The 5 Facts You Need to Know:
- APD will likely continue interviews today as the investigation into the death of a one-year-old child ramps up. Overnight, police told us they’ve arrested Jorge Ortega for the child’s death. Just after midnight, we learned a Jorge Ortega was booked into MDC on a child abuse resulting in death charge. Police were called to a home near Rhode Island and Copper in northeast Albuquerque to rescue a small child, but were unable to revive the baby. Police aren’t saying how the child died or what role Ortega played in the incident.
- Domnique Perez, one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of homeless camper James Boyd, is expected in a hearing today to try and get his job back. Perez and retired detective Keith Sandy shot Boyd in the Albuqureque Foothills after an hours long stand off two years ago. Perez was fired from APD after a judge ordered him to stand trial on second degree murder charges.
- Today the metro will be mostly sunny with a high near 65 degrees.
- This morning an angry New Mexico mom is pleading with bike bandits to return the only bike her visually impaired daughter is able to ride. Faith Switzer, an elementary school child, was born blind. The bike went missing Sunday night. If you see it, call police.
- A message of love left behind by vandals on a bridge in Albuquerque will cause lane closures starting tonight as crews start the clean-up. The message “You’re Beautiful, All the Love,” is spray painted across the Indian School bridge over Southbound I-25.
Top Morning Headlines:
If you have an active warrant, maybe for a traffic violation, today is your today to get a break. It’s called “Operation Safe Surrender,” and it’s being offered through the month of March. It’s a chance for many to pay warrant and other fees and not get arrested. State police says the goal is to resolve the warrant without being arrested in front of family at home or during a traffic stop.
A homeless man, accused of setting fires in Bosque, remains in jail this morning. A new video shows confrontations with police from before his arrest. On Friday, fire investigators say Frescas admitted to starting a fire and several others in the Bosque. This morning he’s in jail for arson. Frescas is only charged with one of the Bosque fires right now. His current charge could get him up to two years in prison.