(Deming) - Deming citizens celebrated the 4th of July with a parade and community events at Luna County Courthouse Park.
(Deming) - A Deming man was arrested Thursday morning after incidents with three local businesses within a thirty minute time period.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said Daniel Arteche, age 53 of Deming was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Assault with intent to commit a violent felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Gigante said his officers received a call from Tinley Tee Tire Factory reporting that Arteche had called requesting vehicle assistance at the local Kmart store. When he was told that they didn’t have a person to assist him, Arteche allegedly threatened to shoot the employees.
As officers were taking the report from Tinley Tee Tire Factory, they received a second call. This time it came from staff at Kmart who reported that Arteche had gone into the store and was unhappy about having to wait for his prescription to be filled. He threatened to return and shoot Kmart staff. As he was leaving the store, he was followed by two Kmart employees who reported that once Arteche got to his truck, he removed a shotgun, and pointed it at the Kmart employees. By the time officers responded to Kmart, Arteche had left.
The third call came from the U Store it store on the Columbus Highway. The caller advised there was an affray in process at the location. Once officers arrived, they found Arteche who had gone to the store where his son was. His son was able to take the shotgun away from Arteche and turn it over to Police.
Arteche was arrested by Deming Police officers without further incident. Bond has been set at
(Deming) -- Deming Elks Lodge #2750 recently made $900 in donations from Gaming Charity money to three organizations that benefit the community's youth.
$300 was donated to Wilson's League, an annual summer youth program organized by Silas Wilson. Activities for kids include volleyball, basketball and kickball, as well as reduced fee swimming on Fridays.
Two additional checks, both for $300, were presented to the local 4H Club to help pay expenses to the National 4H Shooting Sports Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska held June 24-29. Both the archery and rifle team were presented checks at the Lodge.
Deming Elks began member non-profit gaming last October. Money raised is used for various charitable purposes.
Exalted Ruler (Local President) George Torres said "It is a pleasure to help these worthwhile youth oriented groups. The Elks are all about youth and our veterans. Deming Elks will continue to give back to the community".
(Deming) - The New Mexico Economic Development Department's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) approved $708,167 in funding to seven New Mexico companies including one in Deming that will create 99 jobs around the state with an average wage of $15.20 hour. Compass Components, is a privately held manufacturing services and distribution corporation.
Headquartered in Fremont, California, they also do business in Deming and will receive $89,512 slated to add 14 additional jobs. The Job Training Incentive Program reimburses qualified economic-based companies for a portion of training costs associated with job creation. The program provides for classroom or on-the-job training, reimbursing an expanding or relocating business for up to 75 percent of a trainee's wages for as long as six months "JTIP is a proven job-creating program designed to help offset the cost of on-the-job training for qualified companies when a New Mexican is hired," said Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela.
Other Companies receiving funds are: Neptune Aviation Services, Alamogordo -. $86,617, 5 jobs. PreCheck, Inc., Alamogordo - $236,450, 35 jobs Prime Therapeutics, LLC, Albuquerque - $151,010, 32 jobs Lavu, Inc., Albuquerque $39,366, 8 jobs. CAaNES, LLC, Albuquerque - $101,452, 4 jobs Santa Fe Spirits, Santa Fe $3,760, 1 job The Job Training Incentive Program reimburses qualified economic-based companies for a portion of training costs associated with job creation. The program provides for classroom or on-the-job training, reimbursing an expanding or relocating business for up to 75 percent of a trainee's wages for as long as six months. The amount of the award depends on the number and complexity of jobs, the wages paid, and the business location.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Adrian Magallanes, age 26, was arrested for DUI and on a weapon possession violation… Jose Cerecedo, age 33, was arrested on a federal warrant for a probation violation… Manny Salvador, age 25, was arrested on a District Court arrest warrant… Harry Legarda, age 21, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants for failure to pay fines… and Gerardo Jaramillo, age 19, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… plywood, sidewall panels, tires and rims, with a combined value of nearly $1,900, were taken from a shed off Arrowhead Road Northeast… a transmission and a radiator, with a combined value of $350, were taken from a location off South Myrtle… a rear window valued at $300 was broken on a vehicle parked off San Isidro… and a front passenger-side window valued at $150 was broken on a vehicle parked off Dona Ana Road Southeast.
(Deming) – The Luna County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints within Luna County this month – and specifically this holiday weekend.
A media release said that during the July 4th SuperBlitz, deputies will be conducting DUI checkpoints from July 2nd through the 7th.
