2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation-DWI Awards
By Associate Editor/Editor-in-Chief: Meche' Williams
On September 7, from 6 p.m to 8 p.m in the Solarium Room at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital hosted the 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation; a DWI award event took place. In the agenda given to the people who were present, it said it was to honor officers for their outstanding work and dedication in helping to end DWI in New Mexico.
Jennifer Kerr, who’s in Mothers Against Drunk Driving coordinated the entire event with the help of Merle Bates, Mckinley County Sheriff’s Office. As more officers came into the the room with their families the space was filled with laughter, smiles, screams, and upbeat conversations. To start the event they played the national anthem and did a short prayer to watch over the officers. Policeman - By Paul Harvey (Tribute to our Police Officers) was played while everyone was eating the food provided and awaiting in the presence of Pax Harvey, the guest speaker. Once Harvey arrived the atmosphere of the room increased with laughter, jokes, and smiles as everyone enjoyed his commentary. Half way through the event they presented the awards to officers with the most DWI’s for each department.
Captain Eric Schum presented awards to his New Mexican State Police Officers:
All of the sponsors who donated to this event did not hesitate when asked for donations by Kerr. Schum said, “I’m proud of the work that my guys do to fight against DWI. As an example, in the calendar year 2017, our little district which is only about 20 patrol officers made 363 DWI arrests. That’s virtually one for every calendar day of the year and that’s a lot crashes prevented and probably some lives saved. So, the guys are hard working and I’m proud of them” when asked how his depart is doing to help end DWI.
Kerr’s purpose for starting the event was to thank the officers that are out there 24/7 arresting drunk drivers, which you mainly only hear about when there’s a horrible crash. But what she saw was the officers day-to-day is officers going to court preventing accidents all the time. She felt that the officers should be recognized and appreciated because they may work all night and be in court in the morning around 8:30 a.m.
Body Found Outside of Phoenix
By Editor-in-Chief/Associate Editor: Meche’ Williams ‘19
After a month long search, a body was found in the desert outside of Phoenix near State Route 85, Monday September 3rd in the afternoon. The body was identified as Kiera Lanae Bergman. She was last seen leaving her apartment last month, August 4th, KPHO Reported.
On August 4th, the day Bergman went missing, she sent a text message to her roommate and best friend Destiny Hall-Chand, which said she was meeting up with a guy she met at the store. But her best friend-- Hall-Chand-- was suspicious of the text because it was not Bergman’s character.
Bergman’s father is waiting for some specialists to come in, so they can pick up her body, and take her back home. Fox News says the police told them that it is an active homicide investigation and that there has not been any suspects identified yet. The police also haven’t release details about Bergman’s death, or how long her body was located in the desert.
Bergman is originally from San Diego, California, but moved to Phoenix in March to be with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jon Clark. Clark was arrested on August 11th and remains in jail on a $25,000 bond with evidence of identity theft and forgery.
Authorities are asking anyone with information in regards to the case to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
Former Police Officer Oliver Found Guilty
By: Staff Reporter, Mariah Tso '21
Roy Oliver--a former police officer--was found guilty of murder on Tuesday August 28 for killing 15 year old boy, Jordan Edwards. Oliver is Caucasian and Jordan Edwards is African American. Edwards was in the passenger seat of the car, leaving a house party with some friends when former officer Oliver opened fire on the car shooting the 15 year old back in April 2017. When Edward got shot he was sitting in the passenger seat when Oliver opened fire onto the vehicle along with Edward's friends but only Edward's was shot in the head. Last week, Oliver testified that he decided to open fire because he felt his partner, Tyler Gross’s life was endangered. Gross told the court that he did not fear for his life or see a threat.
In the afternoon, it was the second day of court, and the jury returned to a verdict of deliberations; however, former officer--Roy Oliver--was found not guilty on two other aggravated assault chargers, but still faces up to 5(possibly more) years, or life in prison for the murder of Jordan Edwards. When the verdict was read, Jordan’s family was hugging prosecutors. Jordan's father, Odell Edwards said he wanted to jump up and down as the judge read the verdict . He also said “He was very happy and that it's been a long year.” The video linked below is Jordan’s family rejoicing and former officer being guilty of murder.
Albuquerque Awarded $75 Million
By Staff Reporter, Mariah Tso '20
Albuquerque, New Mexico his been awarded $75 million dollars for ART (Albuquerque Rapid Transit). They have been awarded from the federal government. The $75 million is going to fund the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project.The total cost for the whole project was about $130 million. For the people that do not know what the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is, it's a bus transit line that serves the Central Avenue corridor in Albuquerque.
The money is coming in two increments. The first one is coming or will be awarded before the end of September and its 50$ million and the second one is $25 million that will be awarded in the month of October. Also, the mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque said, “The funding was no longer an issue,” but one problem is the battery life for the buses. Tim keller mayor of Albuquerque plans to build a charging station along the bus route to avoid the buses battery dying.
