Lieutenant Cowles’ Memorial Will be Friday
(Deming) – Law enforcement and community members across Luna County are mourning the tragic death of 51-year-old Richard Cowles, a lieutenant with the Luna County Sheriff’s Department, who passed away Saturday evening after an off-duty motorcycle accident.
On Monday evening, his casket, draped in an American flag, was escorted home from Albuquerque by friends and loved ones.
Cowles served with distinction in law enforcement for 18 years. During his career with the Luna County Sheriff’s Office, he served in several critical roles, including jail administrator, SWAT team member and director of central dispatch.
Sheriff John Mooradian described Cowles as an amazing person with an incredible heart for community service, and said he will be remembered for his unwavering dedication, compassion and wonderful sense of humor.
Mooradian said Cowles’ most heartfelt pursuit was leading the Shop With a Cop program, which was originally started by his mother, Jenny, over 25 years ago.
A memorial service for Cowles will be held this Friday, Oct. 28th, at 10 a.m. at Luna County Courthouse Park, 700 S. Silver Ave. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in his honor to Luna County Shop With a Cop. Donations can be sent to the Luna County Sheriff’s Office, 2462 J. Street SE, Deming, NM 88030.
Neighborhood Watch Program Wednesday
(Deming) – The Deming Police Department will host a Neighborhood Watch meeting this Wednesday evening at Ruben Torres Elementary.
Deming Police Chief Bobby Orosco said the meeting is designed to discuss how to create crime-watch groups in neighborhoods.
Orosco said Neighborhood Watch programs are great ways to help deter crime and strengthen relationships between his department and the community.
Lt. Kathleen Schindler has worked with community policing projects throughout Deming, and has set up four meetings to revitalize Neighborhood Watch programs in interested areas.
There will be a short presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period.
The first meeting will be this Wed., Oct. 26th, at 6:30 p.m. at Ruben Torres Elementary.
Other meetings are set for: Wed., Nov. 9th, at Chaparral Elementary… Wed., Nov. 16th, at Memorial Elementary… and Thurs., Dec. 8th, at Deming Intermediate School. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Crime Report for Today
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
A criminal summons was issued for Ray Rodriguez, age 43, for aggravated battery on a household member… Carlos Nevarez, age 19, of Columbus, was arrested on a probation violation… and a road bike and two cameras, with a combined value of $850, were taken from a residence off S. Tin.
Above information was obtained from official records with the Deming Police Department, Luna County Sheriff's Department, NM State Police, USBP and the Luna County Detention Center. All persons mentioned in story are to be considered innocent until proven guilty by a court.
Charges listed are at time of arrest/booking and may be amended during the legal process.
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