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Morning Roundup

News from around New Mexico:

  • One person is dead following a rollover crash this morning in southwest Albuquerque.
  • A $3 million court judgment against a former cop is expected to be the basis of a defense motion for a new trial in Pojoaque Pueblo Lt. Gov. Linda Diaz’s hit-and-run case.
  • Oscar V. Pacheco Jr., 35, was booked into the Luna County Detention Center after being arrested Monday on sex-related charges, including an allegation that he offered to pay a 14-year-old girl to prostitute herself.
  • A woman has pleaded guilty to third-degree felony arson and fourth-degree tampering with evidence after an arson fire in Farmington was set to cover up a robbery.
  • Four people were killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred near mile marker 47 on U.S. 491, just south of the Sheep Springs store.
  • Chevron is building an innovative solar plant at its molybdenum mine in Questa.
  • A rash of University of Texas at El Paso graffiti was discovered Tuesday morning at New Mexico State University, and NMSU police have contacted UTEP to see if the taggers’ nicknames match anyone at that school.
  • The administration building at Eastern New Mexico University will be turned into Gestapo headquarters in Nazi Germany for a student film.
  • A Veguita man who was charged with robbing a Peralta man at gunpoint last October has been indicted on charges of residential burglary and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, after allegedly burglarizing a home in Belen on New Year’s Day.
  • Brittany Cox, 23, turned herself in to Dona Ana County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday evening and was charged with one count of intentional child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.
  • A judge who says she is “inclined” to grant an injunction over a brine well in Carlsbad has given the company until Monday to answer the city’s demands for monetary compensation.