Thursday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Today is the second day of trial for the step-dad, charged in connection with the murder of his step-son Omaree is set to begin.Stephen Casaus’ defense attorneys try to pin the blame solely on the 9-year-old boy’s mother, Synthia Varela Casaus. The defense said Casaus was shooting up heroin in another room when the deadly abuse took place and tried performing CPR. Prosecutors said Casaus didn’t call 9-1-1 until about an hour later.
  2. APS’ board is still awaiting the education secretary’s approval, on their buyout offer to now former superintendent Luis Valentino. This comes as parents and teachers sounded off on the board for offering any money to Valentino to step down. The board is defending its decision, saying it kept the district out of a costly legal fight.
  3. Today will be mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Then, scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
  4. A Belen man has a new chance at life thanks to a teen he once coached. In August, Jonathan Madrid died after a fall which injured his head. While the teen’s family was grieving, they remembered Jonathan’s childhood football coach was extremely ill with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. They called and offered the coach the teen’s liver..
    The transplant was a success.
  5. Albuquerque is ranked 14th out of 20, as one of the most charming cities in the country.
    Travel and Leisure combined rankings for interesting architecture, a sense of history, a friendly atmosphere and more. The magazine says festivals like the Balloon Fiesta draw in huge crowds.

Top Morning Headlines

Police are searching for a man who they say nearly killed another man in his apartment. Police have a warrant out for 30-year-old Deven Wallace. He’s described by officers as African American, 5 ft 6 Inches. The attack happened at the Casa Bonito apartments near Carlisle and Montgomery. Because of the severity of the victims wounds, police aren’t sure if it was a shooting or a stabbing. However, a witness did say the suspect had a gun with him.

Neighbors of one Albuquerque park say people are using the bathroom outside in the open. They said they see it happening near Santa Fe Village park, on Unser and Montano, almost every day. Albuquerque has 288 parks and fewer than 10 have public restrooms and the city says cost is a huge factor. Bathrooms like the ones at Tingley beach, cost about $200,000 to build, and more to maintain. 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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