By Roger Lanse
According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, at about 9 a.m. Monday, May 13, deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Fort Bayard Federal Credit Union at 11797 Highway 180 in Arenas Valley. They were assisted by New Mexico State Police and Silver City Police Department officers. The GCSO information officer told the Beat that a lone gunman wearing a black and white bandana had robbed the credit union and fled on foot.
No one was hurt, authorities said.
Sources said the helicopter circling the area is probably from the U.S. Border Patrol as that agency was asked to assist by providing a tracking dog in the hunt for the gunman.
According to Sheriff Frank Gomez, the crime scene has been secured and officers are awaiting the arrival of FBI agents.
Jittery local residents were warned the robber was thought to be armed and dangerous and to be on the lookout for him but not to approach him. Minor traffic delays are to be expected.
By Roger Lanse
On Friday, May 10, 2019, at approximately 11:27 a.m., a Silver City police officer was dispatched to the Gospel Mission regarding a cylindrical object that looked like a pipe bomb. A Gospel Mission worker told the officer, according to an incident report, that other workers found the object in a box for donations and took it out of the box and put it on the ground. From a picture, the object was estimated by this writer to be about eight inches long and two inches in diameter.
According to standard protocol, an evacuation was recommended, making some store owners a little upset, according to Chief Freddie Portillo, and a staging area was set up at the Visitor Center.
The New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad was notified arriving from Albuquerque about 3:48 p.m. After their investigation, the object was determined to be a solid metal cylinder with plastic caps on each end.
By A. J. Ward
The Grant County Planning Department held a workshop to receive community input on ideas for possible best reuse of the Grant County Detention Center located by the Grant County Court House.
County Manager Charlene Webb welcomed the group which included Scott Nightingale, Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields ( KSU TAB); Moises Gonzales, UNM School of Architecture and Planning (UNMAPD); Rebecca Cook, New Mexico Environment Department (NMED); and Karen Peycke, the United States Environmental Protection Agency; as well as local residents.
By Roger Lanse
At approximately 4:52 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, a Silver City police officer was dispatched to Hidalgo Medical Services, 1007 Pope Street, in relation to a stabbing. According to an incident report, a 43-year-old male from Silver City reported being stabbed about four hours earlier as he walked on Gold Street near 15th Street, by an unknown assailant. The victim stated a Hispanic male with tattoos went up to him and stabbed him in the left chest. He said it felt like a punch but a few seconds later he noticed blood where he had been hit. The victim continued walking home.
By Roger Lanse
A Silver City police officer was dispatched to 1204 Glenda Circle at about 6:33 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in reference to a weapons-fired complaint. According to a police report, when the officer arrived, he observed a male standing at the front door to 1207 Glenda Circle arguing with two females. He observed one of the females had an injury to the right side of her face and the right side of her shoulder and upper arm that appeared to be powder burns. However, the report stated, the female refused to tell the officer what happened.
By Roger Lanse
A burglary occurred at Silver High School on Friday, May 10, 2019, at about 6 a.m. as stated by a Silver City Police Department blotter.
During the break-in, according to SCPD Chief Freddie Portillo, several trophies were damaged and one was taken, and fire extinguishers were sprayed in the hallways. The blotter stated bathrooms were sprayed as well.
Portillo told the Beat they have two suspects based on surveillance footage, but are unnamed at this point.
Value of the damage and theft is undetermined at this time as is method of entry into the building, Portillo said.
The case remains under investigation.
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