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. 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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