Thursday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Metro area runners are taking back the trails by arming themselves with safety gear from pepper spray to body alarms. This comes after a woman was sexually assaulted in the area. The woman says she was assaulted in December on the trail between Tramway and Juan Tabo. Police, still looking for the suspect, released a sketch.
  2. Today will be mostly cloudy and windy with highs in the lower to mid 50s and northeast winds from 10 to 20 mph. Tonight will be breezy with possible rain and 1 to 2 inches of snow. Lows could reach the lower to mid 30s with east winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
  3. Catching crooks on camera and then letting the world see their faces is happening more often. A woman hopes someone will recognize a man who she said pointed a gun at her when she caught him and two others stealing from her garage in northeast Albuquerque.
  4. The former LANL scientist who tried to sell U.S. nuclear secrets, is starting his five-year sentence. Back in 2008, Pedro Mascheroni told an undercover FBI agent, posing as a Venezuelan official, he would use what he learned at Los Alamos National Laboratory to help develop nuclear weapons for Venezuela and a bomb meant for New York City.
  5. You may be kissing that extra hour of sleep goodbye if one state lawmaker gets his way. Today, Sen. Cliff Pirtle is expected to introduce a bill to do away with daylight saving time all together. That would put New Mexico on only one time all year long. Critics argue it could run into problems with federal law.

Top Morning Headlines

We now know when a judge will hear arguments on whether District Attorney Kari Brandenburg and her office should be kicked off the James Boyd case. The hearing is scheduled for March 2. Earlier this month, Brandenburg charged APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez with murder for fatally shooting Boyd in the foothills. Brandenburg has said she has no plans to step aside, despite claims that she and her office have a conflict of interest in prosecuting the case.

A 9-year-old national wrestling champion from New Mexico has died. Kaleb “Georgie” Bindel was killed in a playground accident in his backyard in Carlsbad last week. His family didn’t want to share details. They said he inspired people on and off the mat, practicing for hours a day. Wrestling for the Carlsbad Cavemen, he made friends all around the state. At 61 pounds, Georgie took home national wrestling titles and had hopes of wrestling in the Olympics.

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