EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police say three people have been killed in two separate car crashes in Eddy County. They say 23-year-old Mario Pinion Medrano and 25-year-old Marcos Acosta were passengers in a pickup truck that rolled over about 8 a.m. Tuesday on State Road 31 east of Carlsbad. The two men from Hobbs both were declared dead at the scene. Hours earlier, 50-year-old David Lewis of Artesia was killed when the pickup truck he was driving collided head-on with a big rig on U.S. 82 east of Artesia.
TAOS, N.M. (AP) - A sheriff in New Mexico says a woman charged with child abuse in a raid on a makeshift living compound in northern New Mexico has been turned over to federal immigration authorities. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said Jany Leveille was transferred Tuesday to custody of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The 35-year-old native of Haiti is the mother of six children taken into state custody in a raid this month on the ramshackle compound near the Colorado state line.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Court documents say a 6-year-old girl found dead in her Rio Rancho home last weekend was discovered on bloody sheets with marijuana and medications near her body. Rio Rancho police say they're investigating the death as a homicide. They say an autopsy will be done to determine how Ariana Romeo was killed. No arrests have been made in the case yet, but detectives have executed search warrants with help from the FBI and residents of the home have been interviewed.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Chicago-based company hoping to become the next operator of a coal-fired power plant in Arizona says it can run the generating station more economically. Middle River Power said it would run the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station at less than half its existing capacity and have fewer employees. The current owners plan to shut down the generating station at the end of 2019 unless someone buys it.
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