Judy Darlene Lane, 65, returned to her heavenly home on January 19, 2018. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her life and ultimately gave her peace.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25th at Church on the Move in Roswell. Pastor Savino Sanchez will officiate the service.
Judy was born to James Smith and Betty Callaway on May 28, 1952. She attended Goddard High School in Roswell. She worked with the Roswell Independent School District for 23 years in the cafeteria and was lovingly known as “the lunch lady”; a title that she cherished. She enjoyed camping, fishing, watching funny movies, life and laughter with her family. She was very actively involved over many years with AA and NA programs in Roswell, sponsoring many young women and sharing her testimony. She found joy in being part of the Jail Ministry with Church on the Move taking the word of God to those in need.
Judy was blessed with a very loving family. She married her best friend, Albert Lane, on January 22, 1971 in Roswell, NM. Judy and Al have two daughters and five grandchildren alongside many loving friends and church family.
Judy was an encourager of people. She was kind and caring, and always cherished the time spent with her grandkids. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator in heaven.
Judy is survived by her husband, Albert; her daughter Jennifer Williams and her husband Nick; her daughter Kimberly Putnam and her husband TJ; her grandchildren Devin Williams, Savannah Lindsey, Koltin Willis, Zander Lucero, Madelynn, Maya, and Keigan McCullough; her sister-in-law; Claudine Davidson and her husband James; three very dear friends, Desmond Williams, Judy Powers, Anna Sanchez and her family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Andrews and staff at Roswell Medical, the caregivers with Kymera Cancer Center, and the caregivers with Hospice; Glynn Shelton and Andre Hunter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Jail Ministry at Church on the Move would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Judy Darlene Lane, 65, returned to her heavenly home on January 19, 2018. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her life and ultimately gave her peace.
The family of Ramon E Aguirre Sr, 56, sadly announce his passing on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Viewing for Ramon will be Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10 AM to 6 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 26, 2018, 10 AM, at St John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Celebrate Ramon’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Ramon was born August 5, 1961, in Tepozan, Durango, Mexico, to Ladislao and Carmen Aguirre. He married Maria Guadalupe Rios on January 19, 1980, in Roswell, and spent his life working as a marble fabricator. He was a member of St John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Remaining to cherish the memory of Ramon are his wife, Maria Guadalupe Rios Aguirre, children: Ramon R Aguirre Jr, Earl L Aguirre, Leslie Aguirre, Maria G Ramirez; mother, Carmen E Aguirre; siblings: Gregoria Schweder, Bertha and George Carrillo, Raul Aguirre and Theresa Romero, Maria and Julie Watt-Aguirre, Eliseo Aguirre and Carla Sanchez, Carmen Aguirre, Lydia and Jesus Hernandez; grandchildren: Jasmine Aguirre, Tommy I Bustamante, Victor Aguirre, Raechal Aguirre, Issacc Aguirre, Hector R Aguirre, and Earl Aguirre, and Sergio Ramirez; nieces & nephews: Alyssia Aguirre, Alonso Estrada, Amanda J Schweder, Allen Schweder, David and Chrissy Carrillo, Daniel and Marissa Carrillo, Eiluj D Watt-Aguirre, Eliseo J Aguirre, Rayna R Aguirre, Pilar S Aguirre, Marcus Ortiz, Matthew Ortiz, Elias G Franco, Sofia E Franco, Mirella Isabel Hernandez, Emilia Mariana Hernandez, Daniel Jesus Hernandez, Joshua M Estrada, Neela C Estrada, Claudia M Carrillo, and Michael D Carillo.
Preceding Ramon in death were his father, Ladislao V Aguirre; grand-parents: Benito and Gregoria Aguirre, and Antonio and Maria Enriquez.
Those chosen to serve as Pallbearers for Ramon are: Raul Aguirre, Eliseo Aguirre, Ramon Aguirre Jr, Earl Aguirre, Allen Schweder, Jesus Hernandez, Tommy Bustamante, Daniel Carrillo, and Sergio Ramirez.
