(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Ingrid Gonzalez, age 19, was arrested on three counts of criminal sexual penetration and contributing to the delinquency of a child… Noah Jimenez, age 32, was arrested for battery against a household member and on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear… Jeremiah Marquart, age 32, was arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia…
Walter Butz, age 55, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Amanda Fisher, 36, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Kimberly Gaco, age 30, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Luis Antonio Lugo, age 33, was arrested on a Socorro County warrant for failure to appear… Tyler Fredrickson, age 21, of Silver City, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and Tanya Leanos, age 19, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
And in other news… $4,700 in cash and consumables were taken from a restaurant off East Pine; over $500 in damage to a door and window occurred during the break-in… a utility trailer valued at $1,500 was taken from a location off El Dorado Road Northeast… a bicycle valued at $700 was taken from a location off Klondike… a windshield valued at $300 was damaged on a car parked off East Pine… and $150 in damage to a fence occurred off Arrowhead Road.
(Deming) – Deming High School will be hosting pre-registration next week for current 8th through 11th graders and their parents.
Principal Janean Garney said parents are encouraged to attend and assist their high school-age children in selecting electives for the 2013-2014 school year.
Pre-registration will be held in the high school main campus cafeteria Monday through Thursday of next week, depending on the first letter of the student’s last name.
Garney said they will be holding 30-minute sessions each evening beginning at 5 p.m. and running until 7 p.m. Parents and students should plan on attending one session.
Students whose last names begin will A-G will pre-register on Monday, April 15th… last names H-N will be Tuesday, April 16th… last names O-U will be Wednesday, April 17th… and last names V-Z will be Thursday, April 18th.
Again, there will be four 30-minute sessions each evening from 5-7, and students and parents should plan to attend one on their designated night.
By the way, pre-registration for current 7th grade students who will be attending 8th grade next school year will be the following Monday and Wednesday.
Pre-registration for current 7th grade students will take place in the Red Mountain Middle School cafeteria from 5-7 p.m.
Students whose last names begin with A-M will pre-register for 8th grade on Monday, April 22nd… and students whose last names begin with N-Z will pre-register on Wednesday, April 24th.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in March topped 20% again.
Luna is the only county in New Mexico to reach the 20% milestone – where we have been the last three months.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a March unemployment rate of 20.5%, up from the revised February unemployment of 20.1%. Last March’s rate was 19.8%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 14.4%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 9.1%, and Taos and McKinley – both at 8.9%.
In our area, Grant County had 7% unemployment in March, Hidalgo County had 6.9% and the Las Cruces area had 7.7%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.7%.
The state unemployment rate for March – at 6.9% – was up slightly from the February revised rate of 6.8%, and the same as last March’s rate of 6.9%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,152 – with 9,661 employed and 2,491 unemployed.
John Strand Municipal Building, Deming
(Deming) – Local law enforcement and emergency medical responders will be participating in a training exercise Saturday morning in downtown Deming.
Police Chief Brandon Gigante said the live scenario exercise is a continuation of a tabletop exercise that took place Tuesday which involved a response to a hypothetical situation involving an active shooter in municipal court, which is located in the John Strand Municipal Building.
Gigante stressed that Saturday’s live exercise is only a drill, so local law enforcement and medical personnel can practice what they would do in the case of such a real-life event.
Gigante said the exercise Saturday will run from 8 a.m.-noon and residents can expect some minor traffic interruptions in front of city hall.
Again, local law enforcement and emergency medical responders will be participating in a training exercise Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon in downtown Deming. Residents should not be alarmed if they notice a lot of activity near the John Strand Municipal Building during that time.
Pena Still at Large 4/19/13 11:07a
Deming) – A man caught burglarizing a vehicle, then fleeing and wrecking his automobile, is still at large after escaping custody earlier this month.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said they are asking for the public’s help in finding 23-year-old Daniel Pena, who is wanted for aggravated burglary, breaking and entering, aggravated fleeing, escape from custody, resisting or evading officers, concealing his identity, larceny, disposing of stolen property and on a probation violation.
Gigante said they received a call on April 10th that someone was breaking into a vehicle in the 600 block of Santa Monica.
Pena drove off from the crime scene at a high rate of speed, lost control of his car and crashed into a brick wall near Calle Jaime and East Birch, then took off on foot and was found hiding nearby.
Pena was in the process of being taken to the hospital for medical clearance when he somehow got the window on the police unit down and escaped from custody.
Anyone with information on Pena’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Deming Police Department at 546-3012, or use TipSoft by anonymously submitting information via text to LUNATIP at CRIMES – or 274637, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 546-7800.
You could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Jesus Rico, age 26, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and driving while license was suspended or revoked… Justin Tovar, age 20, was charged with causing criminal damage to property… Javier Garcia, age 24, was picked up for a federal probation violation… Cruz Coss, age 20, was picked up for a federal probation violation… Jason Thompson, age 33, was arrested on a District Court warrant and on two Municipal warrants for failure to appear… Natividad Delgado-Chavez, age 36, of Mexico, was arrested on a Lea County warrant for failure to appear… Jason Nemec, age 37, was picked up on a Municipal warrant… and a 16-year-old boy was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also… a metal roof blew off a mobile home in the Triste Road area during Wednesday’s wind storm, hitting and breaking a power pole and causing $2,500 worth of damage… jewelry and a silverware set with a combined value of $300 were taken from a residence off South Zinc… a guitar valued at nearly $300 was taken from a residence off West Birch… and graffiti was discovered at eight separate business locations around town.
(Deming) – There will be a bike rodeo at Torres Elementary Friday.
Safe Routes to School Program champion Albert Montez will lead activities for 3rd-5th graders beginning at 8:45 Friday morning.
Officers from the Deming Police Department will conduct courses to demonstrate proper bicycle safety techniques and instruct students in the rules of the road.
Ben Archer Health Center will provide healthy snacks for the participating students and will furnish age-appropriate health information.
Molina Healthcare will set up a “smoothie bike” where students choose a favorite flavor and create their own “smoothie” drink by riding a bike.
Also assisting in the bike rodeo Friday will be representatives from the Deming High School Youth Council and staff and volunteers from Torres Elementary and the school district.
Commissioners Meet 4/18/13 11:17a
(Deming) – The Luna County Commissioners will meet in special session Friday.
Included on the agenda is an amended notice of fees… a sale agreement for the Luna County Stockyards… continuation of the Rural Primary Health Care Act grant agreement with Presbyterian Medical Services… a joint powers agreement with the Village of Columbus for law enforcement services… and the 2014 Fire Protection Fund distribution applications for the county’s four volunteer fire departments.
Also, there will be a presentation by Michael Quintana of the State Land Office.
The special meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the commission chambers, located on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Tony Maynes, age 48, was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault against a household member, battery against a household member, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a felon… Esteban Cano, age 22, was arrested for battery against a household member… Rebekah Teague, age 31, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for abandonment or abuse of a child… and a 15-year-old boy was charged with forgery.
School Board Meets 4/17/13 11:23a
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in three sessions Thursday.
According to the legal notices, the first meeting will be at 2 p.m. when the board meets in special session to review summer school data, the December quarterly report and the Facilities Master Plan. No action will be taken.
Again, that special work session is set to begin at 2 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public.
Then the board will been in executive – or closed session – at 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss limited personnel, pending litigation and the acquisition or disposal of real property.
And the regular monthly meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The regular monthly meeting is open to the public.