Monday, August 09, 2010
Around New Mexico
Journal Staff and Wire
Man Charged With Three Counts of Graffiti Over $1,000
Albuquerque police have arrested and charged a man with three counts of committing "unauthorized graffiti over $1,000" in connection with three buildings that were painted in rainbow patterns.
Ernest Doty, 31, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on Friday. His bond was initially set at $40,000.
In July, city police reported looking for a suspect involved in vandalizing three buildings, including the unfinished Anasazi building at Sixth and Central Downtown. The others were at a business at Central and Harvard and a building at Central and Broadway.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, the vandalism appeared on the Flickr photo-sharing website and was ultimately tracked to Doty. The city estimated that the damage done to the Anasazi building alone was close to $10,000, according to the criminal complaint.
Hazardous Chemical Scare Clogs Up I-40 Near Casino
Police and county fire crews responded to a report of a hazardous chemical spill west of Albuquerque, but learned it was a nonhazardous form of iodine.
The spill was located in a parking lot outside the Route 66 Casino, said Peter Olson, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. He added there were no injuries.
About 200 gallons of the material leaked from a truck parked in the south parking lot of the Laguna tribal offices near the casino, about 20 miles west of Albuquerque, Olson said. Police cordoned off the area.
Police were called about 3 p.m., and after officers determined that the spill consisted of a nonhazardous material, "traffic was flowing again" by 6 p.m., Olson said.
A county hazardous spill team was at the scene cleaning up the spill, he added.
Farmington Officials To Discuss Discrimination
SHIPROCK — The city of Farmington Community Relations Commission is scheduled to meet Monday in Shiprock for a special meeting to review a proposed agreement between the city and the Navajo Nation that focuses on racial discrimination.
Members of the Community Relations Commission will join Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission members for the meeting, which comes after the commission twice deadlocked on whether to include language that describes past treatment of Navajos.
There are four versions of proposed language for the preamble of the agreement. Versions proposed by the Navajo commission contain wording reflecting past treatment of tribal members.
One version written by city staffers mentions that racism continues against indigenous people and describes contributions made to the Navajo Nation by the city.
Widow of Homicide Victim Sues Over $1.3 Million Debt
LAS CRUCES — The widow of a California man who was killed along with a New Mexico couple in their home last April is suing a man who was involved in a legal battle with the victims over an estimated $1.3 million debt.
Helga Harries DeLisle; her husband, Gilles L. DeLisle; and San Diego resident Peter J. Weith were shot and killed April 14 in the DeLisles' secluded home near Mesilla.
The bodies were found the following morning when they did not show up for a court hearing about the money they were owed.
No suspects have been named in the slayings.
Weith's widow, Barb Weith, has refiled paperwork in federal bankruptcy court to recoup the money she says her husband was owed by Gino Ferri of Las Cruces and his mother, Carol Ferri.