Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Today, will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Then, mostly cloudy with numerous showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall.
  2. New Mexico state parks are packed to capacity as we approach Labor Day weekend. However, there are some campsites across the state that are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Recent rain is keeping things green and campfires are allowed in all state parks campgrounds.
  3. Key testimony is expected today in the third day of the Stephen Casaus trial. The sister of Omaree Varela, the 9-year-old boy allegedly kicked to death by his mother is expected to take the stand and will not be in the same room as her stepfather. Instead Casaus will watch her testimony from another courtroom.
  4. We’re getting our first look at lapel camera video from an hours-long standoff, which shut down an Albuquerque neighborhood. Officers chased and cornered suspected car-jackers Alisha Lopez and Martin Duran at a tire shop near Louisiana and Zuni in July. Lopez surrendered after officers used flashbangs. Duran was arrested after eight hours. No one was hurt.
  5. Albuquerque police need your help naming two new members of the force. The horse-mounted unit is welcoming two horses and they’re taking suggestions on Facebook and Twitter for names. The list will be narrowed to five names and the public will get to pick the two winners.

Top Morning Headlines

An Albuquerque driver’s ed instructor is facing charges after he was accused of giving drugs to a teen student. According to a criminal complaint, the owner of Drive Tech, Eric Robertson, was giving a 15 year old girl driving lessons last month when he offered her pot. She refused, but deputies say a couple of days later, Robertson asked the student if she had ever, “french inhaled.” They say Robertson kissed the teen and blew the smoke into her mouth. He’s now charged with child abuse.

People living near an Albuquerque park say they’re tired of seeing indecent sexual behavior out in the open. A man shot a picture, on Wednesday, at Roosevelt park which he claims it shows two people having sex in the open with families nearby. It’s the second incident in that park in a week. Last Wednesday a woman took a picture of what she says is a man fondling himself. That man, Jacinth Gallaway, 35, was arrested Saturday for an outstanding warrant for failing to show up in court for an indecent exposure in May. 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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