Open Casting Call Friday 3/20/13 10:55a
(Deming) – There will be an open casting call this Friday for “Enemy Way,” the movie starring Forest Whitaker to be filmed in Deming.
Officials with On Location Casting have announced that they will be casting hundreds of extras, featured extras and a few stand-ins from the local area.
The open call is for persons of all ages and types.
Talent specs include a motorcycle double for star Forest Whitaker, and all ethnicities of extras – male and female – to work as Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement or medical first responders, upscale politician-types with professional attire, Mexican cumbia musicians and Latin dancers, Hispanic laborers, waiters and waitresses, hikers, Mosque attendees, and more. All ages are welcome.
They also are looking for drivers with vehicles that are not red, white or black.
The shoot dates will be April 3rd through May 3rd, with various time requirements depending on the role.
Compensation is listed as minimum wage or higher, with overtime after eight hours and lunch and snacks provided.
Anyone interested in applying at the open casting call should go to the Desert Vista RV Village conference room, 2020 Hatch Highway, this Friday between 4-7 p.m.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Raul Hernandez Pereda, age 69, was arrested for DUI, driving while license was suspended or revoked, no insurance, no safety belts, expired registration, on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear.
Emmanuel Maynes, age 43, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and Miriam Barrera, age 24, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear.
Also… a 51-year-old Deming man reported being the victim of identity theft after learning that someone already filed an income tax report using his personal information… and a 2004 Yamaha dirt bike reported stolen out of Eddy County was recovered by the Deming Police Department.
(Deming) – A large dump site containing hazardous materials was recently discovered in Luna County.
Luna County Emergency Service Director Mark Jasso said the dump was located on West Florida, past Sky View Road, in the county.
The site was found by Luna County Code Officer Frankie Tarazon and Keep Luna County Beautiful Coordinator Jessica Etcheverry while the two were searching for illegal dumping areas.
Jasso said employees from several county departments – including the road department, detention center, Keep Luna County Beautiful and Sheriff’s Department – worked together to remove over 1,460 pounds of trash, needles and household waste from the area.
Jasso said the case has been turned over to the Luna County Sheriff’s Department for investigation.
Luna Unemployment Tops 20% 3/19/13 10:57a
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in January topped 20% -- the only county in New Mexico to reach the milestone and one of only two counties in the state with double-digit unemployment.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a January unemployment rate of 20.2%.
That figure is higher than December’s revised rate of 18.1%, and up from last January’s rate of 19.9%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 15.1%.
Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 9.3%, McKinley at 8.8% and Taos at 8.7%.
In our area: Grant County had 7.3% unemployment in January, Hidalgo County had 7.1% and the Las Cruces area had 7.6%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.7%.
The state unemployment rate for January – at 6.6% – was the same as December’s revised rate but down from last January’s rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 11,943 – with 9,533 employed and 2,410 unemployed.
Crime Report 3/18/13 11:24a
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
David Grado, age 32, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for burglary and conspiracy, for driving while license was suspended or revoked, and on a Grant County warrant for failure to pay fines… Nicholas Kienitz, age 32, was arrested for assault…
Luis Zuniga, age 43, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked and on a District Court warrant for a child support violation… Ralph Hernandez, age 26, was arrested on a District Court warrant for violating a protection order… Mario Padilla, age 25, was arrested for unlawful use of a license… Dina Garcia, age 40, was arrested for interference with officers… Jenee Moore, age 22, was arrested for interference with officers… Carlos Rodriguez, age 20, was arrested for minor allowing self to be served alcohol…
Larx Villa, age 56, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Robert Shores, age 35, was arrested on two District Court warrants for probation violations… Avelardo Gallosa, age 25, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Michelle Wilson, age 31, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Guillermo Armendariz, age 43, of Roswell, was arrested on a Chaves County warrant for failure to comply with conditions or probation…
Douglas Howard, age 60, of Richmond, Kentucky, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and having an expired registration… and Jesus Torres-Compean, age 37, was cited for careless driving.
And in juvenile news… a 16-year-old boy was charged with false imprisonment… a 17-year-old boy was cited for trespassing at a residence… and a 12-year-old boy was cited for disturbing the peace.
