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Aguilar Arrested for MCMC Threats

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Over the past week staff at MCMC and relatives of Floyd Aguilar(36) received repeated threats both in person and over the phone according to court records filed in Magistrate court Friday February 23, 2018.

After the threats Raton Police attempted to contact Aguilar and inform him that he was banned from MCMC. The individual who answered the phone became violent on the phone and soon hung up according to the court documents. Other attempts to contact the individual went unanswered and a voice mail was left informing Aguilar that he was no longer allowed on MCMC property.

Threats made on Friday February 23 set in motion the lock down per MCMC policy in order to protect the staff and patients at the  hospital. Aguilar’s father, who is a patient at the hospital, had made several visits to the hospital where he had run-ins with staff and family members. Staff and family feared for their lives as Aguilar’s behavior was described as erratic and violent. Family noted that Aguilar had access to firearms at his father’s home as well as access to his mother’s car for transportation.

After repeated phone calls to a relative and staff at the hospital a warrant was issued for the arrest of Aguilar. Aguilar told a relative that he was going to shoot and kill her and MCMC staff members thus prompting the lock down at MCMC. Further investigation by Raton Police found posts on Aguilar’s facebook page indicating “I’m set to destroy; The money don’t sleep and the AK-47s my address; Remember me like John Lennon; I’ll come to you, I’ll come to you, everyone said you’re a killer”

A warrant was issued for Aguilar and Sheriff’s deputies arrived in Springer to find that he had left with a family member going to Santa Fe to catch the Railrunner back to Albuquerque. According to Undersheriff Leonard Baca authorities in Albuquerque were notified and later Friday evening Aguilar was arrested.

According to the criminal complaint Aguilar is charged with three counts of Assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a health care worker, a second degree felony. One count of Assault with intent to commit a violent felony (with intent to kill) a third degree felony. Five counts of use of a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend which is a misdemeanor.

Court records also indicate that Aguilar was charged with cruelty to animals in May of 2015 in Bernalillo County. The charge of cruelty to animals was dismissed and the charge was amended to Disorderly Conduct. Aguilar was given credit for two days served and the case was closed in May of 2017. The case drug out due to Aguilar’s failure to appear for court.

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Floyd Aguilar

 

Pair Arrested for Child Abuse and Other Crimes

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton Police spent Tuesday and Wednesday collecting and processing evidence in a case that involves Brandi Baird and James Haugh who are both charged with one count of second degree sexual contact with a minor under the age of 18. The pair was booked into the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center Wednesday.

 

Other charges filed against the pair include one count of manufacturing visual medium of sexual exploitation of children and one count of child abuse. Baird is also charged in the case with Incest a 3rd degree felony.

 

The criminal complaint also noted that James Haugh is a known sex offender and on the sex offender registration from a case in Raton in April 1999. Haugh is being held on a $50,000 bond. Haugh however may be released due to medical issues.

 

Baird is also being held on a $50,000 bond however if the state doesn’t file a motion for detention by Friday she will be released.

 

Preliminary hearings for both individuals will be scheduled for next week.

Update:

Additional charges have been filed in this case against both individuals to include sexual exploitation of children one count of production, one count of possession and one count of prostitution. Judge Emilio Chavez agreed with the state and had put on a no bond detention, Baird and Haugh are being held in VMDC without bail.

James Haugh

James Haugh

 

 

Threats of Violence Hit Raton Facility And in Union County Aguilar Arrested for MCMC Threat

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Miner’s Colfax Medical Center in south Raton went on lock down late Friday morning Feb., 23rd after receiving a threat by telephone to the facility and as KRTN has learned Union County General Hospital, Clayton Public Schools and Des Moines Schools were also put on lock down from threats on Friday.

According to UnderSheriff Leonard Baca, Raton Police Chief John Garcia had notified them that they had a suspect and a warrant had been issued for the arrest. Deputies then converged on a residence in Springer where the suspect was believed to be staying with his mother. Deputies learned that the suspect had been picked up and taken to Santa Fe where he was to catch the Railrunner back to Albuquerque. According the Baca the individual was arrested in Albuquerque which confirms what KRTN learned from MCMC Security spokesman Eric Armstrong that the individual who made the threat to MCMC was arrested in Albuquerque. Is this threat associated with other threats being made through social media networks? So far KRTN has been unable to obtain details of the investigation to determine the extent of who is involved and where else threats were made.

KRTN has learned that Floyd Florencio Aguilar was arrested for making threats to MCMC Friday evening.

KRTN has also learned that the threats that locked down facilities in Union County were directed at Union no specific name to indicate a specific location. Officials in Union County took the precaution to lock down the hospital and schools until it was determined there was no threat locally. Homeland Security finally identified that the threat was directed at Union Oklahoma.

KRQE news in Albuquerque has posted stories on their web page about numerous threats being made to schools in New Mexico since the Florida shooting. So far seven arrests have been made in those threat investigations. All of the suspects arrested have been teenagers of the various schools targeted. So far the students arrested in the cases will be facing felony charges for making false threats.

