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Rio Rancho Observer (Newspaper) - June 3, 2015, Rio Rancho, New Mexico Jn Mentoty | POUCE OFFICER GREGG BENNER A special tribute coming in this Sunday, June 7th issue. PETITION Petition cails for stronger judicial sentences NEWS ■ 3 CARS NAPA holds grand opening, car show at new store NEWS ■ 3 Rio Rancho Observer WEDNESDAY, iUNE 3, 2015 RROBSERVER.COM Vo4. 42 No. 44 SO c«fits digest Rio Rancho center will add 250 jobs RUPP aniioyDces royte of Benner procession Mcmhcrs o! the public whn uish to pay tlicir respects i«> lallen Kio Rancho Police Uttlcer (iregg Benner are cncouragcJ to dt* so at [hursday's memorial ser\ ice at Santa Ana Star 'renter in I'liy Center, or along the route ot the lunera! procession alter the ser\ICC, I'hc inemo'i'taJ sen ice begins at 10 a.m. f-oilowing the sen lee. tlie luneral procession vmII leave the Star ( entei and travel vvest on Paseo del \olean to t riser Boulevard It will turn south on 1 riser and then lieiid east on Northern Boulevard. !t w ill nil.ike a right Him on (,)uaniuni Road and stop bnelly m front of tlie police station. 5(»0 (Juanium, for Iasi call, I he proce . aon vvill then proceed to \M arul travel south to Sara RoaiJ and then east to \ isia Verde Menional Park I he ceremony at the cemetery is open !» the puhlie hut the cemetery is very anal! and nniy not acxommodate everyone who would like to .iltend In Benner s memory, the public is asked to consttier brniging a siulfed anima! itw to the funeral service at the Star ( enter, or to Itaniels l amily i-uneral Services, Sara Koaii. i he items will he givtf' to police olficers to carry in Ihcir unit. to give to children Rally for pyblic safety on Sunday A cornmumty rally to support tire family of slam Rio Rancho Police (IlCicer '(iregg Benner and the piibhe safety eomimimty is planned for 2 p.m Sunday at the Bemner memorial site set up on Pinetree Road. Benner wa - eunned down May 2.s. •\t 2All. a “sit-dov^ri" IS piaiined to convey the message Rio Ranchr> "is no longer eoinc to stanti for this." said Paul ( apiitn, a rctirct] police officer WHO IS »»(gaiu/iiig the event wilii .leff ( arr pastor of Mesa Baptist ( hurch, aitii lohn Irancis, alsti a retired police ot fleer "We refuse to live our lives being mti-niited bv criminals,'' ( apuio said "bor kiw cnforccnieni to be effective, there has to tx; a pailnership between citi/ens and the public safety community ' He s.nd the event Iras the support td Rio Rancho Mayor (iregg i lull Art reception canceled I he reception scheduled for ihur'vday tor the Rio Ranctio Art ■Association exhibit at l_oma ( olorado Mam Library has been canceled. RAS members caited oíÍthe reception out ot respect tor slam Rio Rancho Police Ot't'iccr (iregg Benner, whose iunerai is 1 liursday. County releases new visitors’ guide I tie Sandoval to^unly loiirtsm Alliance announces the release of the 2015 10 Sandoval County Visitors’ (iuide. I he guide features business listings, annua! events, day inps, hrslory, recreation options and a dining options. 1 he guide is available online at tlip.riashpages.uni 11 ip. com 2 34K00 350000 pub html5.html and will be placed in visitor centers across the stale. INDEX 'Ch'urch Viewpomts Datebook_ Mgytes _ Sports ___ Classified Sen'ing the City of Visio'n for 40 years Call iw: tta-iCtC www.rrotaarvar.coin AM'OMo Sam hf./. (}hst'r\vr shift writer iistim'hvZ’a rn'ihwrver.eom ,\n mternalionai eontrael customer center in Rio R,a'neho a.nnou,nccd luesday plans to add 250 jobs in the next lew months, Convergys. located on /eni'fh ( oyri near Alliance Data Services, made the .announcement a.f a news conlerenee. Among lliose attend mg were (nn. Susana Marline/. Mayor (ircge Hull and other govcriimeni ot'tlciais. including Sandoval ( ounlv ( onimissioners Don ( hapinan and (ilcnri Wallers Jam.I (irmdatlo.,. president and CI.