Friday’s 5 Facts
- A revamped board that polices Albuquerque police held its first meeting Thursday night. Members of the panel met Thursday night. Board members say in the future they’ll figure out a way for the public to access the findings ahead of time. The old board was disbanded when the feds found it was ineffective. The board president says he hopes the public will be more involved in the future.
- Some parts of the state should expect rain today.
- Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies responded to a SWAT situation in southwest Albuquerque overnight. They say a suspect barricaded himself in a house or apartment near Rio Bravo and 2nd. SWAT was called out early this morning. No word on how it started, but one person was taken into custody.
- Albuquerque city councilors say they are doing what they can to address dangerous streets in the city. The latest dangerous crash happened early Thursday morning at Chelwood Park and Indian School. City Councilor Don Harris tells KRQE News 13 the city could add more stop signs. They’re also looking into other solutions, like a raised median, a new median or a roundabout. Council President Ken Sanchez is also working to come up with a solution to fix the problems Atrisco is having on the Westside.
- A bill to ban powdered alcohol is being considered in the Roundhouse. Parents and lawmakers in New Mexico worry Palcohol will be too easy for kids to get their hands on and abuse. A bill to keep it out of our state has already passed one house committee. Five states are already banning powdered alcohol and more than two dozen others are considering bans or regulations. If it doesn’t pass, “Palcohol” could be available this summer.
Top Morning Headlines
A man who scared Albuquerque drivers near Copper and Juan Tabo is in jail. Police say Stephen Vasquez was fighting with his mother in a car. When officers approached him he took off. They say he car jacked a woman at the Valero on Rio Bravo and Broadway, then ditched the car and tried to car jack two others in the northeast heights. They found Vasquez Wednesday. With this arrest, he has 20 felony charges on his record.
Lawmakers are proposing a measure that would split the state’s driver’s license system into two. The proposal aims to give undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses while insuring other licenses comply with the Real ID Act.
News 13 has learned the name of the man killed in a fiery crash off I-40 at Carlisle. He is Daniel Baca. Police say his car flew off the off ramp from I-40 to Carlisle then burst into flames killing him. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.