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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW AN MEXICAN DECEMBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS City sued for pulling permit on Pacheco Street project By Tom Sharpe The Mew Mexican The owner of a Pacheco Street property sued the city of Santa Fe on Thursday after city councilors voted to yank the permit for a construction proj ect that has been under way for several months The City Council voted 71 Wednesday night to uphold an appeal against the multistory project filed by the Casa Linda Neighborhood Association and the Pacheco Street Neighbor hood Alliance Members of the groups said Erem Birkan an architect who owns the property at 134S Pacheco St was violating sev eral city codes in constructing a livework structure on the site of an old restaurant They charged that he was building a fourstory structure when his permit allowed only three stories that he had demol ished more than twothirds of the building in violation of reno vation rules and that he had vio lated regulations for residential construction Birkan responded that the building will be only three sto ries but with a rooftop garden He also said the city require ment for retaining twothirds of the building applies to the floor area not to walls as coun cilors had said We basically used the existing grandfathered floor area and we built the new Please see SUED Page A8 Lara Mew Mexican The City Council voted 71 Wednesday night to uphold an appeal against a multi story project at 1318 Pacheco St BOWLINGALLEY KILLING 4 to stand trial for murder Facing second degree murder charges Joshua Burgess Luis Sanchez New Mexican District Judge Michael Vigil left watches Thursday as attorney Dan Marlowe questions witness Christine Ottis Men face seconddegree charges remaining counts dismissed James Combs By Jason Auslander The New Mexican A District Court judge found prob able cause Thursday to charge four Midwestern magazinesubscription salesmen with seconddegree murder in connection with the October death of a Santa Fe man outside a bowling alley However District Judge Michael Vigil dismissed the remaining counts against the four men each was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence while acknowledging the culpability of the victim 32yearold Benjamin Suazo makes the case difficult for prosecu tors to prove The hard one is the murder Vigil said This is such a tragedy for the Suazo family and for these four Please see TRIAL Page A4 Youthclub employee taught drug prevention at school Alameda principal says she was unaware of mans criminal history By Anne Constable The New Mexican A Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe employee charged recently with cocaine trafficking and child abuse taught a drugprevention program to students at Alameda Middle School last year Thomas Mayes and a woman thought to be his wife presented the program SMART Moves to all the students at Alameda according to Principal Sherry Coopwood She said the couple was in the school twice a week for the duration of the program Teachers at the school were INSIDE horrified and saddened to hear about Mayes arrest last week Coopwood said But none of the students arid no parents have so far contacted her I did have a couple of teachers say that looking back maybe when he presented the he was almost glorify ing Coopwood said But nobody at the time came to us and said they were concerned about the And the staff generally considered SMART Moves to be a beneficial program she said Coopwood said she assumed the Boys and Girls Club which has a long relationship with Santa Fe Public Schools had screened Mayes before he was allowed in the classroom She said she thought he had undergone the same fingerprinting and criminalrecords check as the teachers and staff at Alameda and the same background investigation required of volunteers who work in the schools But no one told her anything about his history She didnt know Mayes a former Gallup police officer served eight years in prison for shooting and kUling his commonlaw wife in 1991 She also didnt know the state Children Youth and Families Department in 2004 denied Mayes clearance to work for the Boys and Girls Clubs Alto Street childcare center The state requires all employees of licensed childcare facilities residentialtreatment centers and registered homes to undergo fingerprinting and a crimi nalrecords check In 2004 the department con ducted background checks and denied 556 applications CYFD spokesman Matt Dillman said a person who is denied clearance to work in a childcare Please see TAUGHT Page A5 Former Boys and Girls Club employee faces drug charges Page A5 IMMIGRATION Many proposals little consensus in Congress House Senate border legislation could include hits from dozens of hills By Jim Abrams The Associated Press WASFflNGTON From building a fence to keep them out to passing a law to help them stay members of Congress have lots of ideas on how to respond to President Bushs challenge to take on the problem of illegal immigrants Theres a will to act but so far not much consensus The first stab at the problem could come in the next two weeks when the House may vote on legislation to strengthen border security Thats the easiest of the three legs of immigration reform The others enforcing workplace hiring rules and setting up a guestworker program that might incorporate illegal immigrants are far more divisive In the Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist plans to bring up a bordersecurity bill in February and use that as a starting point for broader reform We must boldly address the challenges of border security Frist said this week as Bush toured the TexasMexico border to Please see CONGRESS Page A6 Illegal immigrants Congress is searching for ways to address the issues concern ing an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the Deportable aliens located f 0 Enforcement 11O thousand 1OO Rejected at the of entry in 95 2000 04 SOURCE Department of Homeland Security 90 80 7O 60 50 40 30 2O 10 0 2000 04 The Associated Press Santa Fe family needs help paying their overdue mortgage payment after mother was sidelined with pregnancy complications PageC3 OBITUARIES AnneLRoesster 80 Nov 23 Carolina L BaMonado Nov 26 PageC2 CRUMBLING COALITION More than half of nonAmerican troops could be out of Iraq by summer through withdrawals or reductions Page A8 Index Annies Generation Dl Horoscope Local Obituaries C2 SANTA OK so its not Hollywood on the Rio Grande but then again it shouldnt be The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival kicks off its eclectic program of more than 200 movies Wednesday Pasa focuses on some of the films and filmmakers featured at this years fest Pasatiempo Inside Police Time HISTORIC OR HIDEOUS Historic review board says 550foot shack which owner hopes to raze is worth a closer look Local news Cl Main Late News TODAY Partly cloudy High 54 low 33 PageC8 Five sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 104 pages 156th year Issue No 336 Publication No 596440 A locaNy owned and independent newspaper 7 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;