News Briefs: APD warns against drunk driving on Cinco de Mayo

Albuquerque Police Department

APD warns against drunk driving on Cinco de Mayo

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are warning you about drinking and driving this Cinco de Mayo.

“We ask that you drink responsibly, there are plenty of options to help you do that. Call a cab, use Uber, or better yet, have a designated driver,” said Officer Tanner.

There will be checkpoints across the city Tuesday night. Bernalillo County’s tavern taxi program to get a safe and free ride home runs from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Judge lowers bond of man accused of raping elderly woman

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man accused of beating and raping an elderly woman in Albuquerque was in court Tuesday. The judge lowered Ernest Casias’s bond from $500,000 to $50,000 because of a lack of criminal history. Police arrested Casias Monday. He was the victim’s handyman. Police say he attacked the 75-year-old woman in her home on Mckinney Street and beat her with a hammer.

Clovis mom facing child abuse charges after son’s death

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Clovis mother who brought in an unresponsive baby to the hospital has been arrested. Police say they’ve charged Rocio Montanez for child abuse. The 18-month-old had a number of suspicious injuries prompting a criminal investigation into the child’s death. Investigators are now waiting on autopsy results to decide if more charges need to be filed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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