(Deming) – A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Lordsburg man says he was pulled over by Deming Police Department officers on January 2nd for not making a complete stop at a Deming Wal-Mart stop sign, then was taken to a Silver City hospital and forced to undergo multiple body cavity searches for drugs.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by an attorney for David Eckert, those searches included three enemas, two anal probes and a colonoscopy – and authorities found no drugs.
The story was first reported by Albuquerque TV station KOB.
The suit says the searching began because one of the officers was suspicious of Eckert’s posture as he stood outside his car, as though Eckert might be clenching his buttocks.
Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty said that was relevant because Eckert has a reputation among area law enforcement officers for hiding drugs in his anal cavity – a claim Eckert denies.
Dougherty is named in the suit for his alleged role in approving the search warrant, although Dougherty denies approving the warrant Eckert claims allowed officers to search his anal cavity.
Also named in the suit is a doctor who was working at Gila Regional Medical Center that night. According to the suit, a doctor at Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming refused to conduct the anal cavity search, calling it “unethical,” so Eckert was transported to Gila Regional in Silver City.
Also named in the suit are several Deming Police Department officers and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s officials and the City of Deming, among others.
Most of those named in the suit have filed responses denying most of the allegations.
Attorney Tony Ortiz, representing the city, said it is his firm’s policy not to comment on any specifics regarding pending litigation; however, he said, he believes the Deming Police Department and the city ultimately will prevail in the suit.
(Deming) – A Deming man has been found guilty of a 20-year-old crime.
Assistant District Attorney Janice Schryer said 52-year-old William Asarisi was found guilty of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of a child which occurred in Luna County in 1992.
Schryer said the jury deliberated for just over an hour Tuesday before delivering the guilty verdict to Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Viramontes.
The victim, who is now 31 and lives in Missouri, was 10 at the time of the abuse.
She reportedly had blocked the sexual abuse from her memory until some other events happened in her life which triggered the memory. She then approached Missouri police who took her statement and worked with Deming Police Investigator Matt Rudiger and the local District Attorney’s office to have charges filed here, where the offenses occurred.
Schryer said the jurors were considerate of the evidence and issues involved in the case, which included the 20-year delay in reporting the abuse, the concept of memory block and a polygraph given to Asarisi.
Asarisi was remanded into custody following the guilty verdict.
Schryer said sentencing was pending a pre-sentencing report ordered by Judge Viramontes.
Each count can carry a sentence of up to 18 years in prison
Brian Marshall left, Chaparral Principal Nasa Speer, Ivy Baca and Nancy Patterson
(Deming) – Deming Public Schools has adopted Teachscape, a type of software teachers and administrators can use to chart and measure the improvement of classroom teaching.
Associate Superintendent Nancy Patterson and DPS Dean of Instruction Brian Marshall recently conducted one-on-one training in every school in the district to bring teachers up-to-speed on Teachscape.
Marshall said the software uses the NM TEACH Observation Rubric under the state’s new evaluation system to help identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.
The state’s Public Education Department has suggested districts use the software to document observations with the new teacher evaluation process that essentially grades teachers on a variety of criteria.
Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the district has concerns over the new teacher evaluation system, but they are working hard to comply with the state mandate.
The teacher evaluation system was developed and piloted at Bell Elementary and Red Mountain Middle School during the 2012-2013 school year, and was fully implemented across the state in August.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session this Thursday.
The regular monthly meeting was postponed a week from the usual meeting date of the third-Thursday of the month.
Included on the agenda is the Deming Cesar Chavez Charter High School lease agreement… a resolution and agreement with the Southwest Council of Governments… a bid proposal for Bell Elementary parking lot improvements… a resolution identifying a partnership with Deming/Luna County Arts and Culture… a resolution with the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum… approval of school advisory committee members… and the final resolution transferring the Old Columbus Elementary School to the Village of Columbus.
Also, Superintendent Harvielee Moore and her staff will give a report on “Making the Grade.”
The meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting will be open to the public.
An executive – or closed – session to discuss limited personnel, pending or threatened litigation and the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property will precede the open meeting at 4 p.m.
And a work session to review summer school data and discuss a presentation from the Department of Health will precede the executive session at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
(Deming) – Members of the Deming High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes are inviting interested community members to their annual before-school public prayer event Wednesday.
Organizers say the "See You at the Pole" event will kick off at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the flagpole in front of the high school gymnasium, and is a good opportunity to pray for our schools, students, school staff and nation.
The event will feature representatives from various community music ministries.
