Thursday’s Five Facts
- We’re keeping a close eye on the jury deliberations in the Stephen Casaus trial. The jury goes behind closed doors at 8:30 this morning to decide if Casaus is guilty of child abuse resulting in death of his 9-year-old stepson Omaree Varela. As soon as they reach a verdict, we’ll stream it live on the KRQE News App.
- There’s a new leader of the independent agency, tasked with policing APD. Last night, city council picked Edward Harness to serve as Executive Director of the Citizens Police Oversight Agency. Most recently, Harness has been an attorney in Milwaukee and a police officer before that. His job is to independently investigate Albuquerque citizens complaints about the police and shooting cases. He’ll start in the coming months.
- In the metro, we could see isolated showers and thunderstorms before Noon. It will be mostly sunny with a high near 90 degrees. The low later tonight will sit around 60 degrees.
- A pregnant woman is suing an Albuquerque Dairy Queen, claiming workers beat her over a blizzard. It happened last month at the near Rio Grande and Central. Angelika Coakley-Vargas says workers wouldn’t remake her order, so she slid it across the counter and it spilled. According to a police report, witnesses saw at least one of the store employees attack Coakley-Vargas. She and her unborn baby are expected to be ok. A Dairy Queen spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit and the store’s owners couldn’t be reached.
- The New Mexico State Fair kicks off today. Fair organizers say the company picked to run the Midway is bringing new rides. The gates open at 10 a.m.
Top Morning Headlines
APD is investigating a deadly crash that happened overnight in downtown Albuquerque. Police say a woman was headed east on Silver when she slammed into a few parked cars before jumping a curb hitting and pedestrian on the sidewalk. The driver was taken to the hospital for testing, but police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor right now.
A man is in critical condition this morning after being shot last night. Police say they got a call at about 7:30 p.m., but when the got to the scene there was no victim. They learned the man had been taken to the hospital. Right now police say they don’t have anyone in custody or suspect information. The investigation is underway.