Friday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Police are still searching for a 7-year-old Albuquerque boy, who they say could be in danger. His father, Jeffery Brown, took him out of the hospital after becoming upset with medical staff. His son Joshua, still has a central catheter implanted near his heart. Police say the boy was taken around five and they don’t have a legit address for the family, so they’re asking for the public’s help to make sure the boy gets the medical treatment needed.
  2. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the 40s to upper 50s. Tonight will be mostly clear with temps dropping between the 20s and 30s.
  3. There’s a new push for lawmakers to make it tougher for repeat offenders to be on the streets. Albuquerque’s mayor and several lawmakers want officers protected under the hate crime statute, meaning more jail time if you hurt a cop. They also want judges to be allowed to *deny bail to violent criminals until trial.
  4. An Albuquerque company will soon showcase its product and be recognized at one of the top 10 startups at the nationally recognized LA Auto Show. The company, Trilumina, says the product its developed may eventually be used in automated cars…for now it can add an extra safety element. All because of a laser that can detect how close objects are from the car and long it will take for the two to meet.
  5. This morning, a high school basketball team is desperately trying to raise money for a new *full sized basketball court. The boys’ basketball program at Albuquerque’s mission achievement and success charter school started last year. They practice on a make-shift court – half the size of a real one with no basketball goals.

Top Morning Headlines

Albuquerque police are trying to find the owners of stolen items, found in a major burglary bust. Police say a home on Cardenas near the Coronado mall turned out to be a vault of stolen goods.  Officers searched the home last week and again on Monday, uncovering about $200,000 worth of stolen goods. Yesterday, dozens of heirloom pieces of art and other items went back to their owners. If you think any of the rest may belong to you, you’re asked to contact police. You’ll need to have proof of ownership.

A former secretary of state, who faced a criminal charges after she left officer, reportedly wants her old post back. According to the Albuquerque Journal, democrat Rebecca Vigil-Giron wants to come back to the now vacant office. Diana Duran resigned from the post last month, and pleaded guilty to criminal charges for misusing campaign money. However, Vigil-Giron has had trouble herself. She was indicted in 2009 on charges of fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement. The case was dismissed when a judge ruled Vigil-Giron’s right to a speedy trial was violated.  Current Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver has thrown her hat in the ring for the job.  Governor Susana Martinez could announce her appointment for the office in the coming weeks.

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