(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Bernabe Franco, age 22, was arrested for concealing his identity and on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Sandra Contreras, age 35, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant and a Municipal warrant – both for failure to pay fines… and Robert Smith, age 45, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
(Deming) – Luna County's unemployment rate jumped to nearly 22% in January.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a January unemployment rate of 21.8%, up from the revised December rate of 20.1%, but down slightly from the January 2014 rate of 23.4%.
Luna and Mora were the only two counties in the state with double-digit unemployment in January – and Mora County’s January unemployment rate at 11.6% was over 10 percentage points less than Luna’s.
Other counties with high unemployment rates in New Mexico in January were Sierra at 9.8%, McKinley at 9.7%, Taos and Torrance at 9.3% each, and Catron at 9% even.
In our area, Grant County had 6.7% unemployment in January, Hidalgo County had 6.6% and the Las Cruces area had 7.1%.
The county with the least unemployment was Los Alamos with 3.6%.
Unemployment statewide was 5.9% in January – down slightly from December.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 10,216 – with 7,986 employed and 2,230 unemployed.
(Deming) – A Deming man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his father.
Chief Deputy Janice Schryer with the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s office said the jury deliberated for just over four hours Monday afternoon before returning with the guilty verdict for 20-year-old Adrian Vigil.
Vigil was charged with shooting to death his father, 66-year-old David Vigil, on November 9th, 2013, in the 300 block of South Ninth Street.
Shryer, who was lead prosecutor on the case, said the jury determined Vigil had mental issues that may have prevented him from forming specific intent to murder his father.
Shryer said Vigil was sent for a 60-day evaluation with the Department of Corrections, and that sentencing would follow the evaluation.
Schryer and Prosecutor Jose Arguello presented the state’s case in the six-day jury trial before Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer DeLaney in Deming.
Vigil was represented by Attorney Michael Rosenfield.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Eugene Contreras, age 28, was arrested for trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and concealing identity… Irving Madrid, age 32, of Las Cruces, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a probation violation.
Owen Allen, age 19, was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member… Edgar Garcia, age 31, was arrested for aggravated assault on a peace officer… a criminal summons was filed on Miguel Zuniga, age 25, for battery… Trisha Mathis, age 22, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked and speeding… Annabell Ortiz, age 22, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked.
Ricardo Chaparro, age 35, of Mexico, was arrested on a Colorado fugitive warrant for failure to appear on a forgery charge… Joseph Myers, age 38, who was already incarcerated in the Luna County Detention Center, was served a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… a 15-year-old boy was cited for causing criminal damage to the property of a household member… and a 16-year-old boy was cited for possession of a controlled substance.
In other news… $50,000 worth of jewelry reportedly was taken from a residence off Encanto Circle… an air compressor, battery charger, welding tanks and other items with a combined value of over $700 were taken from a residence off East Plum… an electric meter valued at $300 was taken from a residence off East Plum… a window valued at $200 was broken on a residence off West Pear… and a counterfeit $20 was discovered at Walmart.
(Deming) – Border Patrol agents from Deming recovered nearly 93 pounds of abandoned marijuana in a remote area of desert Thursday.
With the help of a Border Patrol canine, the agents discovered two burlap backpacks containing $74,000 worth of marijuana.
Officials believe the marijuana was abandoned once smugglers suspected that Border Patrol agents were trailing them.
The marijuana was transferred to the DEA.
Also last week, agents in Lordsburg arrested an active member of a prison gang with an extensive criminal history.
Thursday afternoon a local rancher contacted Border Patrol officials at the Lordsburg Station about a possible illegal alien trespassing on private property. Agents quickly located and arrested 43-year-old Martin Romero-Camilo, a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States.
Agents discovered Romero-Camilo was an undocumented alien and Mexican gang member who had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery in California.
And in a separate incident Thursday evening, Border Patrol Agents assigned in Lordsburg, working along with a Border Patrol canine, came across five abandoned backpacks in the desert which contained 209 pounds of marijuana, valued at $167,000.
(Deming) – Two homeowner septic system maintenance workshops are being held in Luna County this week.
The workshops, sponsored by Luna County, New Mexico State University and the State Environment Department, are designed to help homeowners understand what the New Mexico septic regulations mean for them… how to maintain the value of their property by maintaining their system… how low-cost maintenance tips can extend the life of a septic system… and how they may qualify for a self-installer permit to fix their own system.
The workshops will be held Tuesday, March 17th, from 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday, March 18th, from noon-2 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center, 2300 East Pine.
Sodas and snacks will be provided.
Call Erin Ward at 575-646-7154 for more information.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Jose Soto, age 28, of Columbus, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute… Victor Oliver, age 52, of Craig, Colorado, was arrested on a Colorado Department of Corrections warrant for sexual assault and attempted sexual assault… Angel Escatel, age 19, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for assault on a household member and causing criminal damage to the property of a household member, and on a probation violation… Krystal Mesa, age 28, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for violating a restraining order and on a District Court arrest warrant… Joe Aguilera, age 33, who was already incarcerated in the Luna County Detention Center, was served a Magistrate warrant for aggravated stalking…
William Delgado, age 27, of Denver, Colorado, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Anthony Atkinson, age 26, of Columbus, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant… Ismael Zapata, age 26, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear… and Marcos Dominguez, age 21, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
(Deming) – Two out of six contestants to advance to the next leg in the Elks National Hoop Shoot competition are from Deming.
Santana Valentine won the 8-9 year-old girls state competition, and Harmanie Dominguez won the 10-11 year-old girls state competition.
That means both girls will travel to the regional competition in Dallas, Texas.
The Deming Elks Lodge recently presented checks for $250 to each of the winners to help with travel to the Regional Hoop Shoot in Dallas on March 21st.
Elks officials said the donation was in addition to mileage, room and meal reimbursement from the State Elks Association.
Exalted Ruler-elect Jerry Pingleton said the members wanted to make sure the girls have an enjoyable trip, and were happy to supply the extra money.
In addition to their parents, the Hoop Shoot contestants will be accompanied to Dallas by Local Hoop Shoot Director Chris Jasso.
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