Weekend News Roundup
Sat August 23, 2014
Headlines: Lobos Soccer Coach Suspended, Dead Airman Identified, And A New Judge For Bern. Co.
UNM Soccer Coach Suspended For 1 Week Over Hazing - The Associated Press
University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident.
Athletic director Paul Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.
Krebs says assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo will receive letters of reprimand.
School officials say last Sunday's hazing involved seven true freshmen. Two were taken to the hospital for excessive alcohol consumption.
Twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Monday, withdrew from school and returned to their home in Orange County, California.
On Tuesday, Krebs announced the team's season opener Friday at Texas Tech was canceled.
New Mexico Air Force base identifies dead airman - The Associated Press
Authorities have identified an airman who was found dead in housing at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.
Base officials announced Friday that Senior Airman Christian Barreto was a sensor operator with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron. He was a member of the 27th Special Operations Wing at the base.
His age and hometown weren't immediately available.
Base officials say Barreto was found dead in his home about 8 a.m. Thursday.
They say the cause of his death remains under investigation.
Governor Appoints Ex-prosecutor To Judgeship - The Associated Press
Former prosecutor Chris Schultz of Albuquerque has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.
The governor's office said Friday that Schultz recently retired as deputy district attorney in Bernalillo County and had worked in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney's office since 1999.
He previously had worked as an Albuquerque police officer for almost a decade.
Schultz earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico.
He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Julie Altwies.