Wiley was visiting Hawaii to investigate why the mistaken alert was sent.
The initial warning was sent at 8:07 a.m. and the correction reached cellphones at 8:45.
Wiley was visiting Hawaii to investigate why the mistaken alert was sent.
The initial warning was sent at 8:07 a.m. and the correction reached cellphones at 8:45.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore’s police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings.
Following a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore’s mayor on Friday fired the city’s police commissioner after 2 ½ years on the job and named DeSousa to the top post, saying a change in leadership was needed immediately.
“I am impatient. We need violence reduction. We need the numbers to go down faster,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said at a news conference at City Hall after announcing DeSousa’s promotion.
While violent crime rates in Baltimore have been high for decades, Baltimore ended 2017 with 343 killings, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever: roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.
In contrast, New York City had 290 homicides last year, its fewest on record in the modern era for the city of 8.5 million people. Los Angeles, with about 4 million residents, saw 305 homicides last year.
The challenges facing DeSousa are numerous: the pervasive mistrust of many citizens due to a history of corruption and discriminatory police practices; a federal corruption investigation into a group of indicted officers; and the unsolved slaying of a detective that has produced rumors but no arrests.
His promotion also comes as a monitoring team is overseeing court-ordered reforms to Baltimore’s police department as part of a federal consent decree reached last January between Baltimore and the U.S. Justice Department due to discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.
DeSousa, a 53-year-old city resident who joined the department in 1988, said he’s looking forward to the challenges. He said he’ll approach his role as a strategic thinker who knows the ins and outs of the department’s operations as well as law enforcement approaches that have had success in other U.S. cities.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a chess player, and I don’t like to be outwitted,” he told reporters.
The head of Baltimore’s police union, Gene Ryan, said the leadership shakeup is already improving morale, and “will bring about the positive changes that will allow us to achieve our mission of violence reduction.”
DeSousa on Friday pledged to reduce crime by putting more uniformed officers on the streets and saturating “hot spots,” an effort he said is already underway. He said he had a message for the city’s violent repeat offenders, a rotating cast of “trigger pullers” that law enforcers say are responsible for an outsized percentage of the city’s crime.
“We’re coming after them. And I want to let everybody know that it will be done in a constitutional manner,” DeSousa said.
The native New Yorker has served in just about every police department role over the years and in 2017 was assigned to lead the patrol bureau, the largest in Baltimore’s force. His appointment will be made permanent following “appropriate approvals,” Pugh’s office said.
He appears to have the backing of the City Council and a number of Baltimore’s civic leaders and organizers. Councilman Brandon Scott, who described DeSousa’s promotion as a “great decision,” said he received numerous phone messages from community leaders praising the move.
“Never before did I get text messages from community leaders saying, ‘Thank you, this is the right choice,'” Scott said, describing the three previous times during his career as an elected official that a police commissioner was replaced.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tweeted that she was perplexed by the leadership change. In a statement, she said Commissioner Kevin Davis had shown “unyielding commitment” to police reforms.
Some Baltimore residents were also skeptical that a veteran as entrenched as DeSousa could bring true reform.
“He’s been there for 30 years and that’s the guy who’s going to change things up?” said resident Gerald Spann, who was washing the windows of a convenience store where gunmen and officers exchanged a barrage of gunfire earlier this week.
Davis, previously chief of police in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, replaced Anthony Batts in the job in October 2015. Batts was fired amid a spike in homicides after Freddie Gray died of a fatal spinal cord injury received while in police custody. The black man’s death triggered massive protests and the city’s worst riots in decades.
Pugh, who took office in December 2016, said she was grateful to Davis “for all that he has done to implement the initiatives underway to address violent crime at its root causes.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday.
But almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel, investigators still have not answered the key question: Why did he do it?
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released a preliminary report on the Oct. 1 attack and said he did not expect criminal charges to be filed against Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who had been called the only person of interest in the case. Investigators believe Paddock acted alone, and he did not leave a suicide note or manifesto.
Paddock, who killed himself before police reached him, told friends and relatives that he always felt ill, in pain and fatigued, authorities said.
His doctor thought he may have had bipolar disorder but told police that Paddock refused to discuss the possibility, the report said. The doctor offered him antidepressants, but Paddock accepted only a prescription for anxiety medication. He was fearful of medication and often refused to take it, the doctor told investigators.
During an interview with authorities, Paddock’s girlfriend said he had become “distant” in the year before the shooting and their relationship was no longer intimate.
When they stayed at the Mandalay Bay together in September 2017, Paddock acted strangely, she told investigators. She remembered him constantly looking out the windows overlooking an area where the concert would be held the next month. He moved from window to window to see the site from different angles, the report said.
She described him as “germaphobic” and said he had strong reactions to smells.
The 64-year-old retired accountant was a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor. He had lost a “significant amount of wealth” since September 2015, which led to “bouts of depression,” the sheriff has said. But Paddock had paid off his gambling debts before the shooting, according to the report.
Prior to the attack, Paddock’s online searches included research into SWAT tactics and consideration of other potential public targets, including in Chicago, Boston and Santa Monica, California, the sheriff said.
His research also sought the number of attendees at other concerts in Las Vegas and the size of the crowds at Santa Monica’s beach. Among his searches was “do police use explosives,” the report said.
Four laptops and three cellphones were found inside his hotel suite. On one of the computers, investigators found hundreds of photos of child pornography.
The same computer was used to search for the height of the Mandalay Bay, how to remove hard drives from laptops, the location of gun shows in Nevada and information about several other Las Vegas casinos.
Paddock’s brother, Daniel Paddock, was arrested in Los Angeles in October in an unrelated child pornography investigation. He has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities have said they found no link between the attack and international terrorism.
Paddock fired more than 1,100 bullets, mostly from two windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, into a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival music below, Lombardo has said.
That includes about 200 shots fired through his hotel room door into a hallway where an unarmed hotel security guard was wounded in the leg and a maintenance engineer took cover.
Several bullets hit fuel storage tanks at nearby McCarran International Airport that did not explode. Authorities reported finding about 4,000 unused bullets in Paddock’s two-room suite, including incendiary rounds that Lombardo said were not used.
