Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A man who was diagnosed with throat cancer was arrested on Saturday on charges of attempted manslaughter, child abuse, tampering with evidence, aggravated assault, negligent use of a firearm, and concealing his identity after he allegedly attempted to shoot his sister. The man had allegedly been drinking and told his sister to shoot him. When she refused, he pointed his rifle at her. She reportedly grabbed the rifle and pointed it upwards before he fired a shot, and a struggle over the gun began. When police arrived, they found three bullet holes in the Motel room.
Silver City Police also arrested a man for child abuse after he reportedly tried to choke his daughter due to rumors that she is gay. The victim met her father at the Wendy’s parking lot on Saturday. According to the report, the two were seated in a silver jeep when the father allegedly reached over and grabbed the victim by the throat with both hands and began shaking her back and forth. He later followed her home, where the victim’s mother reported the incident to police. Emergency Medical Services were called out to evaluate the victim, but she reportedly refused further medical treatment.
The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) today announced that its Office of International Trade (OIT) was among a small group of awardees receiving US Small Business Administration (SBA) STEP Graft funds. The Office of International Trade will receive $197,500 in funding that will not require a cash match from NMEDD as the funding was matched by the department’s in-kind, salary contribution. The SBA Step Grant will allow OIT to continue its international trade efforts. The Office on International Trade will utilize the Step Grant funds to offer support and assistance to New Mexico businesses seeking to expand their markets abroad through trade shows, trade missions and workshops focused on export basics, along with other international trade promotion efforts. New Mexico was part of a small group that was awarded funding as there is a competitive process to receive the US SBA Step Grant.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a Flash Flood Watch in effect through late Saturday night. A moist tropical air mass has moved into the region, and numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing a lot of rainfall in a very short period of time, which would lead to excessive runoff. There is potential for flash flooding along drainages, small streams, and normally dry arroyos and low water crossings. The Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southwest New Mexico and far west Texas, including Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo counties. Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. Please be careful, and have a safe weekend.