The 5 Facts You Need to Know
- The Albuquerque Police Department’s Union spokesperson Stephanie Lopez is facing charges of child abuse, bribery, retaliation, and intimidation of a witness. BCSO said deputies were asked to investigate allegations of abuse yesterday by APD. According to a criminal complaint, Lopez is accused of hitting a teen relative several times in the face and throwing her to the ground after she forgot to tell her mother of a utility shut off notice that was placed on their front door. CYFD confirms two children were placed with other family members. Lopez has been in trouble a few times before.
- An officer involved shooting out of Farmington is in the hands of the D.A.’s office. Farmington police officer David Rock shot a car theft suspect to a local hospital. In the video, you can see a struggle, then hear officer rock scream for help. Then, gun shots rang out and the officer said “you cannot grab for my gun.” Farmington police say the officer followed procedure. The suspect is recovering this morning.
- Today will be partly cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy and breezy with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
- It’s the busiest time of the year for mail carriers and thieves. Mail carriers are now taking extra measures like leaving packages behind something so it’s not visible or leaving a slip to pick up the package at the post office because they didn’t feel it was safe to leave it behind. APD said if you’re not going to be home you should have the package delivered to your work or to a neighbor’s home.
- Volunteers are quickly restoring a 1943 ambulance named Dipsy Doodle. Tom Grasser said during the world war two he practically lived out of Dipsy doodle because of the number of those injured. Once it’s restored at the New Mexico Museum of Military History, Grasser will be given the opportunity to sit in it again.
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The city attorney is considering appealing a judge’s order to APD to release witness video of a deadly skate park shooting. The video shows the shooting of 17-year old Jaquise Lewis who was killed during a fight at Los Altos Skate Park, in March. His mother filed a public records lawsuit to get the video released. Thursday Judge Victor Lopez ruled APD cannot claim the video is “protected”, in-part, because they showed pictures of it to the public earlier this year. The city attorney’s office hasn’t released the video yet, pending the possible appeal.
Plans for an entertainment district on University of New Mexico’s south campus are one step closer to reality. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the board of regents gave preliminary approval for a 25,000 square foot restaurant bar and retail development. The area would host a micro-brewery, restaurants and a bar named after Lobo football star Brian Urlacher. They’re expected to meet again Friday to give full approval to a developer for the plan. Under the agreement the group would lease the land between 40 and 60 years. Each year they’d pay the university $77,000, with a five percent increase yearly.