Tuesday’s 5 Facts
- Bernalillo District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she takes part of the blame for the man accused of killing Benner being out on the streets. Andrew Romero was in jail in January on a number of charges including armed robbery. Brandenburg’s office agreed to a plea deal. Romero failed to show up to a drug treatment center as part of the deal. Brandenburg says her office was working to resolve cases within a certain time frame and the supervisor for the attorney assigned to Romero’s case was never told about his prior voluntary manslaughter conviction.
- Funeral services for Rio rancho Police Officer, Gregg Benner are scheduled to take place Thursday at Santa Ana Star center. Afterward, Officer Benner’s body will be escorted to the cemetery and the public can pay their respects along a route to the police department. A last call will be made for Officer Benner there before a private burial.
- Today will be sunny with a high of 91 and clear with a low around 58.
- When a lane is about to end do you merge right away, or wait ’til the last second? As construction begins on I-40 near Coors, the department of transportation is telling drivers it’s OK to go all the way to the end of the lane before getting over. They’ve posted an instructional video online. Officials say this will prevent long back-ups.
- A new, larger ice rink is coming to downtown Albuquerque. It’s made of synthetic ice and will be eight times bigger than the one set up in Civic Plaza in December. The cost is just under $50 thousand dollars. The city is hoping sponsors will help reimburse the costs of building it in the long run.