Investigators found 23 guns in the rooms, including 12 rifles fitted with “bump stock” devices that allowed rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons. Dozens of guns were strewn around the room, some left inside a bassinet. Police also found a blue plastic hose with a fan on one end and a snorkel mouthpiece on the other end inside the room.
A federal grand jury is hearing evidence in a case that spun off from the shooting investigation. The FBI has “an ongoing case against an individual of federal interest,” Lombardo said, declining to elaborate.
Spokeswomen for the FBI and federal prosecutors in Las Vegas declined to comment.
Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting. In the days before the attack, Paddock sent her a $100,000 wire transfer. She has said she found that odd and thought he might have been breaking up with her when he sent her the money and told her to use it to buy a home for her family there.
During an interview with the FBI after she returned from the Philippines, Danley volunteered that investigators would find her fingerprints on bullets used during the attack because she would sometimes help Paddock load high-volume ammunition magazines, according to FBI warrant documents.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new effort is underway to hand over New Mexico’s post-2020 redistricting process to an independent commission in a push to make Statehouse races more competitive.
Republican Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque says the current redistricting process that is led by lawmakers discourages competitive elections and fosters political apathy as incumbent legislators cling to territorial advantages.
He and two Democratic counterparts in the House and Senate are pushing for a constitutional amendment to create a commission to help redraw congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census. Approval by the Legislature would send the proposal to voters in November general elections.
Sponsors of the measure say they see no major statewide partisan bias in the current district lines for legislative seats. Democrats dominate overall state voter registration rolls, and currently hold a 38-32 majority in the House and a 26-16 advantage in the Senate.
At the same time, noncompetitive districts have made lawmakers less responsive to voters, said Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, an amendment co-sponsor.
“They’ve made some extremely safe seats that are noncompetitive, thus allowing politicians to act in whatever way they chose rather than for the people as a whole,” he said Friday.
Thirteen states have commissions with primary responsibility for planning state legislative districts, while 10 other states rely on commissions to advise legislators or make decisions when legislators cannot agree, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.
New Mexico’s proposed amendment contains a few guiding principles for drawing district lines, emphasizing the preservation of political boundaries around communities of common interest.
Several proposals over the past decade to move New Mexico to a commission system have failed to gain traction in the Legislature.
“I believe that if there’s an opportunity to get this bill through, it would be this year,” Trujillo.
Senate majority leader Peter Wirth, a Democrat, said Thursday he is open to discussion of the issue during the current 30-day legislative session, but said budget matters are lawmakers’ top priority.
If the amendment is approved by lawmakers and voters, follow-up legislation would determine the number of seats on the commission and the appointment process. Trujillo said he envisions a five-member commission with no more than two Democrats and two Republicans, balancing the commission and leaving room for an independent.
Redistricting in New Mexico begins with lawmakers touring the state to gather public comments and hiring consultants to devise district boundaries. During the last two redistricting efforts, final legislative boundaries were decided by judges because of unresolvable conflicts between Democrat-led Legislatures and Republican governors.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State senators in New Mexico are moving to create a bipartisan Legislative Hispanic Caucus amid declining Latino leadership numbers.
Their action comes as the Democratic-led New Mexico Senate is facing criticism from a national group representing Hispanic elected officials over the lack of diversity in its leadership.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria submitted a letter Thursday to the New Mexico Senate seeking formal recognition of the caucus in a state with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents in the nation. “Hispanics continue to be underrepresented in positions of power in government, including the Legislature, and in the private sector,” the letter said.
Sen. John Sapien, a Corrales Democrat, said that he and other Hispanic lawmakers previously opted not to form a caucus since there were Hispanics in legislative leadership positions. But, he says, that changed in recent days after Senate Democrats selected an all-white leadership team for the first time since 1986.
Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said he was shocked to learn that the New Mexico Senate Democrats elected a leadership team without any Hispanics.
“I can see this happening in New Mexico in 1818, not 2018,” Vargas said. “So I am glad New Mexico is creating a Hispanic Caucus.”
Candelaria said the caucus will focus on poverty and education issues around the state’s Hispanic communities.
Vargas said a caucus could increase Latino leadership and help with legislation aimed at aiding Hispanics.
For example, Vargas said most legislation in California can’t get passed without the approval from the Hispanic Caucus there.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say a storm this weekend may cause difficult to severe driving conditions in northern and western New Mexico and severe to damaging winds in other parts of the state.
The National Weather Service says hazardous travel conditions will develop Saturday evening and continue into Sunday, particularly in higher terrain of mountains in northern and western New Mexico.
Strong winds are expected Sunday for areas between the Texas border on the east and the Sandia, Manzano and Sacramento/Capitan mountains on the west.
The weather service says the crosswinds may cause dangerous travel conditions along Interstate 40 and U.S. 285 and that icy road conditions are possible in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.
A crash report from the Roswell Police Department details the two-vehicle accident on Second Street from Thursday was caused by a young driver failing to stop at a red light.
According to the report’s narrative, after authorities arrived at the corner of North Lea Avenue and West Second Street at 4:14 p.m., it was observed that a white van had been traveling east on Second Street, crossing Lea Avenue, and that the second vehicle, a black Jeep, was traveling south and made a left turn onto Second Street from Lea Avenue, running a red light.
A passenger from the 18-year-old’s vehicle, a 17-year-old girl, complained of back and neck pain and was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center by ambulance.
Police said the van involved in the accident had damage to its front bumper and quarter panels, while the Jeep encountered damage to its front bumper, left quarter panel, passenger side door and rear quarter panel.
In contrast to police and the driver of the van, the 18-year-old told police he believes his light to turn east onto Second Street from Lea Avenue was green.
“(He) stated as soon as he entered the intersection, he observed the light to be red and struck (the vehicle,)” an RPD officer wrote.
Police said the 18-year-old man was cited.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility and other parties are throwing their support behind a rate increase proposal adopted by state regulators.
A divided Public Regulation Commission approved the revamped proposal earlier this week. It calls for spreading out a roughly 1 percent increase over two years.
Public Service Co. of New Mexico estimates the average increase would be closer to 1.4 percent when other adjustments are factored in.
The commission had set a deadline of noon Friday for the parties to sign off. With their acceptance, the contentious case is expected to be closed soon.
