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Acres: ~100 Start Date: September 7, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles West of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 48
General Information: The Noland Fire was discovered on September 7 burning in timber and grass at approximately 3 acres.

Fire Operations: The fire has transitioned to an ICT4. There are two type 6 engines, one hot shot crew, and two small handcrew modules on the fire monitoring and assessing and protecting values at risk.

By Roger Lanse

On Thursday, Sept. 7, 2018, at approximately 6:36 p.m. a Silver City police officer was dispatched to 3814 N. Gold Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

According to a Silver City Police Department narrative, the officer had contact with a female victim. The victim stated her schizophrenic stepson, Alexander Olea, 37, of the address, started acting crazy and attacked her by punching her in the top of her head, her left arm, and her chest. The officer reported she saw a large bruise on the victim’s chest and her left arm was red and swollen. The victim stated when her husband stepped in to help he was taken to the ground by Alex and he began punching her husband in the back and ribs. The officer advised she observed the husband having a hard time breathing and was hunched over in pain.

By Roger Lanse

A Grant County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched for an alarm call to 50 Camino Verde in Arenas Valley, on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2018, at about 4:48 p.m.

When the deputy arrived at the home about 15 minutes later, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Department narrative, a male was observed inside the home apparently stuffing something into a bag. With sidearm and flashlight drawn, the deputy ordered the male outside and to lie prone. The male complied, the narrative stated, and the deputy handcuffed the male’s hands behind his back.

By Roger Lanse

On Friday, Sept, 8, 2018, Grant County sheriff’s deputies arrived at 212 Cuprite Street, Tyrone, at approximately 2:54 p.m., in reference to a stabbing in progress. When deputies arrived, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Department narrative, they observed a female victim sitting on the front porch bleeding from a wound on the right side of her back and subsequently placed a male suspect there in investigative detention.

A deputy continued to apply pressure to the wound until EMS took over and the deputy advised he could see “a laceration approximately one inch long that looked to be very deep,” the narrative said.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Community Health Council held its last meeting with Cari Lemon as its director on Monday Sept. 10. 2018. She has taken another job.

As the health council is in transition, the job will not immediately be filled. Lemon will help with the transition and will continue to be involved as a newly named health council member.

By Roger Lanse

Gary Stailey, Youth Project Leader for the town, announced at the Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 Silver City Town Council meeting that a volunteer workday is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Capilla Park. He urged residents to bring their weed trimmers and related safety equipment to make the park neat. With the recent rains “it’s just really grown up, a lot,” Stailey said. “This will be the final civic day for the year.”

District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. encouraged residents who are experiencing a problem to please call their councilor about concerns they may have. Ray asked Silver City Police Chief Freddie Portillo to check into state regulations covering walking, jogging and running on city streets. Ray also asked Portillo for a report showing the number of people stopped in the town for texting while driving and how many stopped for bicycling offenses.

Tour of the Gila, Blues Festival Generate Most Nights in Local Motels, Hotels

 Sabrina Pack, principal and chief operating officer of SkyWest Media, a Silver City-based media firm hired last year to study local lodger’s tax-funded tourism events, will present the findings from this year-long initiative to the Silver City Town Council at their regular meeting Tuesday.

On September 9, 2018 at approximately 1:08 a.m., inmate Fernando Rodriguez was found unconscious by Grant County Detention Center staff. It appeared that Mr. Rodriguez had attempted to hang himself. Medical staff performed CPR on Mr. Rodriguez and staff called for EMS. EMS arrived at the Detention Center within ten minutes of the incident. CPR ceased at 1:50 a.m. and Office of the Medical Investigator was advised.

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