"See You at the Pole" was started in 1990 by some teens in Burleson, Texas, who felt compelled to pray for their school, and the concept ballooned as word spread to other students across the country who were feeling the same burden to pray for their schools.
FCA sponsor Jerome Sandoval said there will be a “See You after the Pole” event this year at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school gymnasium.
Sandoval said there will be speakers from youth groups at different churches in the community, as well as pizza and drinks for all who attend.
Again, Deming's "See You at the Pole" activities will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, September 25th, at the flag pole in front of Deming High School. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
“See You after the Pole” events will begin at 6:30 that evening in the high school gym.
DHS Director of Bands, Bernie Chavez, Carmen Seltzer
(Deming) – A Deming High School junior has been selected to be New Mexico’s representative to the Great American Marching Band which will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Carmen Seltzer was selected for the honor based on her musical ability and past achievements.
Seltzer, who plays clarinet, was selected as a New Mexico All-State musician in 2012 and 2013… for the American Southwest Honor Band in 2012 and 2013… as an Honor Soloist at the Southwest NM Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition in 2011 and 2012… and for many other local band honors.
Seltzer will be participating in the prestigious Great American Marching Band with 245 students representing every state.
The band will step off from Central Park in New York City, performing before 2.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million television viewers.
The musicians will be under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, the director of bands at Auburn University, who will be assisted by Barry Houser, Director of the Marching Illini from the University of Illinois.
To help raise funds for Seltzer’s trip, there will be a Gordita Dinner at Holy Family Church Hall this Friday, September 20th, from 11-2.
There also will be a bake sale at Pepper’s Supermarket on October 19th.
(Deming) – The Deming Public School district is benefiting from the wide variety of grants obtained by DPS Director of Research and Funding Martha Slocum.
Slocum secured nearly $260,000 in state Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – grant funds for math interventionists. The funds are being used to hire three educators to provide intensive instruction for students who scored low on the Standards Based Assessment exam last school year.
The Deming district received $225,000 this year for the GEAR-UP – or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – effort. The federal program promotes higher education by improving the college and career-readiness of students. This is the first year of a seven-year program which will follow this year’s seventh-graders through their first year of college.
It looks like Slocum also helped the district receive over $625,000 in grants for a Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. The program, which is awaiting confirmation for this school year, brought in approximately $135,000 last year for Bataan, Bell, Columbus and Memorial elementaries.
Another recent grant – awarded to the tune of over $83,000 – will allow the district to address health curriculums within the schools in four stages. The Wildcat Wellness Project is funded by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.
And Slocum helped secure $25,000 in a Safe Routes to School grant for Torres Elementary, and another $19,500 for a New Mexico Transformational Community Grant which will expand the Safe Routes to School program to two additional elementaries.
(Deming) – If you know you owe money to Municipal Court, this story is for you:
Deming Municipal Court will be offering amnesty for one week – next week – Monday, September 9th, through Friday, September 13th.
Next week only, people who have active warrants will be able to pay their fines in full and the court will waive all warrant fees.
Once amnesty week is concluded, the Deming Police Department will conduct a warrant roundup of outstanding Municipal Court warrants.
To find out if you have a warrant, you can contact Municipal Court at 544-9240.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Friday afternoon.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is to consider the demolition and relocation of Deming Intermediate School as well as consider a School Improvement Grant budget adjustment request and an Education Specs contractor for Deming Intermediate School.
The meeting will be preceded by an executive – or closed — session set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The closed session is being held to discuss the acquisition or disposal of real property.
The legal notice states that the special meeting, which is open to the public, will follow the executive session.
(Deming) – Deming Police officers continue to investigate a break-in at the Sam Baca Aquatic Center that happened Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
City Administrator Rick McInturff described the total in tens-of-thousands of dollars in damage.
Police Chief Brandon Gigante said the vandals may have had a key to gain entry into the municipal pool facility, although detectives were still determining how entry was made.
But, Gigante said, they caused extensive damage once they got inside.
He said there was structural damage to walls and doors… windows were broken… shower heads were broken and water poured into the locker rooms… paint, which the vandals found on the premises, was used to paint graffiti on walls and windows… and computers and monitors were broken.
The break-in was discovered by city employee Felix Flores as he reported to work at about 7 a.m. Wednesday to begin closing the pool for the winter.
Anyone with information on the criminal damage at the pool is encouraged to contact Lt. Det. Matt Rudiger with the Deming Police Department at 546-3011, or Crime Stoppers at 546-7800 or Tipsoft by anonymously submitting information via text to LUNATIP at CRIMES – or 274637.