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Loose wing flap might have caused plane crash

LUBBOCK, TEXAS (KRQE) – A loose wing flap maybe to blame for a plane crash. It happened Thursday just outside Lubbock, Texas. Donald Crockett, 57, of Artesia was piloting the plane, taking it up after some recent repairs. Crockett tried to make a soft landing but instead was forced to land on the freeway where the plane bounced and landed in a ditch. He was the only one onboard and taken to the hospital. He might have a cracked vertebrate but is doing fine.

Albuquerque police bikes stolen

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are looking for the thieves who stole two of their bikes. The Albuquerque Police Department bicycle officers had them locked up downtown while they were patrolling on foot Sunday night. The thieves cut the locks and took off with them. The fact that they were marked as Albuquerque police bikes didn’t stop them. APD is still looking for the bikes and the thieves. They hope someone may have seen it happen.

Man who stole bait car, threw beer at cop convicted

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – This week a jury put a career criminal is behind bars after he was caught trying to steal an Albuquerque Police Department bait car and drinking beer while he drove off in it. Back in September 2013, police got the notification that 39-year-old Markos Esquer got into a bait car. They disabled the car and when Esquer got out he ran toward officers throwing a beer can at one of them. Lapel video captured the arrest. On Tuesday, a jury convicted Esquer of stealing a car, possessing burglary tools and an open container. It’s unclear why prosecutors dropped the battery on a peace officer charge. The DA’s Office says he’ll be in prison for a minimum of eight years.

City: Winrock construction to pick up April 1st

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s starting to look a lot more like an urban shopping center. Another big part of the re-development at Winrock Center is complete. City officials said part of the old building, which is still structurally sound will be utilized. Some of the new store fronts are also taking shape, including a DSW and Nordstrom Rack. The city said construction will really get going on April 1st.

ABQ Uptown to be open on Easter Sunday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For the first time ever ABQ Uptown will be open on Easter Sunday. They’ll be open from noon until 6 p.m. It’s the only one of Albuquerque’s three large shopping centers to be open on Easter.

Firm looks to push Native Americans into pot business

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe consulting firm is trying to push Indian tribes into the marijuana business. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Blaze America LLC is using a federal memo that stops short of promising to look the other way if tribal governments want to grow pot on their land. The company has already created systems for one tribe in New Mexico that will harvest their first crop in July. They declined to identify the tribes.

3 killed in Carlsbad crash

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Three Carlsbad men were killed in a single vehicle crash. According to the accident report, Patrick Silva, Peter Silva, and Jamie William Warrior were driving from Carlsbad to Pecos, Texas, for work when they crossed lanes and crashed head-on with a crane. All three men were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials don’t know why the driver, Patrick Silva, switched lanes. The accident is under investigation.

Durango police look for thieves who stole 5 Walmart computers

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – The Durango Police Department needs help catching a man who stole five computers from Walmart. The man was wearing a gray shirt and jeans. Police say he placed five computers in a shopping cart, parked the cart near the garden center and left the store. He then came back and pushed the cart out of the store through a fire exit. Those with information are asked to call police.

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