Also… a television, DVD player and 80 DVDs with a combined value of over $2,100 were taken from a residence in Columbus… 20-feet of chain-link fence off Florida Street Southwest sustained $1,000 in criminal damage… a tailgate valued at $500 was taken off a pickup parked at Starmax… over $400 in criminal damage occurred to a television and wall at a motel off Cedar Street… a clothes driver and jewelry were taken from a residence off Calle Ricardo… an alarm clock and bedding with a combined value of over $200 were taken from a motel off Cedar Street… and over $150 was reported embezzled from an account by a caregiver.
(Deming) – A significant amount of marijuana was seized at the Columbus port of entry at just after 9 a.m. Saturday.
A narcotics canine working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port alerted to a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup being driven by 23-year-old Daniel Gonzalez Acosta of Nuevo Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Officers then scanned the vehicle with a density meter, and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband.
A closer examination revealed a number of bundles of marijuana hidden in the floor of the cab and bed of the pickup.
The seizure total was 451 pounds.
Gonzales Acosta was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
And that was only one bust. Officers working at the ports in Columbus and Antelope Wells seized another 955 pounds of marijuana in five other incidents this weekend.
(Deming) – A distracted driver appears to be at the center of the Wal-Mart accident Saturday afternoon.
The driver, 60-year-old Robert Sheppard of Hachita, told officers he was eating while driving in the Wal-Mart parking lot and began to choke. That’s when he lost control of the red pickup he was driving, struck a white SUV, and then ran into an outdoor barbecue grill near the east entrance of Wal-Mart, and ultimately hit the Wal-Mart wall.
Sheppard, Wal-Mart employee Robin Saucedo and customer Dirk Barris were all transported to the hospital with injuries.
Saucedo and Barris both sustained their injuries when the propane bottle powering the grill was ignited by a spark from the accident and exploded.
The driver and two passengers in the white SUV were uninjured.
Wal-Mart was closed for several hours Saturday afternoon as employees attempted to deal with the effects of the accident.
(Deming) -- Deming’s Walmart was the scene of a fiery explosion Saturday afternoon when a two vehicle accident caused a massive explosion on the east entrance to the store. Eye witnesses report that a SUV collided with a truck at around noon Saturday… sending the truck veering out of control and into a food service trailer that was parked outside the Walmart store. Eye witnesses to the accident report that the vehicle hit a propane tank sending the tank through the wall of the store causing a massive explosion… destroying a Red Box video rental machine and launching a man who was at the Red Box machine into the air. Eye witnesses tell KOTS/KDEM three people were transported to the local Hospital. At this time, KOTS KDEM cannot confirm the extent of injuries or the exact amount of people injured. We are getting reports of 3 or 4 people injured.
I-10 Gage Rest Area to Be Closed 3/15/13 11:38a
(Deming) – The Interstate 10 rest area near Gage will be closed to the public for about a month beginning Monday.
State Department of Transportation officials reportedly will be conducting maintenance operations at the Gage rest area, located off the westbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 61.
DOT crews will be improving the parking lot, which will involve the movement of large equipment, prompting the temporary closure.
The closure is scheduled to run from Monday through April 18th.
Two People Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charges 3/15/13 11:19a
(Deming) – Two vehicles reported stolen out of Albuquerque were recovered at the Columbus port of entry Thursday headed to Mexico, and an Albuquerque man and teen have been charged with the crimes.
31-year-old Vicente Villela of Albuquerque and a 17-year-old boy are both facing charges of receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles. Villela also was wanted on two Bernalillo County warrants for failure to appear.
Villela was stopped after trying to elude U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
Officers spotted a 2005 Dodge Durango approaching the border at about 6:30 Thursday morning where they were conducting southbound operations. They then saw the driver stop and turn the vehicle around, driving north, away from the inspection site.
Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle and stopped it two miles north of the border on Highway 11. A check showed the vehicle was reported stolen in Albuquerque.
The teen was arrested at about 8:30 Thursday morning after driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup to the border inspection site. A records check showed it, too, was reported stolen in Albuquerque.