The five facts you need to know:
- Volunteers are preparing to man the phones again, helping firefighters on the look-out for illegal fireworks. Ten fire trucks will be out patrolling Monday night. The city is reminding people you can use the “311” app to report illegal fireworks or call the fireworks hotline at (505) 768-2900. Someone has to be caught firing them off to be cited. According to the fire marshal, if the label says “Warning, Danger” or “Warning, Explosives” those are illegal and you could be cited.
- Monday, Independence Day, mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower to mid 90’s. Monday night, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50’s to mid 60’s.
- A reminder to celebrate safely: State Police, Albuquerque Police and other agencies say they will be out watching for drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic safety administration, the Fourth of July is one of the most deadly holiday weekends of the year due to drunk driving crashes. Last year, there were 184 DWI arrests in Albuquerque in the month of July alone. Both Bernalillo and Santa Fe Counties are offering free rides Monday night. For more information, click here.
- Some local kids and teens are in Virginia chasing their Olympic dreams. Eighteen competitors ages 6 to 17 who train at Bates Premier Taekwondo in Albuqueruqe are representing New Mexico in the National Championship competition. For some, it’s part of a quest to make the Olympic team in 202. The competition lasts all week.
- The City of Albuquerque is gearing up its big Freedom Fourth event at Balloon Fiesta Park. It’s scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The band “Lonestar” will perform, followed by a fireworks display. There are also plenty of other events across New Mexico. For more information on Fourth of July events around the state, click here.
Top Morning Headlines:
A man is in jail after allegedly carjacking a vehicle from two teenage girls and leading Albuquerque police on a high-speed chase. Police spokesman Fred Duran says the incident began early Sunday near Pat Hurley Park. A 17-year-old girl and her 18-year-old friend reported a suspect with three knives banging on their car windows and yelling.
Police say a Rio Rancho man shot his father and turned the gun on himself after an hours-long standoff. Authorities say the 41-year-old suspect died at a hospital Sunday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect’s 68-year-old father, who was shot in the chest, is in stable condition.