Thursday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. The Bernalillo County District Attorney has decided to charge an APD officer, after he was caught on lapel cam, injuring a suspect. Officer Pablo Padilla’s lapel camera shows him kicking UNM law student and suspected drunk driver Jeremy Martin in the groin, last April. Padilla is now charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. Padilla’s attorney said the DWI suspect escalated the situation by refusing to sit down.
  2. Windy and dry today. Highs are expected to reach the upper 70s. Wind gusts will reach up to 40 MPH.
  3. Police have arrested a suspected arsonist. Officers said they caught Audie Helms sparking two fires in the Bosque ,yesterday. Open space crews said they found Helms igniting the two fires with a lighter then trying to get away on a bike. In total, five fires popped up yesterday and four the day before. Arson investigators are determining if Helms set those fires too.
  4. In Mayor RJ Berry’s proposed budget, he’s asking for $ 4.7 million to pay for APD reforms and $1.7 million dollars to continue incentive pay within the department. He hopes the money will keep officers, who are close to retirement, to stay on the force.
  5. The man who was arrested, for throwing a banana peel at Dave Chappelle, says he’s not racist and neither was his joke. Police said Christian Englander was behind the attack during Chappelle’s show in Santa Fe on Monday, after the comedian was cracking jokes about Christian’s friend. Chappelle felt it was racist and pressed charges. Englander tells the Albuquerque Journal that Chappelle should be able to take a joke, adding it was not a racial attack.

Top Morning Headlines

Flags around the state will fly at half staff for Albuquerque police officer John Philip Kelly today. Kelly died during a training exercise last Thursday. His memorial is set for this morning at the Albuquerque Convention Center at 11:00 a.m.

A new group is bringing the Farmers Market to Facebook. 505 Farmer’s Market has gained about 500 members since it was created about a week ago. The page creator says it is a place to get homemade goods and hand crafted items. The group wants to encourage local buying to keep money in the community.

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