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Rio Rancho teacher arrested following incident involving student



Photo: Ken Boyd

A Rio Rancho Public Schools teacher has been arrested following an alleged incident with a student earlier this week.

According to an affidavit for arrest, the parent of a Rio Rancho Middle School student  alleges her son was battered at the middle school by his teacher, Ken Boyd.

The affidavit states - citing interview with Middle School Principal Lynda Kitts  - on Jan. 31 Boyd came into her office stating he was not cut out for the job and that he had told a child to "shut up and sit down."

Minutes later, the mother of a middle school student told the school her son called her crying accusing his teacher, Boyd, of choking him and locking him in a classroom. 

Rio Rancho teacher on paid leave pending investigation

An investigation is underway after a student alleged they were roughed up Thursday by a Rio Rancho Public Schools teacher.

Rio Rancho police told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the incident took place in a classroom, but would not say if anyone has been arrested in connection to the incident.

The Rio Rancho Public Schools District also confirmed that it is investigating an alleged incident involving inappropriate contact between a student and teacher, though not of sexual nature.

District officials would not state the name of the teacher accused in the incident, but told KOB 4 the teacher started with the school district last October and is currently on paid administrative leave.

Based on the findings of the investigation, disciplinary consequences could include termination, district officials said.

Pipe bombs found near Rio Rancho

Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputies found two pipes bombs west of Rio Rancho Thursday.

Deputies received the dispatch call at 1:30 p.m. A man riding on an ATV near Rio Puerco reported that he found a spool and what looked liked a pipe bomb.

The Albuquerque Police Department’s Bomb Squad investigated the bombs.

One blew up as it was being worked on and the other was taken apart revealing gun powder inside.

The Rio Rancho Fire Department also responded to the scene as a precaution.

The inert bombs were taken to the Crime Lab for futher analysis and to determine if they match others authorities have there.

UPDATE: Victim hospitalized after West Side home invasion, robbery

Police are still searching for three suspects who invaded a West Side home at gunpoint early Thursday, assaulting the owner and stealing a car and other items.

The victim was struck several times in the assault and is now being treated at the hospital, police said. His injuries are not serious.

The suspects are believed to be driving a stolen blue Mitsubishi Endeavor.

Police said the attack happened just after 1 a.m. at a home near DeVargas and 98th Street.

The victim was standing outside his home and was forced inside at gunpoint.

The victim was tied up with duct tape and electrical cord and his head was covered with a pillow case.

 No electronics were taken, but the man’s phone, car and credit card were taken.

The victim had only a partial description of the suspects, except to say that that one is possibly Hispanic and that they may have been talking about going to Mexico.

Large scale CD piracy operation suspected in Rio Rancho

Donald Wands tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 he started bootlegging music back in the 70's, in the form of cassettes.

"Being truthful, I was the bootleg man for a long time," Wands told KOB Eyewitness News 4 at his Rio Rancho home Thursday night.

Rio Rancho Police arrested Wands on Dec. 19, in what they call a large scale CD piracy operation.

Police suspect Wands copied CDs and then sold the music at area flea markets.

According to a criminal complaint Wands sold undercover investigators 4,000 bootleg CDs for $1,300.

Police say investigators recovered more than 20,000 pirated CDs and and duplication equipment from Wands.

Police say the Recording Industry Association of America was conducting a private investigation on Wands prior to Rio Rancho officers getting involved in the case.

Police say Wands was sent a notice to cease and desist selling CDs, but say he kept selling them.

BCSO arrests man for North Valley homicide



Photo: Arnold Candelaria

Bernalillo County Sheriff deputies have arrested an Albuquerque man for a recent murder in the North Valley.

A woman's body was found at a home there more than two weeks ago.

Until today, deputies hadn't released many details in the investigation.

Arnold Candelaria is charged with murder in the death of Elizabeth Rodriquez, 33.

Her body was found at a home near Edith and Ranchitos NE.

Deputies discovered her body after her mother called and said she hadn't heard from her in days.

A criminal complaint says Rodriguez and Candelaria were dating.

It also says they had a history of domestic violence. Stay with KOB for updates on this story.

Mexican drug war documentary to open in Albuquerque

Mexican drug war documentary to open in Albuquerque

Covering the 2010 murders in Juarez, the film "The New Juarez" will premier Friday, Nov. 9 at the Guild Cinema and UA Winrock 6.

The film will detail the multiple murders the city and police were facing and how by August 2012 Juarez was able to dramatically cut-down its death toll. Director Charlie Minn will present in-depth interviews with Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia, and Police Chief Julian Leyzaola within the film.