Friday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 file photo, a Kenyan school pupil holds up a placard brought by activists during a protest against the removal of their school's playground, at the Langata Road Primary School, in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Pope Francis on Friday took aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country. In a speech on poverty at a church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Francis criticized "private developers" who he accused of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, file)

Friday’s Five Facts


1. Today you can expect freezing rain in the southeastern part of the state today. Northern New Mexico will get winds as will the metro area with a high in the 40s.

2. Stores open early for Black Friday sales today. Many retailers are seeing crowds already after getting a head start yesterday including Best Buy and Toys R Us. Folks also held out at Kohls near the Cottonwood mall  where people wrapped around the building. Some analysts say last year’s foot traffic in stores on Black Friday wasn’t as good as the year before. It’s a trend they expect to continue this year.

3.Police are looking for some thieves, caught on camera breaking into an Albuquerque car dealership in broad daylight. It happened early Thursday morning around 7:00 a.m. Three people used a truck to bust through one of the gates at Sun City motors at Central and Virginia. They made off with a truck that was for sale. The dealership hopes someone will recognize these three and call police.

4. A former corrections officer at the Santa Fe County jail  is facing charges this morning. 19-year-old Brandon Valdez is accused of bringing in drugs to sell to an inmate. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the inmate’s wife met with Valdez and paid him $300 to bring the drugs to her husband. A county official said Valdez has since been fired.

5. The rush to get tickets to a popular Albuquerque holiday tradition begins. Tickets for the Luminaria tour go on sale this morning. Last year’s tour sold out within 12-hours. Ticket sales start at 8 a.m. today. We’ve posted a link on our KRQE News App.

Top Morning Headlines

As you do your holiday shopping today, APD is warning you to watch for criminals who may be after your gifts. They say be sure to keep valuables out of sight. Police say you should also be mindful of your credit and debit cards and hold onto wallets and purses. With the weather we’re expected today, police are also encouraging the public to drive carefully if you’re out on the roads.

Albuquerque police are still searching for the person who they say stabbed a man to death. APD says Manuel Puentes was found near Arizona and Zuni around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday with multiple stab wounds. They say it happened after Alejandro Alvarado got into a fight with Puentes. Puentes later died at the hospital. Police are still looking for Alvarado. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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