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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Serving New Mndco for 156 years FRIDAY MAY 27 2005 FIFTY CENTS Witness Grandson confessed to killing Joshua Garcia listens during a hearing in state District Court hi Santa Fe on Thursday to determine whether there is enough evidence to order the Alcalde resi dent to stand trial for the murder of his grand mother Helen VaMezof Hernandez Jane New Mexican By JASON AUSLANOER The New Mexican A former heroin dealer testi fied Thursday that Joshua Garcia admitted killing his 80yearold grandmother after she refused to give him money While relatives of Helen Valdez listened in a Santa Fe courtroom police told of finding her blood stained dentures behind a wood stove in the kitchen of her Her nandez home Investigators believe her body was dragged from the home last December hauled to a forest road west of Espanola and then tossed down a hillside The testimony came as a judge began considering whether there is enough evidence to order Gar cia 28 of Alcalde to stand trial for murder Glenda Rodriguez of Espanola a 36yearold former drug addict and dealer testified Garcia made the confession in January after she sold him worth of heroin and the two injected some of the drug Garcia was sobbing and saying he shouldnt have done what he Please see GRANDSON Page A8 MOVING ON Capital High says goodbye to the Class of 2005 Photos by Luis SSnchez New Mexican Licia Vigil 17 gestures to the crowd in Capital High Schools gymnasium after receiving her diploma during Thursday morning commence ment ceremonies Family and friends cheered as 189 students completed their highschool careers By JOHN SENA The New Mexican hey crowded the bleach ers They crammed along the railings and sat on the floor One even climbed the trophy case wall to get a birdseye view All tocatch a peek of Capital High Schools class of 2005 And when two lines of graduates dressed in silverandblack robes descended from the stairs of the auxil iary gym onto the floor the screaming began But as the band started Pomp and Circumstance and graduates made their way to their seats Kimberly Vialpando waited nervously in the auxiliary gym at the end of one of the alphabetically orga nized lines This is Vialpando said Piease see CAPITAL Page A6 Coming Sunday Seethe Neighbors section in Sundays New Mexican for a list of area high school graduates Casey Myers 17 sprays aerosol powered strings into the air amid a crowd of fellow graduates as they celebrated the end of Capital High Schools commencement ceremonies Arrest made in SPY graffiti By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Karta Khalsa Santa Fe County sheriffs depu ties Thursday arrested a man they believe is responsible for the graffiti found scrawled last week across the newly buiit retaining walls along a one mile stretch of north of Santa Fe The arrest said Sheriff Greg Solano could be the beginning of a larger inves tigation into the alleged taggers activities which the sheriff said might be wide spread in scope Karta Khalsa 25 also known as Karta Webb of Santa Cruz is charged with criminal damage to property over and unauthor ized graffiti on personal or real property over both fourth degree felonies Solano said Deputies seized about 550 cans of spray paint from the suspects home along with photo albums with pictures of Dr Sex tags at places in and around Santa Fe and materials Unking Khalsa with Mad Tropical graffiti Solano said If convicted Khalsa could face an 18month prison sentence and a fine on each charge Solano said The New Mexico Department of Transportation estimated earlier this month that cleanup costs for the graffiti are between and Crews have cleaned about square feet of the graf fiticovered walls since last week and are expected to continue clean ing through next week Solano said he would like to see government officials file civil charges to cover the cost of the cleanup Along with the tagger name Dr walls along the highway were also covered with the name Mad Investigators are unsure whether the two names were left by the same person or members of a group of taggers Please see GRAFFITI Page A10 INDEX Mailbox E7 Lotteries Business C8 Movies B2 Classifieds Cl Mutuals C8 Comics E8 Opinion A9 Crossword E7 Police notes 62 Generation Next El Scoreboard D2 Horoscope E7 Sports Dl Local news Bl Stocks C9 Todays forecast Partly cloudy afternoon Tstorms High 76 Low 48 Page B2 Pennypocket Santa Fe writer Dianna A Lewis and Boston eye surgeon Jay H Kaufman met on a barge trip in France in 1988 and ended up co writing a play Pangloss Pennypocket Pautiempo Todays obituaries Dwayne R Young 66 Artesia May 25 M Robert Klebanoff MD May 24 Robert Smith Santa Fe May 25 Page B2 The Wests Newspaper Five sections 44 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 147 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Classified ads 9863000 News tips 9863030 Main office 9833303 Police probe ducttape incident at school Investigation involves teaching intern at Chaparral Elementary By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Santa Fe police are investi gating charges that a teaching intern used duct tape to restrain several sixthgrade students in chairs and keep them from speaking at Chaparral Elemen tary School on Wednesday Police are keeping a tight lid on details in the case and a Santa Fe Public Schools spokes woman said she could not dis cuss the case because of the investigation Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said Thursday that no charges have been filed and the name of the person under investigation is being withheld until the investigation is con cluded Perhaps seven or eight chil dren might have been involved in the incident he said adding that each child must be inter viewed before he could confirm whether all had been bound and gagged with tape Detectives are expected to finish interviewing witnesses by the middle of next week Johnson said The teaching intern was at the school as part of a joint pro gram between The University of New Mexico and the school district district spokeswoman Ruthanne Greeley said Thurs day The person was removed from the school and will not be Please see TAPE Page A10
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