(Deming) – A Deming woman reportedly is recovering from surgery for a gunshot wound to her chest following what appears to be an accidental shooting.
The victim’s name was not immediately released.
Deming Police Chief Michael Carillo said his officers responded to a 911 call in the 2100 block of South Silver at about 11:30 Tuesday morning.
The woman was rushed to the local hospital and underwent surgery immediately.
Carillo said they have interviewed someone who was there when the handgun went off.
He said they have turned their investigation findings over to the District Attorney for a decision on whether any charges
will be filed.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in December
jumped from November’s rate, and was higher than last December’s rate.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of
Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a December unemployment rate of 17.8%.
That figure is higher than November’s revised rate of 15.9%, and up from last December’s rate of 17.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 14%.
Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 8.6%, McKinley at 8.3% and Taos at 8.1%.
In our area: Grant County had 6.9% unemployment in December, Hidalgo County had 7.1% and the Las Cruces area had 6.8%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.6%.
The state unemployment rate for December – at 6.4% – was up slightly from the November revised rate of 6.2% but down from last December’s rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,199 – with 10,024 employed and 2,175 unemployed.
(Deming) -- The Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce
celebrated its year with a 1950s sock hop and awards banquet Saturday Night.
The organization used the evening to officially pass the gavel from 2012 president Gary Meyers to 2013 president Jessica Johnson-Etcheverry.
According to the Deming Headlight, the Outstanding Citizens of the Year were twins Gertrude and Geraldine Kretek.
The top Businessperson of the Year for 2012 was Lois Tharp of Tharp’s Flowers.
The top New Business of the Year was Benji’s Restaurant.
The top Agribusiness of the Year for 2012 was Hartman Farms, owned by Don and Cheryl Hartman.
And the top Education Person of the Year was Deming High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Larry Von Tress.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials have identified one of the five people found shot to death in a New Mexico home as a Fire Department chaplain who also worked with jail inmates.
Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen says Greg Griego's calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed.
Metropolitan Detention Center Chief Ramon Rustin says Griego volunteered at the jail for 13 years and was instrumental in the creation of its chaplain program.
The Bernalillo County sheriff's department has yet to release the names of anyone found dead Saturday night in the rural home south of Albuquerque. However, they have confirmed that a 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting.
Detectives are still processing evidence at the home Sunday afternoon.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
A 15-year-old boy fatally shot two adults and three children at a home near Albuquerque, authorities said Sunday.
The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings Saturday night at the home in a rural area 10 miles southwest of downtown Albuquerque, Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman Aaron Williamson said.
The victims' identities haven't been released, and the boy's motive and connection to the five victims weren't immediately known. Williamson said investigators were trying to determine if the victims were related.
"We are trying to identify the victims," Williamson said.
Each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, he said.
Investigators also were trying to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle.
Authorities declined to release details of any conversation that the 15-year-old had with investigators.
The teenager was booked on two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.
On Sunday, a police roadblock cut off public access to the narrow dirt road that leads to the home.
Detectives were still processing the crime scene Sunday afternoon.
Peter Gomez, a 54-year-old carpenter who lives about 200 yards from the home, said he saw police vehicles and ambulances arrive Saturday night.
Gomez said he doesn't know the family that lives at the house, but he has seen a married couple and their two boys and two girls from time to time.
"It's a horrible thing," Gomez said. "You see all this stuff that happens all over the country, the shootings in the schools and theaters, and then it happens right here. It's sad."
(Deming) - It was down to the wire for the Deming Wildcats against the Artesia Bulldogs Saturday night in Deming.
Deming took the game into overtime and lead with just seconds remaining
until Artesia hit a three point shot… giving the Bulldogs the game 70-69.
Scoring for the Cats:
Eric Saenz - 32
Phillip Longoria – 3
Dominic Saenz – 15
Ernesto Salcedo – 6
Richard Regalado – 7
Jerome Sandoval – 2
Alec Parra – 2
The cats shot 14 out of 22 free throws… and scored 2 three pointers.
