(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Oscar Bautista, age 23, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana… Richard Verdugo, age 30, was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
Jose Acosta-Macias, age 23, of McKinney, Texas, was arrested on a Collin County, Texas, warrant for a probation revocation on original charges of marijuana possession… Steven Maynes, age 30, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Estella Contreras, age 23, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on two Municipal warrants for failure to appear… Gabriel Gonzales, age 20, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants – one for failure to pay fines and one for failure to appear… Kimberly Chavez, age 32, of Hurley, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Monica Escalante, age 31, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… John Hays, age 61, was arrested on an instate hold for an out-of-county warrant… Alejandro De Jesus, age 52, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and Jesus Baeza, age 18, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.
Also… fencing, dog houses, an oxygen tank and a homemade red trailer with a combined value of nearly $1,000 were taken from a location off El Bordo Road Southeast… and the theft of tools and criminal damage to a tractor with a combined total of over $300 occurred at a location off Horseshoe Road Northwest.
(Deming) – State education officials are giving school districts the OK to develop their own high school graduation requirements after complaints that New Mexico's changes might prevent thousands of students from graduating.
The Public Education Department announced the decision to allow districts to “tweak” state rules for at least another year at a Legislative committee hearing Thursday.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the announcement came after superintendents complained about the implementation of a 2008 state law that mandates graduation standards.
Deming Superintendent Harvielee Moore said she was one of the superintendents who voiced concern to the state.
Moore said her administration’s concern has been in fairness to all students.
State officials said they have been clarifying rules in the law requiring students to earn 24½ credits, pass all core courses and demonstrate competency in five key subjects before being allowed to graduate.
Districts complained about how the state counted some electives and workforce training.
Moore said the district will now await further explanation about what state rules are open to “tweaking.”
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Timothy Fiock, age 22, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute… Rosa Renteria, Barraza, age 46, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance…
Daniel Ortiz, age 35, was arrested for aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, resisting or obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, having an open container and on a failure-to-stop driving violation… Ruben Chavira, age 28, was arrested for battery, assault and possession of drug paraphernalia… Luis Veleta, age 57, was arrested for battery and entering a house without consent…
Kenneth Wagner, age 20, was arrested for embezzlement… Alonso Gurrola, age 23, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia… Kristopher Hill, age 33, was arrested for tampering with evidence… Antonio Cuevas-Marcos, Jr., age 34, was arrested for trespassing…
Crystal Bennet, age 30, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Michael Carbajal, age 38, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Ruben Rojas, age 47, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to pay fines… and Judith Arreola, age 47, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.
Also… a 53-year-old Columbus woman reported being the victim of fraud after discovering that her bank account had six unauthorized debit transactions associated with Verizon Wireless made on October 28th for a total of over $1,450.
(Deming) – Residents of Deming now have access to free discount prescription drug cards through the Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Executive Director Mary Galbraith said you don’t have to be a chamber member to obtain a card, which she said provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs.
Galbraith said the program was recently launched to help the uninsured and underinsured afford their prescription medications, but also can be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.
Anyone interested in obtaining a free card can visit the website www.demingchamber.com.
The Deming Luna County Chamber Rx Card has no restrictions to membership, no income or age limitations, and there are no applications to fill out. The card is accepted at over 56,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country.
(Deming) – The Deming Public School District is only fingerprinting potential employees and volunteers for the district.
A media release said that due to a new fingerprinting process, the district is unable to fingerprint anyone for activities outside the school district.
Officials said the new guidelines are the result of the district going to digital, “paperless” fingerprinting this month which can yield background check results in days instead of the weeks or months it used to take for paper fingerprinting.
But the district’s contract with the electronic fingerprinting service provider prohibits fingerprinting anyone other than potential teachers, administrators, volunteers, substitutes, contract employees, interns, and educational assistants, among others.
Before being fingerprinted, a person must have been hired or accepted as a volunteer.
Anyone with questions can call 546-8841.
(Deming) – A pesticide applicator workshop is being offered in Deming next month.
The workshop, being offered through the Luna County Cooperative Extension Service office, will take place Friday, December 6th, at 9 a.m. at the La Fonda Restaurant.