This is an ongoing story so stay tuned to KRTN for updates as we get them.

 

In conjunction with the Des Moines Schools lockdown, KRTN received an update letter from Superintendent Kodi Sumpter.

 February 23, 2018

Dear Families,

As you know from the all call, we had a lockdown today. This was a real threat that began in Clayton. Des Moines went in lockdown as a precaution recommended by Union County Emergency Manager. It was a good test of our system and our safety plan. Our teachers, staff and students knew how to respond appropriately. An important reminder that in emergencies pleases do not tie up cell phones and phone lines. They are needed for emergency personnel. Trust that we are doing our best to protect your child and will notify you as soon as appropriate through the all call system. We ask students and staff not to text/call during these situations unless it is emergency/ procedure related to communicate with administration or emergency personnel. We greatly appreciate the quick response and professionalism of the local emergency personnel. As a team we continue to prepare for emergencies to protect our most valuable asset…..the children of this school district.

Sincerely,

Kodi Sumpter

Superintendent

Des Moines Municipal Schools

http://www.desmoines.k12.nm.us

Phone: 575-278-2611   •     Fax: 575-278-2617

Creating Success Together . . . One Student at a Time

 

 

 

Raton’s Hallie Medina Among NMAA Scholarship Winners

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Activities Association announced the recipients of the 2017-2018 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.

The NMAA Foundation will recognize the 17 students receiving these scholarships during the NMAA State Basketball Championships which will be held March 6-10.

Over 300 students applied for the scholarships, with nine receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500, and two receiving $2,500.   There were eight different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.

Extraordinary Participation Scholarship, presented by the NMAA Foundation ($2,500 each)

*given to students excelling in athletics, activities, and academics

  1. Hallie Medina, Raton
  2. Jorrell Mirabal, Magdalena

“Compete with Class” Scholarships, presented by the NM National Guard ($1,500 each)

*given to students that exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship & the Compete with Class initiative

  1. Benjamin Rees, Los Alamos
  2. Danika Nelson, Texico
  3. Jordin Molina, Carlsbad
  4. Mikayla Garnard, Santa Rosa

 Mario Martinez Memorial Scholarship ($1,500 each)

*given to students excelling in athletics and academics within Class A-3A schools

  1. Carlos Parra, Estancia
  2. Mario Archuleta, Pecos

 Dan & Lucille Wood/Gray Gladiator Scholarship, presented by Subway ($1,000 each)

*given to students excelling in athletics and academics

  1. Abigail Wilton, Fort Sumner
  2. Michael Mounho, Eldorado
  3. Taylor Null, Artesia

Activities Scholarship, presented by Subway ($1,000 each)

*given to students excelling in activities and academics

  1. Clay Bob Stearns, Capitan
  2. Jordyn Stowe, House

El Richards/Francis Walsh Spirit Scholarship, presented by Varsity Spirit ($1,000 each)

*given to students excelling in spirit (cheer/dance) and academics

  1. Jessica Murray, Los Lunas
  2. Lauren Martinez, Grants

 Coach Dick Shelley St. Michael’s HS Basketball Scholarship ($1,000)

*given to students excelling in basketball and academics

  1. Joseph Sena, Espanola Valley

Ralph Ortiz BPOE Elks Club of Santa Fe Scholarship ($1,000)

*given to students excelling in athletics and academics

  1. Scott Komar, Jal

The NMAA Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was set up in 2007 to support the many students that participate in high school athletic and activity programs across New Mexico.  The funds raised by the Foundation are used for student scholarships and school grants/support.

 

Raton BPW host Candidate Forum

This is the video from the Raton BPW Candidates Forum on Monday evening.

 

RHS 2018 NM HOBY Leadership Seminar Representatives

Raton High School is pleased to announce that Tori Anne Platero and Jaydon Romero will be representing RHS at the 2018 New Mexico HOBY Leadership Seminar that will be held in Albuquerque on the University of New Mexico campus.
The Hugh O’Brien Youth’s (HOBY) flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar is designed to help high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society. Tori Anne and Jaydon will attend a three-day seminar and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community. Congratulations Tori Anne and Jaydon!

L to R:  Jaydon Romero and Tori Anne Platero

L to R: Jaydon Romero and Tori Anne Platero

 

Coach Eloy Brazil Honored

By Holly Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

There was excitement in the air as Maxwell’s Athletic Director Amadeo Soto asked for Coach Eloy Brazil to join him on the court at Maxwell High School Gym Saturday evening, Feb., 17, as the ceremony to honor his 30 plus years of coaching and his recent national award was recognized.

Players past and present, coaches and friends gathered to honor Coach Brazil for receiving the National Federation of High School Coaches Association 2017 National Coach of the Year Award.  Brazil was presented with a banner that hangs next to the Maxwell Bears 2017 boys state championship banner, a championship game that the Bears won last year giving them their first State Championship which, ironically was over another school Brazil earned a state championship with while coaching, Springer. He was also presented a plaque noting the national honor.

