Tuesday’s Five Facts
- The stepfather of 9-year-old Omaree Varela is expected to be sentenced today for his role in the boy’s child abuse death. Police said Omaree was kicked to death by his mother Synthia Varela Casaus. Stephen Casaus was convicted in September for negligent child abuse. He faces between 18 to 30 years.
- A recent fire that burned through a shopping center along Coors almost put them out of business. Now, some local shop owners say the city is making it harder for them to stay afloat. It’s a battle over signs. The city says signage rules for the Coors Corridor are strict, in part, to preserve westside views of the Sandias, so signs promoting business are not allowed. But, business owners say after their move that’s the main way customers are finding them.
- Today expect things to be mostly sunny in the morning then become partly cloudy. Breezy with highs in the 50’s to upper 60’s.
- The Lantern Festival at the Sandia Speedway will go on according to event organizers there’s been a lot of confusion, since Bernalillo County said its permit was only for racing. So event organizers said there will be a race, the slowest race between two solar powered cars. The county still says it may cite them.
- Holly Holm isn’t the only one getting fight ready ahead of her bout against Rhonda Rousey this weekend. The fight is one of the most hyped UFC fights ever and there will be plenty of places to watch it and its meaning big business. Holm trains at the Jackson Wink Academy Gym where holm t-shirts are flying off the shelves.
Top Morning Headlines
This morning the feds are on the lookout for a robber who hit a bank. It happened at the compass bank on academy yesterday afternoon. You can see what appears to be a gun in one of the surveillance pictures. Authorities say the person wore a grey sweatshirt and purple gloves.
The officer who shot and killed a suspected car thief last year is expected in front of the city’s personnel board on Tuesday. APD fired Jeremy Dear after a series of disciplinary actions, including not logging enough of his lapel camera videos. The department said his camera was not rolling the night he fatally shot 19 year-old Mary Hawkes in April last year. Dear said his firing is just APD’s attempt to make him the scapegoat.