Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
New Mexico State Police were alerted on Monday afternoon that a suspect wanted for capital murder and carjacking in Mississippi was in Lordsburg. State Police located D’Juan Holloway, 23, on I-10 east of Lordsburg around 5 pm Monday and attempted to pull him over. Holloway allegedly attempted to evade police, leading to a pursuit involving four departments. The suspect then fired shots at the officers, leading to a shootout on I-10. According to reports, he was wounded and taken into custody, and transported to an El Paso Hospital and is reported in stable condition.
Gila National Forest crews are preparing to conduct pile burning on the Silver City Ranger District in the Meadow Creek Area. Ignitions may begin January 20th and continue throughout the winter as weather conditions permit. Smoke will be noticeable around the project. The area will be signed and posted for public safety. The objectives of these burns is to reduce wildfire threat by removing fuels created from past and ongoing thinning projects and return important nutrients to the soil.
The Grant County Community Health Council recently met to discuss several agenda items. Dr. Darrick Nelson was recommended as a member to represent the physician and community health sectors. The committee also recommended changing the name of the agriculture and ranching sector to the Grant County Extension Service, and to give emeritus status to Dam Redford and Dr. Don Johnson, who served on the council for many years. The status would allow them to attend meetings and events at any time.
The Deming Fire Department announced Raul Mercado as the new Fire Chief at Monday’s City of Deming Board Meeting. Mayor Benny Jaso swore in Mercado, as well as new Fire Battalion Chief Heather Sosa and new firefighter David Becerra. Also at the meeting, council members approved a resolution authorizing approving submission of a complete application for financial assistance and project for the Colonias Infrastructure Fund, and approved Buckeye Street Drainage Improvements for repairing the drainage avenues along Buckeye Street.