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Good Morning El Paso: 09.02.15

temperatures falls to 89 degrees from our new mexco mobile newsroom … details about an officer involved shooting. how a domestic dispute ended in gunfire… and what police aren’t telling us. and school is getting into full swing. but how do you know your child is safe once they’re there? coming up we’ll tell you what some schools are doing to ensure parents and students. “a las cruces monument is taken down to complete the downtown renovation. abc-7 spoke with the artist who watched as it was disassembled” a very good morning el paso, las cruces, and juarez. i’m stephanie valle. and i’m hillary floren. good morning, everyone. good morning! today temps have started out in the 60s to 70s. it’s nice out there! unlike the last couple days, we’ve got a few more clouds spread across the region this morning all the way to the eastern zones. there is no rain though. not yet! but with extra clouds and more moisture available today, at least a bit more, we might see some spotty to scattered showers acros the map today in the late day and into tonight. most models lean towards tonight. we’ll track those chances coming up! an urgent manhunt in illinois this morning… for three men involved in the murder of a police officer. a veteran officer– shot while he chased the three men. abc’s bazi kanani brings us the latest on the search. swat teams descend on a suburban neighborhood. armed police moving through the streets… on rooftops, and in backyards with k-9s. “send everybody you possibl can?officer is down.” the massive manhun continues this morning … for three armed suspects after veteran police officer joe gliniewicz was gunned down. the attack… just before 8 a.m. tuesday when gliniewicz reported seeing three suspicious people in an industrial part of fox lake, illinois. about 60 miles north of chicago. police last heard from gliniewicz when he radioed to say he was chasing them. “?a male white and a male black fled from scene, taking the officers sidearm and pepperspray, shots were fired.” gliniewicz was a 32-year veteran of the force… just weeks from retirement. a father of four. today, not only did fox lake lose a family member, i lost a very dear friend. he is now 4th officer in less than two weeks … slain on duty. in harris county, texas friday… a deputy was shot 15 times at a gas station while fueling his car. and in louisiana, funerals last week for a trooper shot in the head while trying to help a stranded driver … and for another officer shot while responding to a reported stabbing. the number of officers killed in the line of duty is down from last year… but this recent string of shootings has law enforcement worried. a mesilla marshal was involved in a shooting. from our new mexico mobile newsroom … it happened yesterday on the 28-hundred block of avenida de mesilla. officials say the marshal was chasing a suspect allegedly involved in a domestic dispute. investigators say the marshal fired after feeling threatened. but details about that threat are not being released. the round hit the side of the building. the suspect was arrested — but hasn’t yet been charged. a 4-year-old girl is in the hospital this morning after she was ejected from an s-u-v following a car wreck. police say the driver — nathally hernandez — was turning onto transmountain when she was hit by a pickup yesterday. investigators say she failed to yield the right of way. the child was taken to university medical center. her injuries were not considered life threatening. at this point no charges have been filed — but investigators say the girl was not properly buckled up in her car seat. and… authorities in dona ana county released new information about a deadly car crash that happened on friday. police say 19-year-old tiffany herrera lost control of the car she was driving on stern road just north of anthony, new mexico. the vehicle rolled several times. herrera died at university medical center in el paso — her passenger 23- year-old monica herrera-sanchez suffered serious injuries. both women were not wearing their seat belts. making room for new renovations… a monument is torn down for the revamping of downtown las cruces. good morning el paso’s denise olivas is live with the story the saint genevieve monument is no longer standing in downtown las cruces. the very same company that was asked to build it in the late 1990’s brought it down yesterday. it stood for many years to honor st. genevieve catholic church which was torn down in 1967 our new mexico mobile newsroom was there as the monument was taken down piece by piece. it’s part of the downtown renovation project underway in las cruces. a civic plaza will be built in the area. the five million dollar project broke ground in july. the artist responsible for the monument was there as it went down: “it’s bittersweet…it was an honor to do that” the good news here– the monument is expected to go back up in a different location. the plaza is expected to be complete by january. the city of sunland park is one step closer to annexing santa del sol. the area is located near the intersection of mcnutt and country club road. a developer wants to build homes on about 230 acres of land. the owner sent a petition to council members and council members voted to accept it. this doesn’t mean it’s approved. but it opens the door to accepting future developers information. what it comes down to is-if the city wants to annex the land as a whole it would have to include country club road in santa teresa which is a private road. some residents don’t want that private road for public use. the first week of school is behind us. as students settle into the routine — the faculty, staff and administrators remain on their toes. making sure the kids — especially those new to the idea of school — are safe. at dowell elementary in episd — ensuring the little ones’ safety starts simply enough. 1.14 we ensure that they know the adults. we introduce ourselves. myself, my assistant principal, the counselor, so they know not just the teacher, but all the adults on campus. 1.25 then — the security measures get a little more advanced. 3.35 for the younger students we ensure there are two adults in the classroom, the teachers are always very vigilant as to their students in the classroom. 3.42 nats: at mission ridge elementary in socorro isd — there’s even a procedure to make sure the little ones know how to get home safely — if they ride the bus. 5.56 what we’ve done is color coded each of the routes. for the kids, it’s an actual visual for not only the teacher, but also the bus driver, the parent, anyone who is looking at that tag that our kids are going to be getting at the beginning of the year. 6.13 these principals agree — people are the biggest factor. we’re talking about custodiams, police officers, front personnel are key. 3.42 we’re a team so we all work together from admin to custodians. and we always try to maintain a safe and secure environment.” 3.5 el paso, socorro and ysleta i-s-ds have policies requiring parents or guardians to authorize who can pick up their children from school. they also want to remind parents and any visitor — that it is required that they sign in at the front office before going anywhere on campus. most students are on their second week of school– but a 13-year-old el paso girl has yet to set foot in her 8th grade class. her mother tells us its because the davinci school for science and the fine arts — a charter school in west el paso — is denying her daughter’s service dog. abc-7’s ashlie rodriguez joins us live with the story… ashlie? it’s upsetting and disappointing. melissa quintero was told the saturday before school started, her daughter’s service dog would not be allowed on campus. she wants to protect her daughter evalynn’s disability, but was willing to share that oreo’s presence eases evalynn’s extreme anxieties which interfere with her studies. he gives me comfort. if i start getting nervous he’ll sit on my lap. undaunted by the school’s denial, melissa says she called the police who offered to escort her daughter and oreo on campus. the police officer explained the federal law to them and said legally it is her federal right. federal law defines service dogs as… “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including an intellectual or mental disability. ” the americans with disabilities act says enties “that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.” but both melissa and the officer were told davinci’s policies against dogs trumped federal law. it makes me wonder where their minds are at. i mean there supposed to be there for the kids. we asked the superintendent why the school is denying the dog. but she said she couldn’t go into detail due to student confidentiality. melissa is now looking for an alternative school for evalynn. and, she says she’s looking into suing the school for violating her daughter’s rights. now it’s time to take a look at the tx-dot traffic cams… two daycare workers are in trouble after they start a fightclub at work. but instead of fighting each other… they have the kids fight instead.s meteorologist krystal klei has your detailed forecast. krystal… and this is abc-7, where news comes first!

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