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Tired of Roof Pizzas, Breaking Bad House Takes Drastic Step

Owners of home used in 'Breaking Bad' building fence to keep out pushy fans

(Newser) - Breaking Bad fans can be a pushy bunch. "They feel the need to tell us to close our garage, get out of the picture, you know, tell us what to do on our own property," Joanne Quintana tells KOB . Quintana's mother owns the home in Albuquerque, New... More »

Airline Pilot Dies During Albuquerque Landing

First officer collapsed during final approach

(Newser) - An American Airlines captain safely landed a Boeing 737 on his own Wednesday after his co-pilot collapsed and died while they were on the final approach. The Federal Aviation Administration says the flight from Dallas-Fort Worth was just 2 miles away from landing in Albuquerque, NM, when the captain declared... More »

Bad Move: Cartwheels During Sobriety Test

Bryelle Marshall charged with DWI in New Mexico

(Newser) - Bryelle Marshall didn't walk in a straight line during a field sobriety test in Albuquerque, NM, on Friday—but she did do cartwheels. After receiving a report about a reckless driver, officers say they found the 23-year-old asleep in the driver's seat of her car, parked partially on... More »

Before Girl's Brutal Killing, Mom Sought Men to Rape Her: Cops

Victoria Martens was assaulted before brutal night that ended her young life, mom tells cops

(Newser) - The death of Victoria Martens was a brutal, unthinkable assault on the innocence of childhood: The Albuquerque girl was slipped meth on her 10th birthday, raped, strangled, stabbed, and finally dismembered, before what remained of her battered body was set on fire in the bathtub of her apartment—allegedly at... More »

Albuquerque Throws Birthday Party for Brutally Slain Girl

Victoria Martens was killed on 10th birthday

(Newser) - Victoria Martens was brutally murdered in Albuquerque Wednesday— her 10th birthday . On Sunday, mourning residents of the city came together at a park the little girl loved to throw a birthday party for her, the AP reports. Thousands of people picnicked and ate donated pizza and birthday cake, children played... More »

One Year Later, Mayor's Idea for Homeless Shows Promise

'There's a better way' puts Albuquerque's panhandlers to work

(Newser) - An Albuquerque program that hires the homeless to beautify the city is being hailed as a success on its first birthday, the Washington Post reports. Republican Mayor Richard Berry said he launched the effort after spotting a man holding a sign on the street: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.... More »

Mystery Thieves Steal Guy's Roof

Yes, really

(Newser) - It's a theft so bizarre even police had trouble believing it. Cory Archuleta says he stepped outside his Albuquerque home Saturday only to realize that all the shingles on his roof had been torn off—and cleaned up. Neighbors say a work crew in a silver pickup truck with... More »

Bomb Found on Rental Car at NM Airport

'Credible explosive device' disarmed, but renters had long wait in Albuquerque

(Newser) - The FBI and the ATF are on the case in New Mexico for a Breaking Bad-like scenario: a "credible explosive device" found underneath a rental car that was returned Sunday to the Albuquerque International Sunport, CNN reports. Police say the vehicle had been rented elsewhere (cops aren't saying... More »

NM Murder Suspect Has Road Rage Past

He allegedly pulled gun in 2006 incident

(Newser) - The man police say confessed to the shocking road-rage killing of a 4-year-old girl in Albuquerque, NM, has a long history of criminal charges—including a previous road-rage incident involving a gun—but no history of convictions. In the previous incident, Tony Torrez allegedly pulled a gun on a man... More »

4-Year-Old Shot Dead in Road Rage Attack

Albuquerque cops plead for public's help

(Newser) - The chief of police in Albuquerque, NM, sounded completely outraged at a press conference Tuesday evening—with good reason. Chief Gordon Eden pleaded for the public's help in finding a suspect who shot a 4-year-old girl dead in an apparent road-rage attack, KOB reports. "This should have never... More »

Jim Morrison Fans Want Him to Have Albuquerque 'Spot'

Jim Morrison lived in New Mexico home for 2 years, and they want it preserved

(Newser) - One of Jim Morrison's childhood homes could someday be turned into a historical site. At least, that's what a group of fans is pushing for, the AP reports. The Doors' lead singer lived in Albuquerque from ages 12 to 14 while his dad worked at a local Air... More »

Cops Nab Dad Shot by 3-Year-Old Son

Justin Reynolds faces felony child abuse charge

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy who allegedly shot his parents with a single bullet won't be charged, of course, but his parents are in hot legal water. Justin Reynolds was arrested in Albuquerque today and faces a "child abuse without a great bodily harm" charge, KRQE reports. Police say Reynolds... More »

3-Year-Old Shoots Both Parents With One Shot

Woman is pregnant; pair may face charges

(Newser) - A 3-year-old New Mexico boy going for an iPod in his mom's purse instead found a loaded handgun and managed to shoot both of his parents with one shot in the motel where the family was living, reports the Albuquerque Journal . The bullet hit the father in the right... More »

NM Cops Face Murder Charges in Homeless Man's Death

Albuquerque man was shot dead after standoff

(Newser) - Murder charges have been filed in a police shooting that sparked angry demonstrations in Albuquerque, NM, last year. Former Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and SWAT team member Dominique Perez have been charged in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd, a mentally ill homeless man who was fatally shot after... More »

Drought Lifts Western US —Literally

California mountains half an inch higher these days

(Newser) - If you're in the western US, the ground you're standing on may be a little higher than it was a few years ago. The drought that's been plaguing the West has resulted in an "uplift effect," scientists find. The "growing, broad-scale loss of water"... More »

How Not to Get to a Meeting With Your Probation Officer

New Mexico man admits stealing scooter from Walmart

(Newser) - On the bright side, 18-year-old Michael Johnson of Albuquerque made it to a meeting with his probation officer on time. Unfortunately, as KOAT-TV reports, he did so by zipping over in a stolen electric shopping cart. When Johnson's probation officer asked about the unusual ride, the teen admitted taking... More »

Teen Invents Way to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

System tracks parents as they leave the vehicle

(Newser) - An inventor has developed a possible solution to the recurring problem of kids left in hot cars—and she did so before even graduating from high school. Alissa Chavez, 17, came up with the basic idea for her lifesaving contraption for a school science fair, the Washington Post reports. (Yes,... More »

Survivor: Teens Giggled as They Beat Homeless Men

Bond set at $5M for NM trio accused of killing 2

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque accused of beating two homeless men to death acted like the attack was hilarious, says a man who escaped. "They were giggling and laughing at us, mocking us, calling us homeless," the victim—who says the group was just "quietly sleeping and watching... More »

Cops: NM Teens Preyed on Homeless, Killed 2

Sleeping men were beaten to death

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque, NM, took part in the violent murder of two homeless men over the weekend, say police, who suspect the teens could be behind dozens of other attacks. Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya were arrested on Saturday for the murder of two... More »

Vet Dies Waiting for Ambulance... in VA Hospital

He collapsed in Albuquerque VA center cafeteria

(Newser) - Another black eye for the Veterans Health Administration? A 71-year-old veteran died on Monday after waiting up to 30 minutes for an ambulance—while already at a Veteran Affairs hospital. Officials say the man collapsed in the Albuquerque hospital's cafeteria, which is around 1,500 feet from the emergency... More »

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