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Pedestrian Killed on Coors

Albuquerque police say a male pedestrian was killed Tuesday morning on Coors north of Paseo as he crossed east to west.

The driver told police that it was dark and he didn’t see the pedestrian in the roadway, APD spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said, though police detained the driver for possibly driving drunk.

Police said the pedestrian was not using a designated crosswalk when he was struck.

Names of the victim and the driver weren’t released Tuesday.

Deputies: Man Molested Girl

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 19-year-old man who they said molested a 7-year-old girl at a trailer park in the 10000 block of Second Street NW on Monday afternoon.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Chad Thomas Deignan, 19, lured a 7-year-old and her 8-year-old friend into his yard by promising to show them a puppy.

BCSO spokesman Sgt. Pete Golden said Deignan then groped the 7-year-old in her groin area and asked the 8-year-old to “pinky-swear” she wouldn’t tell anyone.

However, the 8-year-old immediately went to the alleged victim’s mother and told her what happened, and deputies arrived shortly afterward to find the 7-year-old’s father in a nonviolent but “heated” conversation with Deignan, Golden said.

Investigators later found evidence in the trailer’s front yard, and Deignan admitted that the contact occurred, Golden said. Deignan is charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor and is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a no-bond hold.

Man Survives Hit-and-Run

A suspected hit-and-run pedestrian crash on northbound 98th Street left a man in critical condition Tuesday evening, and an Albuquerque Fire Department engine passing through almost ran over him as he lay unconscious in the street, bleeding from his head.

Albuquerque Police Department’s Fatal Team was called out to investigate the crash, which APD spokesman Robert Gibbs said happened around 6 p.m. in front of the Flying J truck stop. Fire crews narrowly avoided running the man over before moving quickly to stabilize him and rush him to the hospital.

Officers also found a side-view mirror and a shattered head-lamp around the pedestrian, Gibbs said.

Northbound 98th Street was closed late into Tuesday night as the investigators gathered evidence.

Man Critical After Stabbing

An Albuquerque man was in critical condition Tuesday after a fight with his son during a family cookout, according to police.

Andrew Coppler, 21, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily harm, police said.

Coppler attacked his father, 45-year-old Keith “Joe” Coppler, with a steak knife during the fight on Monday evening, police said. Keith Coppler also went after his son with a machete.

“The fight ended when Andrew reportedly choked his father by cutting off his airway and causing him to lose consciousness,” according to a news release from the Albuquerque Police Department. “Keith was transported to UNMH, where he is on life support and in critical condition as a result of his injuries.”

Assessor Applicants Wanted

Bernalillo County commissioners are accepting résumés from people who want to replace Karen Montoya as assessor.

Montoya won election this month to the Public Regulation Commission, and the commission must appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of her term as assessor.

The assessor determines the value of homes and property for tax purposes and submits the tax rolls to the county treasurer. The office employs 89 people.

The deadline to submit résumés is Dec. 4. A new assessor could be appointed Dec. 11.

A letter of interest and resume can be sent to the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners at One Civic Plaza NW, 10th floor, Albuquerque, N.M., 87102.

Time To Buy Tree Permits

SANTA FE — New Mexicans can buy permits to cut Christmas trees on national forest land in the state.

The permit prices vary depending on the forest, but are available through Dec. 24.

The Gila and Lincoln national forests are selling $5 permits, and the tags are free for pinon trees in the Gila.

The permits are $10 in the Santa Fe and Cibola national forests for trees up to 10-feet.

The permits for the Santa Fe National Forest can be purchased at district offices as well as several vendors in northern New Mexico — the Los Alamos Historical Society museum shop in Los Alamos; REI in Santa Fe; Laguna Vista Quick Stop in Las Vegas; and in Pecos at the Pecos Canyon Station, Griego’s Market and Pancho’s Minute Men station.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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