Tag Archives: Las Cruces

Bee swarm hurts Cruces man, closes parts of downtown

This cottonwood tree behind the Carriage House Salon on the southwest corner of The Alameda House property in downtown Las Cruces was being cut down when a swarm of bees attacked three men. (Photo courtesy of the Las Cruces Fire Department)

Las Cruces Police Department

A large swarm of bees stung an employee of a tree removal business multiple times as he and three others began cutting down a large cottonwood near downtown Las Cruces.

The 52-year-old man was stung possibly hundreds of times and was found, unconscious, byLas Cruces firefighters who arrived shortly before noon today at The Alameda House at526 S. Alameda Boulevard. Firefighters used foam and water to scatter the bees that were covering the man who was found lying on a driveway.

The man was treated at the scene and then rushed to Mountain View Regional Medical Center, where he was in serious but stable condition.

Watch solar eclipse Sunday with NMSU

New Mexico State University

Astronomy graduate student Cat Wu demonstrates using a pinhole to project the sun's image. (Courtesy photo)

The first “ring of fire” solar eclipse visible in the United States in 18 years will just miss Las Cruces, but a partial or crescent shaped solar eclipse will be visible across all of the Western U.S. New Mexico State University’s Department of Astronomy, along with the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Natural History Museum, invite the public to join them in watching this stunning event at the Mesilla Valley Mall on Sunday, May 20.

Cruces cops continue probe of dog attack that killed toddler

Neighbor trying to stop mauling shot child’s grandmother

Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces police are continuing to investigate the death of a 15-month-old girl who was mauled Tuesday by the family’s dog — and what appears to be the accidental shooting of the child’s grandmother by a well intentioned neighbor who was trying to stop the attack. Police identified the dead girl as Jazilyn Mesa.

UTEP releases Borderplex Outlook Report

Economists see growth in housing, retail

Veronique Masterson

University of Texas at El Paso

The Department of Economics and Finance at The University of Texas at El Paso released its Borderplex Economic Outlook: 2011-2013 report as part of the UTEP Border Region Modeling Project. The report outlines trends and forecasts future performance in various sectors of the El Paso, Las Cruces, Ciudad Juárez, and Chihuahua City metropolitan economies. In El Paso, improvements are expected in terms of labor market conditions and the overall rate of business formation, said Tom Fullerton, Ph.D., professor of economics at UTEP and co-author of the report. 

Teens jailed in Las Cruces shooting

Las Cruces police have arrested two teenagers who are believed to have used stolen firearms in shooting at a home on Hadley Avenue.

Pablo Antonio Dimas

Raymond Paul Garces

Raymond Paul Garces, 17, and Pablo Antonio Dimas, 16, are charged with one count each of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. Both were jailed without bond at the Doña Ana County jail.

Las Cruces police detectives allege that around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Garces, Dimas — both armed with handguns —  and the teenage girlfriend of Garces drove to 1751 W. Hadley Ave. to confront someone. 

Two jailed in girl’s beating caught on video

Las Cruces Police Department

Pedro Barraza

Jimmy Lugo Jr.

A video posted on the Internet showing two adults and a juvenile physically assaulting a 14-year-old Las Cruces girl, in what is believed to be part of a gang initiation, has landed two of the assailants in jail.

Jimmy Lugo Jr., 25, and Pedro Barraza, 20, are charged with one count each of child abuse and two counts of conspiracy. A 16-year-old boy also allegedly took part in the beating. Charges against him are pending.

Couple charged with abusing 1-year-old

Sierra Nicole Salas

Las Cruces Police Department

Nicholas John Medina

Las Cruces police arrested Sierra Nicole Salas, 20, and Nicholas John Medina, 19, both of 2241 Entrada Del Sol one count each of negligent child abuse after employees of a Las Cruces hospital called police to report suspicious injuries to a child. Salas is the childs’s mother; Medina is her boyfriend.

Border planning work goes ahead

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s ongoing coverage of the southern New Mexico border region is made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Work on the first-ever regional plan for Doña Ana County is moving into the next phase. After a series of public meetings this fall, planning staff for the Vision 2040 Plan are sifting through various suggestions for revisions to the original document in order to come up with a new draft that could be considered by elected officials in early 2012.

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