Thursday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know:

  1. APD said a new billboard calling attention to crime in Albuquerque is wrong. This billboard for company ‘Alpha Alarm‘ claims there are 85 break-ins a day in the metro. FBI crime stats said 85 is too high. The true daily average is 16. KRQE News 13 found out the number 85 includes property crimes like shoplifting and even bicycle thefts.
  2. The proposal to change APS’ policy to accommodate trans gender students is now heading to the superintendent’s leadership committee. Wednesday night the school board discussed changing its policy to allow students who identify as female to use the girls restroom. The same would go for the students who identify as males. The policy also covers dress code stating students can dress according to their gender identity.
  3. Thursday is expected to be sunny, highs in the mid to upper 60’s. North winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. Thursday night will be mostly clear, lows in the 20’s to upper 30’s.
  4. An Albuquerque man is offering a reward for the return of his custom made wheelchair after it was stolen. Roman Castillo, was shot during a 2005 home invasion that left him paralyzed from the waist down. On Wednesday morning, his $20,000 custom power wheelchair was swiped from his driveway in northwest Albuquerque.
  5. KRQE News 13 is putting to rest an internet rumor that’s still all the buzz. An online story suggested that recent Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted hanging out in a Los Lunas restaurant, but it’s not true. The rumor came from an article on a website called KY6News the site actually describes itself as a fantasy and satire web site.

Top Morning Headlines:

The search is on this morning for two escaped prisoners. The New Mexico Corrections Department said the pair were being transported along this route to the southern New Mexico correctional facility. Authorities suspect they escaped somewhere between Roswell and Las Cruces. 32 year old Joseph Cruz is serving time for murder and child abuse. 29 year old Lionel Clah is serving time for  armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Authorities said the men are most likely wearing white paper transport suits. They also say they could be fully shackled with leg irons belly chains and handcuffs. Authorities said Cruz has a tattoo reading “Alias” on the back of his next, with a tribal symbol on his ear and the words “13 Smiley” on his right elbow. Clah has a tattoo of a feather on his left cheekbone and multiple tattoos on his arms. State police said they are considered armed and dangerous. 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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