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Lobos’ running back Tyrone Owens is ready to operate in the spotlight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While senior Teriyon Gipson was roasting opponents from his running back position last season, then red shirt sophomore Tyrone Owens was doing the same. Both players ended the season with over a thousand yards each. Owens had 1,084 yards on 134 carries. His longest rush from scrimmage was 83 yards. Owens also had 7 touchdowns.

Owens, now a red shirt junior, doesn’t have any plans on taking a step back even though he is now in the spotlight. Owens is a preseason All Mountain West Selection and is on the Earl Campbell/Tyler Rose Watch List. He will not sneak up on anyone this season and that is alright with him. He knows what he has to do to keep moving forward. “Just be on point with everything I do, as far as film, classroom, everything,”

Lobos head coach Bob Davie know opponents will prepare for Owens more often since he was basically an unknown last season. “This is a key, key maturity test for Tyrone Owens because he has had a lot of attention,” said Davie. “I will say this. the kid loves football. At the core of everything he’s been since he’s been here he is a tough guy that loves football.” The Lobos will start the season by hosting Abilene Christian September 2.




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Paul Weir adds 2 to his staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) -University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir has added a new face and former Lobo player to his staff. David Chiotti is returning to the cherry and silver to be Director of Player Development.

Chiotti was a Lobo big man in the paint from 2002-2006 under then head coach Ritchie McKay. He was a three time All-Mountain West selection and helped guide the Lobos to a Mountain West Tournament Championship in 2005.

Choitti ranks 20th all time on the UNM scoring list and led the Lobos in field goal percentage during each of his four years at the school. After college Chiotti played professional basketball overseas from 2007-2014.

He also earned a spot on the Italian National Team. Evan Orzolek is a Virginia native who will be the Lobos Video Coordinator. Orzolek was most recently a graduate assistant at South Florida.





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UNM Men’s soccer defender Aaron Herrera is on preseason list

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Top Drawer Soccer thinks a lot about the play of Lobos defender Aaron Herrera. He is on their Preseason Best XI List. Herrera is a second team selection.

Over the summer he got more experience by playing on Team USA in the U-20 World Cup. So far this season Herrera has three points and a goal for the Lobos over two exhibition games.

Last season he started 22 games and helped the Lobos reach the postseason for the 13th time in 17 years. The 19th ranked Lobos will start the regular season Friday at 11th ranked Washington.




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Suspected car thief Majestic Howard sues police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man police have arrested time and time again is now suing the City of Albuquerque and its police officers for what they did during one of those arrests.

A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of accused car thief, Majestic Howard, claims APD used unreasonable force and then did a bad job of investigating and disciplining its officers afterward.

Video from Albuquerque Police shows Howard hop in a bait car on Oct. 30, 2015.

This followed a run-in with Howard on Sept. 14, 2015 when a man shot Howard in the head because he believed Howard was trying to steal his car.

The injury led to a surgery to remove part of his skull, but clearly he made it out of the hospital because APD was chasing him down soon after.

A lawsuit, which was moved into federal court on Monday, states that Howard stopped running and sat down with his hands up while officers moved in to put him in handcuffs.

Then, it states Officer Jonathan Franco kneed Howard in the head and didn’t mention the use of force in his police report.

“In the reports, they omitted the fact that they administered blows to Mr. Howard’s head, knowing that he had a head injury and that they could in fact kill him,” said Howard’s Attorney Louren Oliveros.

Police said it wasn’t until later that officers recognized Howard.

Franco got a 7-day suspension, but not until a year later after the case made headlines.

“The discipline was not enough. It wasn’t swift,” Oliveros said.

Howard’s attorney said his criminal history is a separate matter, that it’s still important to send a message to APD about violating constitutional rights.

“There’s a criminal justice system and there’s the Civil Rights Act, and when officers go unchecked, it’s a threat to everybody,” Oliveros said.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Albuquerque Police for comment.

In a statement, Chief Gorden Eden said, “Although the City is still in the process of reviewing this specific lawsuit, we have always communicated to the community and to the Court that APD is fully committed to the reforms set forth in our Agreement.”

Court records show a criminal case was just dismissed last week against Howard because he was found incompetent to stand trial.

That led to his release from jail after he was accused of leading State Police on a wild chase last year.

Court records also show Howard already has warrants for his arrest in multiple additional criminal cases.

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The picture window, my guide to the world around me, could be a rainy day, I watch the slick survival of a city, might now sunshine cast shadows, while domesticated bird houses  offer a gallery, for my child-like eyes, to always wonder why. – Soft fabric of the green sitting chair, matched the other nearby,…

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Mother speaks out after teens fight-off alleged car-jacker

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A mother says her son is receiving threats after he and three other teens fought back after they say a man tried to carjack them after football practice.

That mother doesn’t want to be identified and has asked us not to name her sons’ high school in fear of retaliation.

“These are boys, not men,” she said.

Two weeks ago, the teens left football practice at the Loma Linda Community Center when they said Angelo Martinez, 21, asked for a ride.

According to police, the teens agreed, but told officers that’s when Martinez pulled out a gun and ordered them out of the truck.

“One of the little of boys realized that his phone was still in the truck and asked the guy if he can get it,” the mother said.

The teens told police, when Martinez reached for the phone, he dropped the gun.

“My son had saw that he dropped the gun so he opened the truck and he just kind of tackled him,” she said.

Martinez ended up with a beat-up face. Some people who spoke to KRQE News 13 said he got what he deserved, but not everyone agrees. The mother of two of the boys said they should not have put up a fight.