Dios Vio Que Estaba Cansado
Dios vio que estabe cansado y una cura ya no habria. Al abrazarlo Dios le dijo al oido, “Ven Conmigo.” Con ojos llorosos lo miramos sufrir y como se nos fue acabando. Aunque lo amabamos, no lo pudimos hacer que se quedara. Un Corazon de oro dejo de latir, manos Fuertes y trabajadoras ya descansan. Dios quebro nuestros corazones al probar que El solo se lleva a los mejores.
Nathalian Palomarez was born 25 October 1958 in Morenci, Arizona to Nat and Viola Palomarez. God saw that he was sick and tired of fighting and took him home on 11 January 2018.
He grew up in Ancho, New Mexico, graduated from Carrizozo High School and later attended NMSU. He entered the US Army serving honorably for 10 years. After leaving the military he went to work for New Mexico Department of Transportation; retiring 31 October 2017 after 25 years.
He is preceded in death by his mother; Viola Palomarez, and his grandparents; Fred and Arsenia Lopez.
Nathan is survived by his wife of 30 years Betty, father Nat Palomarez, brother Gabriel/Kathy of Corona, sister Pauline Tope/Pete of Carrizozo, nephew Patrick Palomarez/Kristi, niece Alicia Zamora/Adam, Ashley/Jade Palomarez, 2 step children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Mass will be at St. Ritas in Carrizozo on Friday 26 Jan at 11:00 am with burial at Fort Stanton.
Honorary pallbearers are: Patrick Palomarez, Adam Zamora, David Payne, Jacob Benham, David Palomarez, and Pete Tope.
Nathan was my heart and soul and larger than life. His whole life was spent working and taking care of us. He would tell me he could rest when he left this world. Rest in Peace my Gentle Giant till we meet again.
The Palomarez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home, Inc. to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Glinda McPherson died January 16th at the age of 70 in Roswell, NM. She was born on October, 16 1947 to Nellie and Logan West. She was the youngest of 6 children. She married Gene McPherson on November 19, 1964. They were married for 53 years. Glenda was proceeded in death by her parents and also her siblings; Steven West, Lewis West, Bobby West, Marvin West, and twin sister Linda Lancer. All are now together forever. She is survived by her loving husband, 3 daughters, brother-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Glinda McPherson requested there be no service and wanted to be remembered in a moment of silence and a smile.
William Clay “Tom” Barger, 79, of Seminole, Texas passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2018 in Andrews.
Toms family will receive friends on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at McNett Funeral Home in Andrews, Texas. Cremation is under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please celebrate the life of Tom by visiting www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.
Tom was born on August 19, 1938 in Lubbock, Texas to Henry Clay and Hortense Barger. He grew up and graduated from high school in Ropesville, Texas. Tom married Joyce Roman on February 26, 1967 in Lubbock. They lived in Ropesville, Hobbs and Roswell, New Mexico before moving to Seminole, Texas two years ago. Tom was a farmer, rancher and operated a construction company as well as being in the real estate business. He loved flying, photography, fishing and enjoyed Western Folk art and Southwestern history. Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Barger of Seminole, Texas, a son Tom Clay and wife Sherry Barger of Lubbock, Texas; a step-son, Richard Roman of Riverside, California, three step-daughters, Mary and husband Lex Hinds of Seminole, Texas, Carmen Roman and husband James Leaming of Chicago, Illinois, Grace Roman Childers of Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Permian Residential Care Center, 1601 NE Mustang Dr., Andrews, Texas 79714.
