Archives for February 2017

Scary Day For A Man And His Son

A woman in Albuquerque tried to steal a man’s work truck, while his son was still inside. Officers say the man pulled up to the Los Altos Park batting cages Saturday and left his truck running, while he went to the cashier. That’s when Jennifer Stroth got in the vehicle and attempted to take it. The man confronted Stroth before she could leave. Stroth kicked the man before leaving the vehicle…to grab a bat from a child near the batting cages. She then attacked the man with the bat before fleeing the scene. Both the man and his son are okay.

APS Opposes Trump Administration

Albuquerque Public Schools will keep its controversial transgender bathroom policy in place, despite the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era guidelines that directed schools to allow students to use facilities aligned with their gender identity. Board members and administrators said they wanted APS schools to be welcoming for all children and referenced the Department of Education guidance issued in May, that extended Title IX antidiscrimination rules to transgender students. On Wednesday, the Trump administration rescinded those guidelines, citing concerns about federal government overreach.

Woman Dies In Accident

A 49-year-old Colorado woman died in a crash on I-25 in Sandoval County. Corrina Vaden was pronounced dead at the scene. Luke Griffin, rear-ended Vaden’s southbound vehicle near the San Felipe Pueblo exit. Two passengers in Vaden’s vehicle were transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Man Wrecks Into Gas Pump

An explosion rocks an Albuquerque neighborhood, after a car crashes into a gas station. Workers at the station saved the man behind the wheel it struck the gas pump at San Mateo and Kathryn. Richard Penn is alright. Penn says he was slowing down to pull into the station, when another car raced past him. He panicked and hit the gas pump. The crash knocked it onto its side, completely ripping it off its foundation.

New Mexico Museum of Space History Offering Launch Pad Lecture Friday

THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF SPACE HISTORY’S NEXT LAUNCH PAD LECTURE IS FRIDAY MORNING. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THE LECTURE IS FRIDAY MORNING AT 9 O’CLOCK AT THE MUSEUM IN ALAMOGORDO. MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR CATHY HARPER SAYS IT’S GOING TO FOCUS ON ANOTHER SPACE-RELATED FIRST FROM NEW MEXICO…
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LAUNCH PAD LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IF YOU’RE UNAVAILABLE TO ATTEND, THE MUSEUM WILL STREAM THE LECTURE LIVE ON THEIR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

Educators Want Restored Funding

Public school superintendents across New Mexico are urging lawmakers to restore school funding cuts, even if it means raising more money from taxes. At a news conference, officials from more than a dozen rural and urban school districts urged members of the Legislature and Governor, Martinez, to reach a budget compromise that increases school revenues. The state Senate is considering a House-approved budget plan that would hold overall school funding steady in the coming fiscal year, by collecting 250 million dollars in new taxes and fees. The plan was opposed by Republican lawmakers and criticized by Martinez, as out-of-touch with New Mexico values.

Streamlined Personnel Decision In Santa Fe

Governor, Martinez signed an executive order, Friday, designed to save money by shifting human resources functions to a single executive agency. The order will consolidate personnel services for the agencies under the existing State Personnel Office, which describes current human resources operations as fragmented and inefficient. The changes aim to streamline and improve oversight of personnel decisions, affecting about 18 thousand employees who are not political appointees. A State Personnel Office spokesman says early estimates show the initiative will save taxpayers several million dollars a year.

Area Teacher Is In Trouble

A Rio Rancho High School teacher is on administrative leave, while he’s being investigated for an inappropriate relationship with a female student. Investigators say students at Cleveland High walked in on the teacher and student kissing, last Friday. When police interviewed the student, she revealed a “possible ongoing relationship between the two.” Rio Rancho Police says it could be weeks before their investigation is wrapped up.

APD Retrial Nixed

Bernalillo County district attorney, Raul Torrez says a retrial for two former Albuquerque police officers, charged with the 2014 murder of a homeless man, will not happen. Torrez told reporters Friday he decided against pursuing more court proceedings against Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, the two officers who shot and killed camper, James Boyd during an hours-long standoff in the Albuquerque foothills. Six district attorneys reviewed the case and two other prosecutors conducted an independent review. Both reviews determined the case should not be retried.

Van Owner In Fatal Crash Gives Condolences

The owner of a van that was stolen and later used in a deadly crash is getting sued. On Thursday, the company expressed sadness and frustration over the tragedy. Last month’s crash killed Shaunna Arredondo-Boling and her 14-year-old daughter, Shaylee. Arredondo-Boling’s 3-year-old son broke his leg. The victims’ family is now suing suspects, Paul Garcia and Elexus Groves, the van’s owner, M Electric, and the van’s driver. M Electric released a statement, offering condolences to the family, saying the company sees itself another victim in the crime. The company says the driver stepped away for less than a minute when the van was taken from outside his home. At that point, they gave police its GPS location. They also point to past arrests, saying “Groves and Garcia should have been kept in jail.”