Friday’s 5 Facts and Top Morning Headlines

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Former APD Chief Ray Schultz has downplayed his relationship with Taser International. But two investigations are ongoing into his ties with the company.

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. AFD is investigating whether multiple car fires, that broke out at a dealership, is arson. It happened around 12:30 Friday morning at Galles Chevrolet at Lomas and University in northeast Albuquerque. When crews arrived they found three cars on fire.
  2. District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said she’s worried about her safety, since filing murder charges against two Albuquerque Police Officers. She tells the Albuquerque Free Press she’s been told by officers at APD, that she should be afraid. She added quote ” I don’t think they’re going to kill me, but I have been told to fear for my safety.” According to the Albuquerque Journal, federal officials were preparing to refer Brandenburg’s concerns to the FBI, but stopped because Brandenburg didn’t want to pursue it. The Journal says APD released a statement last week saying they would discuss her concerns and investigate internally.
  3. Today will be mostly sunny in the morning then, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs are expected to be in the 80s with south winds between 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon
  4. There’s a petition over Parkland Hills Shopping Center, in Southeast Albuquerque. Neighbors with United for Change ABQ said there’s drug dealing and drug use happening at the strip mall. The city says the developer plans to demolish the building on Katheryn and keep the building on San Mateo, but they don’t know when.
  5. We now know the source of a loud howling noise that rattled some people in Albuquerque. PNM said pressure built up and finally released in a steam valve at its plant near Paseo and I-25. The power company said the same thing happened about five years ago.

Top Morning Headlines

Former Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz could face criminal charges for a deal he made before his retirement. Schultz was lining up a $ 2 million city contract for taser body cameras, just as he was about to go work for the company. Yesterday, state auditor Tim Keller announced the results of his investigation, saying he found Schultz and other employees took free trips from taser leading up to the deal. Keller said Schultz and others violated state and city laws meant to protect taxpayers from conflicts of interest. Keller also pointed out there was little competition for the bid.

APD suspended the three civilian workers who run the unit, that releases police records to the public, on Wednesday. The department said it was because the employees weren’t getting the job done in a timely manner.   One of those workers said he plans to sue and that sometimes it was APD brass telling them not to release records, that could put the department in a negative light.  APD’s resistance to releasing records, that would help keep you informed, has been the subject of lawsuits against the city, including one by KRQE News 13.

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