Coach Brazil has spent his coaching and teaching career in Cimarron, Springer, and Maxwell.  According to Coach Brazil he has “over 600 wins and over 300 losses” the losses he attributed to himself. Brazil told the crowd how his basketball career began chasing balls for the older kids when he was only three. He went on to say that he has been doing the job he loves most, coaching.

 

Coach Eloy Brazil is overcome with emotion at a ceremony in Maxwell on Saturday honoring him for being named 2017 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.

Coach Eloy Brazil is overcome with emotion at a ceremony in Maxwell on Saturday honoring him for being named 2017 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.

 

The Banner that will now hang in the Maxwell Gym in honor of Coach Eloy Brazil.

The Banner will hang in the Maxwell Gym in honor of Coach Eloy Brazil’s accomplishments.

Coach Brazil and Alberta Martinez, Cimarron Athletic Director, show off the banner that was presented to Coach Brazil, Saturday, February 18 ,2018, at the ceremony in Maxwell.

Coach Brazil and Alberta Martinez, Cimarron Athletic Director, show off the banner that was presented to Coach Brazil, Saturday, February 18 ,2018, at the ceremony in Maxwell.

 

Linda Gallegos and Larry Menapace of the Maxwell Booster Club show off the blanket that was presented to Coach Brazil.

Linda Gallegos and Larry Menapace of the Maxwell Booster Club show off the blanket that was presented to Coach Brazil.

 

Amado Soto presents Eloy Brazil with the 2017 National Basketball Coach of the year.

Amado Soto presented Eloy Brazil with a plaque commemorating the 2017 National Basketball Coach of the Year award.

 

Eloy Brazil talks about the events and the people that led him to be honored.

Brazil talks about the events and people that led him to be honored.

 

Past and present players gather to honor Coach Brazil Saturday, February 17,20018 in the Maxwell Gym.

Past and present players, coaches and friends gather to honor Coach Brazil Saturday, February 17,20018 in the Maxwell Gym.

 

Memorbilla from Coach Brazil's career.

Memorbilla from Coach Brazil’s career.

Memorabilla from Coach Brazil's career.

Memorabilla from Coach Brazil’s career.

A sample of the Awards that Eloy Brazil has won in over 39 years of coaching.

A sample of the Awards that Eloy Brazil has won in over 39 years of coaching.

 

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Memorabilla of Coach Brazil's coaching career.

Memorabilla of Coach Brazil’s coaching career lined the walls in the Maxwell Schools cafeteria Saturday evening.

 

Memorabilla of Coach Brazil's coaching career.

Memorabilla of Coach Brazil’s coaching career was displayed in the Maxwell schools cafeteria Saturday.

Arrest Made in Mandy Vanlandingham Murder Case

UPDATE

Alejandro Azamar Nolasco has been returned to Raton for trial. According to court records Nolasco is being held on a No Bond Hold. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 8th and 9th, 2018.

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

It has been a long time coming, but the arrest of Alejandro Azamar Nolasco, who is suspected in the murder case of Raton’s Mandy Vanlandingham, came Wednesday, November 8th in Tyler Texas.

Nolasco was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) agents at his brother’s residence in Tyler Texas according to Raton Police Chief John Garcia. Nolasco is being charged with one count of murder, one count of burglary, one count of stalking and one count of tampering with evidence.  After months of work, dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s on a mound of evidence, the District Attorneys office felt it had enough evidence to move forward with the case and in cooperation with the Raton Police Department a warrant was issued by District Judge Emilio Chavez. ICE was notified of Nolasco’s where-abouts noted Garcia and Nolasco was arrested without incident on charges of First Degree Murder, Burglary, Stalking and Tampering with Evidence, one count each. The extradition process will begin to get him returned to Raton for trial.

Vandlandingham was murdered on the morning of Wednesday July 20, 2016 at her residence on Sugarite Ave. While police had a good suspect they had to wait for evidence to be processed by a backlogged State Crime Lab before charges could be filed and an arrest could be made . Once the mound of evidence was processed, all the other parties involved in the case had to review it before an arrest warrant could be requested for the arrest.

Raton Municipal Election Candidate Forum

The Professional Business Women of Raton will hold a candidates forum on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Shuler Theater. All candidates seeking election to the office of City Commission and Municipal Judge have been invited to this forum. Community involvement is crucial to a healthy government. Active participation is welcomed and encouraged so that citizens can make an informed decision on March 6th.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the forum will begin at 7:00 pm with introduction of candidates.  Written questions from the audience will be accepted, screened and read to the candidates by the moderator.  The forum will be broadcast live on 93.9 KRTN for those that cannot attend and questions may be emailed in advance to http://ratonforum@gmail.com.

 

PBW

RHS Representatives to the 2018 NM Girls State Conference

Congratulations to Estefani Martinez-Colin and Brooke Fleming for being selected as the Raton High School Representatives to the 2018 New Mexico Girls State Conference to be held at Eastern New Mexico University.

 (LtoR) Estefani Martinez-Colin and Brooke Fleming

(LtoR) Estefani Martinez-Colin and Brooke Fleming