Jane L. Dunlap, “Nana”, died at the age of 71 on January 10, 2018 in Las Cruces, NM after a long & courageous battle with cancer. At her death she was surrounded by her entire family. Jane was born on August 28, 1946 in Decatur, Indiana to the late John & Rowena Bauman. Jane graduated from Roswell High School in 1964. She also married the love of her life, Travis M. Dunlap, on April 10 of that same year. Later that year Travis & Jane welcomed their first child, Lesa. In 1969, son Loren was born & in 1971, son Jay was born. Jane took great joy in raising her children. Jane took delight in anything that involved her grandchildren. She enjoyed crafts & painting. She loved gardening & could make anything grow. Jane joined the Roswell First Church of the Nazarene as a child & attended there until she & Travis moved to Las Cruces, NM in 2013. At this time she became a member of the Las Cruces First Church of the Nazarene. Before moving to Las Cruces, Jane retired from TriCore Medical Lab. Jane is survived by her husband Travis; daughter Lesa Morrison & her husband Shaelan & their children – daughter Emily Morrison-Rosendo & her husband Emmanuel & sons Gavin & Garret Morrison, all of Las Cruces, NM; son Loren Dunlap & his wife Tracy & their daughter Jenna Dunlap of Los Lunas, NM and son Jay Dunlap & his wife Tiffany & their children – Chloe & Case Dunlap of Las Cruces, NM. Jane is also survived by her sister Marsha Lard & husband Floyd of Roswell, NM & many nieces & nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 am at the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1900 S. Locust in Las Cruces. The service will be conducted by Pastor Wade Elftman. Fellowship will take place at the church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Las Cruces First Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces NM 88001. Please visit www.GetzCares.com to sign the local online guest book.
Randy Keith was born on July 15, 1959 and went home on January 13, 2018, surrounded by those who loved him. Randy resided with and was cared for by Judith Tapia and her family; husband Marco A. Nava, daughter Marcela Nava, son Marc Nava, and son Brandon Nava. The Nava’s provided a loving home for Randy where he was spoiled and treated as one of their own. Randy was also a member of the Absolutely You Family, who supported Randy day by day in living a meaningful and plentiful life. Randy was very special in more than one ways. He touched many people’s lives with his beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Those who were honored to meet Randy could not help but to fall in love with his sweet demeanor. Randy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves a void in many hearts and will always be remembered fondly. May he rest in peace. A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at Waymaker Church, 202 S. Sunset on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Wayne Nolan Armstrong, 68, who passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it.
The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for a solution — or at least actively making their case why the other party was at fault. The scene highlighted the high political stakes for both parties in an election-year shutdown whose consequences were far from clear.
“The American people cannot begin to understand why the Senate Democratic leader thinks the entire government should be shut down until he gets his way on illegal immigration,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hours after a last-chance Senate vote failed.
Democrats refused to provide the votes needed to reopen the government until they strike a deal with President Donald Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation, providing disaster relief and boosting spending for opioid treatment and other domestic programs.
Democrats feel “very, very strongly about the issues” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, adding that he believes “the American people are on our side.”
The fighting followed a late-night vote in which Senate Democrats blocked a House-passed measure that would have kept agencies functioning for four weeks.
Republicans began the day hopeful they might pick off Democratic support for a three-week version and bring the episode to a quick end. Democrats are insisting on an alternative lasting only several days — which they think would pressure Republicans to cut an immigration deal — and say they’ll kill the three-week version when the Senate votes on it by early Monday.
The shutdown came on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. As lawmakers bickered in the Capitol, protesters marched outside in a reprise of the women’s march from a year ago. The president remained out of sight and canceled plans to travel to his resort in Florida for the weekend. He did tweet, making light of the timing by saying Democrats “wanted to give me a nice present” to mark the start of his second year in office.
Trump worked the phones, staying in touch with McConnell, while White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and budget chief Mick Mulvaney met at the Capitol with House Republicans. GOP lawmakers voiced support for the White House stance of not negotiating while the government was shuttered.
Tempers were short and theatrics high. Lawmakers bickered over blame, hypocrisy and even the posters brought to the House floor. While neither chamber voted on a measure to open the government, the House did vote on whether a poster displayed by Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama violated the House rules on decorum. The House voted to allow the poster, which bore a photo of Schumer and the quote “the politics of idiocy.”
While Republicans blamed the breakdown on Schumer, Democrats increasingly focused their messaging on criticizing Trump, whose popularity is dismal. Democrats were using his zigzagging stance in immigration talks — first encouraging deals, then rejecting them — to underscore his first, chaotic year in office.
“Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O,” Schumer said.
Short compared Democrats’ actions to “a 2-year-old temper tantrum.”
Republicans seemed content to hope additional Democrats will break as pressure builds and the impact of the shutdown becomes clearer.