-.0 of the Sandoval Lconomic Alliance, said the company will grow by 250 jobs. It now lias 600 employees at the site. ti>r-merly Stream (ilobal Services. Convergys, which acquired Stream (jlobal last year, has clients in communications. retail, health care, financial serv ices and. gmcrnmenl. proi iding (eehnica! support and customer service. (inndatto said the company plans to make the new hires by the end of the third cjuarter this vear. Convergys lias no plans to expand the biiilding. aiiii is instead "revvorkmg" the inside ot the-facilitv to acconimt>date (he new hires. ROBERT M'ENSAY photo Mayor Gregg Hull addresses Tuesday's news conference about Convergys' expansion. From ieft are Jon Barela, Economic Development secretary; Gov. Susana Martinez; Bill Williams, 'Convergys senior director of O'perations; Jami Grindatfo, presldent/CEO of the Sandoval Economic Alliance; Randy Johns, Convergys vice president of 0:pe'fations; and Stephen Joho'son, Convergys S'lte director. he said.. He 'said the all'iarice, formed last year Itr attract ncvv industry and ¡ohs to llie countv area, has worked to help Contributing what they do well Í, 1'1. ’ •'j    GARY    HERRON photo Casa Dl Ferro owner Pat Mastriano, standing, helps Myles Jones install an Iron fence around the Pfnetree Road memorial for fallen Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Benner on Monday morning. Mastrlano said hts longtime Rio Rancho firm was responding to a request from another RRPD officer to put up a barrier ‘"to keep this contained.” Mastrlano knows a handful M RRPD' offlcen, all former Ram fuottatl playe'rS', thirougb his volunteer ^position m a 'Coach there. “We wanted to give back,” he said, somber as he recalled growing up In Brooklyn where youngsters “respected cops; we all but bowed down to them.” Funeral services for Benner are Thursday morning at 10 at Santa Ana Star Center. I’lmvcrgys find hiring agencies for the past six weeks. Randy Johns, '(.'onvergys vice presi- ■ V( (' More jobs, Gab Joiner supported city from the start H\ ,\momo SxN< til / (thserver .hiff wnh r astMiiieziti Riiheti "I lab" loiner, longtime Rio Rai^ho business owner and generous donor lo eomnninity projects and charity, died Mav 2‘i al the age of Sd loiner passed .iway I nday morning al Ills Rio R.inclio home, surrounded hy his Linnlv, soil Bill K*tn.er s.au.l. Ills talhcr h.id hcen diagnosed with lung cancer three months ago. Joiner said. (i.ab Jonier is survivC'd by his wile. 1 vonna Joiner, and two children. Bill Jomer and Melvonna Roy. (lab started, .toiner I'onstruetion 46 years ago and began working with AMRL.P Southwest in Rio Rancho in 1R76. His company was involved in the construciion projects throughtnit the city, me hill mg pfojccts tor Kio Rancho Public ■ SVf' Joiner, /'t/gt' A Second jury finds man guilty of severe child abuse U\ PVIHK k I.OHMWN Alhuifuerijtie Jounuif stuff w riter B1 RN.ALII IJ) Altera Iwo-wcck-long trial, jurors in Sandoval ( ounly on iTiday voted to convict a Rio Raiieho' man who was accused ol badly beating the IM-month-old son of his fiancee and suggesting the injuries were caused hy the hoy's 4-year-old sister. 'The trial in state District Judge .l.oins .McDonald's ctrurtnHim included many hours of often complicated testimony from doet'or'^ who tried to piece together a theory, or tear* one apart, about how /acharv Kriesei could have caused the child's iniLiries nearly tinir years ago. AKo' on the stand was tlie child's vdung sister, now K. who was the only other person .at the tioiisc with Kncwel in the hours belore the hoy was taken to the hospital. The gir! 'said sfie saw kriesel punch tire child, and sa.id, ‘if you do something, you should tell the tnilh," i liat became a mantra of the proseeuti(*n's closing argirmeni. Jurors look about a halt-day in deliberations. which began 1 riday morning. 