Here is a look at local headlines:
A Silver City man was found dead in his vehicle on Radio Tower Road. Esteban Ortega, 22, was found about 1pm on Wednesday. The death is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information about Ortega’s death should call the Grant County Sheriff’s office at 575-574-0100.
Also, on Wednesday what began as a traffic stop by police in Silver City near the intersection of 19th street and North PA road, turned out to be much more. Aaron Rickard, 36, attempted to resist arrest, according to the report. He was allegedly carrying a stolen 9 mm Glock handgun and tried to pull the weapon on authorities. After the arrest was made, Rickard was taken to Gila Regional Medical Center, where he caused damage there in an attempted escape. Rickard was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, one count of unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon, one count of criminal damage to property, and one count of escaping custody of a police officer.
In regional news, in Las Cruces police are looking for a gunman who shot and injured a man on Thursday. The victim was flown by air ambulance to University Medical Center in El Paso after suffering at least one gunshot wound. Police are looking for the shooter who is believed to be a Hispanic man, between the ages of 20 to 25, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weight around 160 pounds. Anyone with information about the shooting that occurred in the 300 block of Karen Avenue yesterday about 5:30pm should contact Las Cruces authorities.
This weekend, area residents will have the opportunity to hear Dan Bern perform at the Buckhorn Opera House. Dan Bern is the third event in the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Folk Series. Bern is best known for his prolific song writing and electric live persona. For information on tickets, contact MRAC.
In other music news, a debut album, “Influences,” is being released by WNMU professor, Danny Reyes. He shares that he has worked on this album for three years. The eight track album is described as contemporary jazz with a little hip-hop and rock influence.
WNMU will once again hold a celebration commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr legacy on Monday, January 19th. This year’s event will take place at 9:30am in the Mustang Dining Hall. More than 200 students from elementary, middle and high schools in Grant