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By Mary Alice Murphy

Most of the Grant County Community Health Council meeting featured New Mexico Department of Health employees talking about Grant and Hidalgo counties suicide statistics.

The first part of the meeting featured updates from Health Council Director Cari Lemon. She had earlier sent out to members her report, which had some of the same items. Member Kathleen Hunt, representing the mental health sector, said she appreciated the written report and "learned a lot."

hartmanOn September 10, 2017, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Mimbres area in reference to a Criminal Sexual Penetration Complaint. A 13 year old female was identified as the victim. Detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to continue the investigation. Investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect in this case.

On September 14, 2017 just before 2:30 P.M., Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrived at the suspects’ residence (Mimbres, NM) to serve the arrest warrant and execute a search warrant. At that time, the suspect in this case was taken into custody.

Cary D. Hartman (Mimbres NM/54YOA) was arrested for one

Photos by Sandra Michaud

On a pleasant Saturday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2017, hundreds of people went to Gough Park to celebrate the 2017 Silver City LGBTQ Pride Festival. There were over 40 informational and vendor booths, a food court, face painting, a Kid Zone, singing and dancing and, of course, the ever popular Doggie Drag Show.

By Mary Alice Murphy

2017091395085617Just one of the wounds Toney experienced

Last Wednesday, September 13, Annette Toney, a resident of Arenas Valley, took her usual early-morning walk, although a bit earlier than usual, and left her house at 6:39. "I always check my phone because I want to walk for an hour. I walk past this house just about every day of the week."

But on this particular morning at about 6:45, as she walked by the house where she had seen three other dogs, but never before, the pit bull "came at me with the intention of doing harm and did. It bit my head at least twice. I had a hole about 1½-2 inches around, which now, of course, is stitched up. It also bit me in the upper thigh, shoulder, twice on my back and two bites on my butt. My arm is bruised from the elbow to the shoulder. " The dog knocked her down, and she struggled to get to her feet as the dog continued to maul her. "I was screaming for help, while I tried to get away from it."

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vanness and sullivan4142Rebekka VanNess with one of her paintings and sculptor Patrick Liam Sullivan with one of his smaller stone sculptures.By Mary Alice Murphy

What is Serenity House? It's a bed and breakfast that used to be called the Inn on Broadway.

The new owner is Rebekka VanNess, and she has grand ideas for the facility.

The sculptor, Patrick Liam Sullivan, works in stone primarily, although he also paints, and one of his paintings, "Four Directions," can also be found at Serenity House.

Sullivan has completed more than 20 public pieces in stone, including ones along Route 66 in Oklahoma. In gallery and studio work, he has completed several hundred sculptures in stone. Although he sometimes uses pneumatic or electric tools, he prefers to do as much hand carving as possible. He describes is art as lyrical symbolism; "the power is in the stone."

How did this sculptor and VanNess connect? VanNess said: "Miracles have happened ever since I decided to take this leap and purchase this wonderful house."

Sullivan lives in the same town as VanNess's father, and they just happen to play softball together. "I saw Sullivan's work and I decided I wanted to show it in Serenity House," VanNess said.

A stone sculptor for more than 40 years, Sullivan has exhibited in places from British Columbia, to Utah, Nevada, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Germany. He is also Cherokee and said he has three nationalities. "American first, Canadian and Cherokee."

By Roger Lanse

According to police documents, on Aug. 25, 2017, Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to Red Dog Field Services at 3130 E. Highway 180, in reference to a missing John Deere Gator ATV that was being worked on for a customer.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, officers advised that they had found the ATV in a wooded area east of the Lintero Apartments and that the operator was on scene. According to an affidavit for arrest, the male operator identified himself as 30-year-old John Brandon who said he had a driver’s license out of Missouri, but it was not present. Brandon advised officers, the affidavit stated, that he had bought the vehicle from a man named Brandon Lacey Jr. and had gotten a ride to about halfway between Silver City and Los Lunas, NM to meet Lacey.

By Roger Lanse

Eight people with Silver City addresses were arrested on several drug-related crimes Tuesday, Sept. 12, by officers of the Silver City Police Department. It all started, according to an affidavit for arrest, on July 7, 2017, when a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle driven by Christopher Murillo, of Silver City. The routine stop quickly turned into a narcotics investigation and the vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained that same day. The search of the vehicle turned up 32.83 grams of a black tar substance which later tested presumptive positive for heroin, 1.15 pounds of a green, leafy substance which later tested presumptive positive for marijuana, and a white crystal-like residue which later tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. Also recovered were packaging material and paraphernalia, a firearm, and two cell phones.

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