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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - November 1, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Valencia county volume i number 22 los Lunas . 87031 20 pages november i 1973ll police deny alleged beatings icicles in october it can happen Here. Remember last year when there was Snow instead of Frost on the pumpkin on halloween this picture was taken at the Entrance to los Lunas Hospital and training school where the sprinklers were on when the temperature dropped tuesday morning. District attorney i b. Ted Howden said tuesday he would investigate reports that Elia Herrera now being held in Valencia county jail in connection with the shooting of a los Lunas patrolman last week allegedly was beaten by police on the night of the shooting incident. Howden said he would ask the state attorney general to Send an a Independent Agency to make the investigation if it is warranted. Village police chief Bill place told the mews that Herrera was a resisting quite heavily after the shooting. A the was restrained heavily but that does t mean he was beaten a place said. Places report on the shooting in which Ernie Perea a Village patrolman for about four months was shot in the neck and Back showed that Herrera was restrained a with Handcuffs ant we leather be a his place said he lied the Belt around Herrera a feet. Perea was lying on the floor inside Archuleta a bar where he had gone to ask that an ambulance be called when place arrived at the scene. The shooting incident occurred oct. 23 shortly after 7 . Perea and patrolman Larry Garcia had approached Herrera who was seated in a car on main Street to question him. Complaints that Herrera had allegedly threatened several people had been filed earlier in the Day at the county sheriffs office. The police reportedly asked Herrera to get out of the car. Garcia said As Herrera started to get out he pointed a gun and fired at Perea place and sgt. Larry Olguin were in Village Hall when they heard the shots. Places report said Olguin ran into the courtroom took his revolver from the filing Cabinet and said. Quot Ernie has been shot a place said they ran across the Street and saw Garcia standing by the car with a weapon pointed into the car Olguin opened the door of the car and removed Herrera. Herrera was then restrained and taken to Valencia county jail. It was then that they noticed Herrera was bleeding from the head area. He was taken to Belen general Hospital where or. R e. Brubaker examined him and found what appeared to be a Small Caliper gunshot wound on the right Side of the head behind the ear. A Harrison primer test was taken of Herrera s hands by a investigator Tody Perea and place and Herrera was then taken by Valley ambulance to Bernalillo county medical enter. Place stud result of the lest were expected v Educ 2ay Perea underwent surgery in presbyterian Hospital last week bul it was decided not to remove the bullets because of their location. He is reported in Good condition. Herrera was released from a Csc Friday and arraigned before magistrate Gillie Sanchez in Belen on a charge of a assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon peace he is being held in jail in lieu of s20. A a Bond. Herrera was to have been indicted by the grand jury meeting in Grants tuesday but when assistant District attorney Raoul Sedillo Learned that one of the jurors was related to Herrera he withdrew the Case and will refile in magistrate court. Free store provides clothes for needy the free store at the Rio Grande youth care Center was started because a lot of youngsters were in need of clothing and shoes. Now the free store is in need. The demand for clothing has exceeded expectations. The store can use clothing of All sizes for both youngsters and adults. And with the Winter coming on there will be an even greater need especially for Coats jackets warm clothing and blankets. The free store has provided clothing for needy youngsters. Some of them were unable to Start school this fall because they had no suitable clothes to Wear. One was wearing his father s Cut off trousers w hich were much too Large around the Waist and his big brother s a a to shirt which Hung off the shoulders and nearly to his Knees. The los Lunas communities Jaycees came through with Cash donations so the youngsters could be outfitted for school. Since then clothing has been donated by a number of individuals but More is required to meet the need. The girls club and members of concerned parents for youth development Are handling the sorting of the clothes. The Kitchen at the temporary Headquarters of the Center is being renovated and painted so that meals May be provided for hungry youths. In some cases a snack at noon is the Only meal some of them have. Getting the Kitchen in operation Means the Center also will need commodities cooking utensils and dishes. Anyone wishing to donate anything May take it to the Center on us-85, just North of main Street in los Lunas or Call 865-7010. A we were surprised How much demand and need there is for clothing a said Connie Montoya youth worker. We have already Given a lot of clothes away but we can use a lot More. We can use just about anything Quot she a rows of c Lothes for those in need Are available at the a free store Quot at the Rio Grande youth care Center. Linda Benavidez of the Center staff adds some new donations. More clothes especially Winter garments and blankets Are still needed

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