(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Luis Mejia, age 39, of Eloy, Arizona, was arrested for aggravated DUI, having an open container, driving while license was suspended or revoked and on an improper lane driving violation… Stanley Stiles, age 51, of Silver City, was arrested for aggravated DUI and on an improper lane driving violation… Jose Lopez, age 27, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, concealing identity and on two District Court warrants.
Kevin Green, age 48, was arrested for aggravated battery… Eric Caballero, age 29, was charged with battery against a household member, burglary and assault… Renee Samaniego, age 18, was arrested for battery… Genesis Vargas, age 18, was arrested for battery… Martin Boyd, age 52, was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member and interference with communications… Ronnie Maynes, age 54, was arrested for interfering with officers… Sammuel Perez, age 31, was arrested for trespassing and shoplifting at Wal-Mart… Felton Nichols II, age 27, of Las Cruces, was arrested for speeding.
Josefina Harris, age 35, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants – one for failure to pay fines and
one for failure to appear… Amado Gonzales, age 77, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Lonnie Harrison, age 22, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to pay fines… and Joseph Torres, age 41, was arrested on a Grant County warrant for failure to appear.
Also… Josefa Torres, age 55, was cited for having a dangerous or vicious animal… and Randy Morales, age 22, was cited for trespassing.
And in other news… $1,000 in criminal damage was reported to a door and door frame on an apartment off West Florida… a window valued at $100 was broken on a residence off South
Tin… a car stereo valued at $100 was taken from a pickup parked off South Gold… and a car battery was taken from a vehicle parked off West Elm.
(Deming) -- Two separate underage drinking parties over the
holiday weekend resulted in a number of arrests and
Arrested in connection with a party in the 1600 block of South Tin was 22-year-old Luis Orozco, who is facing seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Orozco also had a District Court warrant for failure to
The seven minors – boys and girls ages 17-19 – were cited and released.
And Joel Valdez, age 23, was arrested on six counts of selling or giving alcohol to minors in
connection with a party in the 400 block of East Fourth Street.
Also arrested were 19-year-old Juan Valdez for assault on a peace officer, and 20-year-old Carlos
Rodriguez for minor allowing self to be served alcohol and concealing his identity.
The underage drinkers – boys and girls ages 15-19 – were cited and released.
File photo Harris Hawk
(Deming) – A Deming man has been arrested for shooting and
killing a protected hawk.
18-year-old William Hefley was arrested Saturday on a charge of extreme cruelty to animals, but Luna County Sheriff’s Investigator Israel Saenz, Junior, said that charge may be
replaced with federal charges now that the case has been turned over to officials with the NM Department of Game and Fish.
The five–year-old female Harris Hawk belonged to trainer Sherry McDaniel, who had a Falconry Permit for the raptor. The hawk was valued at $3,000.
McDaniel said the hawk was flying west of her residence off Red Rooster Road Saturday just after 5 p.m. when she heard a shotgun blast. She lost visual of the hawk, started calling the hawk to return, and finally checked the locater chip implanted in the hawk which indicated the bird was no longer moving.
McDaniel and two friends started running toward the signal indicator and saw Hefley fire a
22-caliber rifle at the hawk, which was on the ground.
Saenz said Hefley admitted to initially shooting the hawk with a 20-gauge shotgun from about
30-yards away, and intended to finish the bird with the 22-rifle, but believes he missed with the second shot. The hawk died as a result of the shotgun hit.
Hefley said he was in the area with a shotgun to kill his grandmother’s dog, which was sick and
SOUTHWEST DESERT/MIMBRES BASIN- INCLUDING THE CITIES
MON NOV 26 2012
.TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS AROUND 70. WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH.
.TONIGHT...CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.TUESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S. EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS AROUND 30. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH.
.WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S. EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING
TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.
.THURSDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.
.FRIDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.
.SATURDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS 65 TO 70.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.
.SUNDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S.
(Deming) – The Deming Wildcats ranked #5 in the
state, played in the Quarterfinals and took on the #4-ranked Belen Eagles Friday night. The Cats went into the game
with nine straight wins and the Eagles took on the Cats with 4 straight wins under their belt.
Cats go to 9 and 3 overall… Loose after a 7 game winning streak to Belen Eagles.. Final score Belen 40 Wildcat 6.
