Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
An alleged member of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico Prison Gang, a Silver City Resident was arrested in Grant County Thursday morning, Dec. 3, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. Another Silver City man, who was already in state custody, was also arrested at the facility where he was incarcerated. The two were charged with, between the two of them, three murders, conspiracy to commit murder, and racketeering.
Christmas came early for 351 children in Luna County during Saturday’s Shop With a Cop event at the Deming Kmart on East Pine Street. Local law enforcement hosted the event. Needy children and their families met Santa Claus outside Kmart, who arrived by a Deming Fire Department ladder truck escorted by local law enforcement vehicles and law enforcement motorcycle clubs. Shop with a Cop raised $15,000 this year to pay for the Christmas gifts.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation at Pearl Harbor: “Today marks the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and we remember the over 2,000 lives lost that Sunday morning in Hawaii,” stated Pearce. “I am humbled by the selfless acts in the hours, days, and years that followed our nation being struck to its very core. The Greatest Generation emerged, rebuilding our country and overcoming our adversaries. They did not hide or cower in fear of their enemy, but stood firm in face of peril to ensure security for our generations to come. They defined what it means to be American for the world. They exemplified courage, strength, and resilience, and will be forever known as America’s best.”
Last Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in approving a major transportation bill that funds 74 percent of New Mexico highways and bridges and provides almost half of the total transportation dollars spent in the state. The bipartisan Fixing America`s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed the Senate on a 83-16 vote, after passing the U.S. House of Representatives earlier in the day. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation today, before current funding runs out at midnight.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at El Paso area ports of entry made six drug seizures this weekend. CBP officers seized 473 pounds of marijuana in five seizures and 1.1 pounds of methamphetamine in an additional bust.