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Bruce Lee Lamorie, 32, was arrested Friday night in Trinidad. He is the second suspect wanted in the stabbing death of 38-year-old Blake Benegas. Lamorie reportedly was holed up in a house, possibly with relatives, late Friday when police were getting ready to deploy their swat team when he surrendered. Lamorie and Isaiah David Abeyta, 24, both face first-degree murder charges for the Benegas death early last Monday outside the Quarthouse bar in Trinidad. Abeyta was arrested in Colorado Springs late last Monday. Abeyta is being held without bail in the Pueblo County Jail. Lamorie was being held in Trinidad last week, but will be moved to Pueblo soon.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was in Alamosa and Pueblo on Saturday campaigning for Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. Here is some of what he had to say‚€¶ (News Audio Part 1 ‚€“ See KSPK News Audio). Governor Richardson was also asked about Barack Obama‚€™s plan for the economy‚€¶. (News Audio Part 2 ‚€“ See KSPK News Audio).
Governor Bill Ritter appointed former La Junta District Attorney Gary Robert Stork of Walsenburg to be the new Huerfano County judge. Stork will replace current County Judge Ellen Haskins Trujillo on January 13th when she completes her term. Stork recently retired as deputy district attorney for the Third Judicial District that serves Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. Stork earned his Bachelor‚€™s Degree in 1969 from Pasadena Nazarene College and his law degree in 1974 from the University of Denver. His appointment by the governor is for a provisional two years. After that, his term will be four years if retained by the voters. The salary for the position is $123,067 per year.
Alamosa City officials are taking measures to make sure cross connection backflow situations will not create city water contamination problems in the future. While cross connections were not determined to be the source of the salmonella outbreak in Alamosa this past spring, council wants to make sure cross contamination won‚€™t ever be an issue. The city council will consider an ordinance for adoption on October 1st that will govern cross connections to prevent backflow and protect the city‚€™s water supply. Council will hold a first public hearing on the evening of October 1st. The ordinance proposed will implement the means to enforce existing state and federal regulations. During the salmonella aftermath, the state of Colorado recommended that the city adopt such an ordinance.
Lon Blais is currently biking across the United States raising funds for Alzheimer research. He will be traveling through Walsenburg today and is escorted as he travels along the highway. Lon does not have anyone to drive an escort car for him from Walsenburg to the Bayfield/Durango area. Anyone who might be willing to do so for him should call Lon directly. His cell phone number is 646-996-6231.