1. It will be another difficult morning for the family and friends of two men killed on the side of I-25 by an accused drunk driver. Police identified the victims as Michael Chambellan 21, and Lonnie Escovedo, 28. Chambellan was helping his girlfriend’s brother, Escovedo, change a tire that night when deputies say a drunk mother veered off the interstate, striking and killing them. Friends of Chambellan call him Mikey and say the Sandia High grad was a hard worker, loved wrestling, fixing up cars and helping others. Friends and family of Escovedo say it’s too difficult to talk about his death this soon.
2. This morning, the APD officer being sued for killing a young boy in a crash is pointing the finger back at the boy’s mom. In a new lawsuit, he claims the crash was her fault. Investigators say APD officer Jonathan Mcdonnell was going double the speed limit and hit the family’s car while heading to a call.6-year-old Joel Anthony Mumaw died the next day. Mcdonnell is now suing the boy’s mom Antoinette Suina claiming she negligently failed to yield to the officer’s emergency vehicle. Suina filed a suit against the officer first, claiming he was driving recklessly.
3. Sunshine and high clouds will continue to stream in over New Mexico.
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4. Some local high school students are trying their hand at running a business. Today, students from Sandia High School will continue their food truck challenge competition. The two-day event kicked off yesterday with six groups. The students came up with food pricing and a $600 budget to feed at least 200 students each day. The winner gets a pizza party.
5. The Lobos will try to keep their five-game win streak going when they take on the Wyoming Cowboys to start the Mountain West Tournament. UNM swept Wyoming this season and will try to beat them a third-time tonight in Las Vegas. There should be a lot of action on the court. Game two was a high scoring affair ending 119 to 114. Tonight’s game tips off at 9:30.
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