Friday, August 10, 2007
Around the Metro Area
Journal Staff Reports
The city ethics board has dismissed a complaint filed against City Councilor Don Harris.
Jim Lowe, who is leading an effort to recall Harris, filed the complaint earlier this year. He accused Harris of improperly using city resources to send a newsletter to residents of Four Hills.
The ethics board voted 4-1 Wednesday to dismiss the complaint without scheduling a full hearing.
Board Chairman Robert Tinnin Jr. joined Sander Rue, Alan Schwartz and Jimmy Trujillo in voting for dismissal. Cliff Richardson voted against dismissing the complaint.
Tinnin said that, even if the allegations were true, Harris hadn't violated the City Charter.
Two other complaints against Harris are pending before the ethics board one dealing with his campaign-finance reports, the other accusing him of using a city e-mail address for campaign purposes.
Another Gun Shop
Hit by Burglars
RIO RANCHO Police say an early Thursday burglary at a local gun shop might be connected to similar burglaries in Albuquerque and Santa Fe over the past few weeks.
August Arms, on Southern Boulevard west of Golf Course, was burglarized about 2:40 a.m., Department of Public Safety spokesman John Francis said. About nine semiautomatic handguns were taken, he said.
On July 7, thieves broke into Ron Peterson Guns Inc. and took 13 handguns. The next day, 13 handguns were taken from Precision Arms of New Mexico. Both businesses are in Albuquerque.
A few days later, 14 revolvers were stolen from Tina's Range Gear in Santa Fe.
Rio Rancho police believe the suspects in those burglaries might be the same people involved in Thursday's incident.
NMSU Prof Asked
To Inspect Bridge
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have invited a New Mexico State University civil engineering professor to inspect the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed Aug. 1.
"I hope to get a better feel of the sequence of events that led to the bridge failure," Ken White said in a news release. "I may be able to provide some thoughts and ideas as to what was happening."
White, head of NMSU's civil engineering department, was asked to perform a preliminary inspection of the Interstate 35W bridge by inspectors who had attended one of NMSU's bridge safety inspection programs, the university said.
NMSU said it has conducted the nation's only bridge inspection training program for more than 35 years.
Seven people are confirmed dead in last week's collapse.