In the late-night vote blocking the bill preventing a shutdown, five Democrats from states Trump won in the 2016 election voted to keep government functioning. In a sign that moderates are feeling pressure, more than a dozen centrist senators from both parties have been trying to craft an immigration and spending compromise that party leaders would embrace, but they’ve fallen short so far.
Republicans argued that Democrats were blocking extra Pentagon funds by keeping government closed and thwarting a long-term budget deal.
“I question if Senate Democrats are really united,” Short told reporters. “We think there’ll be more today and hopefully they’ll continue to see that it’s not wise to hold our troops hostage.”
But pressure on Republicans could mount with the new workweek Monday and the impact of the federal shutdown becomes more apparent to people.
While the Statue of Liberty — the nation’s emblem of its immigrant past — and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell were closed Saturday, visitors had access to other iconic national parks like Yellowstone. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted a photo of himself talking to students at the World War II Memorial in Washington, blocks from White House.
Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. Critical government functions continued, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is reached before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.
For leverage, Democrats were banking on Trump’s wobbly presidency and the GOP’s control of the White House, the House and Senate — a triumvirate that until now had never allowed a government closure to occur.
“Republicans in Congress plunged head-first into the Trump shutdown,” Schumer told reporters. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Republicans “so incompetent and negligent that they couldn’t get it together to keep the government open.”
Which party’s strategy would succeed remained open to debate.
Retired Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., a veteran of shutdown wars, said he believed Democrats believe “the more chaos they can create the better.” He said Schumer’s tough strategy was “a gross overplaying of his hand” and predicted Democrats would eventually relent.
Former Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said both parties needed to be cautious.
“It’s obvious that Democrats are playing to their base and Republicans are playing to their base,” he said. “Everybody loses. It just feeds into the fed-up atmosphere of the American people.”
Democrats have been seeking a deal to protect so-called Dreamers. Around 700,000 of them have been shielded against deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which Trump halted last year. He’s given lawmakers until early March to pass legislation restoring the protections, but he’s demanded added money for his proposed border wall with Mexico as a price.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):
President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him “a nice present” to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
He says Democrats “could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.”
And as part of a series of tweets hours after the shutdown began, the president is trying to make the case for Americans to elect more Republicans in the November elections “in order to power through this mess.”
Trump is accusing Democrats of being more concerned with “Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous” border with Mexico.
He’s also noting there are 51 Republicans in the Senate, and it takes 60 votes to move ahead on legislation to keep the government running — so some Democratic support is needed now.
In Trump’s view, “that is why we need to win more Republicans” in the midterm elections.
The federal government has shut down.
That means a halt to all but the most essential operations. And the shutdown is marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
It’s a striking display of Washington dysfunction.
Last-minute negotiations crumbled when Senate Democrats blocked a four-week extension. And that’s led to the fourth government shutdown in a quarter-century.
Leading Republicans and Democrats are now trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown.
Congress has scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure.
A rosary will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church for Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya, 46, who passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Roswell. Funeral mass will follow at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Annette was born August 30, 1971 in Roswell, NM to Frank Lucero and Gloria Aragon Lucero who survive her in Roswell. Also surviving her are her children Briana Lucero, Raquel Urias, Eric Lucero and Louis Montoya III; brother Daniel Lucero and her grandchildren Khloe Lucero, Joel Lucero, Josiah Lucero, Serenity Chacon, Xavier Lucero and Iziahz Zambrano.
Annette is preceded by her brother Frank Lucero Jr.; grandparents George Aragon, Jane Aragon, Amable Lucero and Mary Librada Lucero.
Annette was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother, she loved her children and grandchildren very much. Her hobbies were crochet, decorating walls with butterflies and making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren which was her favorite. Annette will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Frances W Adams, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior January 16, 2018. The family will announce a Memorial Celebration of Frances’ life and publish a full Obituary at a later date. Please visit www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
WASHINGTON (AP) — He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess.
The failure to find consensus on immigration and spending is a blow to Trump’s presidency on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration — and perhaps more painfully, a blow to his brand as a wheeler-and-dealer. The funding feud, which led to a government shutdown at midnight Friday, is the second time Trump has dived into a negotiation and come up short on a top priority. As with failed talks about overhauling the nation’s health system, Trump has again slammed into the difficulties of Washington’s particular mix of tricky politics and complex policy.
