October 23 Morning Rush: Businesses say increased police presence deters downtown crime

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1.  Video of a downtown fight continues to get more attention on Facebook. A crowd gathered to watch a brawl downtown in the middle of Central on Thursday night near Downtown Distillery and Sister. During the minute-long video no police show up to the scene despite Mayor Tim Keller’s kick off of the downtown safety district last month. However, businesses in the area say overall the additional officers are keeping crime down in that area

Full story: Downtown businesses say increased police presence helping cut crime

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2. Tuesday, is a big day in court for a man APD classifies as a repeat offender. Melaquias Romero is facing nearly two dozen charges, ranging from assaulting police officers to breaking into cars and stealing a purse with a dog inside. All of this taking place in Albuquerque. He faced similar charges in Sandoval County but the courts determined he was not competent to stand trial. Romero’s defense attorney’s raised the competency question for the Albuquerque cases. However, prosecutors asked for a separate evaluation. The results are expected to be revealed Tuesday during a status hearing for Romero. If he’s found incompetent, he could be sent to the state’s mental hospital in Las Vegas.

Full story: Case on hold as state evaluates accused burglar’s competency
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3. An active start to Tuesday as a line of thunderstorms organizes southwest of the Albuquerque metro.

Full story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

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4. A story has been gaining national attention online for what agents say a Florida man said after being arrested. That man is facing federal charges accused of groping a woman on a flight to Albuquerque. An FBI agent says as Bruce Alexander was sitting in his squad car he told him quote “the President of the United States says it’s okay to grab women by their private parts”.
The woman claims she fell asleep and woke up to someone touching her bra line, twice. She confronted Alexander than asked to change seats. Alexander could face two years in prison.

Full story: Man cites President Trump after allegedly groping woman on airplane

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5. A reminder, Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing is up to a record $1.6 billion.  Lottery officials say that 75 percent of the 302 million number combinations will be sold, meaning there is a chance no one wins and the prize keeps growing.

Full story: Mega Millions reaches record $1.6 billion

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