Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. PNM wants to raise rates by 14 percent. The utility company says it’s been spending a ton of money to update the power grid in New Mexico. Right now, the average household pays PNM about $70 dollars a month for their electric bill, but with the increase, the rate residents would end up spending about $80 bucks.
  2. KRQE News 13 has learned that the state is now re-filing charges against the attorney who shot a homeless man in a doorway. The whole thing was caught on camera. Chip Venie, who maintains he’s innocent, said that the man with the long criminal history came into the building and threatened him.
  3. Another mild afternoon is expected with mostly sunny skies area-wide. It will be a bit breezy Friday afternoon ahead of our next system expected to move in this weekend. Northern mountains have the chance to see a few inches of snow by Sunday afternoon.
  4. We’ve all seen a lot of rewards for missing pets, but this one is unlike any you’ve seen before. A family near Belen is offering beer or gas for the return of their beloved 550-pound pig named Miss Piggy.
  5. Two UNM students are behind an anti-social experiment, and are capturing awkward interactions with strangers. The pair has been seen going around campus asking people to help them across the street, shaking hands and holding on too long. The video is now gaining a lot of attention online.

Top Morning Headlines

The man who admitted to fondling himself while spying on a teen girl in the shower will not spend any time behind bars. Dylan Maho, pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism and is now sentenced to one year of house arrest. Maho will not have to register as a sex offender. Maho was caught last year peering into the window of a neighbor’s home near Unser and Gibson. He was caught naked and touching himself as the family’s 14-year-old daughter showered.

Investigators are asking for help in finding a bank robber. They said a man walked into a Western Commerce Bank on Wyoming and Indian School around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officials said that he showed a gun and gave the teller a note demanding cash, took the money and walked out. The FBI needs help in identifying the man. He could face up to 20 years in federal prison. The FBI is also offering a reward of up to $1,000.

Today, Stephen Casaus, the step-father of Omaree Varela, is expected to change his plea involving several child abuse charges. In December, police arrested Synthia Varela-Casaus for allegedly kicking her 9-year-old son, Omaree, to death. In May, Casaus pleaded not guilty for his involvement in Omaree’s abuse which resulted in his death.

The man accused of stealing an empty school bus and leading police on a dramatic chase along I-40 has pled no contest. The 2012 chase shut down the interstate for eight hours. Police were able to stop Nathaniel Shipman when a deputy then shot him three times. Shipman pleaded no contest to three charges including aggravated assault on a police officer. A judge sentenced him to four years. He has already served more than a year in jail. As part of the deal, he’ll serve the rest of the time on supervised release. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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