Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating reports of a group driving through southeast Albuquerque neighborhoods, threatening people with a gun. The calls to police started on Monday. Witnesses said, in that case, there were possibly three teen boys or young adults in a black Honda Pilot. So far, no shots have been fired.
  2. Today will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms, producing very little to no rain in the afternoon. Highs will reach the 90s.
  3. Popular cartoonist Keith Bell is stirring things up again with his recent cartoon in the Roswell Daily Record. The cartoon features two turtles reading a newspaper with the headline “Another Body Found Outside Roswell”. The cartoon also makes mention of a possible pot problem in the city and adds that the town should start making its own body bags. Some people say it makes light of a recent murder and call the cartoonist insensitive. Bell says it gives issues more exposure.
  4. A much-anticipated 1,000 ft. water slide event in Albuquerque is now in limbo. The plan for the “Urban Slide” is to shut down part of Cesar Chavez for most of this weekend, but city officials said they haven’t cleared the plan.
    Isotopes games going on for both days, shutting down that street would also be a mess. Urban Slide’s yet to comment about the confusion.
  5. One Albuquerque dad is going to New York City and will get top honors from former President George W. Bush. It’s all thanks to his teen daughter’s essay. She wrote and submitted the essay on why her step dad, David Gonzales, is the best to the “National Father’s Day Council” winning him an early present.

Top Morning Headlines

A historic piece of jewelry has been stolen. It’s a crown that’s given to La Reinas de Española, every year, during the Espanola Valley Fiesta. The Valley Fiesta’s Facebook page posted notice of the theft overnight. Sources tell KRQE News 13 that it was taken from the house of the current La Reina along with a scepter used during the festival. Organizers are asking anyone who sees the crown or might have information to call Espanola police.

Opening arguments for a minimum wage lawsuit, against the Route 66 Malt Shop, are underway. A jury was seated for the lawsuit yesterday. In March 2013, the city filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, after the owner refused to pay employees the new minimum wage. City Hall is representing former waiter Kevin O’Leary. The lawsuit claims the owner of the shop made employees sign an illegal contract, saying they would be paid the old minimum wage. The lawyer for the malt shop will try to show that a cutback in O’Leary’s hours was discipline for poor work performance.

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