Part of the negotiations among the utility, state attorney general’s office, consumer groups and others focused on coal-related investments. The federal tax overhaul also ended up playing a role as the utility plans to pass along savings from lower corporate tax rates.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools will pay $800,000 to its former chief financial officer to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the former superintendent placed him on paid leave for questioning district audits.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Don Moya filed the suit in 2015 after former Superintendent Luis Valentino placed him on leave in August over the disagreements on the proposed departmental audits.
Valentino resigned later that month.
In the settlement filed last month, the school district will pay out $350,000 and the district’s insurance will cover the rest. Moya also received a letter of reference from current Superintendent Raquel Reedy.
Moya’s attorney Kate Ferlic and the district issued a joint statement, saying they are ready to “put the events of 2015 behind them and are moving forward in a positive direction.”
PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God’s “holy ground,” and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the primary forces in determining its future.
Bare-chested and tattooed native families, many sporting feathered and beaded headgear, interrupted Francis repeatedly with applause, wailing horns and beating drums as history’s first Latin American pope declared the Amazon and its indigenous peoples the “heart of the church.”
In the highlight of his weeklong trip to Chile and Peru, Francis warned that the Amazon people are now more threatened than ever before, and called for a three-fold defense of their life, their land and their cultures.
“You are a living memory of the mission that God has entrusted to us all: the protection of our common home,” the pope said.
Francis travelled to the steamy city of Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to Peru’s Amazon, before even calling on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a protocol-bending change to the itinerary undertaken because of weather concerns that had the unintended effect of signaling that the Amazon natives were Francis’ top priority in Peru.
Francis did meet later with Kucyznski in the presidential palace in Lima, where he blasted corruption as a “social virus” that must be stopped — a charged comment given the Peruvian president is under investigation in Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal.
Francis’ trip to the Amazon came as the expansion of illegal gold mining, new roads, dams and farming have all turned thousands of acres of once lush green forest into barren, contaminated wastelands. In his landmark 2015 encyclical, “Praise Be,” Francis demanded world leaders do more to protect what he called “one of the lungs” of God’s creation, and denounced the profit-at-all-cost business interests behind its steady demise.
The issue is so important to the Argentine pope that he has called a global church meeting next year on the Amazon and its native peoples. Friday’s encounter served in many ways as an unofficial opening to the synod, giving the native peoples themselves the floor.
“The sky is angry and is crying because we are destroying the planet,” Hector Sueyo, a member of the indigenous Harakbut people, told the pope in between performances of traditional songs and dance in a steamy stadium in Puerto Maldonado.
Yesica Patiachi, also Harakbut, told Francis that loggers, oil workers and gold diggers all come to their lands to take the resources without even consulting with the indigenous people whose ancestors have lived there for centuries, cutting their trees, killing their fish and polluting their rivers with runoff that turns them into “black waters of death.”
“We ask you to defend us,” she said to applause.
Answering the call, Francis condemned big businesses that want to “lay their hands on” the Amazon’s riches. But he also criticized conservation efforts that claim to preserve the rainforest but end up walling off vast swaths of its resources from the people who live there and need it to survive.
“These problems strangle her peoples and provoke the migration of the young due to the lack of local alternatives,” he said. “We have to break with the historical paradigm that views the Amazonia as an inexhaustible source of supplies for other countries without concern for its inhabitants.”
He said it was “essential” for governments and other institutions to consider indigenous as legitimate partners when negotiating development and conservation projects and said their rights, cultures, languages and spirituality must be respected and recovered.
The crowd responded with a rhyming Amazonian riff on a popular papal chant: “Papa Franciso, la selva esta contigo” —”Pope Francis, the jungle is with you.”
After his speech, an indigenous man in a wheelchair who was left partially paralyzed after being shot by police during a protest placed a headdress of red and yellow feathers on the pope’s head and a necklace of native beads around his neck.
Thousands of indigenous men, women and children had traveled through the jungle by boat, on foot and in buses and cars to reach Puerto Maldonado to participate in what many hoped would be a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem. Though many didn’t quite know why Francis was coming, others saw in him a bridge with Peru’s government to resolve long-standing issues like land rights.
“It was what we’d hoped to hear from the pope,” Lizardo Cauper, the president of the Amazon’s largest indigenous organization, said after Francis’ speech. “He expressed what we have been demanding for some time.”
The Amazon’s native peoples hail from about 350 indigenous groups, some of whom live in voluntary isolation. In the centuries after Spanish colonization, most traces of native, spiritual beliefs were lost as missionaries converted indigenous Peruvians to Catholicism.
In his speech, Francis called for special protections for these isolated groups, “the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.”
Among them, he said, were women who have been trafficked to work as prostitutes in the bars to service clients that work in the illegal gold mining operations. “It is painful to see how in this land, which is under the protection of the Mother of God, so many women are devalued, denigrated and exposed to endless violence,” he said.
In a letter sent to Francis this week, the leaders of three predominant indigenous groups urged the pope to back their call for the state to grant 50 million acres (20 million hectares) in collective land rights to native peoples. They also asked him to urge Peru’s government to clean up rivers now tainted with mercury as a result of illegal gold mining.
Rather than a halt to all mining and exploration in the Amazon, indigenous communities want to be a part of discussions to decide where and how those activities are conducted, said Edwin Vasquez, an indigenous leader who traveled to Puerto Maldonado to hear the pope.
Studies confirm that contamination from mining is already having an impact on the health of many living in the Amazon.
“They have lead in their blood,” Vasquez said. “Is that development?”
Francis referred to the spread of certain diseases among the indigenous, and also the forced sterilization of native women.
The remark was a clear reference to the more than 300,000 women who were sterilized during the 1990-2000 government of former President Alberto Fujimori. Officials said at the time that the campaign was aimed at reducing poverty; more than 2,000 later came forward saying they had been forced into it.
Francis’ tucked his remarks into a footnote that he read aloud, perhaps knowing they would be politically sensitive in Peru, where just last month Kuczynski set off nationwide protests by pardoning Fujimori after he served less than half of a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses.
Francis made another political point in his speech back in Lima later Friday to Kuczynski and other Peruvian authorities, denouncing corruption as a “social virus” that infects all aspects of life and must be combatted. He called for greater transparency between civil society and public and private sectors and added that “no one can be excluded from this process.”
