Here’s a look at today’s local news:
Representatives from TLC Construction who are performing road work on the Pinos Altos Road project, met with the public in an open forum yesterday to discuss the project and answer community questions. The project spans from Pinos Altos Road, NM Highway 15, from U.S 180 to 32nd Street in Silver City. Topics of discussion included: new median locations; paving schedules; storm drain work in from of R & L gas station; and the 70 light poles that will be installed along the one mile stretch of road. Another meeting is scheduled for June 12th.
According to Silver City Police Chief, a suspect identified as Richie Ehrlich, was placed into protective custody by Silver City Police Officers yesterday morning after exhibiting violent tendencies and was considered to be potentially harmful to himself and others. In addition, Ehrlich allegedly made threats against individuals at Calvary Chapel, located on Hwy 90. The suspect was taken to Gila Regional Medical Center for evaluation and later walked out of the hospital wearing a blue hospital gown and socks. The Silver City Police Department issued an alert to the community recommending residents call the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority if Ehrlich was spotted and that the suspect should not approached. As of 7:00 P.M. last night, the suspect had not been located.
New Mexico Lieutenant Governor, Howie Morales, visited Deming High School last week to participate in a round table discussion and tour the facility with educators, students, and other officials. The group toured classrooms that are set up for robotics, health occupations, welding and culinary programs. Despite two failed local elections that would have provided increased school funding, the construction of the new Deming High school was completed. A Two-Mill special election failed in February that involved a mail in ballot, in addition to a failed bond issue election in 2008. Lieutenant Governor Morales plans on visiting other schools throughout the state this year.
According to Gila Regional Medical Center, residents should be alerted that there have been reports from people who received phone calls that claim to be coming from Gila Regional demanding immediate payment or credit card information. These calls are likely fraudulent or scams using spoofing technology to deceive consumers. Spoofing means the phone number that shows up on Caller ID is not the actual originating phone number. The public is reminded to be cautious and if a call appears to come from Gila Regional and is requesting personal information, there are steps you should take. Hang up and call GRMC directly — the main phone number for Gila Regional is (575) 538-4000, and Patient Financial Services can be reached at (575) 574-4989. Tell the caller you will only give the information in person or by calling the Patient Financial Services department directly and furthermore, contact GRMC with any questions or concerns.