May 18th Morning Rush: Two arrested in Albuquerque mail carrier’s murder


1. Two women are waking up behind bars charged with the murder of an Albuquerque mail carrier. Albuquerque Police says the search for suspects is not over. Alissa Bickett and Annie Rael are accused of killing Marilyn Gandert in January at a home near Coors and Montano. Police say Gandert was renting the home to Rael and Bickett who is also the victim’s daughter-in-law. They were evicted from the home just days before Gandert went missing. Her body was found beaten, stabbed and burned on the mesa, west of Rio Rancho.

Full Story: Police arrest two women in Albuquerque mail carrier’s murder


2. Newly released video will likely be used in the trial against two parents accused of prostituting their 7-year-old daughter. The video is from police lapel cameras during a November visit with the family at a local hotel. In it the officer speaks with the girl, first with her parents and then alone in the hallway. His questions are in reference to a report by a teacher saying she believed she saw evidence of a sexual assault on the girl’s underwear. The girl tells officers she didn’t hurt herself and that she feels safe with her parents. Her mom, who’s charged, also questions how parents can abuse their children. The parents were not arrested until after school officials called the Attorney Generals Office earlier this month. 

Full Story: Video shows officers visit 7-year-old girl, parents accused of child prostitution


3. Breezy to windy conditions will elevate the fire danger once again, especially for eastern New Mexico.

Full Story: Chris’ Friday Morning Forecast


4. A team of Albuquerque Fire Department arson investigators will likely be on patrol today working to prevent fires in the Bosque. The undercover investigators are made up of both firefighters and law enforcement agents. While this unit’s job typically happens after a fire has already started, during the fire season they’re proactive instead of reactive. There are also hidden cameras in the Bosque to help investigators catch a suspect as soon as they lite a fire.

Full Story: Highly-trained AFD investigators working to prevent Bosque fires


5. People who think they can become New Mexico’s next big star have just over a month to audition for a new competition. “Show Up ABQ” is a spin on national talent competitions like the ones seen on major television networks. It asks locals with talent of any kind to submit a video of themselves to a panel of judges. The lucky 20 or so finalists will have the chance to compete live at Civic Plaza for prizes and a chance to perform again.

Full Story: City to host talent show, seeking performers


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