Saturday News Roundup: Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues

Jan 11, 2014

Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues - KOB-TV

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A father of a man shot by Albuquerque police has filed a lawsuit against the department seeking the release of public records tied to the shooting.

KOB-TV reports that David Sherrill and the attorneys are seeking lapel camera video, dashcam video, and witness statements related to the December shooting of Shaine Sherrill.

Police Chief Allen Banks said four days after the shooting that the 34-year-old didn't have a gun but was holding an object that officers and witnesses mistook for one.

However, the department has not released information requested by Sherrill's family and media outlets connected to the shooting.

Attorneys say Sherrill survived, but suffered extensive injuries to his legs.

The department, facing a U.S. Justice Department investigation, says it will release information pending an investigation.

AMC Announces Premiere For 'Better Call Saul' - The Associated Press

Walter White's lawyer is returning to Albuquerque.

AMC announced this week that the "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul," will premiere in November 2014, but no specific date has been released.

The series will follow sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, as he defends drug lords, criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

The network has already created a website for the fiction lawyer, with Saul Goodman's signature videos boasting how he can get anyone out of legal trouble.

"Breaking Bad," which ended last year and was filmed in Albuquerque, followed former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston. White produced methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.

Odenkirk played their attorney who came up with money laundering schemes.

NM Farmers: Questions Remain Over Prairie Chicken - The Portales News-Tribune 

Landowners in eastern New Mexico say they still have questions over the lesser prairie chicken and its possible listing as a threatened species

The Portales News-Tribune reports that several landowners said this week informational meetings on the rare grouse only resulted in vague information and little specifics.

Officials have been holding meetings around New Mexico about insurance programs for farmers if the bird were to be listed.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is slated to decide on where to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Critics say listing the bird could have massive consequences for landowners and the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas.


Carlsbad Gets Prairie Dogs From Lubbock State - The Carlsbad Current-Argus

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two-dozen prairie dogs have a new home at a zoo in Carlsbad, N.M., after being relocated from the campus of Lubbock State in Texas.

The Carlsbad Current -Argus reports that the 24 rodents are now on exhibit at the Prairie Dog Village at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in Carlsbad.

Prairie Dog Village's original colony had dwindled over time, leaving just three members when the prairie dogs from Texas arrived.

The transplants had to undergo health-related quarantines in Texas and New Mexico as part of the relocation.