February 14 Morning Rush: Federal court orders Albuquerque bishop to pay $750K after lawsuit

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1. An Albuquerque bishop accused of being a predator will return to work this morning. He’s still on the job as a church leader, despite a federal court ruling that he owes $750,000 to a Texas woman who says he sexually assaulted her when she was a teen.  KRQE News 13 first told the public about the civil lawsuit against Bishop James L’KeitJoneses of the Church of God in Christ or COGIC back in 2016. Texas native Kimberly Pollard is behind the suit, claiming the bishop
sexually assaulted her 20 years ago and she has video and text messages to prove it. Bishop L’Keith denies the claim and denied an interview with KRQE News 13.

Full story: Albuquerque Bishop ordered to pay $750K after lawsuit


2. The suspect involved in an officer-involved shooting in Socorro is still on the run. Now, a new video is being released that will likely be used in the case against him. State Police say Socorro officers pulled the suspect over on January 27. He first gave a fake identity then took off, leading officers on a wild chase even stealing a city of Socorro truck. During the pursuit, police say one officer fired off shots. It’s unclear if the suspect was hit.

Full story: Video: Officer-involved-shooting ends with suspect fleeing from police


3. Rain and snow showers will continue to favor the northwest corner of New Mexico Thursday morning, while the rest of us wake up to a mostly cloudy sky and cool temperatures.

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast


4. Albuquerque Police say they will soon reach out to lawmakers to help fund more patrol cars. Their incentive program to lure in more officers is apparently working and they’re running short on cars. The program promised perks to include higher pay and a take-home vehicle. The last two academy classes produced 60 officers who are now training in the field. APD has ordered 35 new cars, that the department hopes will be here Aprilril. That still leaves around 25 officers without a unit. 

Full story: Increase in officers means not enough patrol cars for APD


5. Dozens of couples are ready to mark valentine’s D as their anniversary because, for the 19th year, the Bernalillo County Metro Court is holding its popular “Wedding Central” starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Judges will take a break from their court cases, which often involve crime, to wed couples for free. Metro court officials say more than 100 people are on the schedule today. Still, judges say they treat each wedding as if it were the only couple tying the knot.

Full story: Bernalillo County Metro Court to wed dozens of couples on Valentine’s Day


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