Thursday News Roundup: Southern NM Preparing For Possible Floods

Jul 31, 2014

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Southern New Mexico Preparing For Possible Floods – The Associated Press

Authorities in southern New Mexico are preparing for possible flooding amid more storms expected to hit the state.

The Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags to residents.

The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent of moderate to heavy rains today in areas across Dona Ana County including Las Cruces.

Other parts of New Mexico have seen flooding this week. Heavy rain and thunderstorms sparked damaging floods Tuesday in Albuquerque's South Valley and pockets of eastern New Mexico.

All of the NM’s burn scar areas are also vulnerable for flash flooding.

This is one of the wettest Julys on record for New Mexico.

Son Arrested In Death Of Man Whose Body Was Dumped - The Associated Press

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of his father and the dumping of the victim's body in woods near Edgewood in Torrance County.

A deputy discovered the body of 53-year-old Mark Mountjoy of the Moriarty area late Friday while checking on a parked vehicle and seeing a man run away.

A search for the man who ran away was unsuccessful Saturday but officials say Jarett Mountjoy came forward Sunday to speak with investigators.

Sheriff Heath White says the son was arrested Wednesday night after the state Office of the Medical Investigator determined the cause of death.

It was not immediately known whether Jarett Mountjoy has a lawyer.

Part-Time Magistrate Judge Applies For State Court - The Associated Press

A part-time federal magistrate judge is the only applicant for a vacant district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico.

Kea Riggs has served as a magistrate in Roswell since 2001, handling criminal proceedings such as arraignments and issuing search and arrest warrants.

A bipartisan nominating commission will meet in Roswell on Aug. 7 to decide whether to recommend Riggs to Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment in the 5th Judicial District to replace District Judge Charles Currier, who retired.

Riggs has worked as a private practice lawyer, and was a prosecutor in the 5th District from 1994 to 1999. She also was a prosecutor in the 3rd Judicial District in Dona Ana County from 1991 to 1993, when Martinez was an assistant district attorney there.

New Mexico Lineman Suspended After Arrest - The Associated Press

A University of New Mexico football player has been suspended from the team following his arrest in a domestic violence case.

Head coach Bob Davie says offensive lineman Jamal Price was suspended Tuesday after he was charged with breaking into his girlfriend's apartment.

According to a criminal complaint, Price pushed his girlfriend and Lobo basketball player Khadijah Shumpert at her apartment Monday in a dispute over an Apple television.

Authorities say Price, a junior from Pomfret, Maryland, and a friend forced their way into Shumpert's apartment to look for the TV. Police later arrested Price and charged him with breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit a fourth-degree felony.

Activist Donates Civil Rights-Era Posters To UNM - The Associated Press

A long-time activist has donated his posters from the civil rights era to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.

The University of New Mexico recently announced it has acquired a new collection of activist posters collected by Allen Cooper.

The collection offers a rare look into civil rights activism in New Mexico, the American Indian Movement, and anti-Vietnam War causes around the Southwest.

The Albuquerque-born Cooper worked with a number of civil rights organizations throughout his career, including the Congress of Racial Equality, the Black Panther Party and Students for a Democratic Society.

The 75-year-old is currently writing a memoir.

Woman Contests Sentence In New Mexico Murder Case - The Associated Press

The accomplice in an Arizona prison break says federal prosecutors broke a promise not to oppose a 20-year prison sentence in the murder of a couple in New Mexico.

Casslyn Welch had pleaded guilty to crimes that included carjacking resulting in death. She agreed to testify against a co-defendant, John McCluskey, in the 2010 deaths of Linda and Gary Haas of Oklahoma.

Welch was sentenced to 40 years in early June. In court documents, her attorneys say that federal prosecutors led Welch to believe they wouldn't disagree with a defense request for a 20-year prison term.

Prosecutors say they did no such thing. They say Welch clearly understood she faced up to life in prison.

Welch hasn't been sentenced on charges stemming from the July 2010 prison break near Kingman.

Santa Fe Oks Funding To Try To Lure 'The Bachelor' - The Associated Press

A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council has voted to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city.

Councilors approved by a 5-4 vote on Wednesday a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe.

Supporters said Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and that the filming could showcase some of the city's attractions.

But Councilor Bill Dimas said the show is awful and having it set in a city wouldn't encourage him to visit.

"The Bachelor," which debuted in 2002, revolves around an eligible bachelor who goes on a series of dates to choose a potential bride from a pool of 25 women.