1. The three remaining victims of last week’s deadly bus crash have been identified. They are 66-year-old Emmett Stoker and 27-year- old Raymon Michael Albrecht. At this time, officials aren’t releasing the name of the third victim, although they say he’s been identified. OMI says that’s because the third victim was likely homeless. It’s been six days since that crash when a semi-truck on I-40 suffered a blow out, causing it to cross the median into oncoming traffic and hit a Greyhound bus head-on killing 8 people including the driver.
Full story: OMI identifies three remaining bus crash victims
2. The two men killed at a Bernalillo trailer campground on Monday had ties to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Bernalillo police responded to a call about a shooting inside a camper trailer that lead to a standoff and police shooting. In the end, New Mexico state police say 55-year-old Michael LaPlante and 70-year-old Fred Lete were both found dead of apparent gunshot wounds inside the trailer. According to State Police, after Bernalillo Police arrived at the home, Lete opened the door of the trailer holding a revolver in his hand. A Bernalillo police officer fired multiple shots at Lete who then went back inside the trailer and “barricaded himself.” SWAT teams later verified that both Lete and LaPlante were dead inside. Police are treating LaPlante’s death as a homicide.
3. Scattered afternoon storms will develop Wednesday afternoon and evening, favoring northern, eastern and the higher terrain of New Mexico.
Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast
4. The State Fair kicks off Thursday and for the first time in fair history, a giant slide and an alpine ski lift type ride will be two new featured rides. State fair general manager Dan Mourning says the slide is the largest and tallest in America and the ski lift will take you around the entire campus. Another feature, every thursday, food vendors will offer a snack-size version of one of their popular menu items for three dollars the fair typically draws in about half a million people each year.
5. A local teen is being praised this morning for his random act of kindness. Nathan Nguyen says that’s just what he was raised to do. He was heading to work at Dion’s in the north valley when he says he saw a woman fall down in the middle of the road. Without hesitation, he put his car in park, and ran over to help her up. Photos were snapped and posted of Nguyen in action. The woman who made the post says many people have reached out wanting to get Nathan a gift of some sort. Anna Allred, the woman who took the photos is now in touch with Nguyen’s mom.
Full story: Albuquerque teen praised for stopping traffic to help woman after she fell
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