May 24 Morning Rush: Plea deal to reduce man’s sentence from 26 years to less than 1 year

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1. A truck thief who rammed deputies’ cars was facing more than 20 years but after a plea deal, will spend less than a year in county jail. Adrian Chacon’s crime spree was caught on video in February as he led deputies on a chase in a stolen truck in the south valley. Deputies blocked Chacon in, but he still slammed into a BCSO cruiser. Chacon’s charges carried a possible 26 years in prison. Court documents show, the DA’s office gave him almost a year in county jail, supervised probation, and suspended the rest of his sentence for his promise to be good. A judge signed off on the deal last week. The DAs office replied with no comment when asked about the deal.

Full story: Repeat criminal facing 26 years in prison gets less than 1 year

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2. State AG Hector Balderas’ office says it will look into whether or not state representative Monica Youngblood used her position to try to sway officers during her recent DWI arrest. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the review comes after the state’s Democratic party questioned whether the Republican lawmaker had inappropriately used her official status to influence police. The state Governmental conduct act makes it a crime for public officials to use their offices to obtain personal benefits. During Youngbloods arrest, she did mention her work as a legislature.

Full story: AG will investigate if Youngblood used position to influence officers

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3. Drier air continuing to punch in from the west will push moisture further south and east resulting in fewer storms Thursday afternoon.

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast

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4. Organizers for the New Mexico senior Olympics are looking for 500 volunteers to help with the summer games. The annual competition runs from July 18 through the 22, this is for men and women ages 50 and over. Volunteers will be responsible for things like water distribution, souvenir sales, and athlete check-in.

Full story: New Mexico Senior Olympics Needs Volunteers
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5. 505 southwestern is now the official green chile, salsa, queso and chip of the Denver Broncos. This season, concession stands at sports authority field at mile high will be decked-out in 505 Southwestern gear. Everything from select chips, green chile and queso will be sold at the stadium. The Denver-based company, Flagship Food Group, owns 505 Southwestern and all of its products are made here in Albuquerque. They will also introduce a tortilla chip that has a hint of hatch green chile mixed in.

Full story: New Mexico ‘one-ups’ Colorado in chile battle, partners with Denver Broncos

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