1. Widespread rain and mountain snow will continue through the day, making for a wet, cool and gloomy finish to the work week. Keep the umbrella on standby and don’t forget the coat either. Morning temperatures in the 40s will only make it to the low to mid-50s in the Albuquerque metro while widespread 40s, 50s, and low 60s are expected statewide.
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2. An Albuquerque family is pleading with the public for tips after their 82-year-old father was mugged for $11. Delfino Cervantes was taken to UNM Hospital with a shoulder fracture and broken ribs. He died a week later, OMI has yet to release his cause of death. Police say the mugging took place behind the country club market near 10th Street and Coal on the morning of April 14. The family is now asking anyone with information to come forward.
3. There’s a safety warning from fire officials telling the public to ditch the inflatable if you’re heading out to the Rio Grande. The Corrales Fire Department says they had to rescue two people attempting to float down the river last weekend. They say waters are extremely high and cold due to the snow runoff, making it even more dangerous. Officials are asking visitors to take precautions and to wear a life jacket.
4. More State Police officers are using drones to quickly clear the scene of fatal or DWI crashes. This leaves the hard work of investigating to the lab. The practice for the department began in 2017 for DWI crashes. They are now able to pair the footage with a new computer program, turning a crash scene into a 3D model. Officers say this speeds up the cleanup process reduces the disruption of traffic.
5. New Mexico United’s winning season is inspiring one fan to push his vision for the team’s own stadium, a design that would include seats for over 21,000 people. United currently plays at Isotopes Park and they will continue to do so for at least the next two years. There are no official plans to build a stadium.