Kuczynski narrowly escaped impeachment over his private consulting firm’s ties to Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal. Many Peruvians saw his pardon of Fujimori as payback for support from Fujimori’s son during the impeachment vote.
The pontiff’s warm reception in Puerto Maldonado, where he was greeted by singing children and people who ran alongside his motorcade with Vatican-colored yellow and white balloons, was a stark contrast to the pope’s visit to Chile earlier in the week, where his visit provoked protests and drew smaller crowds to greet him.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday.
Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash, officials in the two countries said, as each blamed the other for initiating the violence.
Indian officials said two civilians, an army soldier and a paramilitary soldier died and at least 24 civilians and two soldiers were injured in Indian-controlled Kashmir. According to Pakistani officials, Indian fire on Friday killed a civilian and wounded nine others in Sialkot in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.
An Indian paramilitary officer said soldiers were responding to Pakistani firing and shelling on dozens of border posts and called it an “unprovoked” violation of a 2003 cease-fire accord.
Angered over the rising violence, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh and condemned what it called “unprovoked cease-fire violations” by India.
Each country has also accused the other of initiating past border skirmishes and causing civilian and military casualties.
The fighting is taking place along a somewhat-defined frontier where each country has a separate paramilitary border force guarding the lower-altitude 200-kilometer (125-mile) boundary separating Indian-controlled Kashmir and the Pakistani province of Punjab.
The contentious frontier also includes a 740-kilometer (460-mile) rugged and mountainous stretch called the Line of Control that is guarded by the armies of India and Pakistan.
The Indian officer, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with official policy, said Friday’s shelling came after relative calm overnight in Jammu following two days of fighting that left at least three civilians and a soldier dead and several others wounded on both sides.
The border guard official said by Friday evening fighting had stopped in most places but continued at about half a dozen outposts.
The fighting escalated late Friday in Sunderbani sector, where Indian and Pakistani soldiers fired guns and mortars at each other’s positions. Col. Nitin Joshi, an Indian army spokesman, said one soldier was killed in the Pakistani firing.
Indian police officer S.D. Singh said shells have landed in dozens of villages since early Friday. He said authorities deployed bulletproof vehicles to evacuate people who were injured and sick. Bullets and shrapnel scarred homes and walls amid the intense firing and shelling.
Dozens of schools in villages along the frontier have been closed and authorities advised residents to stay indoors as shells and bullets rained down. Some damage to houses was also reported on the Indian side.
Pakistan urged India to respect the cease-fire, investigate the latest incidents and maintain peace on the frontier. It also asked India to allow the U.N. Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its mandated role in accordance with Security Council resolutions.
“This unprecedented escalation in cease-fire violations by India is continuing” since 2017 despite calls for restraint from Islamabad, Pakistan’s statement said.
India’s foreign ministry condemned what it called “continued and unprecedented cease-fire violation by Pakistan, which has caused loss of lives and properties.”
“Pakistan violates the cease-fire as a cover to infiltrate terrorists across the border into India. We of course retaliate in such cases,” said Raveesh Kumar, India’s foreign ministry spokesman. “We’ll also take up the matter at appropriate level with the Pakistani side.”
Also Friday, India’s External Affairs Ministry summoned Syed Haider Shah, a top Pakistan embassy official in New Delhi, and conveyed the government’s “grave concerns at the continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces.”
More than 100 such violations have been carried out by Pakistan forces in Kashmir so far during 2018, a ministry statement said.
India and Pakistan have a long history of bitter relations over Kashmir, a Himalayan territory claimed by both in its entirety. They have fought two of their three wars over the region since they gained independence from British colonial rule in 1947.
The exchange of fire comes days after Islamabad accused Indian forces of killing four Pakistani soldiers along the Line of Control in Kashmir, where rebel groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.
Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown since 1989.
DALLAS (AP) — Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” died Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93.
Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten.
After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. She fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blonde and sought a new image.
“I came up with a conviction that most of the winners in this business became stars overnight by playing shady dames with sex appeal,” she recalled in 1967. She welcomed the offer for “Written on the Wind,” in which she played an alcoholic nymphomaniac who tries to steal Rock Hudson from his wife, Lauren Bacall.
“And I’ve been unfaithful or drunk or oversexed almost ever since— on the screen, of course,” she added.
When Jack Lemmon announced her as the winner of the 1956 Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role for the performance, she rushed to the stage of the Pantages Theatre and gave the longest speech of the evening. Even when Lemmon pointed to his watch, she continued undeterred, thanking “the Screen Actors and the Screen Extras guilds because we’ve had a lot of ups and downs together.”
Malone’s career waned after she reached 40, but she achieved her widest popularity with “Peyton Place,” the 1964-69 ABC series based on Grace Metalious’ steamy novel which became a hit 1957 movie starring Lana Turner. Malone assumed the Turner role as Constance Mackenzie, the bookshop operator who harbored a dark secret about the birth of her daughter Allison, played by the 19-year-old Mia Farrow.
ABC took a gamble on “Peyton Place,” scheduling what was essentially a soap opera in prime time three times a week. It proved to be a ratings winner, winning new prominence for Malone and making stars of Farrow, Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Parkins.
“RIP Dorothy Malone, my beautiful TV mom for two amazing years,” Farrow posted on Twitter.
Malone was offered a salary of $10,000 a week, huge money at the time. She settled for $7,000 with the proviso that she could leave the set at 5 p.m. so she could spend time with her young daughters, Mimi and Diane. She had been divorced from their father, a dashing Frenchman, Jacques Bergerac.
He had been discovered in France by Ginger Rogers, who married him and helped sponsor his acting career. They divorced, and he wooed and wedded Dorothy Malone in 1959. The marriage lasted five years and ended in a bitter court battle over custody of the daughters. “I wish Ginger had warned me what he was like,” she lamented.
Malone married three times — two and a half by her calculation. Her second marriage, to stock broker Robert Tomarkin in 1969, was annulled after six weeks, Vanderstraaten said. A marriage in 1971 to motel chain executive Huston Bell also ended in divorce.
