(Deming) – For the fourth time in as many weeks, the tailgate bandits have struck again.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said a tailgate was taken off a pickup parked off Emerson Drive sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
Gigante said the targets are early 2000 model General Motors pickups. At least two of the victims had parked their trucks at Starmax, while the latest was in a residential area.
Nothing else on the pickups has been tampered with.
Gigante said his detectives are working on possible markets for the tailgates, since the thieves are probably selling them for quick cash.
He also said anyone with any information on the tailgate thieves is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 546-7800 or text a tip through TipSoft.
TipSoft is the new service for people to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the internet, a text message, or by downloading the TipSubmit app to their mobile phone.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by visiting www.lunacountynm.us or by texting LUNATIP plus your message to CRIMES – or 274637.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Carlos Quintana, age 63, was arrested for DUI… Lorenzo Jaramillo, age 24, was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member, shooting from a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, abandonment or abuse of a child, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Shelly Hargrove, age 41, was arrested for forgery, identity theft, resisting or obstructing an officer, on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on two Municipal warrants for failure to appear… Rafael Parra, age 20, was arrested for reckless driving… Lino Solano, age 33, was arrested for forgery and identity theft.
Uriel Ortiz, age 25, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Anthony Porter, age 19, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation and for minor allowing self to be served alcohol… Carolyn Polk, age 51, of Hurley, was arrested on a District Court arrest warrant… Alfredo Flores, age 31, of Las Cruces, was arrested on three warrants – two Magistrate and one Municipal… Jesus Baeza, age 26, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Brian Lundy, age 51, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Allen Alfred, age 18, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Omar Avila, age 24, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Lorenzo DeLaTorre, age 72, of Columbus, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear.
Everado Balderas, age 18, was cited for no driver’s license, careless driving and failing to immediately notify authorities of an accident… Jose Espinoza, age 19, was cited for minor allowing self to be served alcohol… and Ashley Holguin, age 21, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also, a windshield valued at $250 was damaged on a vehicle parked off South Copper.
School Board Meets 3/25/13 10:57a
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in two special sessions Tuesday.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the first meeting is for a work session to discuss the Facilities Master Plan. No action will be taken.
The first special session is set to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting is open to the public.
Then board members are slated to attend the Spring 2013 Region VIII meeting of the New Mexico School Board Association in Animas, which qualifies as a second special session.
The association meeting is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Animas Public Schools cafeteria. It also is open to the public.
(Deming) – Several Deming FFA teams excelled during the District Career Development Events competition over the weekend held in Deming and Silver City.
The Deming Farm Business Management Team placed first in its competition, with Brannick Sweetser as highpoint individual, Tel Pickett at 2nd, Keri Hays at 4th and Graham Borden at 5th. The Farm Business Management Team has placed first in every qualifying invitational they attended this year.
Also winning the district for Deming were the Entomology team with Aubree Brabson as highpoint, Makenzie Head at 2nd, Mikaela Morris at 3rd, Jaida Green - 4th and Kaitlyn Reed - 5th… the Meats team with Skylar Miller as highpoint and Tristen Evans - 3rd… the Pasture and Range team with Jason Lewis at highpoint and Stephanie Swope - 2nd… and the Floriculture team with Stacy Swope at 2nd and Mikaela Morris at 4th.
Placing second at district were the Homesite team with Annie Kuenstler as highpoint individual… the Landscape Design team with Jessica Hays - 2nd, Mattie Wiseman - 3rd and Taylor Scepka - 5th… the Crops team with Tel Pickett - 4th… and the Agricultural Mechanics team.
FFA District 6 consists of teams from Deming as well as Las Cruces, Mayfield, Mesilla Valley Christian, Gadsden, Silver City, Cliff, Reserve, Animas and Hot Springs high schools.
The eight Deming teams that qualified will be competing in Las Cruces April 10th-13th.
The Deming FFA advisor is Larry Von Tress.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board reorganized at its regular monthly meeting Thursday – but the boards’ officers are remaining for another year.
Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Viramontes swore in newly elected members John Sweetser and Ron Wolfe. The two had previously been sworn in in Santa Fe at a statewide school board training during the legislative session.
The meeting was opened by School Superintendent Harvielee Moore before the first item of business – electing a president for the upcoming year. Bayne Anderson, who served as president last year, was re-elected by a unanimous vote of the members present.
Dr. Andy Hernandez was re-elected vice-president, and Ruben Torres, who was not at the meeting because of a family emergency, was re-elected Secretary.
In other school news… the New Mexico Activities Association has proposed a new alignment beginning with the 2014-2015 school year that would place Deming in a district with Mayfield, Las Cruces High and Gadsden.
Athletic and Activities Director Mike Ellis said the move would affect activities like band and chorus as well as athletics and cheer.
Ellis said they plan to appeal.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
David Cervantes, age 25, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Jody Najera, age 45, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Annette Fushin, age 38, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Socorro County warrant for failure to appear… Margret Elizalde, age 36, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Edgar Palomares, age 20, was cited for minor allowing self to be served alcohol.
Also… five rings with a combined value of $5500 were taken from a residence off Encanto Circle… an impact gun and other tools valued at nearly $600 were taken from a shop off San Miguel… and a city dog trap valued at nearly $300 was removed from a location off East Maple.
(Deming) – The Luna County Healthy Start program has received a nearly $450,000 grant to provide services to underserved pregnant and parenting residents in Luna County.
The grant, from the state Children, Youth and Families Department, will allow the local Healthy Start program to continue despite the loss of federal funding last year.
The program is part of a state initiative to serve areas with high teen pregnancy rates, high single-mother birth rates, low median family incomes and high unemployment. Luna County qualifies on every front.
County Staffer Rheganne Vaughn said Luna County Healthy Start is transitioning to an evidence-based model of service delivery, utilizing the national Parents as Teachers program.
The local program was accepted as a national Parents as Teachers affiliate in January, and the staff members recently were certified to administer the curriculum.
The program includes home-visiting services and support groups to help achieve the goals of healthy babies… children who are nurtured by parents and caregivers… children who are physically and mentally ready for school… children and families who are safe… and families who are connected to formal and informal support systems in the community.
Luna County Healthy Start is located in the county annex at 321 West Spruce Street.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Albert Duenas, age 34, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for burglary and larceny… Emmanuel Maynes, age 43, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor… Richard Aguirre, age 50, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… and Timothy Bustillos, age 18, was cited for trespassing at Deming High School.
Also… nearly $300 in criminal damage occurred to a chain-link fence and storage building off West Florida.
School Board Meets 3/20/13 11:14a
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session Thursday.
The meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting is open to the public.
A special session to discuss proposed changes from the New Mexico Activities Association, a legislative update and a school calendar update will precede the regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday. The special meeting is open to the public.
And a closed session to discuss limited personnel matters, pending litigation and the acquisition or disposal of real property will follow the special meeting at 4 p.m. The closed session is not open to the public.
(Deming) – Comcast is offering affordable internet access to low-income families with at least one child in Deming Public Schools.
Comcast officials have said that internet service has become essential for student success.
So, with support from the Deming Public School district, Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials program in Deming to help close the digital divide for low-income residents.
The program offers residential internet service for $9.95 a month plus applicable taxes, and there will be no price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees. Also, families will receive a voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus tax, along with access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.
Eligible families must meet the income requirements that would have qualified them for free or reduced-price school lunches, and must not have subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days.
You can find out if you are eligible by logging on to internetessentials.com or by calling 1-855-846-8376.