Issued by Grant County Administration, based on the information available at this time.
January 12, 2018
On January 9, 2018, at approximately 4:37 p.m., inmate Gary Placencio, Jr. was found unconscious by Grant County Detention Center staff. It appeared that Mr. Placencio had attempted to hang himself. Medical staff performed CPR on Mr. Placencio and called for EMS. EMS arrived at the Detention Center within about ten minutes of the incident, and Mr. Placencio was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center. Mr. Placencio was then flown by helicopter to the University Medical Center of El Paso in Texas for further medical care, but unfortunately, passed away at approximately 12:52 p.m. on January 11, 2018.
LANE CLOSURE – NM 35
NM 35 from mile post 25 to 26 both lanes will be intermittently closed due to road maintenance, traffic will encounter a flagging operation while work is being performed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Please expect delays.
By Mary Alice Murphy
The first main item on the Grant County Commission work session agenda for Jan. 9, 2018 was a report from Aaron Sussman of Bohannon Huston, who has been working on an Asset Management Plan for Grant County roads.
Sussman said the intent is to come back in the spring with the final report.
The scope includes evaluating the transportation assets of the county and the future cost of infrastructure.
He explained the plan is funded through the Department of Finance and Administration through a grant to the county.
By Mary Alice Murphy
At the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Grant County Community Health Council on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Director Cari Lemon said she was working on the application to Freeport-McMoRan's Community Investment Fund.
"We put in our letter of intent and were invited to continue the application process," Lemon told members. "We want to expand youth services, partnering with Gila Youth Services, to the Mining District, especially because of the Cobre Schools decision to go with a four-day school week this year."
Personal warning by Roger Lanse
Yesterday, Jan. 9, 2018, we received a phone call. When we looked at the caller ID, it displayed our own name and phone number. That was unusual. The caller advised us that it was our grandson and that he was in trouble in Monterrey, Mexico. The caller said he had “fallen off the wagon,” been drinking a little too much, been involved in an auto accident and was being held at the police station. The caller said he needed $500 to pay off the police and the person he hit so he could be released. The caller said he and a friend had received free tickets for airfare to a concert there in Monterrey, and that’s why they were there.
Since one of our grandsons did live for a while in Tampico, but was now in Los Angeles doing well following drug rehabilitation, we kind of wondered if he had regressed. He never did really take to living in Tampico and was doing really well when we last saw him about a week ago, so we wondered, “Is it George (not his real name)?”
By Roger Lanse
John Shivner, 45, of Silver City, was charged with aggravated burglary, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon regarding a Dec. 26, 2017 incident at 1000 Slag Road, about one-half mile southeast of the Veterans Memorial Highway 90 Bridge.
According to a Silver City Police Department news release, officers determined that Eric Arzate 48, and John Shivner, 45, both of Silver City, entered the residence, a camper owned by one of the victims, armed with handguns with the intention to commit a robbery. Both were dressed in camouflage and Arzate was wearing a vest displaying a badge and markings of a police officer and a helmet with “police” written on its front. The release stated: during the commission of the robbery, Arzate was shot and killed.
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