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By Roger Lanse

A call came into the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, advising that several males were fighting in the street in the area of Kelly Street and Broadway and at least one knife was involved. At approximately 1:15 p.m., a Silver City police officer was dispatched to the scene.

According to a SCPD report, two adult male witnesses stated that Sammy Chavez, 31, of Silver City (homeless), assaulted them, coming at them aggressively with a knife in his hand.

On March 17, 2019 at approximately 6:00 pm, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Gila Regional Medical Center in regards to a reported domestic violence incident. It was determined that an adult female victim had been severely beaten with resultant significant bodily injury. Deputies also determined that the suspect, Jessie Westmoreland of Tucson Arizona had also beaten the victim’s dog, a brown-and-white female Pitbull Terrier. The dog had run-away and her (then) whereabouts were unknown.

A short time later, a witness contacted dispatch and reported seeing the suspect abusing the dog, that the dog was safe at her residence. Deputy Mark Torrez responded and interviewed the witness then checked the dog, no visible injuries were evident. Deputy Torrez then contacted the Silver City Police Department, an officer met him at the High Desert Humane Society where the dog was safely placed in the shelter.

Hidalgo County, NM – On March 24, 2019 at around 3:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a triple fatal head on collision on Interstate 10 at about mile post 19 near Lordsburg.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling east on Interstate 10, when for unknown reasons it crossed the center median and hit a west bound 2013 Kenworth tractor trailer head on. The Freightliner’s trailer hit a 1999 Dodge pickup that was also traveling west. Both tractor trailers caught on fire.

Editor's Note: This is the second of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second presentation at the Grant County Commission work session on March 19, 2019, came from Gila Regional Medical Center.

GRMC Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias thanked Commission Chairman Chris Ponce for spending time to get a tour of the hospital with the Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes and herself.

Notes taken and compiled by C.J. Luhrsen

The meeting was sponsored by the NM Cattlegrowers Assoc. and facilitated by Republican Party of Luna County Chair Russ Howell. Around 500 people from at least five counties attended. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, and Xochitl Torres-Small were all invited, but none attended. Yvette Herrell, Mick Rich, and Dr. Gavin Clarkson did attend.


By Roger Lanse

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department blotter for Wednesday, Mar. 20, that appears in Saturday’s Beat, stated a young female around 10 to 12-years-of-age was reported by a caller to be sitting on the side of Highway 180 at the junction of Highway 61. A deputy advised contact was made and stated she was walking to Silver. No other information was given in the blotter.

Additional information received from GCSD revealed the “10 to 12-year-old” was actually an approximate 30-year-old female, known to the GCSD as being a semi-transient, who refused any assistance.

Grant County Commission hears presentations at its work session 031919

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a slight change in the order of the work session agenda to place the Census Committee update at the top of the presentations, commissioners heard county reports at the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting this morning, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees members approved a letter of need to send to the New Mexico Finance Authority to start the process of issuing a revenue bond to go toward a new PET (positron emission tomography) scanner to aid the diagnosis of diseases.

At present the hospital has a contract with a business that brings in a PET scanner every two weeks.

This acquisition will facilitate much quicker service for patients needing the test.

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