Grant County Sheriff's Office summarizes significant incidents responded to recently

The following is a Press Release summarizing multiple significant incidents to which the Grant County Sheriff's Office has responded recently.

Aggravated Burglary
On January 19, 2023 at approximately 1:36pm, Deputies were dispatched to 34 Bar Six Drive in regards to a reported residential burglary. Upon returning to her property, the homeowner reported observing multiple items of value taken from the residence. Included in the items reported stolen were 14 firearms and a large sum of cash. Grant County Sheriff's Detectives are continuing the active investigation into this matter.

Domestic Violence Incident, Adult Parole Violation Arrest & Resultant Narcotics Seizure
On January 25, 2023 at approximately 12:35pm, Deputies successfully located Isaiah Sifuentes, age 25 at Walmart in Silver City. Sifuentes was a named suspect in a reported domestic violence incident reported to both Adult Probation & Parole and the Grant County Sheriff's Office. Sifuentes was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held at the Grant County Detention Center on a parole violation and pending new charges of Battery Against a Household Member. Sifuentes is a convicted Felon.

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Luke Bower of Tyrone, NM selected for ATA All-American trapshooting second team

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SPARTA, Illinois— Luke Bower of Tyrone, New Mexico, has been selected to the 2023 Junior (age 15-17) All-American trapshooting second team, according to the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), which determines the teams. More than 100 years old, trapshooting is a competitive sport of shooting at clay targets with a shotgun.

The ATA hosts both the Grand American (the 11-day world tournament which in August drew nearly 2,000 contestants to the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL) and a series of "satellite" Grands (smaller, regional tournaments providing Grand American-style trophies and competition). The association also sponsors five zone shoots.

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Fentanyl found in speeding vehicle

By Roger Lanse

Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Oct. 8, 2022, at about 4:48 a.m., received a report from the Luna County Central Dispatch Agency that Deming Police Department officers were pursuing a stolen vehicle north on Highway 180 at MM 157 (3 miles north of Rifle Range Road) and requesting assistance from GCSO. Deputies were advised DPD had arrested a female, Jessica Lopez of Deming, from the stolen 2000 green Jeep Cherokee.

According to a GCSO offense report, deputies contacted the stolen vehicle at about 5:06 a.m. near the Apache Trejo driveway when the Jeep drove around their patrol units and continued north on 180. At approximately 5:09 a.m., as the pursuit passed the Gateway Motel, the two DPD units exited the pursuit and GCSO units took over. The stolen Jeep swerved from lane to lane at speeds up to 90 mph as the pursuit progressed past Caddell Crossing, Santa Clara traffic light intersection, and Casa Loma Road. At the intersection of Delk Drive, the report stated, the Jeep slowed to 15-30 mph and a male, later identified as Bill Albert Turner, 49, of Tucson, opened the passenger door and fell to the ground tumbling several times. While deputies stopped to care for that male other units continued to pursue the fleeing Jeep. EMS transported Turner to Gila Regional Medical Center where he was cleared.

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Snell Middle School new principal has innovative ideas

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated Schools held a board meeting January 23, 2023, at Hurley Elementary School. President Serina Murillo called the meeting to order. Other board members in attendance included Gabriella Begay, Gilbert Guadiana, and David Terrazas. The Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico flag took place. Dane Kennon attended as interim superintendent. The Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico flag was also said by the students in Spanish. Elizabeth Dean did not attend.

The students had presentations to perform for the board. The bilingual class said they learn to read, write, translate, and learn about their culture. Each one had a powerful, uplifting quote that they said in English and then in Spanish. They performed a traditional dance and song celebrating New Mexico. The second grade class and first grade class preformed a traditional dance and songs in Spanish. The students gave potted plants to the board in thanks for their service and to recognize January as school board appreciation month.

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Grant County Commission reviews regular meeting 011223 agenda, part 7

[Editor's Note: This is part 7 of a series of articles that will cover the Grant County Commission work session of Jan. 10, 2023, as well as the regular session of Jan. 12, 2023.)

By Mary Alice Murphy

This article continues with the work session review of the regular meeting agenda and decisions made for the County Commission meetings of Jan. 10 and Jan. 12, 2023.

An agreement came up for consideration by the commissioners.

At the work session, County Manager Charlene Webb explained the agreement addressed the lease of the county-owned Black Street building next to the Courthouse to be used as the Silver City District 1 Magistrate Court building. "We worked out the details on the lease agreement. It covers our costs, as well as utility costs with the Administrative Office of the Courts for the price of 20 cents per square foot per month. We negotiated a provision that if it doesn't cover our costs, we can raise the price, so we break even."

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Story pulled at feds request

By Roger Lanse

The story headlined “Felon wanted by US Marshals arrested,” published on Tuesday, Jan. 31, has been pulled at the request of a federal agency. The story will be re-published at a later date.

Review of Virus Theater "Romeo and Juliet"

RECOMMENDED by Reviewer Lynn Janes, who provided the article, photos and video at the bottom

Virus Theater presents Romeo and Juliet

By Lynn Janes

The Virus Theater continues to run the production of "Romeo and Juliet." The first showing took place January 27, 2023, and runs until February 12, 2023. The production is being held at the El Sol Theater downtown with all the charm of many years ago minus the original historic theater seats.

The dream of this production started several years ago and was to open in 2020. Since it could not open then it has finally come to fruition. The recruitment started in the fall of 2022. The theater recruited teenagers 14-18 to be part of the performance, design, and vision for the production.

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Silver City derelict property being abated

By Lynn Janes

Silver City Town Council held its monthly work session. They had two items on the agenda to discuss. The meeting started with Mayor Ken Ladner calling the meeting to order and leading the Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico state flag. Council members attending the meeting included Lucian Farmer, Jose Ray, Nicholas Prince, and Guadalupe Cano.

The first item had to do with the Local Energy Choice Act. Prince said it would enable groups to choose energy sources. That could be wind, solar or geothermal. Currently the state only uses six percent renewable energy. Prince went on to explain that ten states have already enacted this, and energy bills have gone down significantly. He felt this would make our area more attractive to people and would help PNM out with renewable sources and create job opportunities. "Our support would possibly put us high on the list for funding." Bayard and Hurley have already sent a letter of support. "This would not commit us and would just be showing support of the bill. "

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