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Morning Roundup

News from around New Mexico:

  • Tenants of 86 rental apartment complexes in 27 cities and towns statewide, including seven complexes in Santa Fe, are being required to sign statements that they will not use or grow medical marijuana in their homes.
  • Joshua Marchand, the son of retired Alamogordo policeman Al Marchand, who was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175 when it plowed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, says a mosque proposed to be built near the site of Ground Zero is “a kick in the face.”
  • Thirteen-year-old DeAngelo Montoya was formally charged with murder on Monday, accused of killing Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale on July 22. 
  • Two people have been arrested and police are looking for two others who took part in an elaborate hoax that left shoppers at the Farmer’s Country Market in Roswell terrified and flooded police dispatchers with 911 calls in what appeared to be a shooting Saturday.
  • The puny state of some trees on Santa Fe’s Plaza came up Monday night as the Public Works Committee rehashed recommendations by the city-convened Santa Fe Plaza Roundtable.
  • Two men were arrested early last Wednesday morning after a tip led Socorro County law officers to another large marijuana plantation in a secluded area south of Socorro.
  • Elbert Garcia, who claims to be the great-grandson of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid, pitched his plans for a stage play that would re-enact the Kid’s murder trial to the board of trustees of the village where the trial took place. Mesilla village trustees and Mayor Nora Barraza listened to Garcia’s proposal politely, but politely declined.
  • For the third straight year, someone has vandalized Santa Fe’s Cross of the Martyrs — a memorial dedicated to 21 Franciscan friars slain during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 — during the city’s Indian Market weekend.
  • A film crew from the Fox cable television program, The Huckabee Show, visited the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas recently to interview inmate Gabriel “Gabe” Gurule, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing three people in an alcohol-related crash in Albuquerque on Thanksgiving Day 2005.
  • The Las Cruces Tea Party went through a shake-up earlier this month when two board members resigned and the group’s president was asked to step down.