4 people arrested in deadly northern New Mexico shooting, a result of mistaken identity

David Lynch
October 07, 2018 
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/4-people-arrested-in-deadly-northern-new-mexico-shooting-a-result-of-mistaken-identity/5099441/?cat=500

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A situation of alleged self-defense gone wrong resulted in one man being fatally shot and three others sent to the hospital late Thursday night just north of Española, according to investigators with New Mexico State Police.

Four people have been arrested and are facing charges in the incident which NMSP says killed 18-year-old Cameron Martinez mere months after he graduated from an area high school.

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Rio Ranch Police arrest man in murder of young girl

David Lynch, Joy Wang and Patrick Hayes
October 05, 2018
Link to original story: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/rio-rancho-police-arrest-man-in-murder-of-young-rio-rancho-girl/5098171/?cat=500

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nearly two months after a 6-year-old girl was found dead by law enforcement in her Rio Ranch home, police say they have made an arrest.

21-year-old Leland Hust has been taken into custody by Rio Rancho Police in connection with Ariana Romeo’s death, officers say. He is being charged with child abuse resulting in death and aggravated criminal sexual penetration. Continue reading →

Sunspot observatory to reopen following mysterious closure

David Lynch
September 16, 2018 
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/sunspot-observatory-to-reopen-following-mysterious-closure/5072677/?cat=500

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After mysterious circumstances closed the Sunspot Solar Observatory in southeast New Mexico on Sept. 6 – prompting conspiracy theories of close encounters and men in black suits – it was announced over the weekend that the facility will “transition back to regular operations” on Monday.

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Organizers offer refunds, tickets to 2019 Zozobra for those left outside park after ‘miscommunications’

David Lynch
September 03, 2018
Link to original story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/zozobra-organizers-offering-refunds-tickets-to-2019-event-for-those-left-outside-park-after-miscommunications/5055703/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two days after hundreds of hopeful Zozobra attendees were stuck outside Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe when Old Man Gloom went up in flames, event officials in a statement said miscommunication was to blame for congested entry points, and they were implementing a plan to give refunds to those left outside. Continue reading →

Gunfire heard ‘on a regular basis’ from property where kids, child abductor found

David Lynch
August 17, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/gunfire-heard-from-property-where-kids-child-abductor-found-on-a-regular-basis/5018597/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Documents obtained by KOB indicate that law enforcement in northern New Mexico knew that several adults and children were living at a makeshift compound just a few miles south of the Colorado-New Mexico border.

For exactly how long authorities knew about the compound’s occupants is unknown, but gunfire could be heard “from the property on a regular basis,” according to a search warrant sworn out by Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe and executed this week. In Hogrefe’s account of the site, he describes “what appears to be a shooting range” along one side.  Continue reading →

Albuquerque marred by three deadly shootings in 12 hours

David Lynch
July 29, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-marred-by-three-deadly-shootings-in-12-hours-/5009195/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The weekend began on bloody terms for the Duke City, as several Albuquerque Police investigations sprouted from three deadly shootings on Saturday and early Sunday.

All three incidents unfolded over the span of about 12 hours, resulting in three dead victims, and at least one still recovering in the hospital from her wounds.

At around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a double shooting at the Giant gas station at San Mateo and Menaul in northeast Albuquerque. According to APD Officer Daren Deaguero, investigators believe an unidentified man shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. Continue reading →

Investigation finds ‘probable cause’ NM representative violated Anti-Harassment Policy

David Lynch
July 28, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/investigation-finds-probable-cause-new-mexico-rep-violated-anti-harassment-policy/5007962/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Formal discipline may be coming for State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D) after an investigative subcommittee found “probable cause” on allegations of sexual harassment against a lobbyist while they collaborated on legislation in 2014.

The subcommittee’s findings were outlined in a report released Saturday, in which it stated there was probable cause the New Mexico representative – in office since 2013 – violated certain portions of the Legislature’s recently overhauled Anti-Harassment Policy. The subcommittee also recommended that a formal hearing be pursued. Continue reading →

APD investigating multiple violent incidents in east Albuquerque

David Lynch
July 24, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/apd-investigating-multiple-violent-incidents-in-east-albuquerque-monday-evening/5000794/

ALBUQUERQUE. N.M. – Albuquerque Police say they are investigating multiple violent incidents Monday evening in the eastern part of the city, including a deadly triple stabbing near Gibson and San Mateo.

One unidentified victim is in critical condition following that incident at Eastern and Palomas in southeast Albuquerque. The conditions of the two other victims are not yet known, but APD says they do have a suspect in custody. Continue reading →

‘It’s on’: Bank robbery suspect shot at officers during pursuit that ended with fatal Smith’s shooting

David Lynch
June 28, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/its-on-bank-robbery-suspect-shot-at-officer-during-pursuit-that-ended-with-fatal-smiths-shooting/4967947/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Police say concern for the public and a chaotic car pursuit involving gunfire factored into an APD officer’s decision to fire rounds at a chronic bank robbery suspect earlier this month in southeast Albuquerque.

47-year-old Richard Rivera – who had a criminal history dating back to 1995 – died when a veteran APD officer shot at him in the parking lot of Smith’s at Coal and Yale on June 16, APD Lt. Ray Del Greco said at a Thursday morning press conference.

It was the culmination of a vehicle pursuit that began when Rivera and 39-year-old Jennifer Rael held up a Verizon store in northeast Albuquerque—the pair’s third armed robbery in less than a week, Del Greco said.

Del Greco said police were able to track the pair, in a stolen U-Haul van, not far from where the Verizon store is located. Rael told investigators the pursuit began after Rivera turned to her and said “It’s on” before pulling out a firearm.

The subsequent chase involved Rivera firing so many rounds at officers that Rael told investigators “she couldn’t keep count,” Del Greco said.

When a spike strip deployed by APD failed to stop the van, they attempted two pit maneuvers. After the first attempt, lapel video shows the officer firing five rounds at the van.

The pursuit continued briefly before the van was finally stopped at the Smith’s parking lot, after the third pit maneuver. The officer can be seen in lapel video leaving his cruiser, pursuing Rivera on foot while yelling at him to stop and then firing six shots as Rivera approached the Smith’s entrance.

Surveillance camera footage shows Rivera turning back to look at the officer and reaching for his right hip before the shots are fired.

“He was afraid Mr. Rivera was going to either shoot him, an innocent bystander in the parking lot or someone inside the Smith’s store,” Del Greco said, adding multiple witnesses told investigators they heard Rivera say twice that he had a gun.

Rivera died at the scene after attempts by officers to revive him were unsuccessful. Rael, meanwhile, was taken into custody.

Police later searched the van, where Del Greco said they found a cell phone taken from the earlier Verizon store robbery, a gun legally bought by Rael for Rivera earlier in the month, and empty shell casings.