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Loving, NM to vote on liquor licenses

LOVING, N.M. (AP) - It will be up to the residents of Loving whether the village's two restaurants will be able to serve beer and wine.

Business is booming in the southeastern New Mexico community, but the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that local patrons now have to drive 12 miles into Carlsbad if they want an adult beverage with their meal.

The owners of Licha's Kitchen and Hacienda Los Navarette are seeking beer and wine licenses.

One of them petitioned the village council for a special election to decide the license question.

That election has been set for April 23. Village Clerk Manuel Garza says he believes voters are in favor.

If voters approve, Garza says the village council will hold a public hearing before adopting a liquor license ordinance.

NM man films horse killing to send message to activists

A video posted on YouTube has sparked outrage among animal activists and left death threats against a Roswell meat company.

In the video, an employee at the Valley Meat Company out of Roswell, NM - which is working with the USDA to get a horse slaughter plant in the area - brings a horse out of its pen, swears at activists and then kills the horse with a single gunshot.

“To all you animal activists, f**k you,” Tim Sappington, a maintenance contractor with Valley Meat Company, said in the video.

He then shoots the horse point blank in the head. The horse falls to the ground and dies.

Sappington has received several death threats for the video. People who operate the plant, who contend they had nothing to do with the video, are also receiving threats.

Now, the FBI is involved.

Police seek Roswell man, 48, in stabbing death



Photo: Johnny Barela

Roswell Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of another man Monday evening.

Police say Gregory Alonzo, 45, was stabbed at about 5:15 p.m. in the 300 block of East Ballard in Roswell.

He died later in a hospital.

After an investigation, police issued an arrest warrant for Johnny Barela, 48.

He is described as being 5’ 6” tall and weighing 200 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.

Barela is considered armed and dangerous.

Police say anyone who sees him should avoid making contact with him and call 911 instead.

Anyone who has information on Johnny Barela’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Roswell Police Department (575-624-6770), or Crime Stoppers (1-888-594-8477) immediately.

NMSU player pleads not guilty to battery charge



Photo: Tyrone Watson

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University senior forward Tyrone Watson has pleaded not guilty to a felony battery charge accusing him of severely beating a fellow student at a party.

An indictment issued by a Dona Ana County grand jury accuses the 22-year-old Watson of assaulting 19-year-old Miguel Rascon.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Watson entered the plea last week and waived an arraignment scheduled Monday.

Rascon was treated for facial fractures, a gash requiring 13 stitches and other cuts and bruises after the brawl at a January party. Watson has publicly apologized and admitted to punching Rascon once in the chin because he thought Rascon was dancing with his girlfriend.

Dona Ana County criticized over treatment of inmate



Photo: Stephen Slevin

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County officials say they're being flooded with calls and emailed complaints about the county's treatment of a former county jail inmate who was held in solitary confinement for two years without a trial.

The complaints include threatening ones and that has prompted county commissioners to order up extra security for their next meeting.

Meanwhile, the sheriff says he's been on the receiving end of many of the complaints even though his office doesn't run the county jail and didn't even arrest the man.

The complaints began pouring in after the county announced it had reached a $15.5 million settlement to end a legal battle with Stephen R. Slevin.

Roswell man killed in car crash Monday

A Roswell man was killed Monday afternoon in a car crash on US 380 and Red Bridge Road in Chaves County.

New Mexico State Police said Tom Deck died after the truck he was driving drove through a stop sign and into an intersection, where it was hit by a tractor trailer truck.

The driver of the tractor trailer truck, Paul Nicholas of Alabama, was not visibly injured but complained of injury from his seatbelt.

Police said factors that contributed to the crash were driver inattention and excessive speed.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

NM coach accused of illegally performing physicals

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A former Las Cruces middle school basketball coach arrested in a child pornography case is facing other charges.

Police say 33-year-old Erik B. Khan now is accused of illegally performing physical exams on at least three juvenile student-athletes.

They say Khan is being held on suspicion of one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and three felony counts of practicing medicine without a license.

Police investigators and federal agents learned that sometime prior to the 2007 basketball season, Khan allegedly performed physical exams on Picacho Middle School student-athletes in a locker room.

In May, Khan was arrested and accused of 15 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Police say he allegedly used an automated computer software program to download or share child pornography.