February 18th Morning Rush: Paul Krebs expected in court for arraignment hearing

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1. The University of New Mexico’s former athletic director Paul Krebs is expected to be arraigned in court Monday on five felony charges, including fraud and money laundering. According to a criminal complaint, Krebs is accused of using a UNM credit card to make structured payments just under the limit of $10,000 each to avoid getting university approval for a golf trip to Scotland. It says he covered it up by listing it as a trip to a men’s basketball tournament in Ireland for local donors. He could get up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges. 

Full Story: Paul Krebs expected in court for an arraignment hearing


2. Spotty snow showers will fill in over northern and northwestern New Mexico through the day with minor accumulations to start. Increasing cloud cover and wind will be the focus elsewhere as a cold front moves in the east and our incoming storm approaches from the west. The combination of the two will result in heavy snow and cold temps over the next 36 hours.

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3. There could soon be more New Mexico counties considered “Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties.” Cibola, Chavez, and Eddy County Commissioners are expected to vote this week on a resolution that would not enforce proposed gun laws, should they pass in the Senate. One would require background checks on all gun sales. Last week Quay, Curry, and Union counties passed similar resolutions. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association continues to be vocal against the gun bills.

Full Story: More counties considering Second Amendment sanctuary resolution


4. West Side residents beware, there’s a mail thief on the run. New cluster mailboxes are on their way to some residents who live near Unser and Ladera. Last week someone pried open the mailbox cluster and stole the mail left inside. Neighbors say it also happened in November.

Full Story: Mailbox vandalism has neighbors requesting permanent fix


5. An Albuquerque tattoo artist is continuing to help breast cancer survivors through their healing process by supplying them with art that gives them a piece of their identity back. For half of Jespah Torres’s 29-year career, he’s been doing “survivor tattoos” on women who have had mastectomies. Torres says he’s done anywhere from 60 to 100 survivor tattoos. Torres is also currently working on two sleeves to cover scars on a burn victim. 

Full Story: Local tattoo artist helps breast cancer survivors with healing process


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