September 4 Morning Rush: Five Amalia compound suspects to appear in federal court

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1. The five adults found living on a filthy Taos County compound with 11 malnourished children are expected to make their first appearance in federal court Tuesday. The adults were recently charged by the FBI on federal charges after investigators say heavy ammunition and weapons were found on the compound. The criminal complaint charges Jany Leveille, of being in the country illegally and is accused of illegally having firearms and ammunition. The four other suspects are charged with conspiracy and aiding and abetting Leveille. This is on top of the state charges two of the suspects face and the three others could potentially face again.

Full story: Amalia compound suspects to appear in federal court

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2. Tropical storm Gordon is now forecasted to be a hurricane when it makes landfall along the gulf coast. Tuesday morning, warnings are up from Alabama to Louisiana. New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell has issued a state of emergency as the city braces for possible flooding. Currently, 200 National guardsmen will be on the ground in Louisiana with boats, helicopters, and high-water vehicles to help people who didn’t have time to leave their homes. South Florida is already seeing the storm’s impact with 50-mile-per-hour winds recorded Monday, and about 4 inches of rain.

Full story: Gordon strengthens, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

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3. Storm count will come down a bit Tuesday afternoon but the forecast won’t dry out completely.

Full story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

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4. Albuquerque police are asking you to keep an eye out, to help them find a puppy stolen from its home. Vanessa Baca says she couldn’t find her six-month-old Pitbull named Bruce in her backyard near Tramway and Copper, Sunday night. She says her other dog had wounds to the face and the latch to her gate was left open. Baca says her son is having a tough time. If you see Bruce anywhere contact Crime Stoppers.

Full story: Albuquerque family searching for stolen puppy

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5. A New Mexico man is still making headlines Tuesday for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s likely recovering this morning after completing the grueling mission. Earlier this summer we told you about Jon Mitovich and his plan to join a small group climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. His goal was to raise money for a homeless charity called Family Promise Albuquerque by accepting pledges for every foot he climbed.  Mitovich summated the mountain on August 25. He says he raised about $20,000.

Full story: Albuquerque man’s Kilimanjaro climb raises $20K for charity

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