(Deming) – A Deming man was shot in the leg Thursday night by someone who kicked in the door of his residence.
The victim, a 48-year-old man, was flown to El Paso for treatment of the gunshot wound in his lower leg. He told officers he had no idea who shot him.
According to the Deming Police Department report, the victim said a man knocked on the door of his home in the 500 block of South Pearl at about 10:30 Thursday night.
The victim said he went to the door and saw a man wearing a ski mask, then told the man he was calling the police. That’s when the man reportedly kicked in the door of the residence and fired two shots, one of which struck the victim.
The victim’s mother, who also was home at the time of the shooting, called 911. The shooter immediately fled the scene.
The victim described the gun as a “small rifle.”
Police continue to investigate.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Raul Mercado, age 31, was arrested for burglary, larceny and on a Magistrate warrant for larceny… Antonio Grado, age 33, was arrested for burglary and conspiracy… Julio Cesar Alamillo, age 23, was arrested for interference with officers, on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to pay fines… Gabriel Gonzales, age 20, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked, on a safety belt violation and on two Magistrate warrants for failure to pay fines… Jose Garcia, age 23, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… and Randy Morales, age 22, was cited for shoplifting at Kmart.
Also… two televisions and other electronic items with a combined value of $2,000 were taken from a residence off South Gold… a check for $1,200 was written without authorization on a business account for a business off East Pine Street… a vehicle parked at a business off J Street in the Deming Industrial Park was keyed… and a backpack containing $200 worth of clothes and shoes was taken from a vehicle parked off North Acoma Drive.
(Deming) — There is still time to participate in the Deming MainStreet’s annual Chocolate Competition.
Anyone wishing to take part in the chocolate fest should purchase a green wristband for $5 at one of the participating downtown merchants before this Saturday. The wristband will entitle you to sample over 10 different chocolate treats Saturday from 12-3 p.m.
The number of sweet treats available will be based on pre-event sales, so you need to purchase your wristband in advance.
Some of this year’s 12 creations will be chocolate-covered strawberries, Mexican brownies, chocolate-fried bananas, triple chocolate cupcakes and chocolate kettle corn.
Each participant will be given a green sampling box and voting forms with merchant locations to complete the tour.
Wear a green outfit Saturday and you will be able to cast two votes for your favorite chocolate creation.
If you have any questions or need more information, call Deming MainStreet at 545-2436.
(Deming) – Luna County government has received an unqualified audit report for the 2012 fiscal year.
County Manager Kelly Kuenstler said that although four findings – or things needing correcting – were revealed during the latest independent county audit, auditors were able to give the county another unqualified audit report with no material weaknesses for the year.
An unqualified report is issued when auditors have reviewed financial statements and the statements are free of material misstatements and accepted accounting principles have been followed.
Kuenstler said two of the deficiencies revealed had to do with personnel. In one finding, involuntary termination was not paid out in accordance with employment law, and in the other, several employees’ personnel files did not contain PERA exclusion forms as required.
Another deficiency stemmed from a lack of control and oversight in the grant’s department, although Kuenstler said that problem was recognized a year ago and software was purchased during the 2012 fiscal year to correct the problem.
And the final deficiency was that the county’s audit report was not submitted in a timely fashion, although the auditor stated in the finding that it was the auditor who had not completed the report by the due date.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Esteban Camacho, age 18, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for aggravated burglary and conspiracy, and on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and criminal damage estimated at $1,500 occurred to a cinderblock fence west of the Columbus port of entry.
(Deming) – Keep Luna County Beautiful officials are hosting 20 Keep America Beautiful affiliates from across New Mexico this week.
The initial “Meet and Greet” is set for Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the St Clair Winery east of Deming.
Residents are invited to meet the community and New Mexico affiliates and learn more about the upcoming Great American Cleanup kickoff event sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.
Then Friday, the 2013 Great American Cleanup Kickoff will take place from 9-11 a.m. at Bataan Elementary School.
Keep Luna County Beautiful Director Jessica Etccheverry said this year’s event will focus on educating children on the importance of recycling.
Also, there will be a “Mascot Recycling Challenge” were local mascots race to see who can put all of the recyclables in the right container first.
(Deming) – Residents are invited to a community open house on the Deming Downtown Master Plan Thursday.
The Draft Deming Downtown Master Plan is available on the city’s website: www.cityofdeming.org.
The purpose of the plan is to revitalize downtown Deming.
Organizers hope to create vibrant public gathering spaces that draw residents and tourists… create pedestrian and bicycle facilities… create a business-friendly atmosphere… and promote opportunities and create venues for community events and the arts.
The community open house is set for 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Deming Downtown Conference Center at 119 East Pine, just east of Morgan Hall.
Anyone interested in downtown revitalization is encouraged to stop by.
Call Deming MainStreet Director Bill Duncan at 494-1294 for more information.
(Deming) – The Luna County Commissioners will meet in regular session Thursday.
Included on the agenda is a lease agreement with Cattlemex for the Columbus Stockyards… a resolution authorizing a grant agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority for a wastewater master plan… a resolution approving submission of the Tulip Landfill Grant… the appointment of a Natural Resources Committee as revised… an RFP award for the Starmax Arcade… the Luna County Road Atlas… and an agreement between the detention center and Presbyterian Medical Services.
Also, service awards will be presented to Margaret Zamora for 10 years with the Detention Center, and to John Blandford for 10 years with the Road Department.
The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in the commission chambers, located on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
District Court Judge Jennifer Delaney
(Deming) – Luna County’s attempt to permanently bar a local activist from attending commission meetings fell short Tuesday.
Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Delaney dismissed the county’s application for a permanent injunction to keep Larry Caldwell from attending county meetings or approaching county officials, saying the county had not met the threshold required to approve such an action.
Delaney also told Caldwell that we live in a time of heightened sensitivity to threats – either real or perceived – and Caldwell needed to be aware of how comments can affect people.
The county filed a temporary restraining order on Caldwell after the February 14thcommission meeting when Caldwell was found to have a utility knife in his possession.
Courthouse security staffer Moses Pastran said Caldwell made a comment about “cutting somebody’s throat” with the knife, but Caldwell testified that he said he didn’t bring the knife to cut anyone’s throat and that Pastran misunderstood him.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Jesus Barron, age 25, and Victor Perez, age 19 – both of Deming, and Derrick Kuhn, age 24, of Alabama, were arrested by the Border Operations Task Force for possession with intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance and conspiracy…
Jerry Richey, age 27, was arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and three counts of bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment… Eric Meraz, age 27, was arrested for criminal trespass at a residence…
Pearl Barela-Bechtel, age 54, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Edward Lynch, age 39, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Ashley Hernandez, age 28, of Silver City, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… and Vanessa Suarez, age 26, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… a pickup tailgate valued at $800 was taken off a vehicle parked at Starmax… window molding valued at nearly $250 was taken off a vehicle parked off East Birch… and $150 worth of paint was taken from a location off South Country Club Road.