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Feds: Albuquerque Cops Use Excessive Force

Report slams department for violating civil rights

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico's biggest city routinely violate people's constitutional rights with a pattern of excessive and deadly force, a damning Justice Department report finds. The department's civil-rights investigation found that the majority of the police shootings in Albuquerque over the last few years were unjustified and... More »

Albuquerque Erupts Over Police Shootings

Hundreds of protesters take to streets

(Newser) - What started as a peaceful protest yesterday in Albuquerque ended up with at least six protesters arrested, one officer injured, and more than two dozen canisters of tear gas thrown into the hundreds-strong crowd. Demonstrators started rallying downtown at noon, protesting against officer-involved shootings in the city, particularly the March... More »

People Not Happy About Fake Breaking Bad Funeral

Walter White gravesite, headstone anger some

(Newser) - A fake funeral was held Saturday for Breaking Bad character Walter White in Albuquerque, offering some 200 fans a chance to pay their last respects to a show that, as one attendee put it, "brought people into Albuquerque, it brought attention into Albuquerque, and it brought money into Albuquerque.... More »

Albuquerque Cashes In on Breaking Bad With Fake Meth

Town not letting the show's subject matter stop it from making a buck

(Newser) - Sex and the City and Seinfeld tours are big business in New York, so it's no surprise that residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are also trying to cash in on the success of their own locally filmed hit TV show. Only that show is Breaking Bad, a show about... More »

Woman Unmasks Burglar: It's Her Grandson

Just as she suspected

(Newser) - An Albuquerque grandmother thought she recognized a masked burglar who entered her home on Friday morning—and when Pamela Dearinger managed to rip off his bandana, her suspicions were confirmed: It was her grandson, police say. Thomas Clark, 22, came in through the back door while she was watching TV,... More »

5 Things That Make This DWI Crazier Than Most

For starters, police say the driver was having sex

(Newser) - The run-of-the-mill part of this arrest is that a 25-year-old Albuquerque man faces charges including DWI and evading police. But some highlights from the report in the Albuquerque Journal show how special it really is:
  • Police say a drunken Luis Briones was having sex with a woman while attempting to
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Mom Rams Suspect's Car After Daughter Is Taken

5-year-old is safe; suspect is in custody

(Newser) - An amazing story out of Albuquerque, where police say a mother foiled the kidnapping of her young daughter by giving chase in her car. She eventually rammed the suspect's vehicle with her own. A suspect is in custody, and he matches the description of an assailant in a previous... More »

4 Choir Members Stabbed at Albuquerque Church

Knifeman yelled 'false preacher'

(Newser) - Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a knifeman leapt from the pews and attacked the choir at the end of a Sunday service in an Albuquerque church yesterday. The man yelled "false preacher" as he charged the choir, witnesses tell KOAT . A suspect identified as Lawrence Capener, 24, was... More »

Cops: NM Shooter Ambushed His Dad Last

Nehemiah Griego, 15, loved video games

(Newser) - Police near Albuquerque released new details about 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego, who is accused of shooting to death his parents and three siblings over the weekend:
  • Griego shot his mother while she slept about 1am Saturday, say police. Then he allegedly killed his 9-year-old brother, described as "awake and distraught"
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NM Teen Planned to Keep Shooting, Head to Walmart

But instead, a friend convinced him to meet at church

(Newser) - The New Mexico teenager accused of killing his parents and three siblings planned to keep killing until police shot him dead, authorities believe. Nehemiah Griego, 15, told police that he put several loaded weapons, including an AR-15 assault rife, into the family van with the intention of driving to the... More »

Cops: 5 NM Murder Victims Were Teen's Own Family

Boy, 15, charged with killing parents, 3 siblings

(Newser) - The two adults and three children allegedly shot dead by a 15-year-old boy in New Mexico were the teenager's own family, police say. The victims have been identified as respected local pastor, Greg Griego, his wife Sarah, and their children Zephania, 9; Jael, 5; and Angelina, 2, KOB reports.... More »

Plague Making a Comeback— Among the Rich

It's catching on among affluent New Mexicans

(Newser) - The Black Death appears to have gotten a toehold in an unlikely community: affluent New Mexicans. That's the conclusion of a new report studying reported cases in the US since 1976, and it's a pretty surprising one, given that the plague has historically cropped up among impoverished people... More »

Boxing Great Johnny Tapia Dead at 45

Troubled five-time world champ found dead at home

(Newser) - The boxing world is mourning five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, who was found dead at his Albuquerque home on Sunday. The prizefighter, whose career was marked by drug and alcohol addiction, arrests, and depression, was just 45. Police say foul play is not suspected. Tapia's mother was murdered when... More »

Homeless Man Rescued After 3 Days Stuck in Mud

Man in river wanted on felony warrant

(Newser) - A homeless man who spent three days stuck in deep mud near the Rio Grande river in New Mexico was rescued after high school students on a field trip heard him yelling for help. Fire crews found the man stuck on a reed island and used a pulley system to... More »

2 Cops Fired After Beating Tape Surfaces

Albuquerque officers kicked and punched suspect repeatedly

(Newser) - Two police officers in Albuquerque are out of jobs after a surveillance tape surfaced showing a suspect on the ground getting kicked about a dozen times, including some shots to the head. The officers celebrated with a "belly bump" afterward, reports the Albuquerque Journal . The newspaper posted the video... More »

Hero Neighbor Saves Girl, 6, From Kidnapper

Albuquerque man foils child abduction

(Newser) - Police in Albuquerque credit a quick-thinking neighbor with saving a little girl's life. Antonio Diaz Chacon, a 24-year-old mechanic, jumped in his pickup and gave chase after spotting a man throw a 6-year-old girl into a van as a neighbor shouted at him. He followed the van through a... More »

Stock Fraudster Sentenced to... Play Poker?

Judge orders gambling addict to play to pay off his victims

(Newser) - A New Mexico stockbroker who confessed to stealing money from his clients so he could gamble has been ordered to… continue gambling. Samuel McMaster allegedly stole $400,000 from his elderly victims, but a judge has allowed him to go free, provided he can win it all back in poker... More »

Mo. Bizman Targeted in Probe of 11 Dead Women

Ron Erwin named as 'person of interest'

(Newser) - Police are searching the homes and business of a Missouri man named as a "person of interest" in 11 New Mexico murders. The bodies of 11 women and a fetus were discovered by a hiker in the desert near Albuquerque last year, and police say 57-year-old Ron Erwin, who... More »

3 Dead in NM Office Shooting

Former employee opened fire on live-in girlfriend, co-workers

(Newser) - A New Mexico man killed three people, including himself, and injured four in an office shooting today, police said. Robert Reza, 37, entered Emcore Corporation in southast Albuquerque armed with a handgun and started shooting, KRQE reports . A former Emcore employee, he was the live-in boyfriend of a current employee;... More »

7 Women ID'd in New Mexico Mass Grave

Police in Albuquerque hunting serial killer after 11 bodies found

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico have named seven of the 11 murdered women found in a mass grave outside Albuquerque several months ago, CNN reports. Police say the victims were linked through drugs and prostitution, but they have yet to identify a suspect. The women, one of whom was pregnant, were... More »

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