75th anniversary celebration starts at Coronado site F to relurn a ginity verdicl. He was eimv icted on one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. Knesel. 32. was on trial in the ca'se ti'ir the second time after the first trial resulted in a hung jury. In that trial, in September 2'(l.t3, 11 jurors Zachary Kricsel voted to convtei him but one juror held out. Kriesel appeared stoic as the venlicl was read fnday and t»>ld his family he loved them a'S he was m.arch.ed away in. handcuffs. I he child’s injuries resulted in a - —T    ’    "a? three-week hospit,il >tay heginning ,\ug, 3. 2611. He sultered brain bleed and abdominal injuries that required the removal o( 2S centimeters ol his small intestine. He also had rih fractures and had dozens of hruises all over his body, proseeuiors said, though knesel's attorney disputed that. knesel's attorney, Ray Iwohig, portrayed his client as a earing father figure lor both children who was working with their mother to find a way Ui etteciively discipline the older sister, whom knesel de sen bed as prone to ■ See Abuse, Piii^e S ^Tanctscu Vasque/ de 1 oronado would have loved to have lived long enough to see this: (’oronadti ilisloi'ic Site eclebrating its 75th anniversary. 4 ■ T • "I s 3 • 7 Stale Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica (ion./.alcs kicked off'Coronado His'toric Site's yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary on Saturday. “If you haven’t been to the Ctrronado Stale Mtrnument recently, now is the time to rev isit or experience it for the first lime,” (ion/ales said in her opening remarks. “The monum.e.nt has flourished in recent years because of its dedicated and passionate staff, and an active and wcH-organi/ed Triends of 'Coronado Sl.a.le .Monument’ group — and an. innovative col laboral it>n with students from New Me.xico Highlands University.” The    irf    New    Mexico’s foundi'ng director. Dr. Ldgar Lee Hewett, as reenacted by Rt>n Overlcy, invited Gon/ales to make the first cut in a celebration cake prepared hy the I lyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa's award-winning pastry chef The cake and an , atlerno<.m’s 'worth of tours, exhibition openings and re-enactments were enjoy ed v isiting kx:al offieials, long-time Cwonado Historic Site supporters and friends, .and hundreds of visitors, 'ttere to enjoy the day. Rio Rancho Ohservef-GARY HERRON photo CofiMiaito Historic sAe vofuiAmr Clwryl Russoll, centor, facing camera, tells a story to vWliirs. While Adolph Bandelier was the first American archeologi'S't to visit the s'ite of kuaua. in l.lu* early IKSfls, Coronado Historic Site’s importance in the history of New Mexico dates back two millennia to when indig-■enous parples were living and. famring in the viemity. Hewett alst> a leading archaeologist in New Mexico during the 1930s, was conv inced that Kuaua was the puc'blo that Vasque/ de 'Corooadt,’» and his forces had seized in 1540 in their search Iw the fabled Seven Cities of'Gold. To get. to Kuaua, C'tmmado .and his men probably traipsed through what are now River's F.dge neighborhoods on the west side of the Rio Grande. Hewett’s etlorts resulted in the site berng declared a stale monument in 1935. The dedication ceremonies on May 29, 1940, launched a statewide observance of the C'oronado Cuarto Centenario. In July 2013. the site was designated Coronado Historic Site. Although named for \a>quez de Coronado, the Site's sigmtlcance comes from the múltiple pre-contact cultures living there, beginning with the Tiwa about 1325 CL. and continuing to the present. ftHlay, Coronudv> is also appreciated tor the kiva murals — one of the few extant kivas in the Southwest — whose walls are painted with hundreds .■ Set’ ConMlMiciv Page H

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