Santa Fe sees spike in auto break-ins

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Santa Fe sees spike in auto break-ins

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe is seeing a spike in car thefts. New data shows car break-ins surging 47-percent during the first seven months of this year. The police department’s spokeswoman couldn’t explain the rise to the Santa Fe New Mexican but says they’ll start using a bait car. Some cases have gotten a lot of attention. In April someone stole Caroline Rotich’s purse while she was celebrating her victory in the Boston marathon. More recently a thief took a mariachi musician’s $4,000 violin.

Driver claims she didn’t see motorcyclist before fatal crash

SANTA FE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 is learning more about a deadly crash that claimed the life of a Santa Fe business owner. Andrew Wright, the co-founder of Bicycle Technologies International died when his motorcycle was hit on NM 599 at the I-25 off ramp last month. The driver, Mary Lavon Johnson says she never saw his motorcycle as she drove away from a stop sign. Police haven’t cited Johnson but the District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the case.

Nusenda Community Stadium gets new look

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools’ Nusenda Community Stadium is getting a new look. KRQE News 13 crews were there when officials placed Nusenda’s name onto the football field in west Albuquerque Friday. APS and Nusenda Credit Union agreed on an 8-year deal earlier this year. Nusenda will pay APS nearly $80,000 a year. The district says the money will be used to improve their schools. The first football game will be played at the stadium on Wednesday.

Crews put final touches on I-25 project

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Crews are putting the final touches on the I-25 road project near the Sunport. The New Mexico DOT says Sunport Road to northbound I-25 is back open. It comes with a longer acceleration lane and new noise barriers.

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