“I don’t have very good luck in men,” she admitted. “I had a tendency to endow a man qualities he did not possess.” When a reporter suggested that she was well fixed because of the “Peyton Place” money, she replied: “Don’t you believe it. I had a husband who took me to the cleaners. The day after we were married he was on the phone selling off my stuff.”
When she was born in Chicago on Jan. 30, 1925, her name was Dorothy Eloise Maloney (it was changed to Malone in Hollywood “because it sounded too much like baloney,” she said). When she was 3-months-old, her father — a telephone company auditor — moved the family to Dallas where she was raised in a strict Catholic household.
“As a child I lived by the rules,” she said in 1967, “repeating them over and over, abiding by them before I fully understood their full meaning.”
In 1942, an RKO talent scout saw her in a play at Southern Methodist University and recommended her for a studio contract. Her first three movie roles were walk-ons with no lines; her later roles were not much improvement. A move to Warner Bros. in 1945 provided greater opportunity.
In her first film at Warners, “The Big Sleep,” she was cast as a bookshop clerk who is questioned by Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart). She closes the shop, lets her hair down, takes off her glasses and seduces the private eye in a shelter from a thunderstorm. Her other films at the studio were less provocative. They included “Night and Day,” ”One Sunday Afternoon,” ”Colorado Territory,” ”Young at Heart” and “Battle Cry.”
Free of her Warner Bros. contract, Malone was cast by Universal in “Written on the Wind,” which she later termed “the most fun picture I ever made.” Important films followed: “Man of a Thousand Faces” as the wife of Lon Chaney (James Cagney); “Too Much, Too Soon” as Diana Barrymore, the alcoholic daughter of John Barrymore (Errol Flynn); “The Last Sunset,” a western with Kirk Douglas and Rock Hudson.
None of the roles matched her Marylee Hadley in “Written on the Wind,” and she welcomed the offer of “Peyton Place.”
“At the time, doing television was considered professional death,” she remarked in 1981. “However, I knew the series was going to be good, and I didn’t have to prove myself as a star.”
After the series ended, she appeared in TV movies, including “Murder in Peyton Place” (1977) and “Peyton Place — The Next Generation” (1985).
With her feature career virtually ended, she moved to Dallas to take care of her parents. After they died, she continued living in Dallas, making occasional returns to Hollywood and forays into dinner theaters. In 1992 she was again in a top feature, playing an aging lesbian murderer in the Sharon Stone-Michael Douglas sex thriller, “Basic Instinct.” It was her final on-screen role.
Funeral arrangements were pending Friday. Besides Vanderstraaten, Malone is survived by a son, retired U.S. District Judge Robert B. Maloney, and a daughter, Diane Thompson, all of Dallas.
PARIS (AP) — There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold. The Alexander McQueen fashion house mixed in flashes of red to an otherwise dark display of menswear.
Some highlights to the fall-winter shows:
A RAINBOW AT MAISON MARGIELA
John Galliano studied the science of the rainbow for a colorful and typically quirky collection.
A clinical white venue, populated by myriad staff in their signature white lab aprons, led the eye down to a bright yellow runway. Its large oval shapes brightly evoked the rays of sunlight and suggested the inspiration for the fall-winter display.
From a vermilion coat with sloping shoulders to a sunny yellow bubble jacket, narrow blue pants and a belted, deep saffron knitted coat — the collection looked as if Galliano had separated each of the colors refracted in a rainbow. Science and the laboratory have been a touchstone for the brand for years.
Tongue-in-cheek garments of practical use in the rain were mixed in with the 30 couture-infused designs. There were transparent rain caps that gave a 1950s edge, and a see-through PVC belted rain coat that was on-trend in its play on texture, layering and transparency.
Silhouette-wise, large lapels and slightly cinched waists were dominant.
As fashionistas left the grand Hotel des Invalides venue, the world outside warmed up too: The winter drizzle suddenly stopped, giving way to rays of sun.
Lauded designer Galliano has been called many things in his career, but a weather forecaster must be a first.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’S SUITS
There was more than a flavor of London in Alexander McQueen’s sophomore Paris show.
The Saville Row suit and tie — with an archetypally British red-check sweater — was the starting point for a display shown in an industrial, disused office space.
It was clear that this buttoned-up vibe would give way to more creative explorations when in the next look, a black business-like parka jacket — wrapped around the waist — billowed out like Asian samurai pants.
A suit in chocolate had wide shoulders and unusually-shaped tapered sleeves, which added an edge to the classic garment.
And references to the ’80s — such as a shimmering snake-patterned Glam Rock coat and an oversize red-check scarf — injected some fun into a collection, which tipped more toward the commercial than the house’s womenswear does.
MCQUEEN MENSWEAR NOW A PARIS STAPLE
In a sign of the growing importance of both menswear and Paris to the fashion industry, Alexander McQueen is now — with the house’s second men’s runway show in the City of Light — a firm staple of the calendar.
Founded by the late designer Alexander McQueen in 1992, the house had shown menswear designs in previous seasons by appointment in Milan and London before it made its Paris runway debut last season.
The CEO since 2016, Frenchman Emmanuel Gintzburger, had been tasked with expanding the fashion-forward brand. This move puts the men’s designs in line with the lauded womenswear collections that are shown in Paris during ready-to-wear week in the spring and fall.
JUUN J.’S NECK SCULPTURES
South Korean designer Juun J. often plays with oversized shapes, and for the latest fall and winter collection he took his signature themes up a notch with a highly sculptural collection defined by huge bubble jacket material tied around the models’ necks.
The palette was typically tame, with its black, white and blown-up check infused with flashes of vermillion and pale yellow, but the shapes less so.
A huge black bubble jacket, knotted around a female model’s upper half, obscured the body alongside a bubble “skirt” with a fine corrugated surface clumsily wrapped around the bottom half. Its myriad hanging tassels further adding to a visual kinesis.
Much of this haphazard body “wrapping” was more sculptural and creative than actually wearable.
A black check suit with multiple layers was given an abstract twist with a shiny bubble jacket around the neck that looked almost like the inflatable neck pillows you find on airplanes.
CERUTTI 1881’S COLOR
Designer Jason Basmajian of Cerutti 1881 loves color.
Although his restrained fall-winter designs featured darker hues than normal, there were rick pickings for anyone who likes a bright wardrobe.
