Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines


The 5 Facts You Need to Know:

  1. New video shows the moments a 9-month-old baby was found, hours after an Amber Alert was issued. Albuquerque police officer Cathie Offret arrived on scene after baby Aryana Smith was found hot, dehydrated, and alone in an SUV, parked in a northwest Albuquerque driveway. Investigators say Lieghraughnzo Benally drove off with the infant in the vehicle on Monday, leaving Aryana’s mom behind. Aryana is now in CYFD care. Benally is locked up this morning, facing charges.
  2. A city historic preservation group is scheduled to hear arguments over the controversial art project. A group of business owners and residents worry the project, which would add bus lanes along Central, would affect a number of registered historic landmarks along Route 66. They’re suing to stop it.
  3. Wednesday will be partly cloudy in the morning and mostly sunny in the afternoon with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Wednesday night will be mostly clear. Lows in the lower to mid-40s.
  4. A new study finds that staff at some medical care facilities in New Mexico aren’t always washing their hands. Researchers at UNM and the New Mexico health department looked at 15 facilities scattered across the state. Despite not following proper hand-washing procedures or safe injection practices about a third of the time, experts say they’re still keeping you healthier than hospitals and long-term facilities, with plans for improving how those procedures are conducted.
  5. The public will soon get a chance to weigh in on a plan for big improvements on Sandia Peak. Including a new restaurant and a mountain roller coaster. Bernalillo county commissioners discussed the proposal last night. Supporters say the plan could bring in more jobs and tourism.

Top Morning Headlines:

Police have taken a man in custody from a situation that forced officers to shut down a section of University in northeast Albuquerque. It also led to SWAT being called out to a local motel. Police say detectives located a stolen car near the Motel 6, but when detectives tried to talk with the man inside he took off. They say 21-year-old Alejandro Monclova barricaded himself inside one of the motel rooms. Police arrested another suspect who was also in the car. Police say they were told Alejandro usually carries a gun with him. He refused to come out, SWAT was called and negotiators attempted to reach him. After three hours the standoff ended peacefully. Monclova was arrested and now faces several charges including transferring a stolen car. As of last check, University near I-40 is still closed.

Police also shut down a road in northwest Albuquerque after a deadly motorcycle crash. It happened just before 3 a.m. Wednesday on Vista Grande near Atrisco. Police say it looks like the stolen motorcycle hit a wall and sent both the rider and his passenger flying off the bike. The driver died on the scene. Police say the passenger is in the hospital in critical condition right now. Police aren’t releasing any names.

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