July 31 Morning Rush: Suspected thief possibly connected to deadly hit-and-run

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1. There is a possible break in a hit-and-run case that left an Albuquerque teen dead. Juan Carlos Ramirez has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a truck. In a criminal complaint, police say the suspect was caught on surveillance cameras stealing the truck and the man, dressed in the same clothing, was seen on surveillance using the truck owner’s credit cards. Police believe the driver was fleeing from authorities in the stolen truck and may have struck and killed 15-year-old Manny Tapia at Coors an Ellison. Police will only say Ramirez is a person of interest in a vehicular homicide case.

Full story: Man arrested in connection to deadly hit-and-run

2. The Albuquerque Police Department says hundreds of old internal affairs investigations are cleared. The internal affairs force division says it finished reviewing the massive backlog of roughly 300 old use-of-force cases that didn’t get a close enough look the first time around. The cases were mostly from 2017. APD says these cases came before the department put a new, more thorough system in place to investigate its officers. APD says officers won’t be disciplined because of what they did two years ago because too much time has passed.

Full story: APD clears use-of-force investigation backlog

3. Wednesday morning, temperatures are mild in the 60s and 70s with a few isolated showers across western New Mexico. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms possible this afternoon across western New Mexico as well as the northern high terrain.

Full story: Christopher’s Wednesday Morning Forecast

4. There’s a phone scam warning out for New Mexico residents. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says scammers are pretending to be with the department and seeking sensitive information or payment over a warrant. The sheriff’s office says if you get a call like this to hang up and call their non-emergency phone number.

Full story: BCSO issues phone scam warning

5. You will likely see billboards popping up around Albuquerque wanting to know what you love about the city. It’s all part of a new positivity campaign making its way across the county. ‘Love My City’ is the newest campaign by the National League of Cities to bring together local leaders and residents to shine a light on what they love about their cities. To get involved just use the hashtag #LoveMyCity.

Full story: #LoveMyCity campaign comes to Albuquerque billboards, promoting positivity

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