Friday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. A mother isn’t letting her son ride the bus this morning, after she was he was left scared and lost on his ride home last week. Ashley Baca says she found the six-year-old a few blocks down the road…walking in the opposite direction. The transportation director for Los Lunas Public Schools apologized and said the bus driver allowed the child to get off one stop prior. No action will be taken against the bus driver.
  2. State Police will soon decide the charges a former New Mexico school principal will face after she’s accused of stealing money from kids. State auditor Tim Keller said Norma Lara at took $12,000 from a candy bar fundraiser in the 2013-14 school year. Lara was convicted of tax fraud in 2004 as a teacher in Artesia. The audit says the Public Education Department knew about her crime, but cleared her to work because it did not involve kids.
  3. Today will be sunny with highs in the 50s. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the mid-20s to lower 30s. Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs reaching the mid-50s to lower 60s.
  4. One of the teens charged in the murder of an Albuquerque bartender will soon be living with his mother and wearing an ankle monitor. After hearing from both the suspect and the victim’s families, a judge lowered the bond for 17-year-old Ryan Archibeque to $85,000 cash or surety. Police said he was part of group of teens out on a crime spree when they killed 60-year-old Steve Gerecke.
  5. In the wake of several high-profile crimes, such as the death of Lily Garcia and Officer Daniel Webster, one group is asking the community to come together. They’re encouraging people to do small acts of kindness for each other…like picking up trash in your local park, or walking someone’s dog.

Top Morning Headlines

A woman is dead after being struck by a car late last night. APD said the woman was in the roadway in southeast Albuquerque after 10pm Thursday, when she was struck by the car traveling on Louisiana. The woman died at the scene. Police said it doesn’t appear speed or alcohol were a factor on the part of the driver. However, it’s not clear if any charges will be filed *as detectives determine who was at fault. No names have been released.

Albuquerque city officials say a program to get panhandlers off the streets, is working. “There’s a better way” campaign sends a van around town looking for panhandlers and offers them work. They’re fed and paid $9.00 an hour. City officials say since it began in September, people have accepted employment 198 times. They said they’ve also heard from more than 35 other cities, who want to try it.

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