May 1 Morning Rush: APD officer charged with DWI resigns, requests plea

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1. An Albuquerque police officer charged with driving drunk when he crashed his patrol car, has resigned. Joshua Malecki, the then APD officer, was just a week away from a jury trial in that case. Tuesday morning, a judge will decide to grant his request to skip a jury trial. He’s instead hinting that he’s ready to plead. Last August, Malecki was arrested after officers say he drove drunk, crashed his police unit and left the scene after he got into a fight with his wife. Malecki was suspended. The judge still needs to approve the latest motion for the plea hearing.

Full story: Officer charged with DWI resigns, asks judge to plea

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2. The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico will soon be implementing fire restrictions. Forest officials made the announcement about the restrictions, pointing to forecasts that are expected to include little moisture and an increasing drought. The restrictions, which include campfires, smoking and fireworks, will take effect Monday and will remain in place until further notice. The Cibola National Forest is also expected to impose tougher restrictions.

Full story: Carson National Forest to implement fire restrictions

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3. Tuesday will play out very similar to Monday as strong winds and high fire danger return to the state.

Full story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast
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4. The public is expected to find out who may have been impacted by card skimming devices and where. Police say they found Jose Machado and accomplice Steffen Allen with card readers. Those are blank cards with missing chips and devices to reproduce cards. They also found a booklet with handwritten entries of people’s names and all their information. Allen claims someone put the programs on his computer and the readers in his backpack. Both men are facing charges this morning.

Full story: Two arrested allegedly linked to major card skimming operation

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5. Music fans can now scoop-up concert tickets for $20 all week long. Live Nation is selling the lower-priced tickets to more than 2,000 shows across the country. It’s part of the company’s “National Concert Week” which runs through Tuesday, May 8. Tickets are available on Live Nation’s website and include numerous shows in Albuquerque later this year such as Keith Urban, Def Leppard, and Dierks Bentley.

Full story: LiveNation offering $20 ticket deal for hundreds of shows beginning Monday

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