“Negotiating in politics is a lot different than real estate,” said GOP strategist Alex Conant. “In Washington, not everybody wants to make a deal. Trump’s initial premise that politicians just needed to be prodded more to make a deal was always flawed. Nobody runs for Congress because they want to compromise their principles. They want to advance their agendas.”
Democrats’ agenda in this case is, chiefly, protection for the 700,000 young immigrants who may face deportation when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires in March. Republicans are seeking more time to talk and a long-term funding bill that with major increases for the Pentagon.
It’s not been entirely clear what the president’s agenda is. Over the past few weeks, he has expressed openness to extending the DACA program, but then rejected a bipartisan plan on that front. He fired off a tweet that appeared to reject the GOP plan for a short-term funding bill that would buy time for more negotiation, but the White House walked it back. He abruptly tried to cut a broad deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader and a fellow New Yorker, and then backed off.
“I’m looking for something that President Trump supports,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Wednesday, just two days away from the shutdown deadline. “And he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign. As soon as we figure out what he is for, then I would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels going to this issue on the floor, but actually dealing with a bill that has a chance to become law and therefore solve the problem.”
Democrats have been less diplomatic: “Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O,” Schumer said Saturday, gleefully recounting what he claimed was a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s failed efforts to avert a shutdown.
The White House doesn’t necessarily view the confusion as a problem.
In his most notable work, “The Art of the Deal,” Trump boasted of his fickleness as a negotiator, describing it as a strategy. “I never get too attached to one deal or one approach. For starters, I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.”
A White House official, who asked for anonymity to discuss private deliberations, said the White House prefers to keep the government open, but sees potential political upside in Democratic “overreach.” Trump’s team sees the shutdown as an example of the president’s commitment to tough negotiation and believes Democrats will cave in, the official said in describing the strategy.
It is a familiar sentiment for presidents stuck in crises with Congress. During the 2013 shutdown, President Barack Obama predicted the confrontation would “break the fever” driving Republican opposition — ultimately to no avail.
Who bears the blame for the current debacle is difficult to predict. Some Republican critics of Trump said he might emerge reputation intact, should Democrats bear the brunt of the blame. “It’s pretty clear Sen. Schumer wasn’t going to be able to get to ‘yes,'” said Mike Steel, a former aide to Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan.
And many of Trump’s core supporters aren’t particularly interested in compromise. “He was elected for the 46 percent who voted for him,” says William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who worked in the Clinton administration. “He was a mold-breaker, who wouldn’t cow to conventional opinion.”
But Trump, himself, has suggested he should be on the hook for the impasse.
In 2013, when he criticized Obama over another shutdown mess, he said: “Well, if you say who gets fired it always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top and the president’s the leader. And he’s got to get everybody in a room and he’s got to lead.”
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.
Games involving the Army and Navy men’s basketball teams were played as scheduled.
Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events have been postponed. Among them were the men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno State
The American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available “due to the government shutdown.”
The notice sparked angry reactions from viewers, with several noting the timing couldn’t have been worse. The two NFL conference championships are Sunday — Minnesota vs. Philadelphia and Jacksonville vs. New England.
“During NFL PLAYOFFS?!” one post read. “AFN, start a GoFundMe & broadcast these games! Make it happen!”
The Air Force Academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday. In addition to the basketball, there men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy.
The rifle team was scheduled to compete against TCU, the Coast Guard and Ohio State at TCU.
On Sunday, the academy has tennis and wrestling events scheduled.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who found a tracking device attached to his pickup truck last month is suing a private investigation company and an investigator who works for the company over the device.
Discovery of the tracking device has shocked Oklahoma politicians, who are wondering who was spying.
Rep. Mark McBride, a Republican from the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, is suing Eastridge Investigations and Asset Protection and Eastridge investigator H.L. Christensen for unspecified damages of more than $10,000, according to an attorney for Eastridge.