Plus, New Mexico’s statewide push, called 100 Days and Nights of Summer, is in full swing.
Lieutenant Joy Mullins said deputies will be conducting traffic enforcement with funds from the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program – or S.T.E.P. – as well as 100 Days and Nights of Summer traffic safety grants.
Mullins said the S.T.E.P. funds are targeted to be used for patrolling the Interstate 10 safety corridor and the Columbus and Hatch highways, while the other grant funds can be used anywhere in Luna County.
Mullins said the goal is to help make Luna County’s roadways safer for everyone through the summer and especially through the July 4th holiday weekend.
The Luna County Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists to always buckle up, watch their speed, never text while driving, and never drive impaired.
(Deming) – The federal appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015 includes funding that will benefit Luna County.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that contains funding for the aerostat radar system and for maintaining roads heavily used by Border Patrol agents.
Udall requested $35.6 million to fund the Tethered Aerostat Radar System – a system with a site in Luna County as well as five other sites on the Southwest border, one in Florida and one in Puerto Rico.
And Udall requested a provision in the bill directing Customs and Border Protection officials to help fund maintenance and repairs on county roads used primarily for border patrols. The provision urges the CBP to work with counties along the U.S.-Mexico border and to incorporate the maintenance and repair of the identified high-priority county access roads into its Tactical Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair program.
The bill also includes funding to help facilitate interstate commerce at our nation’s ports of entry – including the one in Columbus – and contains funding to maintain the current level of 21,370 Border Patrol agents nationwide.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Justin Beltran, age 36, was arrested for battery against a household member… Juan Donovan, age 35, of Prewitt, New Mexico, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and a 15-year-old was cited for battery.
Also… two televisions, an iPad, two cameras, a laptop and a DVD player, with a combined value of nearly $3,200, were taken from the Deming airport… a handgun and clothing with a combined value of nearly $400 were taken from a vehicle parked off North Country Club Road… a cell lock at the Luna County Detention Center sustained $300 in damage… a handgun and a hunting knife, with a combined value of $250, were taken from a vehicle parked off East Pine… a vehicle parked off South Ruby sustained $200 in criminal damage… $150 in criminal damage occurred to the door of a residence off Laurel Road Southeast; a vacuum cleaner and chest-of-drawers was taken in the break-in… and a CD player valued at nearly $100 was taken from a vehicle parked off North Country Club Road.
(Deming) – Luna County’s average weekly wage for the fourth quarter of 2013 was down slightly from the same period in 2012 – continuing a downward trend of recent years.
The Southwest Information Office of the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics Monday released the County Employment and Wages information for New Mexico.
The local average weekly wage for October through December of last year was $631 with 7,241 people employed.
The same period in 2012 showed $634 for an average weekly wage with 7,052 people employed, and that wage was down $2 from the fourth quarter of 2011.
The state average weekly wage was $814 for the fourth quarter of 2013, and the national average weekly wage was $1,000 for the same period.
Statewide, employment in New Mexico fell .1% but average weekly wages rose 1.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Luna County was among 12 counties in the state with average weekly wages from $600 to $699.
Ten of the state’s counties had wages averaging $599 per week or less, five reported wages from $700 to $799 per week, two from $800 to $899, and four had wages exceeding $900 per week. Those four counties were Los Alamos at $1,539, Lea at $1,023, Eddy at $1,001 and Santa Fe at $947.
The county with the lowest weekly wage in the state was Catron at $512.
Again, Luna County’s average weekly wage for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $631 – down $3 from the previous year.
(Deming) – Two 18-year-olds are facing criminal damage charges after being accused of at least 10 separate incidents of graffiti over the weekend.
Christopher Richards was charged with aggravated assault and causing criminal damage to property, and Victor Montano was charged with causing criminal damage to property.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said at least ten businesses, a New Mexico State Police unit and a semi-trailer were hit with black spray paint over the weekend.
Gigante said officers were called about 11 p.m. Saturday by a witness who saw three people hanging around a semi-trailer near a motel off West Pine and thought they looked suspicious.
The witness approached the three and was threatened by Richards who pulled what initially looked like a handgun from a backpack, but what turned out to be a knife with a pistol grip.
The three then ran, but were apprehended in the 300 block of South Slate.
Gigante said the third suspect was a juvenile female who has not been charged.
The spray-painted graffiti included the words “Deming,” “Bobo,” “Shorty,” “Blackherd” and the numbers “575.”