Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. A special prosecutor trying the case against two APD officers charged with murder is hoping to limit some testimony during the trial. The Albuquerque Journal reports attorney Randi McGinn is expected argue today, at a hearing, that fellow officers should not be allowed to express their opinions on the shooting death of James Boyd at the trial, saying officers have already said they think Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy were justified. McGinn is also expected to argue for a limit on testimony when it comes to Boyd’s character.
  2. Today will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon.
  3. Firefighters have contained a tire fire at a problem property southwest of Albuquerque. They went up in flames and smoke yesterday. The owner of the property was in the news this week after an arrest. Deputies said he knew a man who’d been staying with him, had a felony warrant. They also said the body of one of the man’s family members was found nearby.
  4. The Albuquerque firefighter dispatcher who hung up on a 911 caller, now has a suspended license. The Department of Health suspended Matthew Sanchez’s emergency medical dispatch license and will decide if it should be revoked. Sanchez, who resigned on Tuesday, will have a chance to fight to keep it.
  5. An Albuquerque husband and wife are the only New Mexicans to make it to the top 10 in a nationwide fitness competition this year. Joe and Janet Williams, both over 65, are finalists for the Silver Sneakers Swanson inspiration award.

Top Morning Headlines

UNM police are looking for man who they said groped a woman in a campus parking lot. Police said it happened around 9:30 Thursday morning near Johnson field. A woman in her mid 20’s was walking through the lot when a Hispanic man asked to use her cell phone. When she said no, police said he grabbed her rear end and fled. The university sent out an emergency text warning students to be on the lookout. The suspect is about five foot three with slick black hair and gauged ears. This is now the sixth groping case on campus in just the last two years.

The Albuquerque tire shop, at the center of that swat standoff, is back open for business today, but they’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do. The tire shop on Louisiana still had broken windows and glass everywhere, yesterday. For more than 8 hours Wednesday, two carjacking suspects hid inside the shop. Eventually Alisha Lopez surrendered, but it took several more hours for Martin Duran to come out. Lopez and Duran are both convicted criminals with long rap sheets. 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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