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Investigation continues in crash that killed 8-year-old

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – State police continue to investigate a crash that left an 8-year-old boy dead, but they say it appears he and everyone else in the vehicle had a seatbelt on. The boy is identified as Daniel Lopez from fort Stockton, Texas. He was ejected when the truck he was in hit ice on US 285 near Roswell, drove into oncoming traffic and then rolled.

Two other people in the vehicle were injured.

State police have not said if his seatbelt failed, or how he flew out of the vehicle.

The investigation continues.

‘Hellbent’ to begin filming in NM

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Another movie is being filmed in Albuquerque. It’s called “Hellbent” and it’s about a teenage runaway who ends up on a cross-country journey with a fugitive drifter to meet the father she’s never known.

The movie stars Isabelle Fuhrman, who played “Esther” in the movie “Orphan” and clove in the “Hunger Games”.

“Hellbent” will be filmed in Albuquerque, Moriarty and Santa Fe through March.

At least 90 New Mexico crew members, 12 New Mexico actors and about 60 local background talent have been hired.

APS turns away students without vaccine, waiver

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Monday is the day APS started turning away students who are not vaccinated and those who do not have a waiver excusing them. APS said they turned away about 250 Students Monday. They say as of Friday they had identified about 500 students who had not been vaccinated, didn’t have proof of vaccination or didn’t have a valid waiver. APS officials say as of Friday they also had 393 students who did provide valid waivers.

Free weather watcher class offered at NMMI

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – As a winter storm warning hovers over the state there’s an upcoming class that will help people recognize severe weather. Next month, the annual Skywarn Storm Spotter class will go on at the New Mexico Military Institute

The National Weather Service teaches people who want to be trained weather watchers. Even with radar and other technologies, the weather service still relies on spotters.

The free two-hour class will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. on March 11.

Police arrest repeat burglary suspect

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police arrested a man they say is a repeat burglar in the area of 98th Street and Snow Vista. Simon Peter Gonzales, 40, has two felony warrants for his arrest, police say. When the located him, he fled on foot, but was arrested soon after without incident. Police say Gonzales has been arrested three times this year burglary and auto theft charges.

Commissioner who misspent funds won’t be fined

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – State officials have decided not to fine a former New Mexico utility regulator who admitted to paying himself thousands of dollars from campaign funds. The Secretary of State’s Office is closing its file on former Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall. He had previously reported to the office that he paid himself thousands of dollars for campaign work, but then he said it was a misunderstanding. He actually received only reimbursements for expenses. The Ruidoso republican lost his re-election bid last year.

City Council proposes banning mini bottles

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe city councilors are asking for input on a proposed ban on miniature bottles of alcohol. The ban would affect any single serve bottle 8 ounces or less. The goal is to combat litter. The public hearing is at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Caverns closed due to hazardous roads

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad Caverns is closed Monday due to hazardous road conditions. Officials say they will monitor weather overnight to evaluate whether or not the park will open Tuesday.

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