A beautiful military green coat in soft wool looked huggable, as did a pair of fluffy sports-infused eggshell pants.
A gold shirt evoked the rich fabrics of India, and the rich color also cropped up on a Cerutti logo sweater and a sporty women’s coat with black fanny pack.
There was a sporty edge to many of the 47 looks as is increasingly common with many menswear brands around the world.
Chief Creative Officer Basmajian brings a business approach as well as an artistic one to his fashion designs. Friday’s saleable collection was a case in point.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety.
The new rules would allow hog slaughter plants to voluntarily join a new proposed inspection system that would put plant employees in charge of determining which animals are unfit for processing. Government inspectors who currently perform this function would be moved to other areas of the plant focused more on food safety, said U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg.
The proposed rules are similar to ones rolled out in 2014 for the poultry industry.
Critics have said such changes turn too much of the inspection and food safety testing over to the companies, creating increased risk of food-borne illnesses from contaminated meat as well as an increased risk of inhumane treatment of animals.
“We think that food safety is going to suffer from this,” said Tony Corbo, a senior lobbyist at Food & Water Watch, a Washington-based advocacy group that is calling for USDA to drop the proposed rules. “We opposed what they did in poultry and we’re opposing what they’re doing here. This is a belated Christmas gift to the industry.”
Rottenberg insists the changes could improve food safety and said they would still require government inspectors to look at all hog carcasses processed.
“There is no single technology or process to address the problem of foodborne illness, but when we focus our inspections on food safety-related tasks, we better protect American families,” she said.
The proposed rules would also increase the number of hogs plants could process by revoking limits on line speeds and allowing plants to determine their own speeds. Corbo argued the move could endanger workers and reduce quality control.
Maximum line speeds are currently set at 1,106 hogs per hour, meaning each line in a plant is allowed to handle that number of carcasses each hour. The USDA said five pilot plants operating at their own established speeds have operated efficiently but safely.
Corbo said data he’s collected indicate the pilot plants have had significantly higher noncompliance reports in key areas including sanitation.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is proposing the rules, said the new system is unlikely to result in increased bacterial contamination of hog carcasses and could lower it, “which in turn may result in fewer human illnesses.”
Companies may choose not to adopt the new rules and could continue to operate under the existing inspection system.
The voluntary inspection program would apply only to those processing plants slaughtering market hogs, animals about six months old weighing around 250 pounds (115 kilograms), which make up about 96 percent of the pork products sold to consumers.
After officially posting the rules in the next few days, the agency will begin taking comments, which could lead to changes in the proposal. No date has been set for enactment.
A second set of rules proposed Friday would be mandatory and require all pork processing plants to implement their own new daily documentation on how they prevent bacterial contamination of carcasses and procedures for microbial testing.
USDA has been working on changes to pork processing since 2002, Rottenberg said.
The agency said the U.S. has 612 swine slaughter plants under federal inspection. They process about 118 million hogs a year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday.
The online retailer had added the monthly payment option about two years ago as a way to hook shoppers — especially during the holiday season — who wanted faster free shipping, but didn’t want to commit to an annual fee. The Seattle-based company does not disclose how many Prime members it has.
Besides free two-day shipping, Prime members get other perks, such as access to Amazon’s video and music streaming services.
Starting Friday, new monthly members will pay $12.99 a month, up from $10.99. Qualifying college students will pay $6.49 a month, up from $5.49. Amazon.com Inc. said existing monthly members will start paying the higher fees next month.
Amazon said its $5.99-a-month Prime membership for low-income people who receive government assistance is not affected by the price increase. Amazon launched the discounted Prime membership last year for people who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card.
Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys.
In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources. That data will influence what others see in their news feeds.
It’s the second major tweak to Facebook’s algorithm announced this month. The social-media giant, a major source of news for users, has struggled to deal with an uproar over fake news and Russian-linked posts, meant to influence the 2016 U.S. elections, on its platform. The company has slowly acknowledged its role in that foreign interference.
Facebook announced last week that it would try to have users see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebrities, and more from friends and family. Zuckerberg said Friday because of that, news posts will make up 4 percent of the news feed, down from 5 percent today.
Facebook says it will start prioritizing news sources deemed trustworthy in the U.S. and then internationally. It says it has surveyed a “diverse and representative sample” of U.S. users and next week it will begin testing prioritizing the news sources deemed trustworthy. Publishers with lower scores may see a drop in their distribution across Facebook.
“There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them. That’s why it’s important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Of course, there are worries that survey-takers will try to game the system, or that they just won’t be able to differentiate between high-quality and low-quality news sources — an issue made evident by the spread of many fake-news items in the past few years.
Zuckerberg says that some news organizations “are only broadly trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don’t follow them directly.” But this is complicated.
In the U.S., there has been a growing partisan split in perceptions of the media. Roughly a third of Democrats in early 2017 said they trusted information from national news organizations a lot; only 11 percent of Republicans did, according to Pew Research Center; that gap had grown from early 2016.
Facebook’s move is a positive one, but that it’s not clear how effective this system will be in identifying trustworthy news sources, David Chavern, CEO of the news media trade group News Media Alliance, said in a statement Friday.
On Jan. 11 City Council approved the proposed ordinance allowing off-highway vehicles to operate on paved city streets.
For the vote on the proposed ordinance, the motion passed 7-3.
Councilors voting to approve were Barry Foster, Jeanine Corn Best, Art Sandoval, Tabitha Denny, Caleb Grant, Jason Perry and Natasha Mackey. Councilors voting against were Steve Henderson, Juan Oropesa and Savino Sanchez.
City Councilor Jason Perry made a motion that through public hearing, the ordinance be approved. This particular ordinance was draft B. Councilor Art Sandoval seconded the motion.
City Attorney Aaron Holloman said the city is authorized to allow off-highway vehicles to travel on city streets, which must be implemented through an ordinance according to state statute.
“The language that we have placed our ordinance in requires that the vehicles have the appropriate modification,” Holloman said. “These things include mirrors, taillights. The driver must be licensed and insured — and they are required to follow all traffic laws. This doesn’t allow them to travel on any of the state highways, although it would allow them to cross state highways. If they were to do that, there would have to be a separate procedure where we would have to make an application to the Department of Transportation.”
