Thursday’s Five Facts
- The APS school board goes behind closed doors to decide the fate of the district’s superintendent. News 13 spoke one on one with Luis Valentino asking him how he could have hired Martinez as his deputy superintendent. Valentino said he’s angered and shocked and that he didn’t know Martinez hadn’t completed a background check. He also said he’s “sorry” and he hopes to keep his job. The board meets at 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
- The former APS deputy superintendent charged with child molestation is expected to face a judge Thursday. Police arrested Jason Martinez yesterday morning at a family member’s home in Denver. APD said they attempted to arrest Martinez at his Albuquerque home on Wednesday, but didn’t find him. He’s jailed without bond.
- Today will be mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon.
- An arrest in a dangerous stunt that shut down I-25. Police arrested 18 year old Ivan Guardado-Fuentes yesterday saying he was one of the reckless drivers who did donuts on the interstate and pointed a gun at innocent people. He’s facing charges. Police said they’ll be making more arrests.
- A scare over a toy gun in Alamogordo. The suspect, a seven year old second grader. Officer’s got calls about someone waving a gun outside of Chili’s Tuesday night. But turns out the gun was fake. Wyatt Hooten’s family went out to eat for his mom’s birthday, and he started playing with it outside. Police came looking for a gunman and ended up giving Wyatt a lecture about playing with toy guns in public.
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Happening Thursday, the family of Stephen Gerecke are giving back to those who serve and protect. He was killed two months ago in his northeast heights driveway. Police said a group of teens breaking into cars and homes, shot him. The family asked for donations instead of flowers. They’ll donate that money to the APD Chaplains Fund Thursday. They said they want to honor his spirit of giving.
Walmart said it will stop selling AR-15’s and other semi-automatic weapons. The company said the decision isn’t related to any mass shootings adding sales are declining and they’re doing an overall redesign of the sporting goods department. The company said modern sporting rifles are sold in less than a third of their stores anyway.