The 5 Facts You Need to Know
- Taxpayers are footing the bill for a settlement over a police officer, accused of harassing and stalking women. 8 women sued former Santa Fe Sergeant Michael Eiskant, the city, *and former police chief Raymond Rael.
Now, the City of Santa Fe must pay out $770,000 in the settlement agreement. As part of his plea deal, Eiskant got a year of probation and agreed to never work as a police officer again. The City of Santa Fe would not comment.
- Albuquerque’s mayor wants you to stop giving panhandlers money and help them in a different way. Mayor RJ Berry’s new initiative encourages you to donate money to the United Way of Central New Mexico.
The group will use the money to feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, and help the mentally ill.
- Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the lower to mid 70s. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the 40s.
- Concerned parents are reacting to a Los Lunas high school student who pretended to be a school police officer.
Parents said the student was wearing Los Lunas police patches, carrying a radio, and was helping run traffic and security. On Facebook, concerned parents accused the school of allowing it. One parent even claims the school had named him an “honorary resource officer” and assigned to patrol the halls. School security said the student got the radio by lying to office staff. They also say the student was working on his own and that it won’t happen again.
- Rio Rancho police say they’ve caught a Christmas Grinch. The accused thief was seen taking gifts from another person’s front porch, back in December. Police said Ramon Trujillo got to the presents before the homeowner, but was caught on surveillance video taking the package.
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The special prosecutor in the deadly shooting of homeless camper James Boyd, wants to pinpoint which APD officer fired the deadly shot. Randi McGinn said her office has spent the last two weeks reviewing all the evidence. She said officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez each fired three shots at Boyd. The shot that killed Boyd was to his back and that bullet has been sent to an outside ballistic expert to be examined and determine who actually fired the deadly shot.
Former Santa Fe DA Henry Valdez will take over a different case involving an APD officer. APD Officer Pablo Padilla was charged with kneeing a UNM law student during a DWI stop that student Jeremy Martin lost his testicle. Padilla’s attorney wanted DA Kari Brandenburg’s office off the case because they said it was a conflict of interest to use the officer as a witness in the case and then prosecute him.