Holloman said this ordinance was first presented to the Legal Committee on Sept. 28. and on Dec. 14 voted to proceed to the hearing.
In the meeting with Grant, Henderson, and Holloman, Holloman said the language was changed to the ordinance pertaining to recreational or utility off-highway vehicles. He also said the language regarding passengers was updated saying that passengers should be in the seats provided and not in the bed of the vehicle.
The public hearing began and 10 citizens came forward to speak. Mayor Dennis Kintigh facilitated the meeting and reminded the audience, for public hearings, citizens are not required to sign up to speak and can have their voice heard after those who have signed up.
“Basically, the states where it was illegal to drive on the roads had the highest death toll of all of them,” Randy Robertson said. “Those that were legal were down at the bottom.”
Leslie Robertson came to the podium and thanked the councilors who were in approval of the ordinance.
“For those of you that may still be on the fence, I would like to remind you that you should put your personal opinions on the side,” Leslie said. “And consider what your voters want you to do. I would ask those behind me that came here tonight whether they spoke or not, whether they came to support this ordinance.”
Nearly every seat was full in the Basset Auditorium at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Half of the audience raised their hands in response to Leslie Robertson’s question.
“Please, councilors, be the voice of the people as you were supposed to be,” Leslie continued. “We would appreciate it very much and again I thank you for your service to the community.”
Arguments for the off-road vehicles involved the statements from acknowledging the safety which the ordinance provides motorcycles and other vehicles on the road already, recognition of the city and county use, assets to businesses and property maintenance were presented in comments throughout.
“Frankly, I like the fact that we can’t use them to go on state highways,” Herb Atkinson said. “You can to cross Main Street, cross Second Street, but not go up and down those streets. I think that is a good part of the ordinance. I would certainly vote in favor of that, but I would like to encourage you to vote in favor. These vehicles are certainly street safe, far safer than other vehicles that are legal to use. I ask you to consider passing this ordinance tonight.”
Clay Woody, from Xcel Energy, said he thanks the city for looking to keep the public safe but reminds the city that traffic laws are broken consistently, even with bike safety and citizens riding in the beds of pickups.
Kintigh called the public who had not signed up to speak in opposition and no one came forward. Two more people came up to speak in favor.
Ruth Leyba who has spoken previously before the council shared her thoughts.
“If you’ll notice, a lot of people speaking up are of the older generation people,” Leyba said. “We are for the this because it makes sense to use this vehicle around town rather than a big vehicle that uses a lot more gas, a lot more of everything. As I’ve told you before, it is very safe. I take grandchildren all the time in them. I don’t feel any fraction of a thought that I am going to be harming them in anyway.”
Leyba mentioned that car seats can be safely secured in off-road vehicles and have more safety precautions compared to motorcycles or electric cars.
“Just consider your wards,” Leyba said. “Consider who you’re voting for, and all prospects in it.”
Councilor Steve Henderson said that his thoughts would be in minority after all the support from the citizens, but chose to share his research on the problems with off-road vehicles on hard surface roads.
Henderson said he had done some research on many organizations.
“I would refer you first to our proposed ordinance,” Henderson said. “It says off-highway motor vehicle means a motor vehicle designed by the manufacturer for the operation exclusively off the highway or road. I call that to your attention in our own statute in our own ordinance would say that their vehicles are to be exclusively used off the highway.”
In his research, Henderson said the strongest statements he read were from the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, which promotes the safety and responsible use of recreation and off-highway vehicles in North America. Henderson referenced the research saying that off-road vehicles are designed, manufactured and sold for off-highway use only and riding on public streets and highways can influence the likelihood of off-road vehicles colliding in dangerous situations with cars or trucks.
Henderson also cited the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association compels that use of highway off-road vehicles be prohibited and law enforcement efforts try to prevent this practice.
“Their low-pressure tires are not designed for paved streets,” Henderson said, citing an ATV Safety Institute’s study. “Also, it says, ‘Although the ATVs are designed exclusively for off-road use, many of the ATV occupant deaths occur on roads despite most states having laws prohibiting many times of on-road use.’”
In regard to fatalities, Henderson said that Consumer Product Safety Commission conducts a yearly census of ATV riders’ deaths specific to the type of road.
In a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Henderson quoted the statistics saying two-thirds of the fatal ATV crashes occur on public and private roads.
“I realize that there is some convenience in being able to use these vehicles,” Henderson said. “But the overwhelming evidence by all the studies that I could find — not one of them supported running these vehicles on public roads, so I think it’s problematic for the city.
“I that if we are looking for a way to injure and kill people, I think this is a way that we can help facilitate that. If we are looking for safety, people that are interested in this, but want to run these vehicles in a safe way, I think we ought to vote against this ordinance. I think that in reality, it presents a liability to the city if we have the facts and we know that these vehicles are dangerous, they are not made for hard surfaces, and we go ahead and approve this, I think we open ourselves to liability.”
Councilor Caleb Grant followed Henderson and he said the city has 20 off-road vehicles.
“If the city doesn’t pass this, we are going to need to clean up the policies because apparently, we are not abiding by the law. So I think that is an issue that is more problematic. Some of the information right now proves the point of referring to ATVs, which has nothing to do with what we are talking about right here on this ordinance. All 10 of us are here to get a vote and move on from this.”
Councilor Juan Oropesa voiced his concerns saying the name of off-road vehicles defines their usage and questioned why the state would leave it to the city governments to pass the ordinance rather than making it statewide.
Councilor Tabitha Denny was present on conference call and shared her comments after Oropesa.
“I realize that I am not there, but I understand there are a lot of you there,” Denny said. “I want to say thank you guys for coming out again to voice what you want. That’s so important, so thank you for that. I understand that we are here to protect our citizens, but we are also here to be their voice and their voice is telling us they want this.”
Denny continued saying that she would like to think that those who want to operate and ride in off-road vehicles would take necessary safety precautions for themselves and others.
Showing strong support, Denny applauded Randy Robertson for his work and research.
Council Foster said the off-road vehicles were not permitted to be on roads with speeds over 40 miles an hour, which made sense for cities to pass it.
Foster also thanked Randy Robertson and called the question to suspend debate and go to the final vote.