Topics to be covered are diseases, pests and disorders in New Mexico vegetables, pesticides and soil health, an entomology update, noxious weeds of concern in southwest New Mexico and insect pests of farms and ranches in southwest New Mexico.
Presenters include specialists from the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University and the State Department of Agriculture, among others.
The workshop cost is $20 which includes lunch. Attendees must RSVP with reservation fee by Wednesday, December 4th, either by mail or in person at the Luna County Extension Office, 210-B Poplar Street in Deming.
Five continuing education units will be awarded to attendees.
At 3 p.m., following the workshops, an NMDA official will administer the private Pesticide applicators test. There will be an additional $15 fee for the test.
For more information, contact Luna County Extension Agent Jack Blandford at 546-8806.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Thursday.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is for a work session to discuss construction. No action will be taken.
The special work session is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The work session is open to the public.
The board also will go into an executive – or closed – session following the work session to discuss limited personnel regarding pending litigation, the search for a superintendent and the acquisition or disposal of real property.
(Deming) – The regular monthly meeting of the Luna County Commission will be held next Tuesday instead of this Thursday.
A legal notice said the commissioners will include a public hearing for a ranchette variance that had originally been advertised for this week’s meeting.
The public hearing is to consider a request by Dennis and Patricia Garrett for approval of a temporary variance to allow for a second dwelling in the Deming Ranchettes Unit 67 Block 1 Tracts 26 through 29 as per County Ordinance #75.
The hearing will be held as part of the Luna County Commission regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 19th, beginning at 9 a.m. 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:
Ruben Hernandez, age 19, of Lordsburg, was arrested for DUI, abandonment or abuse of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, speeding and no insurance… Jonathan Lara, age 20, was arrested for aggravated DUI, speeding, resisting or obstructing an officer, and minor allowing self to be served alcohol… Sherilynn Ralston, age 53, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for aggravated DUI – 5th offense.
Phillip Norton, age 53, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for aggravated battery on a household member… Irma Martinez, age 43, was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
Erik Garcia, age 19, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines and was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana… Ruth Rice, age 33, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines and was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia… Alejandro Arledge, age 25, of Columbus, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia… Miguel Widmar, age 20, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia… Alexandra Gamboa, age 32, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart… Melissa Grado, age 33, was cited for accessory to shoplifting at Wal-Mart… Elizabeth Diaz, age 38, was cited for trespassing at Wal-Mart… and a 14-year-old boy was cited for battery.
Also… a 1989 Mitsubishi valued at $2,000 was taken from a location near Maple and Sierra streets… a video game player, laptop computer and television with a combined value of over $1,000 were taken from a location off South Silver… two windows valued at $850 were broken on a business off South Pearl… a video game player and headset with a combined value of $600 were taken from a residence off South Lime… a 12-volt battery valued at $250 was taken from a location of McCan Road… a window valued at $200 was broken on a vehicle parked off La Paz Road Southwest… criminal damage estimated at $200 occurred to a vehicle parked off South Whittier after it was scratched… and a counterfeit $100 bill was discovered at a fast food restaurant off West Pine Street.
Gabriel Carreon (41)
Tony Crowson (41)
(Deming) – Two men who walked away from a substance abuse treatment center in Los Lunas were arrested in Deming early Tuesday morning after beating a woman and stealing her car.
41-year-old Gabriel Carreon is being charged with kidnapping, battery, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation, and 41-year-old Tony Crowson was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation.
Deming Police Detective Matt Rudiger said the ordeal began when the two men asked a 42-year-old Las Cruces woman who was an acquaintance of Carreon’s for a ride to Deming from Las Cruces Sunday afternoon.
The woman, who was initially under the impression that Carreon and Crowson had successfully completed their time at the treatment center, drove the men to a residence off Chartley Way. Sometime during the trip, however, she overheard them talking about walking away from the center, and was hit in the face and stomach by Carreon when she questioned him about it.
Rudiger said Carreon then forced the woman into the back seat of her 1999 Hyundai and drove around Deming. The woman escaped at just before 7 p.m. Sunday while the car was stopped in traffic, ran to K-Mart for help, and reported the incident to store personnel and then the police.
Rudiger said alert patrol officers spotted the car at about 1 a.m. Tuesday with Carreon and Crowson inside, and the two were arrested.