November 16 Morning Rush: APD releases 911 calls Ben E. Keith warehouse shooter made to police


1. Albuquerque Police have released the 911 calls that workplace shooter, Waid Melton, made to police just moments after he walked into the Ben E. Keith warehouse and opened fire. Melton tells crisis negotiators that he has been hearing voices in his head since he was 15-years old and that when he was 17-years-old, he was treated for psychosis and schizophrenia in a psych ward. Melton explained that “voices in his head” played a part in the shooting. At one point, Melton says the employees at the warehouse were attacking his mind. Throughout the call, Melton shows some remorse, asking the conditions of the victims. Melton goes back and forth between meeting with police or “ending it.” He said he would meet police at a restaurant in the South Valley, but that never happened. Police say Melton killed himself in Placitas. The victims remain in “satisfactory condition.” 

Read the full story: APD releases 911 calls Ben E. Keith warehouse shooter made to police


2. A man police say was approaching young girls walking home from school has been released from jail. Leopoldo Jaquez was arrested Wednesday after witnesses say they heard him ask a girl to go with him and if she did he would “buy her anything she wanted.” Three other girls told police Jaquez approached them near 12th and Candelaria. Witnesses in that area held Jaquez until officers arrived. He told police he had too much to drink.

Read the full story: Man accused of approaching girls walking home from school


3.  A pleasant fall day to finish the work week with afternoon highs in the 50s and 60s across NM under a mostly sunny sky. Our next weather maker doesn’t move in until Saturday — all the more reason to get outside and enjoy the nice conditions today!

Read the full forecast: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast


4. APD is currently looking into several department policies of uniformity. One policy is that they are not actively enforcing is the placement of stickers, or decals, on the back of patrol cars. Just a few months ago, a citizen complained about a pro-police “thin blue line” sticker on the back of another cop car. While APD says officers are not allowed to personalize their patrol cars, they say they are not actively enforcing the rule unless a citizen makes a specific complaint.

Read the full story: Citizen complains about APD officer’s ‘thin blue line’ flag decal


5. If you are planning on heading to Taos to ski, you may notice it might be a bit more crowded. The travel website Kayak has just named Taos a top trending ski destination in America. The list ranked U.S. destinations based on an overall increase in searches. Taos’ 27 percent increase landed it the top U.S. spot. The ski valley’s season begins November 22. 

Read the full story: Taos named top U.S. ski destination


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