Random racist incident in Las Cruces leads to a volunteer response

A racist tag left on a woman’s wall in Las Cruces led to a neighbor’s response. The tagging, a backward swastika and a crossed-out Star of David, were spray painted on a wall that separates Wanda Saip Ray’s backyard from the railroad tracks on the western edge of Las Cruces. Saip Ray said she wasn’t aware of the graffiti because she hadn’t been on the other side of the wall in a while. But while taking a walk with her husband last Wednesday, Las Cruces resident Megan McQueen saw the two tags. She wanted to do something but still practice social distancing.

Cruces police arrest two for embezzling $180K from President Pro Tem

Las Cruces police have arrested two men for allegedly stealing $180,000 from the campaign of Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen as well as personal funds. The men, Stephen Dale Siddall and William “Billy” Samora, face charges of embezzlement. Siddall faces multiple charges including charges of embezzlement over $20,000, nine counts of forgery and one count of identity theft. Samora faces one count of embezzlement over $2,500. Both face a charge of conspiracy.