If they did not get the money from the federal government they would of not been able to finish the project. The project is suppose to start sometime this winter. Back in December 14, 2017 the project was over budget. Now that they received funding, the project can finally begin.The project was originated with the light rail system, which is on central.
NM Ranks Among Biggest Drug Problem
By: Mariah Tso '21
New Mexico is ranked the 6th state in The United States for the biggest drug problem. It was also ranked number the 3rd in the state for the highest percentage of teenage drug use and numbered 14th in the state for adult users. It is ranked 13th in the state for overdose.
In 2016, New Mexico was ranked second in the state for overdose. In the year of 2016, just under 500 Mexicans died from overdose and the year of 2015, 540 people died from overdose. WalletHub determined which states have the biggest drug problem and ranked them to three categories the first one is Drug Use and addiction. The Second one is Law Enforcement. The third one is Drug health issues and rehab.
All the categories were evaluated 20 metric including the drug use problems which included with teens with adults. Also, the federal drug spending control has increased over the years from 2013 to 2017. In 2013 it was $23.8 million and for 2017 it increased to $27.5 million.
The ranked states 1-10 of biggest drug problem:
The first state is District of Columbia. The second state is Missouri. The third state is New Hampshire and the 4th state is Michigan. The 5th state is West Virginia. The 6th state is New Mexico. The 7th state is Indiana and the 8th state is Rhode Island. The 9th state is Kentucky. The final state is Pennsylvania.
Speaker of the Weak
Megaton's MMA instructor, Angelo Lincoln is speaker of the week. His goal is to teach students how to protect themselves and have self-control.
Hey! It's Your New Editor!
Hi Ambush readers,
My name is Meche’ Williams; I attend Gallup High School as a junior, but once next school year starts, I’ll be a senior (class of 2019). I started off writing for the former Associate Editor Lucia Kezele. Now I am the new editor of Southwest Interests.
Since the new change in Editors the style of how we run the newspaper will change, but more specifically speaking for Southwest Interests section. I plan to add more diversity by having more articles of the cultures in the region, publishing events that go on (locally, statewide, on the navajo reservation, etc.), as well as students and adults recognized throughout the region for their outstanding performance.
My goal for this section is to have one story a week from each reporter published every Friday. I would like to thank the former editors from each section for helping me grow as a person and a writer; they helped me see that there's different perspectives to each story, to be aware of other people's ideas/morals, make sure you can back up your story, you must have reliable sources, and make sure you’re unbiased. As an editor I hope to carry on the teachings they taught me onto the new reporters.
Sincerely, Meche' Williams
Hello Ambush Readers,
My name is Mariah Tso and I am an ambush reporter. I am a Freshman at Gallup High School and next coming school year I will be a sophomore. I will be graduating from the Class Of 2021. I wrote for the sports, arts and culture section before, but I mainly wrote for the southwest interests. I will continue my position as an ambush reporter. I will be writing for each section and provide new stories every week. I want to inform you, the ambush readers what's going on around the world. I would like for you as readers to keep reading. I support our motto “New Student Want New Student Write”. We, the ambush staff, will be publishing every Friday, just as before and we want you to keep reading.
Sincerely, Mariah Tso
Nurses Training to Help Sexual Assault Victims
by Meche Williams '19
In Albuquerque, New Mexico a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) named Alejandra Casarrubias, whose job is to answer calls to meet a sexual assault survivor. Casarrubias meets the survivor in an interview room at the Family Advocacy Center in downtown Albuquerque. With Casarrubias’s friendly and caring manner she listens to the survivors story while they sit in the room fully stocked of cloths, hygiene kits, and refreshments. During the time they spend in the family room the nurse will conduct the examination, collecting DNA samples and taking photos of injuries and clothing. Once the nurse is done with the examination the survivor can take a shower in the adjoining bathroom. Since Casarrubias has been a nurse the youngest person she had to examine was three years old and the oldest was eighty-six. The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Program has centers located all around New Mexico and has been up since 2004. You can find these centers in ten places: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, Sante Fe, Silver City and Toas. The Coalition Program trains nurses who want to become a SANE so they know how to properly examine a sexual assault survivor. A SANE, in addition to their primary jobs, also do specialized work; the SANE’s are on call for twelve hour shifts and during that time they respond day or night to examine the survivor when they are summoned to conduct an exam on. Monohan, the state coordinator for the coalition program, says the burnout rate is high because of the demand of the work cna take a toll on them emotionally and physically.
Man Set to be Executed for Birthday Shooting
by Shawn McCraith '18
Erick Davila is set to be executed on April 25th for a birthday party shooting that left two dead back in 2009. The two victims were his rival gang member’s mother Annette and his 5-year-old daughter Queshawn. His case was heard by the US Supreme Court but it was rejected last year which was originally argued against but now he is set to die. Erick Davila, age 31, has been on death row for nine years now and is set to be executed on Wednesday for shooting at a Fort Worth household which was hosting a birthday that resulted in two deaths. Davila asked to stop the execution because of new claims about drug use during the murders and a conflict of interest within the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
Davila has been continually fighting his sentence by saying he only meant to kill his rival who was Jerry Stevenson and not 5-year-old granddaughter or his 47-year-old grandmother.The court had to figure if Davila’s intentions were to kill more people than just the two victims for him to be eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors argued that Erick Davila meant to kill more people referring to his statement of trying to get “the guys on the porch” and the “fat dude.”
