This week's biggest headlines
KOB.com Web Staff
April 15, 2018 08:49 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – From multiple Bosque fires to a new border wall and the state experiencing both wildfire and snowfall, a lot happened this week across New Mexico.
To help you get caught up on what you may have missed, we've provided a rundown of some of the biggest stories below.
TEENS CONSIDERED 'EXTREMELY DANGEROUS' APPEAR IN COURT
Kasia Gregorczyk reported on three teens being held behind bars until their trial for an alleged drug deal that turned violent in late March.
As it turns out, the teens may be involved in many other crimes as they face attempted murder charges, among others.
"They're all under the age of 18," APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said. "They all look about 98 pounds, but so dangerous they would shoot someone in the face during the commission of a drug deal that went bad."
VARIOUS FIRES SPARK ACROSS THE STATE
Two fires broke out in western New Mexico this week near Grants, one of which – the Bluewater Fire – began as a prescribed burn that apparently escaped containment. As of Sunday evening, residents near Bluewater Village are being asked to evacuate on a moment's notice if the fire continues to burn.
Meanwhile, evacuation orders were lifted this weekend for two other fires that were burning in southeast New Mexico that also affected Texas land, including the destruction of some structures.
Fire crews are still working to contain those blazes, dubbed the 206 and 246 fires.
Additionally, on two separate days this week crews were able to quickly extinguish a series of small fires that broke out in the Bosque.
AFD officials are reminding the public in the aftermath of those fires that open flames and cigarette smoking is prohibited in the Bosque.
MAYOR SIGNS POT DECRIMINALIZATION BILL
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller this week signed into law legislation imposing a $25 fine for those in the city found with an ounce or less of marijuana on their person.
"We're facing real challenges in Albuquerque and this is a step in the right direction to allow our officers the flexibility to better prioritize their time tackling violent crime and property crime in our city," Keller said.
Previously, that amount of marijuana led to a criminal offense.
SLAIN DOGS SUSPECT AWAITS EXTRADITION IN ARIZONA
The woman accused of leaving five dogs to die in a black SUV in northeast Albuquerque earlier this month was arrested in Arizona and will soon be back in New Mexico.
Sara Mauter faces felony charges of animal cruelty that has her facing a maximum of seven-and-a-half years in prison.
Meanwhile, the owner of the dogs – who hired Mauter to take them out of town – faces more than 60 animal violations out of Torrance County.
NEW WALL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NM-MEXICO BORDER
KOB's Chris Ramirez traveled south as the U.S. Border Patrol began to fortify a new section of border wall near Santa Teresa, New Mexico – a region Border Patrol officials say is highly susceptible to attempted illegal entries.
20 miles of what are currently road barriers will be replaced by a bollard wall. The project is estimated to cost taxpayers about $74 million, and construction is expected to last about a year.
"This area of Santa Teresa operations is one of our busiest areas for illegal alien apprehension and has been for several years and a prime corridor for the smuggling of narcotics," said Border Patrol Sector Chief Aaron. A. Hull.
The news comes as the Border Patrol also shed light on what will be the specific duties of thousands of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has called on to assist in the fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration at the border.
STUDENT DESCRIBES ALTERCATION WITH APS GUARD; NEW VIDEO RELEASED
16-year-old Jazzmyn Enrique spoke to KOB's Caleb James about a confrontation with a school security guard that is expected to lead to a lawsuit filed by Enrique's family against the district.
The incident occurred a year ago, a confrontation that an attorney referred to as an "unprovoked attack."
The confrontation was the latest in an alleged series of uncomfortable situations between Enrique and the guard that she said began when she got into a fight with the guard's niece.
NEW APP HELPS PARENTS CONNECT KIDS WITH LOCAL ACTIVITIES
A new mobile app, Acorn, will soon be available in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for kids to use in order to find activities tailored to their age, price range and frequency, among other factors.
MAJOR CUTS PROPOSED FOR UNM ATHLETICS TO PAY OFF DEFICIT
University of New Mexico officials – including its new president – presented a plan to UNM regents this week to eradicate years of built-up financial debt.
Part of the plan calls for a reduction in sports to erase the accumulated deficit. UNM President Garnett Stokes has reportedly asked UNM Athletics administrators to present her with a list of what sports will be cut by July 1 of this year – the start of the new fiscal year.
"We are better off supporting fewer sports but doing it well than we are stretching ourselves too thin and compromising the high-quality experience our student-athletes should expect from this institution," Stokes said.
SESSIONS TO BORDER SHERIFFS: 'WE HAVE YOUR BACK'
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited New Mexico to affirm support for law enforcement working to put a chokehold on the spread of drugs into the country.
"The work that you do – that you have dedicated your lives to – is essential," Sessions said in a Las Cruces conference this week.
Sessions also used his visit to call out sanctuary cities and states, saying they "hinder the work of federal law enforcement" and are "contrary to the rule of law."
ALTERING ART BUS LANE COULD JEOPARDIZE FEDERAL GRANT
Among the many issues preventing the Albuquerque Rapid Transit line from being fully operational, but as KOB's Jen French reports, $75 million in federal funding would be put at risk if the city paints over the salmon-covered strip of road.
"There's a good chance if we paint over the bus lane or we alter the project in any way than what we presented to the FTA then we could lose our federal funding," said ABQ RIDE Spokesperson Rick De Reyes. "Probably would reduce the chances greatly of getting federal money.
SLAIN NAVAJO GIRL REMEMBERED ONE DAY AFTER TRUMP SIGNS BILL EXPANDING AMBER ALERT
In 2016, an 11-year-old Navajo girl was abducted and murdered.
Now, the Amber Alert system is being expanded onto tribal lands across the United States, as the family and friends of Ashlynne Mike gathered to remember a life cut tragically short.
KOB.com Web Staff
Created: April 15, 2018 08:49 PM
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