Mon April 29, 2013
April 29 First News: Former SFPD chief under investigation for release of impounded vehicle.(listen)
Former police chief Arik Wheeler is under investigation on allegations he improperly released a pickup truck from the city's impound lot. The vehicle had been seized in a DWI incident. The allegations say that Wheeler released the vehicle to the owner without authority. Wheeler is now a police captain who served for a little more than a year as chief.
The head of the Lamy Railroad & History Museum is telling the operators and staff of the Legal Tender restaurant to close down. Museum founder, Samuel L. Latkin says the restaurant is too successful and overshadows the museum itself. KSFR has obtained a copy of the April 25th letter wherein its asserted that the property was donated for creation of the museum and a community event site, not a restaurant.
The authorities are still looking for the man who stole some $13,000 worth of computers from Santa Fe's Super Walmart store, and they have an identification that may help solve the case. They say the suspect is believed to be 24-year-old Derek Viviani. He's believed to have fled to the Los Lunas area. The robbery was caught on store video surveillance tape.
A number of parishioners at an Albuquerque Catholic Church are recovering from injuries after being stabbed by a knife-wielding man in his mid-twenties during Sunday services. Four men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds. Lawrence Capener climbed over several pews, stabbing the choir director and three others, before being taken down by churchgoers and arrested by police. It’s believed the man suffers from emotional problems and his victims were random.
A new report holds bad news for New Mexico college students. It says tuition and fees have increased substantially over the past decade. The Albuquerque Journal says increases of as much as 85 percent have been recorded by the state's three research universities. At the same time, state spending on higher education has dropped by 37 percent.
Weather for Santa Fe – Sunny, dry and warm both today and Tuesday with highs in the upper 70s to 80 degrees. Overnight lows in the upper 40s. A big cooldown starts to move in Wednesday which will drop midweek highs back down into the 50s with overnight lows falling into the mid 30s.