(Deming) – There will be a community meeting this Wednesday evening to help officials update Luna County’s Comprehensive Plan.
Organizers are asking for public participation to help make Luna County a better place to live. The planning committee will present their ideas to the public, and accept input. What areas do you feel Luna County should be paying attention to as we grow? Atte
The meeting is set for 6 to 8 p-m this Wednesday at the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center, 2300 East Pine Street. Refreshments will be
served. For more information contact County Planning Director Gabriel Boyle at 543-6624.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Peg Perego recalled hundreds of thousands of strollers Tuesday because children can become trapped and strangled between trays on them. One death has already been reported.
A six-month-old boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation in a stroller
in 2004, while a seven-month-old girl from New York was nearly strangled in
2006, according to Peg Perego USA Inc. The company said entrapment and
strangulation can take place, particularly among those younger than a year old,
when the child is not harnessed into the stroller. If unharnessed, children can
pass through the opening between the tray and the seat bottom and the child's
neck and head can become trapped by the tray.
Peg Perego is recalling approximately 223,000 strollers, which include Venezia
and Pliko-P3 strollers in various colors, made between January 2004 and
Only strollers with a child tray and one cup holder are part of the recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.
The company said the strollers were made before a voluntary industry standard was implemented in January 2008 that addresses the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent
infant entrapment and strangulation hazards. The model numbers are:
The model numbers are:
Pliko-P3 Stroller Model Numbers Venezia
Stroller Model Numbers
IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx IPPF28NA32 IPVA13MU09
IPFT28NA63 IPPF28NA57 IPVA13MU10
IPFT28NA64 IPPF28NA65 IPVA13US09
IPP328MU10 IPPF28NA66 IPVA13US10
IPP328MU09 IPPF28NA67 IPVA13US32
IPP328US09 IPPF28NA68 IPVA13US34
IPP328US10 IPPO28US32 IPVC13NA32
IPP329US10 IPPO28US34 IPVC13NA34
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the strollers and contact Peg Perego for a free repair kit a 1-888-734-6020,
or on its web site, www.PegPeregoUSA.com.
Deming Police Department
(Deming) – The Deming Police Department has been given an “F” when it comes to preventing racial profiling, but Chief Michael Carillo says the grade is unfair.
Deming is listed among the 78% of law enforcement agencies in the state that reportedly have not complied with regulations established by state law to prevent racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday.
The report, published by the NAACP of New Mexico and immigrant advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, revealed that the majority of New Mexico’s departments are not complying with the basic requirements established by the law approved in 2009.
Those requirements make police departments update their rules, publish them and have them available to the public.
Also, departments must keep forms available so people can file complaints if they feel they’ve been the victims of racial
But Carillo said not only has the Deming Police Department had a policy against racial profiling for some time… but that policy was recently updated with the department’s efforts to become accredited by the New Mexico Municipal League.
Carillo said he submitted information and forms on the departments’ process for dealing with complaints about officers in April to the two groups… and told the representative that the Deming department was in the process of revising its policy against racial profiling and he would submit that once completed.
Carillo submitted the completed revised policy by fax on June 6th… and said the grade of “F” is unfair.
(Deming) – A Deming man was arrested at the Columbus port of entry Tuesday after being caught with nearly 300 pounds of marijuana.
66-year-old old Benjamin Espino was turned over to U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling
Columbus Port Director Robert Reza said Espino was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup at just after 3:30 Tuesday morning.
Reza said the pickup was selected for secondary exam… and port officers noticed signs of tampering. An x-ray of the truck showed anomalies in the appearance of the floor of the truck. A narcotics canine also alerted to the floor… and that’s where officers found 276 marijuana-filled bundles weighing 295-pounds.
Reza said Espino is a legal permanent resident from Mexico who lives in Deming.
Although the primary mission of U-S Customs and Border Protection officers is anti-terrorism… their mission also
includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction.
Reza said they screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the U-S.
Officials at the Luna County Detention Center said a photo of Espino was not available due to him being charged with a Federal Crime.
(Deming) - The trial for a Deming family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels is underway in Las Cruces.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports testimony began Wednesday in the trial of New Deal Shooting Sports owner Rick Reese, his wife, Terri, and their sons Ryin and Remington.
The four are accused of selling 34 weapons and ammunition to undercover agents and a Mexican cartel member-turned-government informant from 2010 to July of 2011.