In a statement written to the police Davila said,”I wasn't aiming at the kids or the woman and don't know where the woman came from.” The question of intent is what led to Davila’s case being sent to the nation’s highest court in the spring of last year. The jury found Erick Davila guilty and it would not have been so if someone else was hurt, not the grandmother or the girl. Now that the case in the US Supreme Court if he is found guilty he will be executed after 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 6th.
Last Week's Poll Results!!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they thought logging was the most dangerous job: 100% said yes.
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3 Most Dangerous Jobs in California
by Mariah Tso '21
The deadliest job in California is being a logger.A logger is a person who cuts down trees. Another word for a logger is a lumberjack. The California Department of Industrial Relations said during the time of 2012 and 2016 that 15 loggers died. Being a logger is a risk because you don't know if you will get injured or even worst. It's a risk because a tree could easily fall on you or even a branch. There's a risk of dying or getting severely injured being a logger.
The second most deadly job is being an Aircraft Pilot. Being an Aircraft Pilot can be dangerous because of the weather conditions. For example, if its raining the plane could possibly get struck or hit by lightning. During 2012 thru 2016 there were 30 deaths on the job. According to the Sacramento Bee there are 12,890 aircraft pilot in California.
The third most dangerous job in California is being a Truck Driver. There were 265 deaths that occurred during 2012 and 2016. They drive across the nation to deliver items to other places which they have a certain day to get there and it will take days if the shipment is in Florida and needs to be in California in so many days. They also can get sleepy. But in the state of California a logger, aircraft, and a truck driver are the top 3 most dangerous jobs.
Last Week's Poll Results!!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers what they thought about the teachers walking out: 100% of poll takers said that they support the teachers.
Will Arizona Teachers Walkout?
by Meche Williams '19
Arizona teachers are the apart of the lowest paid in the nation and has started “weighing whether” or not they are going to walk out of their classrooms and demand more funding after seeing it happen in other states. The Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has offered teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020 after that the walkout vote will start. But teachers in grass-roots groups say the plan does not address the other needs for supplies and rasis for support staff. The walk-out movements started in West virginia; their strike “garnered” them a raised, eventually Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Colorado have joined in on the movement.
The Arizona Education Association supports the #RedforEd movement which began in grass-roots and turned into Arizona Educators United group; they have informed the 20,000 members of thericks they’ll be taking by doing a state wide walkout. There is no law banning a teacher strike but a statewide strike is illegal under common law and the participants could lose their teaching credentials. The association President Joe Thomas said, “We’ve been telling our members that for six weeks, and they understand it and it doesn’t seem to faze them. That shows how upset they are. They’re willing to take this risk for their students.” In weeks since it started the rallying has brought forward stories of teachers working multiple jobs, living with their parents, teaching in poor facility infrastructure and out-of-date materials. Thomas adds, “We’ve never had a situation as dire as what we have right now, and that’s what’s truly unique, These aren’t teachers and support staff and counselors who are frustrated with their district, they are frustrated with their state governor and their state Legislature.”
Former San Antonio Lawyer Faces Trafficking Charges
by Shawn McCraith '18
A former lawyer of San Antonio was sentenced to 80 years in prison for forcing clients to have sex with him so he could provide them with legal services. The jury in Wilson County gave their judgment after about six hours of thinking it over. The case was moved from Bexar County because of its notoriety. Mark Henry Benavides aged 48 was convicted on Tuesday the 3rd of April, 2018 with six counts of continuous trafficking of persons. The attorneys of Benavides filed an appeal in the case.
Benavides still faces charges from other cases, court records show that he has two counts of sexual assault of a child, a single count of sexual assault and multiple counts of continuous trafficking of persons. As reported by the San-Antonio Express, Benavides mouthed the words “I love you” to his wife after Friday’s sentencing.
WOAI-TV reported that Benavides targeted drug addicts and prostitutes as victims which would only make their accounts less credible. He talked them into having sex with him so they wouldn’t be put into jail and he recorded the encounters. 250 DVDs of the sexual encounters between Benavides and the victims were confiscated from Benavides’ home and some were shown during the trial. A video of rough sex caused a juror to faint. The argument of whether the sex was sensual was said to be real as testified by Benavides but the prosecutor said that the cries of pain during the sex was real.
Meredith Chacon told the Express-News that,”This is human trafficking, he transported, coerced, threatened and made them feel they had no choice. This jury understood that.” The attorneys of Benavides didn’t comment on the sentencing. Mark Henry benavides was expected to run to be a district judge in bexar County but resigned from the state bar in 2016. Benavides will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years of his sentence.
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