Sunday, February 08, 2009
Around New Mexico
Journal Staff Reports
Principal Returning To Lead Rio Grande
Albuquerque Public Schools has named Linda Torres, a controversial principal in the 1990s, to the head post of Rio Grande High School.
Torres has been working in Colorado since 1998.
The move is part of superintendent Winston Brook's redesign of Rio Grande High in an effort to improve student achievement, graduation rates and attendance. As part of the redesign, Brooks decided to hire new principals for Rio Grande and Ernie Pyle Middle School, which is a Rio Grande feeder school.
Torres was principal of Mountain View Elementary from 1993 through 1995, when South Valley school board member Henry Rodriguez asked for her removal. The board left Torres at the school until the end of the year and she was transferred to Emerson Elementary until 1998, when she went to Colorado, where she was principal at several schools.
Man Found Dead Behind Lotaburger
A man covered in blood was found dead Saturday near a Blake's Lotaburger in the South Valley, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.
Luis Maldonado, 36, was found in a dirt alley at Barcelona and Isleta SW behind the restaurant, Sgt. Mark Kmatz said. He appeared to have suffered blunt trauma, especially to his head.
Maldonado lived with his parents but spent his days walking around Albuquerque and had several friends he drank with at night, Kmatz said.
Several beer cans and bottles were collected from the scene, which investigators hope can be used to match DNA or fingerprints to people who might have been at the scene, Kmatz said.
The homicide is the county's fifth of the year.
Woman's Shooting Death Investigated
Police are still investigating the death of a 23-year-old woman who died Jan. 18 from a gunshot wound to the face.
Chelsea Seaman's death is being called "undetermined," and police are waiting for a report from the Office of the Medical Examiner to determine whether Seaman's death was an accident, suicide or a homicide.
According to a search warrant return filed Friday, police were dispatched to the 400 block of 69th Street SW at about 4 p.m. after a family member called 911. Witnesses told police Seaman was found on her bed with a gunshot wound near her right eye and a rifle pointed upright and leaning against her leg.
Several family members were in the bedroom when the gun went off, including Seaman's 5-year-old daughter, according to the warrant.