Thursday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Thursday morning the group behind a controversial parody of the New Mexico true campaign is standing by it’s ads. The ads are called New Mexico Truth and the state’s tourism department isn’t happy about it. The ad, created by the Catholic non-profit group, says this is the year of El Nino and depicts the state pouring with problems for children. The tourism department calls the copycat campaign a “smear.”
  2. There are three winners for the massive Powerball jackpot. The bad news is the tickets were purchased in California, Tennessee, and Florida. The $1.5 billion jackpot is the largest ever in the U.S. Don’t get disappointed. You could still be the winner of a smaller prize.
  3. Thursday will be mostly sunny with highs in the 40s. Thursday night, will be mostly clear with lows in the lower to mid-20s.
  4. Rio Rancho police officers are trying something new to help them connect with kids. Several officers recently got their picture on baseball-style trading cards and will be handing them out to kids. All you have to do is ask. Right now, the department is holding a contest. The first child to gather six cards, gets a $50 dollar gift. The first to collect 12 cards, gets a $100 gift card.
  5. It was a bitter sweet reunion. You might remember the puppy that was dumped in middle of a dark street in Alamogordo. Turns out it was stolen and will soon be reunited with its family. The only problem is, it was already adopted out to another family. After finding out about the crime they decided to give the pooch back and look for another.

Top Morning Headlines

People who live in a Northeast Heights neighborhood are tired of looking at what they call the worst yard in town and an Albuquerque homeowner could face punishment for it. KRQE News 13 decided to check it out for ourselves and counted four hot tubs in the front yard, and three in back of a Del Norte neighborhood home. Sky News 13 spotted another one near the garage and several more in a fenced area. Neighbors say they want the yard cleaned up. After we tried contacting the homeowner, he called the newsroom mumbling. It sounded like he said he’s trying to sell the hot tubs then hung up. The city is looking to see if the homeowners are violating code. If he doesn’t clean up his act, he could faces fines and even jail time.

Police are searching for a man who they say raped and kidnapped a teenage girl. Police are looking for 46-year-old Daniel Ridge Madison, who they believe attacked the 17-year-old girl with another man, who’s already arrested. They also say a third man then allegedly raped the girl later that night at another location. He’s also been arrested. Police are still investigating if the suspects and victim knew each other don’t believe the general public is in danger.

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