Thursday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. More testimony is expected, in the preliminary hearing for two Albuquerque Police Department officers who shot and killed a homeless camper in the foothills. A judge dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against now-retired detective Keith Sandy and current officer Dominique Perez. Second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery charges are still on the table. The judge says all the evidence he’s heard so far is pointing toward both men intentionally pulling their triggers.
  2. Newly released lapel camera video shows the moments after police say a man shot at officers, caused a crash and then tried to carjack the victim, a month ago. In the video, police surround an apartment near Lousiana and Zuni where police say 21-year-old Justin Brouillette was hiding. However, KRQE News 13 didn’t see anything that showed the traffic stop when police said Brouillette fired or video of police arresting him. APD says it will get back with us Thursday. Brouillette faces federal charges.
  3. Thursday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Thursday night is expected to be partly cloudy and lows in the lower to mid 60s.
  4. Vandals are costing the City of Albuquerque a lot of money. Art sculptures are being hit again and again. The city says it has a group of art professionals it hires to clean up pieces. It said it sees a summertime spike when kids are out of school.
  5. A non-profit is helping kids return to class in style. Dream Big is holding its annual Kutz for Kidz event, this Sunday, at the African American Performing Arts Center. Backpacks and school supplies will also be given out to kids.

Top Morning Headlines

New Mexico’s largest school district is now in the school bus business. This year, APS will start running about a third of its own routes. Three private contractors, including Durham Bus Services, are leaving the district. APD will now operate 125 buses at 62 schools. The district has bought Durham’s buses and about 90% of their private employees moved to the APS payroll. The district says the driver shortage is not nearly as bad as last year. However they are still hiring.
Visitors at the Albuquerque Biopark are expressing their concern about sick animals signs. At least four different exhibits show an animal is receiving medical treatment. The zoo says the signs aren’t for scares but to let people know they’re aware the animals are sick and that they’re caring for them. Zookeepers say they’re always watching out for health issues with the animals, but they also rely on volunteers to be their eyes and ears.

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