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A member of the city of Albuquerque’s Criminal Nuisance Abatement Unit forces a man to pose with an oversized Ace of Spades playing card. (Courtesy of city CAO Rob Perry)

City strike force video condemned

Set to the gruff stylings of English metal band Motörhead’s 1980 song “Ace of Spades,” a 5-year-old video obtained by the Journal shows members of APD’s Criminal Nuisance Abatement Unit engaging in what current and former city officials call “unprofessional and unacceptable conduct” for police officers.

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Amtrak crash yields drug stash

A northbound Amtrak passenger train smashed into the rear half of a tractor-trailer carrying a half-dozen cars in the South Valley, sending two of the cars skidding into the dirt and the Southwest Chief grinding to a stop with minor damage to its lead locomotive.

Albuquerque police investigate the scene at National Jewelry Buyers on Coors Boulevard on July 19. According to a criminal complaint, detectives got a break late last week that led to the arrest of 24-year-old Manuel Gardner.

Suspect charged in killing, robbery at jewelry store

An Albuquerque man was in jail late Monday on a $1 million bond after police arrested him in the shooting death of a West Side jewelry store employee, according to court and jail records. Police received information from a confidential informant that concluded the investigation and resulted in the arrest over the weekend of Manuel Gardne