Votes for vehicles
For the calling of the question, the motion to vote passed unanimously.
The ordinance passed and the crowd began to clap and cheer, which Kintigh brought to a halt.
“We do not have public displays when we take action,” Kintigh said. “Let me explain this very carefully and I want everyone to understand this. What you are seeing tonight is a very intense discussion of public policy with heartfelt positions on both sides. Good people disagree.
To preserve decorum is critical so that we do not break down into animosity where we cannot accomplish the business of the city. That means formality, decorum, respect for everyone. That is why I insist upon it. Regardless of how we disagree, we may agree emphatically on the next, so at no time will we have public displays.”
City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTESIA — The United States Border Patrol Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center reports an era has ended for them.
Academy Deputy Chief Carlos Ortiz said changes were made regarding cadets learning the Spanish language.
“The graduates that would test out in the Spanish language would go to the field as soon as they were done with training, when it comes to the firearms, driving and those departments, if they tested in Spanish and were proficient, they would go immediately to the field upon graduation,” he said.
Ortiz said those who did not meet the requirements for Spanish language would have to stay back and go through that training for a period of around 40 days. “And then graduate from that Spanish proficiency program and head out to field from there.”
Recently, Class 1083 graduated from the USBP Academy. They were the last class to graduate from the 66-day program.
“We’re going from more of a classroom student-centric (training), to a scenario-based training,” Ortiz said. “With the Spanish program, being incorporated from day four.”
Ortiz said starting on the fourth day of class, cadets begin to see that scenario-based training.
“To include the Spanish language so they’re more proficient with the scenario-based situations they’re going to be seeing in the field.”
All incoming classes will now be part of a 117-day training session.
“In the past, trainees would leave here with three certifications,” Ortiz said. “Now, they’re leaving here with 14 certifications. It takes a little bit of the ownership or the manpower from the sectors, because they leave here with all 14 certifications.”
He said they are better trained and better equiped once they leave Artesia.
Ortiz has been with the USBP for 16 years and he said today’s cadets are going through the things he experienced as a cadet.
“We’re actually going back to what I went through,” he said. “Because the Spanish language was incorporated when I went through.”
He said there were five groups that were separated by the proficiency of the Spanish program.
“If you were proficient, you were in group one and less proficient, group two, and it moves down the ladder,” he said. “Even if you are proficient, you may be in group one or group five. So we’ve used those trainees that are here that are proficient in Spanish to kind of be instructors within the classroom with their students that they’re going to school with.”
He said some of the basic training he went through more than a decade ago is still the same.
“I can tell you that 16 years ago, never once do I remember that we went out as a trainee and tracked a group or attempted to track for a sign that we talk about. Now these trainees, they go out there and instead of sitting and waiting for their turn to do a scenario, they’re going out and tracking in certain locations, so they’re constantly being taught something that we do based on the field work,” Ortiz said.
General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at email@example.com.
The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
Michael R. Chrisman was charged with failure to pay fines at the 1300 block of West McGaffey Street at 1:11 a.m.
Sandra Jo Sedillo was charged with shoplifting at the 500 block of South Wyoming Avenue at 4:59 a.m.
Gabriel Joe Gomez was charged with failure to pay fines and failure to comply at the 600 block of West Tilden Street at 9:41 a.m.
Kenny Dwayne Storie was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer at the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue at 9:58 a.m.
Eron Alan Calvillo was charged with charged with fraud at the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue at 9:58 a.m.
Lisa Jodee Friedt was charged with criminal trespass at the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue at 9:58 a.m.
Gabriel Garcia Ramirez was charged with failure to pay fines at the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue at 9:58 a.m.
Scott Alan Utter was charged with failure to appear at the 100 block of South Garden Avenue at 11:45 a.m.
David A. Gonzales was charged with possession of marijuana and failure to appear at the 1500 block of Pontiac Drive at 2:40 p.m.
Gabriel Joe Gomez was charged with battery upon a peace officer at the 600 block of West Tilden Street at 2:46 p.m.
Danny Ray Bowen was charged with firearms, destructive devices, receipt, transport by felon at the 600 block of East Albuquerque Street at 5 p.m.
Rudy Vallejos was charged with failure to comply at the 2600 block of South Main Street at 5:23 p.m.
Alexis A. Sanchez was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of West Alameda Street and South Washington Avenue at 9:56 p.m.
Brayant Torres-Millan was charged with failure to appear at the 200 block of South Main Street at 10:15 p.m.
Anthony R. Ruiz was charged with failure to appear at the 1600 block of South Main Street at 11:15 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage call at the UFO McDonalds at 720 N. Main St. at 7:59 a.m. Two windows valued at $1000 were reported damaged by BBs.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage call at the 400 block of South Union Avenue at 12:58 p.m. A window valued at $100 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting call at the Big 5 Sporting Goods at 2801 N. Main St. at 1:53 p.m. Police reported stolen clothing, although a total value was not available.
Police were dispatched to a harassment call at the corner of South Washington Avenue and West Hobbs Street at 2 p.m. A disorderly conduct incident report was made.
Police were dispatched to a larceny call at Taqueria Jalisco at 1622 S. Main St. at 2:14 p.m. A gold iPhone 6S valued at $300 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to a lost property call at the 400 block of Hermosa Drive at 4:08 p.m. $118 in cash and a wallet valued at $30 was reported lost by Leanne Bratland.
Police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance call at the Walgreens at 1835 N. Main St. at 6:55 p.m. A non-aggravated battery on household member incident report was made.
A person involved in a two-vehicle accident was sent to a local hospital by ambulance late Thursday afternoon.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the Roswell police and fire departments were dispatched to the corner of West Second Street and North Lea Avenue in reference to a vehicular accident with injuries.
A black SUV that had sustained heavy damage to the front-right tire sat within an Allsup’s parking lot while a white van on the opposite side of Second Street had encountered extensive damage toward its front.
An individual within one of the vehicles was taken by Emergency Medical Services to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, though the extent of their injuries has not been released.
A portion of Second Street was blocked off to clear the two involved vehicles and remove cleanup debris along the street.
Further information is pending an accident report from the Roswell Police Department,
which was not available by press time.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.