News Briefs 07-13-14

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Chacon agrees to plea deal

Pamela Chacon, the Smith’s store clerk who was convicted of embezzlement, in May, has worked out a plea deal with the help of her attorney, Bill Snowden.
Chacon was caught by store management embezzling $554.98 from numerous customers through a simple scheme involving customer’s Smith’s Rewards cards.
“Ms. Chacon had been refunding customer purchases when they did not use their Smith’s card and keeping the money for herself,” police said in the report.
When questioned by police, Chacon said she did it to try and catch up on car payments.
According to Snowden, her deal includes paying back all of the money she stole. Once she completes that, the case against her will be dismissed.

County to mend fencing at parks

Users of Barranca Mesa and Rover Parks will see construction activity over the next week as county contractors work to replace aging fencing around each park area.
Work will take place during the week and is already under way at Rover Park with a planned completion date of July 16.
Work begins on the fencing around Barranca Mesa Park on either Monday or Tuesday and should conclude by Friday.
During construction of the new fence, there may be portions of the park or playgrounds that are intermittently closed to use by the public for safety reasons; however, when crews depart at the end of each work day, the park should be safe for public use and fencing materials will be secured.
Park visitors are asked to use caution in construction areas, obey temporary closure signs or taped-off areas for their safety, and generally avoid fencing activities that are in progress.
Parents are especially asked to keep close watch on their children at play in the parks while new fencing is being installed.
For questions or concerns, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

Meet the local GOP

The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites the public to meet the Republican local candidates. The candidates will be at UNM-LA room 608 at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The candidates are: Geoff Rodgers, state representative candidate in District 43; Blair Redmond, magistrate judge; Alan Kirk, municipal judge; John Bliss, Bill McKerley, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss — council candidates; Abe Dispennette, county assessor; and Jaret MacDonald, sheriff.