5 Facts You Need to Know
- The manhunt has intensified for the person who may have shot a police officer. APD says a suspected drunk driver shot one of their officers during a traffic stop in northeast Albuquerque on Saturday morning. The officers lapel camera, captured glimpses of the suspect. APD is asking anyone who knows who he is…to call police immediately.
- Police in Albuquerque said two security officers, who were trying to stop a pair of shoplifters, were stabbed by one of the suspects.Investigators said, it happened at the Macy’s at the Coronado Center. James Litteral is now charged for charging at the guards with the weapon.
- Today is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the 20s and northwest winds from 10 to 15 mph.
- A New Mexico monk is getting national attention for losing his cool and getting a major airline to apologize. The fuss was all over a return ticket from Africa. The monk’s brother tried to reschedule the trip to stay with his sick mother a little longer. United Airlines initially told him the trip was cancelled, but after the monastery called them out online, the airline said they were wrong.
- A gruesome discovery of dozens of dead coyotes in southern New Mexico is stirring up more controversy over coyote killing contests. The bodies were discovered near the Las Cruces airport.The discovery of the more than 40 carcasses has brought up the debate of coyote killing contests. Coyotes are not a protected species in New Mexico, so killing them is not a crime.
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A state legislator is pushing a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID before casting their vote. Sandia Park republican Jim Smith is pushing a bill that would require voters to produce government issued photo IDs, with some exceptions. If you don’t bring your ID you can still vote if you give your social security number and date of birth. His proposal would change not only how you vote in person–but also by mail. Albuquerque democrat Jacob Candelaria said voter ID laws actually create a problem. He argues that the real issue is prosecuting people who do commit voter fraud– to the fullest extent of the law.
New Mexico is being called the second most dangerous state in the nation. A report released by 24/7 Wallstreet, says New Mexico’s violent crime rate rose about 6 1/2 percent between 2012 and 2013. The publication also said, Albuquerque had a crime rate more than twice the national average. Alaska ranks as the most dangerous state in the country.