Here’s a look at today’s top stories:
A threat that was circulating on social media yesterday about “SHS”, was proven not to be local and did not reference Silver High School. Silver City Police Chief, Ed Reynolds, took precautionary measures and dispatched officers to the school. In addition, there was a verbal threat reported at the Cliff School, whereby the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident involving a student that may have verbally or through social media made comments about committing a shooting at the school. The unnamed student is no longer at the school and the FBI Albuquerque Office is working with local law enforcement on further investigation.
A Silver City historic district vacancy survey has been completed according to a report from Silver City MainStreet. The survey was conducted by the “Economic Vitality Committee” that is comprised of members of the community and focused on the commercial buildings located in the district. The results of the survey show a ten percent vacancy rate. The Silver City Historic District area is bounded by San Vicente Street to the south, Cooper Street to the west, College Street to the north, and Bullard Street to the east. Silver City MainStreet board president, Patrick Hoskins, stated that some of the buildings that are vacant happen to be larger structures that are located on Bullard Street and give the perception that the vacancy rate is higher. The survey showed that there are over 200 businesses in the district.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision yesterday that police must advise people arrested for drunken driving of their right to an independent blood-alcohol test but law enforcement has no obligation to help arrange for the test. The decision overturned a 2015 ruling by the Court of Appeals “that concluded state law required police officers to meaningfully cooperate with DWI arrestees who want to obtain a test to independently determine their blood alcohol concentration. Defendants could use the independent test results to potentially challenge evidence from a breath alcohol test administered by police after an arrest.”
The U.S. Forest Service in the Gila National Forest wishes to engage residents who have an interest in the “Forest Plan Revision Process” by hosting several open house events to keep stakeholders informed, create an understanding of preliminary plan direction, and provide an opportunity to discuss the preliminary draft plan direction with Forest Service staff. The open house events run from March 19th to March 26th and will be presented at multiple locations in Grant and Catron counties. A schedule complete with locations can be obtained from visiting fs.usda.gov/gila or the event calendar at silvercityradio.com. These meetings are set up so that you can drop in anytime during the posted hours. No need to RSVP.
A 44 year-old Mexican National with a substantial criminal history has been repatriated back to Mexico in the custody of the PGR, which serves as the Office of the Attorney General in Mexico. Gonzalo Jaurez Limon, was arrested by U.S Border Patrol Agents in Deming after he made an illegal entry near Columus New Mexico in December. His immigration records revealed that he had 10 prior immigration arrests and was wanted by Mexican authorities for a possible aggravated homicide. The U.S Border Patrol and ICE coordinated a custody exchange at the international border. Limon is now awaiting trial in Mexico for homicide.