Thursday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. An Albuquerque kindergarten teacher is locked up this morning, facing child porn charges. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested 39-year-old Joshua Weitz, a teacher at Whittier elementary. According to a criminal complaint, there were 40 child porn files in his computer downloads folder. Investigators want to hear from anyone who might have more information about sexual misconduct.APS says Weitz is on paid leave.
  2. Today will be partly cloudy, breezy, with scattered rain and snow showers in the morning. Things will warm up slightly but isolated rain showers are expected in the afternoon.
  3. A freeze watch is in effect for tonight in the Albuquerque metro area. That means it’s a good idea to keep plants and pets inside. Also, remember to cover outside pipes.A troubled Albuquerque daycare could reopen soon, but it has to meet strict requirements first.
  4. The Eastern Child Development Center near San Mateo and Gibson was shut down in September, after a worker was accused of child abuse. CYFD says the daycare can reopen, but it must hire a new director first, something the daycare owner is fighting.
  5. A Los Lunas police officer is being praised today, for going above and beyond the call of duty. While on patrol on Halloween, Officer Mark Gurule got a call about a man sleeping behind a rock. He noticed the man needed new shoes — so he drove to the store and bought him new socks and shoes. Gurule also gave him $20 to get something to eat.

Top Morning Headlines

You have a chance to check out a unique set of dinosaur fossils, just discovered in northwest New Mexico the fossils, of a couple of pentaceratops, are now at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. They will be available for viewing between 5 and 7 tonight.

The court appointed federal monitor hired to oversee changes within APD is expected to hold a community meeting.  Dr. James Ginger was chosen by the Department of Justice to oversee court mandated reforms within APD.  Among those attending are police chief Gorden Eden, Mayor Richard Berry, and U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez. An investigation by the DOJ last year, found a pattern of excessive force and unconstitutional behavior among APD.The DOJ also found a significant amount of force was especially used against people with mental illness. No word on what will be discussed at the meeting.

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