The Cats had 12 turnovers Artesia had 10.
Deming had 33 rebounds and Artesia had 46.
Cats go to 14 and 4 overall.
Deming JV won 67-55 earlier.
Next broadcast game will be Tuesday when the Cats travel to Las Cruces Mayfield at 7pm.
Then on Friday the Ladycats play at home against Artesia. That game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KOTS.
Join Danny Rodriguez Monday morning at around 7:20 during the KOTS 7am News block for your Wildcat Sports Wrap-up.
(Deming) - The Roswell Coyotes came to Deming Friday with a 13-0 perfect record. But left with a
record 13-1 their first loss of the season. Final score Deming 58 – Roswell 56.
The Deming Wildcats after defeating the #1 team in the state, now go to 14-3 overall and #7 in the
Scoring for the Cats:
Eric Saenz - 13
Dominic Saenz - 13
Jerome Sandoval - 10
Phillip Longoria - 6
Ernesto Saucedo - 6
Alec Parra - 5
Richard Regalado - 4
The Cats shot 11 out of 15 free throws scoring 1 three pointer.
Deming had 4 turnovers and so did Roswell. Cats had 31 rebounds Roswell had 34.
Cats were too quick for the Coyotes, holding onto outstanding defense.
Earlier, the Roswell JV team defeated Deming JV 73-69.
Next game for the Wildcats will be tomorrow (Saturday) at 3:30 against Artesia Bulldogs.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Armando Gonzales, age 41, of Bayard, was arrested for DUI, unlawful use of a license and careless driving… John Bell, age 47, of Trinity, Texas, was arrested for DUI and on an improper lane driving violation… Cynthia Frichette, age 50, was arrested for aggravated battery on a peace officer.
Yvonne Martinez, age 22, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… David Loughborough, age 33, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation.
Lino Solano, age 32, was cited for shoplifting at K-mart… Adelina Camunez, age 34, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart… and Jennifer Quarrell, age 32, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.
(Deming) – Attendance at the 2012 Southwestern New Mexico State Fair was down Friday due to conflicts with school in session and the homecoming football game, but Saturday’s attendance was strong.
That information was presented among reports at the annual meeting of the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair
Association Thursday night.
Two of the four current board members whose terms were expiring were re-elected to three-year terms. Re-elected were Marty Miller and Susie Swope.
And two more people – Berenda McWright and Cal Wenzel – were elected to three-year terms.
Officers for 2013 are President Sandy Gunter… Vice-President Susie Swope… Secretary Berenda McWright… and Treasurer Genea Caldwell.
And the 2013 fair dates were announced.This year’s fair is set for October 9th-13th, which means it will again follow the Southern New Mexico State Fair, which is set for October 1st-6th.
Caldwell said they’ve already contracted with Bennett Carnival – the same carnival that does the Great American Duck Race each August and was part of the 2012 fair.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Santiago Mancillas, age 23, was arrested for battery on a household member… Justin Tovar, age 19, was arrested for battery on a household member… Dale Dorrance, age 52, was arrested for shoplifting… Don Dorrance, age 48, of Orlando, Florida, was arrested for accessory to shoplifting.
Sonya Meraz, age 36, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Tonya Paetz, age 28, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Jacob Esparza, age 25, of El Paso, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… and a 17-year-old boy was cited for two counts
of battery that occurred at Deming High School.
Also… a 23-year-old Deming man reported a case of identity theft after learning that his information was used to obtain over $1,200 in financial aid at a Houston, Texas, university.
(Deming - AP) – A new report released by a nonprofit organization gives New Mexico a top ranking for providing breakfasts to low-income students at schools.
The report by the Food Research and Action Center says 70 percent of low-income students in New Mexico who receive lunch also got breakfasts during the 2011-2012 school year.
That's up from about 64 percent the year before.
The Albuquerque Journal says the report's rankings are the first since a new state law took effect. The law requires high poverty elementary schools – like those in the Deming Public School District – to serve breakfast in the first minutes of class.