January 31 Morning Rush: Two charged in first rape kit backlog case analysis


1. The district attorney’s office is working on hiring an investigator and three more prosecutors all to address Bernalillo County’s backlog of about 5,000 rape kits. Two people now facing charges in the first case tied to that backlog.  Twenty-one-year-old Dayquan Turna and 20-year-old Regina Gomez are both accused in a 2016 case involving the rape of a 16-year old girl. It’s unclear why the case’s rape kit wasn’t tested until recently but it’s among the thousands of untested rape kits now being processed with federal grant money. Prosecutors say they’ve reviewed the results of about 1,500 rape kits so far and of those, 52 cases have been marked for further investigation.

Full story: Two suspects charged in first case from rape kit backlog analysis

2. Police are investigating a possible deadly shooting near fourth and iron in southwest Albuquerque. Officers say Albuquerque fire rescue first responded then told police they found a man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper body. Police say the man died on scene. This is now being deemed a violent crimes callout. There’s no word on the man’s identity or word if police have a suspect.

Full story: Investigation begins after victim fatally shot in southwest Albuquerque

3. Mellow conditions will come across the state Thursday, Dry air will help temperatures swing into the 50s in Albuquerque and 70s down south.

Full story: Connor’s Thursday Morning Forecast

4. Work will continue by the city of Albuquerque on LED streetlights in need of repair. Just last December, the city finished putting in 20,000 new lights. Since then, they say more than 7,000 have needed some type of fix. The city is blaming copper theives as part of the problem. They also say breaker issues can effect multiple lights in the same area.

Full story: City spends millions on LED lights, already repairing thousands

5. APS and CNM are now teaming up to fill 80 special education positions in the district. A 15-month alternative licensure program available to at least 25 students at CNM. Students will get free tuition and APS will pay them a salary and benefits to be a co-teacher while they’re still in school. Students will be teaching in their own classroom by the second semester.

Full story: CNM, APS program to pay special ed teachers in training

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