Belen scored once in first quarter.. twice in second.
Cats scored once in second period by David Padron.
The point after was no good.
Belen scored once in the third and twice in the 4th quarter.
Deming failed to score in the second half.
The Cats end the season losing in the quarterfinals with a 9-3 record.
This season has been the best season for the Cats since… 1975-1975.
Danny Rodriguez said that about 300 people made the trip from Deming to support the
Cats in Belen. Coach Fernando Holguin said the send off to Belen that local residents gave to the Cats was amazing and appreciated.
Listen to KOTS Monday morning at about 7:15 during the 7AM news for your Wildcat sports update
with the voice of the Cats.. Danny Rodriguez for the entire game wrap up.
(Columbus) -- Inspectors working at the Columbus port of entry discovered an agricultural pest in a shipment of red peppers from Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said stink bugs were found during an inspection of the peppers at the Luna County port.
Agricultural specialists say stink bugs can ruin entire
crops if introduced into the fields.
The shipment of red peppers was refused entry and promptly returned to Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection acting field director David Higgerson said agricultural inspections help safeguard farmers by stopping potentially devastating pests and diseases from spreading to U.S. crops. He noted the significance of the region's chile crop.
Interestingly, a flea beetle was found in a bulk shipment of red peppers inspected at the Presidio, Texas, port of entry the same week. That shipment also was refused entry and re-exported
Beetles reportedly can damage crops in a number of ways.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Charges are being filed on Amy Reedy, age 35, for battery on a household member… Gene Hicks, age 26, was arrested for trespassing… Ronald Carroll, age 44, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Maria Ludden, age 18, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a District Court arrest warrant… Martin Nunez, age 29, of Columbus, was arrested on two Dona Ana County warrants… Daniel Cordova, age 27, of Hurley, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear… Alfredo Flores, age 31, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear… and Elizabeth Diaz, age 37, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… a 1995 Pontiac two-door valued at $1,000 was reported stolen from a location off South Silver Street… medication, clothing and cash were taken from a residence off Corte de
Loretta… and police are investigating the unlawful taking of a quarantined dog from the animal shelter.
(Deming) – Deming Wildcat fans are invited to line Gold Street Friday afternoon to send our two-time district football champions off to
the state quarterfinals.
The #5-ranked ‘Cats will take on the #4-ranked Belen Eagles this Friday night in Belen.
The Football Boosters are asking fans to send the ‘Cats off by lining Gold Street in downtown Deming just after 1 p.m. Friday. The send-off will begin at 1:15 p.m. as the Wildcat bus heads from the high school through downtown Deming to the intersection of North Gold and the Hatch Highway.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night in Belen, and we’ll carry the game live on AM 1230 KOTS with the voice of the Wildcats Danny Rodriguez.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in October was the same as September’s revised rate, and we continue to top the state in the number of residents out of work.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of
Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an October unemployment rate of 11.8%.
That figure is the same as September’s revised rate, but down from last October’s rate of 13.2%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora
County with 11.1%.
Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 8.2%, and Taos and McKinley both at 7.8%.
In our area: Grant County had 6.4% unemployment in October, Hidalgo County had 5.9%, and the
Las Cruces area had 6.7%. The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.4%.
The state unemployment rate for October – at 6.3% – was down slightly from the September
revised rate of 6.4%. The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,866 – with 11,342 employed and 1,524 unemployed.
SOUTHWEST DESERT/MIMBRES BASIN-SOUTHERN DONA ANA COUNTY/MESILLA VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DEMING...COLUMBUS...LAS CRUCES...VADO...SUNLAND PARK
WED NOV 21 2012
.TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS 65 TO 70. EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF
PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.
.TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED RAIN SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE
LOWER 40S. SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST
AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 10 PERCENT.
.THANKSGIVING DAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS AROUND 70. WEST WINDS
5 TO 10 MPH.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHWEST
WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.FRIDAY...SUNNY. HIGHS 60 TO 65. EAST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...CLEAR...COLDER. LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S.
.SATURDAY...SUNNY. HIGHS AROUND 60.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.
.SUNDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS 35 TO 40.
.MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGHS 65 TO 70.
.MONDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.
.TUESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S.