The lawsuit, first reported by The Oklahoman, is an amended version of a lawsuit McBride filed in December naming “John Doe” and alleging trespassing, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
On Jan.3, a judge approved a request to issue a subpoena to the company that manufactured or serviced the device in an effort to determine who purchased it.
“My attorney filed the lawsuit and from that lawsuit, we identified (the company and investigator),” as a result of the subpoena, McBride told The Associated Press on Saturday.
He declined to elaborate.
Danny Shadid, an attorney for both Eastridge Investigations and Christensen confirmed the lawsuit, but declined on Saturday to discuss the allegations.
“I just don’t like to comment on matters pending before the court,” Shadid told the AP.
A telephone message left at Eastridge Investigations was not immediately returned.
The Oklahoman reports the company is operated by former Oklahoma City police homicide detective Kyle Easterling and his wife.
Kyle Easterling retired from the police force in 2010 to work for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s cold case unit, only to leave OSBI after six months, complaining to reporters of “incompetence, laziness and fraud” and internal strife within the agency.
He continues as a private investigator to investigate suspicious deaths.
McBride reported finding the tracking device underneath his truck on Dec. 4 and has said he suspects wind industry officials are tracking him because of his efforts to raise taxes on wind farm operators.
Oklahoma Wind Coalition Executive Mark Yates has denied that wind industry representatives are spying on McBride.
McBride, who has been a strong supporter of the oil and gas industry and a vocal critic of subsidies Oklahoma pays to wind companies, also declined comment on whether he still believes wind industry representatives or other parties were behind efforts to monitor his movements.
“I just hope we get to the bottom of this,” he said.
Both the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater are investigating the case.
“This is outrageous behavior and very reckless and foolish, and it could lead to somebody getting hurt,” Prater said Wednesday, adding that the tactics could lead to felony stalking charges. “They (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) are investigating it, and I’m going to be very aggressive in the prosecution of these matters if in fact they have the evidence to prove the case.”
Frieda passed away on January 16, 2018, after many years of battling the effects of Alzheimer’s.
A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:00 PM, at the Church of Latter Day Saints located at 2201 W Country Club Road in Roswell, NM. There will be a family meal served after the service. Celebrate Frieda’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
Frieda was born on June 26, 1934, in Albuquerque NM, to George and Mildred Crosby. Frieda married the love of her life, Dudley Parks, on February 14, 1984, in Hagerman NM. Even after 33 plus years of marriage, their love for each other was unwavering and heartwarming to all who knew them.
Frieda was a loving person who really never met a stranger and would bend over backward for her children, family, and friends. She was very passionate when it came to her art work, her talent for sketching and painting ceramics was out of this world. She had a love for the great outdoors and loved walking, whether it is from one end of Roswell to the other, or a trip on the back off the motorcycle with her husband, out to the boondocks, to hunt for cactus for her cactus garden at home. And last but not least, we must remember her closest companion, her dog Ginger, which made her smile from ear to ear.
She was blessed with four wonderful children and six equally wonderful stepchildren: her daughter, Donna Hobbs and her sons: David Stone and his wife, Kathy, Mark Stone and Travis Greer and his wife, Elsie, Linda Hernes and her husband, Gary, Catherine Shanks and her husband, Bill, Dale Parks, David Parks and his wife, Renee, Paul Parks and Gary Parks and his husband, Lloyd. She had 16 amazing grandchildren: Shannon, Mathew, Brain, Dennis and his wife, Stephanie, Olivia and her husband, Steven, Amanda and her husband, Sam, Tayna and her husband, Scott, Timothy, Sarah and her husband, Nate, Frieda, Kimberley, Barney, Shauna, Michelle and her husband, Mark, Melissa and her husband, Robert, Linda and her husband, Dwayne and 36 great-grandchildren. She was from a large family having eight siblings who included, one brother Billy (George) and seven sisters: Margie, Millie, Georgie, Bobbie, Patsy, Judy, Joyce. She also had many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.
Frieda is survived by the love of her life, Dudley Parks. Even as the end drew near they would sit and hold hands and she would tell him how much she loved him.
Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Mildred Crosby, her son, Mark Stone, stepson, Paul Parks and sisters: Margie, Millie, Bobbie and Patsy.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Frieda by her family.
