Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. The APD detective, shot by his lieutenant during a botched drug buy, says he plans to sue the department and the City of Albuquerque. In a notice to file suit, Detective Jacob Grant says his lieutenant should have seen who he was shooting and that force was not necessary because the suspects were cooperating. Grant’s attorney says his injuries are catastrophic.
  2. Today is expected to be partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs will be in the lower to mid 70s with southeast winds reaching between 10 to 15 mph.
  3. The Albuquerque man, accused of snatching his 6-year-old daughter from church, then hiding her for more than a week, is locked up again. Abelino Lopez was arrested after authorities said he didn’t show up to a court hearing.
    Lopez does not have custody of his daughter, Arriana who is now back with her mother.
  4. False alarms could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a group of a Sandia National Labs engineers. They’re working on new technology for security cameras that will detect what’s creeping around outside. The idea is not to have alarms set off by animals or anything that’s not a burglar. The engineers are teaming up with a small *local security business to test it out.
  5. New Mexico’s will soon be in the national spotlight. The Food Network is back in the state and spent all yesterday at the Santa Fe Plaza, filming an episode of the “Great Food Truck Race.” The episode will air later this year. Five teams are in the food truck race. They’ll be driving into different cities to try their hand at local dishes to be judged and see who sells the most

Top Morning Headlines

Police said Joseph Valverde admitted to stabbing his 18-year-old sister Maylene Ybarra. Valverde apparently told police he stabbed his sister because she kept yelling at him and didn’t like him. 21-year-old Valverde has mental health problems and has had problems in the past.

The family of a man shot in his own backyard by APD officers, has reached a $ 6million settlement with the department. 27-year-old Christopher Torres suffered from schizophrenia. Four years ago, undercover officers were trying to track him down in a road rage case. They shot him in the backyard of his family’s west side home in 2011.
The Torres family won a wrongful death lawsuit in state court, but under state law the payout was capped at $400,000. In this case, it’s a $6 million payout to avoid a trial in federal court. In the state lawsuit, a judge found there’s no evidence torres grabbed a gun from a detective’s holster, or threatened a detective, as the officer’s claim. 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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