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Elise Kaplan


Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Recent articles by Elise:

Civilians fill in for sworn officers at Albuquerque Police Department

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said he sees hiring civilians as "the forefront of the wave of the future." He added: "The civilians are giving us some relief and helping our sworn officers." → Read More

Bernalillo County terminates contract with jail medical provider

For the second time in less than two years, a medical provider at the beleaguered Bernalillo County jail is departing before its contract is up. YesCare should be out of the Metropolitan Detention Center by July 25 — more than two years early — according to a termination letter the county sent to the Tennessee-based […] → Read More

Grand jury indicts Solomon Pena in scheme targeting Democratic lawmakers' homes

Solomon Pena, a 39-year-old failed Republican candidate for the state legislature, was arrested earlier this month and indicted by a grand jury on Friday. → Read More

Bernalillo County sheriff calls current body camera tech 'trash,' advocates for other options

The sheriff's statement on body cameras was in response to a recommendation from the Sheriff's Office Advisory and Review Board. The board gave BCSO multiple recommendations, including on how to handle edited or redacted video footage. → Read More

One killed in crash with stolen car Friday morning

One person was killed in a head-on crash with a stolen car early Friday morning on Albuquerque's West Side. → Read More

APD changes use of force policies to ‘bring clarity’ to less-lethal options

Less lethal options include Tasers, beanbag shotguns, 40-millimeter impact launchers, or police dogs → Read More

Bernalillo County identifies two who died in jail this month

The two people who died in custody of the Metropolitan Detention Center within 10 days of one another this month have been identified as 20-year-old Jesus Olivas Ramirez and 43-year-old Tanya Martinez. On Jan. 13, Olivas Ramirez was found unresponsive while jail staff were organizing out-of-cell time for inmates in a living unit, said Bernalillo […] → Read More

Police have named one person killed on Saturday. Two others in separate homicides have not yet been identified.

Albuquerque Police Department detectives have identified only one of three people who were killed on Saturday. Christopher Hernandez, 29, was dropped off at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital with a gunshot wound a little before 10 p.m. He died at the hospital. Gilbert Gallegos, an APD spokesman, said officers determined that the shooting occurred near Lomas […] → Read More

Woman dies in custody at Metropolitan Detention Center

A woman died in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center Monday morning — the second person to die at the facility less than a month into the year. Larry Gallegos, a Bernalillo County spokesman, confirmed there had been a death but did not answer any questions about it. “MDC is going through a preliminary assessment of the situation and we’ll get back to you with more information when it is… → Read More

APD investigating hit and run that injured pedestrian

Albuquerque Police Department officers are investigating after they say a driver struck a pedestrian on West Central and then fled the scene Monday afternoon. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital. Police did not say what condition they were in. The crash occurred in the area of Legacy Church at 7201 Central and eastbound lanes […] → Read More

She stopped to fix a flat tire. She was struck by a suspected drunk driver and killed.

A 50-year-old woman who was fixing a flat tire off Interstate 40 near Coors — and a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help her — were struck by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning. The woman — who was identified by New Mexico State Police as Wendy Hunn, of Albuquerque — was taken […] → Read More

Pena case highlights threats of violence in the world of politics

Election denial 'a big part of the escalation,’ UNM political science professor says → Read More

SWAT team finds man dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

SWAT team officers who were responding to a call about a 45-year-old man armed with a gun in the South Valley on Monday found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the house. Jayme Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, said around noon on Jan. 16 deputies were called to the […] → Read More

As police investigate if drug money funded Solomon Pena’s failed campaign, one top donor says she didn’t contribute

The Albuquerque Police Department announced it is investigating "potential illegal activity" related to the monetary contributions Solomon Pena "solicited" during his failed campaign. → Read More

24 hours later: What we've learned about Solomon Pena

Less than a day after he was jailed in a plot that left several local politicians’ homes riddled with bullets, little is known publicly about Solomon Pena’s personal life. But criminal and civil court records, police reports and the words of Republican leaders who donated to his failed campaign fill in some blanks. A man […] → Read More

Ballistics, cellphone data, and an informant: Court records lay out the case against Solomon Pena

Ballistic evidence, text messages, searches on Apple maps and statements from an informant were key in making the case against Solomon Pena. → Read More

1 arrested after SWAT standoff outside Downtown

The Albuquerque Police Department SWAT unit arrested a man in the area of Coal and Alcalde SW, near the ABQ BioPark. An APD spokesman said “the resident may be armed with a firearm” but did not provide any other details about why they were wanted. Around 3:30 p.m. officers could be seen arresting a man […] → Read More

Hung jury in trial of man accused of shooting NM State Police officer

Robert Nelson had faced federal charges including attempted murder → Read More

Man dies in custody at Bernalillo County jail Friday

Nineteen people have died at the MDC since the beginning of 2020 → Read More

Inmate dies after 3 calls for medical help

Woman was 18th person in MDC custody to die since the start of 2020 → Read More