July 16th Morning Rush: 3 killed, 24 injured after Sunday morning bus crash


1. The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office says, four people remain in critical condition after a string of crashes on I-25. The crash happened after 2 a.m. Sunday north of Bernalillo. The sheriff’s office says a car rear-ended a pick-up truck. They say the driver of the car was ejected and killed. Then a bus driver tried to avoid hitting the car and lost control, rolling the bus onto its side. They say, a semi then tried to avoid the rolled bus but ended up sideswiping it and losing control. According to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, 24 people were taken to multiple hospitals.

Full Story: Bus crash on I-25 north of Bernalillo leaves 3 dead, 24 hospitalized


2. More information could be released Monday regarding the identity of an officer that was shot during a traffic stop and the identity of the suspect New Mexico State Police say he shot and killed. NMSP say the officer pulled a car over on I-25 near the Lead and Coal exit for speeding. Investigators say the officer noticed the suspect’s paperwork didn’t match up. The officer then spoke to the passenger, when police say they lunged at the officer. After a struggle, investigators say the officer was shot in the leg and then he fired back killing the suspect. Police say they found a handgun in the car. 

Full Story: NMSP officer released from hospital, suspect dead following officer-involved shooting


3. The new work week will start with scattered to widespread afternoon storms and showers — favoring those within western and northern New Mexico. 

Full Story: Kristen’s Monday Morning Forecast


4. Albuquerque Police are now searching for leads after a tattoo artist says thieves stole everything. Austin, Texas-based artist James Yocum was invited to showcase his work at the New Mexico Tattoo Fiesta over the weekend. He was staying with a friend in Nob Hill. He says his car was locked, but when he woke up, his door was open and he says everything was gone. Yocum says seven machines worth about $500 a piece were stolen.  His laptop and iPad were also stolen.

Full Story: Albuquerque thieves steal thousands of dollars in tattoo equipment from visiting artist


5. A local group is trying to turn historic Route 66 signs into art. The nonprofit “Friends of the Orphan Signs” works with local artists and community members to adopt empty signs and transform them. The group is talking about redesigning the Royal Fork Buffet sign off Coal and 4th Street. While the owner of the property has no plans to change the design yet, the group says the potential of turning such a well-known landmark into art is a good start. 

Full Story: Local group plans meeting to help restore historic Albuquerque sign


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