In Brief 11-14-12

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By Associated Press

Police: Man break bank’s windows, calls 911

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque man fed up with his bank went to the extreme when he broke out the bank’s windows and then called police on himself.
KOAT-TV reports that Charles Scribner reported his crime last week shortly after smashing the windows to a Bank of America in Southeast Albuquerque.
According to the police report, Scribner told police Bank of America had “sold him out” and he became enraged. Scribner admitted he broke out the front doors, shattered a window next to the inner doors and smashed an upper window.
Authorities say Scribner told a 911 operator to have police come arrest him because he didn’t want to have to keep breaking windows.
He was later charged with criminal damage.

Court rejects union vote appeal

LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court has flatly rejected a Las Vegas hospital’s effort to nullify a union authorization vote it has been fighting since 2007.
The opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected all of Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s arguments for throwing out the election results and calls its efforts stalling tactics.
The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/PUfrqA) hospital officials have refused to recognize the union while losing at every legal effort to nullify the vote.
The hospital issued a statement late Tuesday saying it is considering its options and may appeal again.
Officials with the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees District 1199 NM hailed the ruling. President Fonda Osborn says he’s already sent the hospital a certified letter asking to begin negotiations.

IHOP settles sex suit for $1 million

ALBUQUERQUE — The owner of seven IHOP restaurants in the Albuquerque area has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging one of his managers sexually harassed a number of female workers, including teenagers.
The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday, saying it was the second largest for the agency’s Albuquerque office.
The class-action lawsuit alleged a manager at the restaurants owned by Fahim Adi in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties subjected women and teenagers to sexually offensive comments, innuendo and unwanted touching. The suit said some of the women were forced to quit.
Under the settlement, the EEOC says at least 22 women will get payments and the restaurants will provide employees with anti-discrimination training.

State District Judge Schwartz dies at 62

ALBUQUERQUE — State District Judge Bob Schwartz, a former district attorney who helped prosecute some of the biggest crimes in Albuquerque history, has died at age 62.
Schwartz died Monday at a Rio Rancho hospital. His death was confirmed to The Associated Press by the Second Judicial District administrator’s office.
Chief District Judge Ted Baca said Monday evening that Schwartz had been away from the courthouse for the past several weeks while he recovered from a broken leg he suffered during a fall while doing yard work. But friends said Schwartz developed pneumonia and died at the hospital, the Albuquerque Journal .
Friends called him a great lawyer and a great judge. “He was a really good trial lawyer,” District Judge Charlie Brown said. “He knew the law and enjoyed the performance aspect of it.”