Authorities contend the Reese's fudged firearms purchasing forms during the transactions and laundered the proceeds.
Defense attorneys have argued that the four followed the law, reporting sales of multiple firearms to federal authorities.
The Reese's have pleaded "not guilty" in the case… and their defense attorneys have argued publicly that political fallout from
Operation Fast and Furious prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to accuse the Reese family of allegedly selling guns to individuals posing as straw purchasers.
The trial in U-S District Court is expected to last from two to three weeks.
(Deming) - Luna County ranks in the top 10 hungriest counties in the United States.
Nancy Barnes-Smith with Roadrunner Food Bank in southern New Mexico said Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, reported Luna County has the 10th-highest hunger rate among Hispanics across all U-S
The national food insecurity study also ranked Luna as the county with the highest percentage of hunger in New Mexico at 27-point-one percent… followed by McKinley at 23-point-four percent and San Juan at 19-point-nine percent.
McKinley County has the 6th-highest hunger rate in the nation among American Indians.
Statistics used by Feeding America for their second annual "Map the Meal Gap" national study reportedly were collected
by the U-S Department of Agriculture, the U-S Census Bureau, the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics and The Nielsen Company.
Luna County is served from Roadrunner Food Bank's Las Cruces branch which opened in January of 2011. There are two distribution sites: Helping Hand in the Deming Industrial Park and the Andrew Sanchez Youth Center in Columbus.
Barnes-Smith said both sites are doing the best they can… but she said the need is greater than they can meet.
She said Roadrunner Food Bank is working to enlist community support and establish more food distribution locations. Those locations can be set up to serve on an emergency basis or for regular distribution… and can include sponsoring a Mobile Food Pantry
providing up to 50 pounds of food a month to families in need.
Barnes-Smith can be reached at her Las Cruces office at 575-680-1900. .
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session this Thursday – a week later than the board’s usual meeting date.
Included on the agenda are a number of issues pertaining to the beginning of the school year, including textbook adoption… the 2012-2013 Elementary Parent/Student Handbook… a resolution for participation in the Local Government Road Fund Program administered by the state Department of Transportation… state School Boards Association membership dues… a revised board meeting schedule and legal notice… and several memorandums of understanding with Deming Cesar Chavez Charter High School.
The board also will hear the first reading of this school years’ student and staff handbooks for Cesar Chavez Charter High School.
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 closed session to discuss the former Columbus School building and other properties… a tort and an unemployment claim… and the assignment or resignation of an employee will precede Thursday’s open meeting at 4 p-m.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Josephine Lucero, age 31, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine and was served an extraditable Texas warrant… Thomas Hooten, age 37, was arrested for larceny and on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation…
Anthony Kienitz, age 29, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Hortencia Briones, age 52, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Jesus Ornelas, age 23, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant
for failure to appear… Charlene Jenkins, age 35, of Franklin, Tennessee, who was
already incarcerated, was served a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and
Osbaldo Montes, age 20, who was already incarcerated, was served a Municipal warrant for failure to appear. Also… thieves took over $550 worth of electrical wiring from the former Sunshine Elementary School off the Columbus Highway… and thieves also cut wiring at the B-M-X Park
In other news… a 15-year-old boy with a broken nose reported being jumped by four men while walking along Fourth Street… a small black bull from Mexico was killed after being struck by a car off Highway Nine near mile marker 64… and an iPod valued
at 200-dollars was taken during an event at Courthouse Park.
(Deming) – A Texas man has been hired as the new principal for Ruben Torres Elementary.
Deming Public School Personnel Director Nancy Patterson said Mark Edens brings 16 years of administrative experience in Texas – 12 of those as an elementary
Patterson said four times his campuses were rated “exemplary” in four different districts… and eight times his campuses were rated “recognized” for academic excellence.
Edens also taught Ag Science classes in Texas for 15 years.
He said all students must receive quality and rigorous instruction integrated with a quality curriculum and technology.
Edens is moving to Deming from Grand Prairie, Texas. He holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s in Ag Education – both from Texas Tech University.
Edens was hired to replace Vicki Chavez, who accepted a position as executive director of the Regional Educational Cooperative Center located in T-or-C. In her new position, Chavez will work with schools in Deming, Hatch, Cobre, Animas, Lordsburg, Reserve and T-or-C.