Saturday, December 20, 2008
Around New Mexico
Journal and Wire Reports
Richardson Appoints Regents
SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson announced a series of appointments to boards of regents across the state late Friday afternoon, including reappointing Jamie Koch to the University of New Mexico's governing board.
Koch, president of Daniels Insurance, is one of three regents whose terms were set to expire at the end of this month. UNM student regent Dahlia Dorman has been replaced by Emily "Cate" Wisdom, a UNM junior majoring in biology and chemical engineering. Richardson has not announced whether he'll reappoint regent John "Mel" Eaves, whose term is also expiring.
The other regent appointments were:
• Reappointing Michael Branch to the Northern New Mexico College board. He owns Branch Realty in Santa Fe.
• Appointing Stephen Paternoster, owner of Scalo Northern Italian Grill, to the New Mexico Military Institute board. Paternoster replaces Jesus Salazar. Salazar currently serves as president of the board.
• Reappointing Richard Carpenter and Jerry Armijo to New Mexico Tech's Board of Regents. Both have served on the board since 2003.
APS Changes Campaign Policy
Candidates who want to campaign at schools on Election Day may now do so a little closer to the polls.
The Albuquerque school board on Wednesday changed a policy that previously restricted campaign activity to outside of school grounds.
The policy conflicted with state statute, which allows campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place, Albuquerque Public Schools spokesman Rigo Chavez said.
The policy change applies only on Election Day and not during the normal school day, Chavez said.
Wrestling Champ Gets 3 Years
LOS LUNAS — After apologizing to the court and to the people he's hurt and admitting that he's had an alcohol problem for years, Cody East was sentenced this week to three years in prison on charges of child abuse and battery. East, a former state champion high school wrestler, was found guilty this summer of three counts of third-degree felony child abuse counts and one count of misdemeanor battery. The charges stem from an underage drinking party at his parent's home in July 2007. Several teenage girls at the party reported that East hurt them after becoming enraged.
East, 20, was also found guilty of another count of misdemeanor battery a few months later in a separate case in which he allegedly beat up a former friend at a drinking party at Tomé Hill.
District Judge John Pope sentenced East to nine years in prison, but suspended all but three. East has already served more than eight months in jail, which will be counted toward his sentence.
Attorney Named to Metro Court
Briana H. Zamora has been named to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.
Her appointment was announced Friday by Gov. Bill Richardson.
She has been a private attorney since January. Before then, she was with Butt, Thornton & Baehr. She was an assistant attorney general from 2002-2003 and an assistant public defender and assistant district attorney in the public defender's office from 2000-2002.
She has a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and is a 2000 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Zamora fills a seat vacated by retiring Judge Theresa Gomez.
Fraud Suspect Arrested in W.Va.
Although it's polite to answer a business phone with your full name, Jeffrey Herrman's impeccable phone manners got him in trouble with the law.
Herrman has been wanted since January on a grand jury indictment out of Santa Fe for felony fraud, according to State Police.
New Mexico State Police received a tip that Herrman was in the Charleston, W.Va., area and was known to work at car dealerships. That's when police got lucky.
Officers started calling Charleston-area car dealerships, and at the first dealership they called, Herrman answered the phone and used his full name. It turns out he was the manager. State Police called the Charleston police department, and they arrested Herrman.
He is now awaiting extradition back to New Mexico.