(Deming) – A two-vehicle accident Wednesday evening sent one woman to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.
70-year-old Sharon Wright of Deming was transported by ambulance after her 2008 Honda SUV struck a 2002 Chrysler van at the intersection of Solana Road Southwest and the Columbus Highway at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wright said she was driving south on the Columbus Highway when the van, driven by 51-year-old Doreen Byron of Deming, crossed the road in front of her. Wright said she didn’t have time to avoid the collision.
Byron said she was driving east on Solana, stopped at the intersection of Columbus Road, and then proceeded across the road.
Byron was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic after stopping.
(Deming) – A Deming woman was arrested after being caught in a classroom at Deming High School at about 12:30 Friday morning.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said 24-year-old Alexandria Martinez took a family member’s vehicle without permission, and the key ring which contained the vehicle’s keys also contained keys to Deming High School, where the family member was employed.
Gigante said two of his officers on bike patrol – Lee Cook and Zach Sigman – noticed a maroon pickup in the high school parking lot and a light inside a classroom, and stopped to investigate.
Cook and Sigman saw Martinez rummaging through a box in the classroom.
Gigante said the two were observing Martinez when their police radios went off, spooking Martinez, who fled the classroom but not the building.
School officials arrived and unlocked the high school, so officers could search for Martinez, who was found hiding.
Martinez was charged with breaking-and-entering.
(Deming) – A Deming man is in jail after sending another man to the hospital with multiple stab wounds to the head.
19-year-old Omar Barrera was charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence after he allegedly stabbed an 18-year-old man in the head with two different knives.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said the wounds were superficial and required staples, but did not appear to be life-threatening.
Gigante said the incident happened at a mobile home off East Fourth Street at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim said Barrera fled on foot after the attack, and officers found him walking near Milo Park.
The fight reportedly was the continuation of an altercation several days prior that may have involved graffiti near the t-ball fields.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A raging blaze in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest has grown to 57 square miles just as firefighters finish setting up protections around a nearby historic mining town.
Officials said Thursday that persistent hot and dry weather over the Silver Fire caused it to expand another 10 square miles overnight.
The wildfire is expected to burn more acreage throughout the week spilling smoke into nearby towns.
Incident management team supervisor Keith Halloran told the Silver City Daily Press (http://bit.ly/13V1g9b
) that even if embers or other fire enter the fuel break around Kingston, there should be no impact to the village.
Crews worked to build protection the Kingston and Royal John Mine areas as soon as the lightning-caused fire started June 7. More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.
(Deming) – Members of the Deming Elks Lodge hosted the National Choir Boys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Friday and Saturday.
The group is comprised of members from New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota, California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado.
Lodge members were assisted by the Choir Boys and the local Border Patrol Explorers in their annual Flag Day ceremony Friday.
The ceremony featured eight flags and their histories, the POW/MIA flag, and various tributes to the flag.
Organizers said the National Elks Organization is the only major organization to recognize the annual observance of Flag Day and lobbied for its official designation.
Then the lodge served as the starting and ending location for the first annual motorcycle run to benefit fallen and wounded law enforcement officers.
Approximately 100 members of the Choir Boys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club participated.
The slogan for the event was “Riding for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Gabino Luna, age 47, was arrested on a District Court warrant for criminal sexual penetration of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a minor, forcing a minor to view pornography, intimidation of a witness and contributing to the delinquency of a minor… Jose Tarango, age 19, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for battery against a household member, interfering with communication and causing criminal damage to the property of a household member, and on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… Luis Munoz, age 28, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for battery against a household member… and a 15-year-old girl was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Also… a 76-year-old Deming man reported being the victim of fraud after sending $500 through a telephone solicitation to help someone who the caller reported was in need… a tow hitch, tools and other items with a combined value of $300 were taken from a storage facility off Franklin Road Southeast… a television, DVD player and numerous DVDs were taken from a residence off Honeysuckle… and a wallet, Border Patrol badge and other items were taken from the swimming pool.
(Deming) – A Deming man was injured in a motorcycle accident on the Columbus Highway Monday afternoon.
24-year-old John Fee was transported to the hospital with injuries he sustained in the one-vehicle crash that occurred after he lost control of his 2011 Harley Davidson.
Fee told officers he was driving south on the Columbus Highway near Hood Road at about 4:45 p.m. Monday when the vehicle he was following suddenly slowed to turn, causing him to abruptly apply the brakes to his motorcycle to avoid rear-ending the vehicle.
Fee also was cited for not having a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license, no insurance and no registration.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Adrian Pacheco, age 19, was arrested for DUI… Manuel Rodriguez, age 27, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for two counts of battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, interfering with communications, injuring or tampering with a motor vehicle and causing criminal damage to property… Alejandro Sanchez, age 50, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for battery against a household member…
Javier Gavaldon, age 25, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked, no insurance and having an expired registration… Anthony Cordova, age 27, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked… Jesus Rico, age 26, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked… Alexander Lerma-Flores, age 19, was arrested for unlawful use of a license… Edwin Villezcas, age 18, was arrested for interference with officers and minor allowing self to be served alcohol… Vanessa Garza, age 22, was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart…
Brandi Saenz, age 37, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Gustavo Valenzuela, age 18, of Palomas, Mexico, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Anthony Kienitz, age 30, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… Eric Lucero, age 43, of Safford, Arizona, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear…
Lorenzo Carreon, age 21, of Las Cruces, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants for failure to pay fines… Vanessa Dempsey, age 28, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Joshua Hand, age 29, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Zaida Jimenez, age 19, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Dereck Madrid, age 18, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
In juvenile news… a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were cited for minors allowing themselves to be served alcohol.
And in other news… $3,300 in cash and coins, and video gaming equipment valued at $250, were taken from a residence off South Pear… copper wiring estimated at $1,000 was taken from an electric box off Monte Road SE… a window valued at $200 was broken on a residence off Siesta Road SE… a window valued at $150 was broken on a residence off West Spruce… criminal damage in the form of graffiti was reported behind a closed gas station off East Pine Street… vandalism was reported to a residence off West Birch… and a brush fire was reported after 11 p.m. Sunday near Whirlwind Road and San Diego Road SE.
County Limits Fireworks 6/17/13 11:02a
(Deming) – Luna County officials voted to restrict the sale and use of fireworks because of extreme drought conditions in the area.
The commissioners approved a proclamation during their regular June meeting which prohibits the sale and/or use of certain fireworks, including missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices, within the unincorporated portions of the county.
The proclamation also restricts permitted fireworks to areas that are paved or barren, or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the landowner or general public.
County officials consulted with the state forester and decided that the use of any fireworks in areas designated as “wild lands” – that is, lands covered wholly or in part by timber, brush or native grass – is prohibited.
The proclamation does not apply to the annual City of Deming fireworks show. In fact, state officials are urging residents throughout New Mexico to attend and enjoy display fireworks put on by municipalities instead of igniting their own fireworks this year due to the severe drought.
Fire reaches evacuated NM village; buildings saved.
HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — A fire in southern New Mexico has reached the historic mining town of Kingston but a fire management team spokesman says crews have protected buildings and that none have burned.
The lightning-caused Silver Fire is burning in a rugged area of the Gila National Forest west of Hillsboro. It has burned more than 33 square miles.
Fire officials say the fire continues to grow and that the flames reached Kingston by early Thursday.
Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says crews protected the lookout tower on Hillsboro Peak by wrapping it with fire-resistant material and cleared away burnable fuel around Kingston's several dozen buildings.
He says crews have also built protective lines around the evacuated community.
Firefighters hoped thunderstorms developing in the area Friday afternoon would bring some relief.