“I was mad when when I first found out because the first thing that pops into my head is something bad could have happened to my children and I could be here today without one of them,” she said. “A truck is not worth their lives.”

The story has gone viral and it’s making headlines in other states. Some people are criticizing the teens, saying they took things too far. The mother has gotten messages, too.

“Death threats from the guy’s friends,” she said. “So my kids have to hide. My kids have to watch where they go, who they’re with, and their surroundings at all times.”

When police arrived, Martinez also had a knife on him. Police discovered the gun was fake.

Martinez is charged with four counts of aggravated assault. Court records show he has other car theft related charges. Martinez was released from jail last week.

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Man wanted in fatal shooting of woman in Roswell is arrested

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman inside Roswell hotel room has been arrested and police now are searching for another suspect.

Roswell police say 35-year-old Jeremy Hawkins was taken into custody last Saturday in Albuquerque by the U.S. Marshals Service.

He’s being returned to Roswell to face charges of murder, tampering with evidence, intimidation of a witness and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hawkins is accused in the death of his 31-year-old girlfriend, Ashley Sena.

Her body was found Aug. 4 and police say she had been shot once in the face.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Frank Moss. He’s wanted for tampering with evidence, intimidation of a witness and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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New street lights brighten section of Southern Boulevard

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Southern Boulevard between Eubank and Juan Tabo, new street lights are finally brightening up the street that’s been dark for years.

“We’ve just completed the lights along Southern because it was very dark here along the street,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Doug Harris, who represents this district.

The shiny silver poles have officially been on since last week and up until then were in the testing phases. Now, Harris says the city is moving onto phase two of the project.

Phase two will include adding ‘pedestrian lights,’ which focus on lighting sidewalks and walking paths instead of the street. They’ll look similar to the pedestrian lights in Nob Hill but these will not be on the same pole.

“Here the walking path is a little bit too far away from the street so we have to have two different lights actually,” said Harris.

Beyond that addition, Harris says the city will need to change the bulbs in the new street lights to be LED, to match the city’s effort to convert all light poles to LED lights.

“They’re not LED yet but the city has a bill pending and it should pass tonight which will convert all the city’s street lights into LED lights,” said Harris.

People who live off Southern and frequent the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center say they support having more lights.

“I would love it. Then I could walk as late as I want to,” said Rosie Salazar.

“There aren’t many lights here and it does get pretty dark,” said Esther Romyns.

In all, this project will cost about $500,000. Harris says it’s set to be complete by the end of 2017.

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Albuquerque mayoral candidates release plans to fight crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City Councilor Dan Lewis, who is running for mayor, released his plan to fight crime in Albuquerque.

Lewis says Albuquerque loses millions of dollars in business and has a bad reputation because of crime. His plan would include bringing in a new police chief.

He also wants to focus more on community policing and recruitment standards for officers.

Lewis’ goal is to have at least 30 percent of APD’s sworn officers staff its detective bureau and regularly testify in court. He says he’s also aiming for shorter police response times.

Lewis says to fully staff APD, he will raise pay for first-year officers.

Earlier this month, mayoral candidate Tim Keller laid out his crime plan. He also stressed the importance of hiring more officers and bringing in a new police chief.

Another candidate, Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, also released his crime reduction strategy for the city. His plan calls for adding manpower and resources to the fight against crime.

Johnson says he would renegotiate the Department of Justice agreement and narrow its focus to use-of-force issues. Johnson also wants to fix the criminal justice system with better data sharing between law enforcement, the DA’s office, the courts, and the jail.

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Transfer station construction behind schedule, extends wait times

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Taxpayer-funded construction at the city’s transfer stations is behind schedule, and people using the centers said it’s causing long wait times.

Robert Dimas said he sees a trend when he goes to the Montessa Convenience Center two to three times per week.

“When there’s a long line, sometimes I [have to] sit and wait,” Montessa said. “There’s a lot of down time.”

Dozens of drivers experienced that wait time last weekend at the busy Montessa Convenience Center that sees an average of 100 to 150 vehicles per Saturday or Sunday.

Cell phone video shows at least 15 stalls were blocked by cones as workers stood by watching drivers wait for one of four open stalls.

The Solid Waste Management Department said the stalls are blocked for structural work that was supposed to be finished in spring 2017.

“Yes, there will be a little bit of a delay and it will remain that way until the contractor has an opportunity to pour the tipping floor and the tipping floor is cured,” SWMD Director John Soladay said.

The tipping floor work is supposed to increase the center’s lifespan.

In fact, construction has been happening at all three convenience centers to help them withstand the estimated 65,000 tons of waste they take in every year.

“They’re all 25-plus years old,” Soladay said. “It’s time to reinvest and do some major repairs. Our intent is if we’re going to invest public funds in this, we want to make sure we get full value.”

The department is spending about $850,000 for the projects, which Soladay expects to be complete by October or November.

Of the three projects, the Don Reservoir construction is complete; Eagle Rock needs some landscaping work, and officials say Montessa is about halfway done with some landscaping work starting within the next week.

“The primary projects at both Eagle Rock and Montessa were structural in nature: Replacing the worn out tipping floor, doing some metal work on the push faces and the load out base,” Soladay said. “Eagle Rock got some retaining walls and some other things that were absolutely needed to facilitate smoother operation on the transfer side. Montessa’s work is a little more straight forward and basically just structural renovation.”

Soladay added the department plans to update the website and will try to get a more defined timeline for project completion.

For more project details, click here. 

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