Memorial service for Phillip Randolph Patton, (P. R.) or (Randy) age 66, of Roswell, NM will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, with Rev. Dale Plummer officiating.
Randy, (P. R.) passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Castle Rock, Colorado.
He was born November 1, 1951, in Roswell, NM to William M. (Bill) Patton, and Doriene S. (Roberts) Patton.
Randy graduated from Roswell High School and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, in 1974. He married Teresa Ann Foust on December 28, 1974 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Roswell, NM. He worked for the New Mexico State Engineer in the technical division. Randy became a licensed Structural Engineer and a Licensed Land Surveyor, and in 1980 opened his own firm “P. R. Patton & Associates” which has operated for 37 years. He was a past member of the East Grand Plains Volunteer fire department, a member of the Roswell Geologic Society, and Past President of Pecos Valley Horsemen. While his children were young he was active as a leader in 4-H and later FFA. He was active in his church and a graduate of EFM.
No interment will be held at this time as Randy’s love for knowledge led him to request his body be sent to the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He leaves behind his wife Teresa, a Daughter, Victoria Sloan MD, of Castle Rock Colorado, and his Son Andrew Patton of Roswell, NM. He was a loving father. Randy is preceded in death by his Father Bill, Mother Doriene. Please make donations to St. Andrews, Casa Esperanza in Albuquerque, or a charity of your choice.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for an art troupe she also leads during next month’s Winter Olympics.
Appearing live on South Korean television, Hyon Song Wol didn’t speak when she walked past a crowd of reporters, onlookers and a barrage of camera flashes before boarding an express train at Seoul’s railway station for the eastern city of Gangneung, where her art troupe is to perform during the Pyeongchang Olympics.
She is also the leader of Pyongyang’s all-female Moranbong Band, which was hand-picked by leader Kim Jong Un. She’s been the subject of intense South Korean media attention since she attended last week’s talks at the border that struck an agreement on the art troupe’s two performances — one in Seoul and the other in Gangneung, where some of the games will take place.
TV stations broadcast live footage of Hyon’s bus moving on Seoul’s roads before arriving at the railway station, where hundreds of police officers were mobilized to maintain order.
Photos showed a smiling Hyon shaking heads with a South Korean official upon arrival at the border. Later Sunday, wearing a fur scarf and with half her hair tied to the back, she looked more serious with an expressionless face.
Hyon’s arrival came hours after the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the Olympics in exceptional entries given to the North. Among the 22 are 12 women who will join South Korea’s female hockey team in the Koreas’ first-ever unified Olympic team. The other sports events the North Koreans will compete in are figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing.
The 22 North Korean athletes will also march together with South Korean players under a single “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang. “Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago,” IOC chief Thomas Bach said in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The current mood of reconciliation between the Koreas flared after Kim abruptly expressed his willingness to improve ties and send a delegation to the Olympics during his annual New Year’s address. Outside critics dismissed Kim’s overture as a tactic to use improved ties with Seoul to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.
Hyon is travelling with six other North Koreans. Her delegation was earlier supposed to come to South Korea on Saturday, but North Korea canceled that plans on Friday night before it proposed coming on Sunday for a two-day trip.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of flu deaths in New Mexico continues to rise.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the latest figures attribute 16 deaths in New Mexico to the flu but a state Department of Health spokesman says the number is likely higher.
Department spokesman David Morgan says that’s because many of this season’s 60 deaths from pneumonia are related to the flu.
The 16 total flu deaths reported Friday are an increase of nine from figures from the previous week. At that point, there were seven deaths from the flu.
Morgan said most of the flu deaths involved people over age 65, though some were younger than 50. The reported deaths from flu don’t include any children.
Last season, a total of 27 people died from the flu in New Mexico.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital on Saturday evening, triggering a shootout with security forces, officials said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the hotel came under attack at around 9 p.m. Afghan Special Forces arrived at the hotel in response to the attack, Danish said.
One of the four attackers was killed and the three others were still battling the forces from inside the hotel, said Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
He said that three people have been reported wounded so far, but that the number might rise.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.