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VOLUME 15 ISSUE 37 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street WA 98584 /,,x) Shelton, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 75 Bench Warrant Sweep collects Tejano Fiesta draws large crowds over Labor Day Weekend The return of the Lordsburg Tejano Fiesta, organized by local resident Roberto Gonzalez, offered two days of non-stop entertainment last Saturday and Sunday, bringing in an estimated 2,500 visitors to the event. The headliner, Ruben Ramos, above, closed out the two day show Sunday night to a capacity crowd at North Park. Visitors to the Fiesta came from near and far, including Louisiana, Albuquerque, El Paso, Santa Ana and San Diego, California and Florida.The event was sponsored by the City of Lordsburg, Corner r~art, Ramona's Cafr, Motel 6, Saucedo's Super Market, Hidalgo County Herald, Smith Ford and the El Charro Cafr, Gonzalez also commented that the event would not have been as successful with the support of John Hill and his City Crew, Marsha Hill and the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce, 5th Avenue Lighting & Sound, Car Show organizers Vince Ruiz and Daniel Ramirez and Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith. Gonzalez says he is already making plans for next year's event. For more photos, sea Page 12 of this week's edition. Courtesy photo Lordsburg BP, seizeover Submitted by USC&BPIEI Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to Southern New Mexico and West Texas stations took part in several seizures to- taling more than $1,423,600 of rhari- juana, as well as arresting a convicted sex offender and a wanted felon out of Arizona. On Au- gust 25, Border Patrol Agents, working along with the Hidalgo County Sherriff's Of- fice, con- ducted an ex- haustive search of an area looking for concealed drugs. Work- ing off of infor- mation gath- ered, the agents and deputies, lo- cated six back- packs of mari- juana that had been hidden beneath dirt, rocks and brush. Border Mario Solorzano Granados is wanted for Patrol Agents, extensive sex crimes. working with headed northbound. Upon inspection, all six subjects in the vehicle admitted to being from Mexico, illegally present in the United States. All six subjects were transported to the Lordsburg Border Pa- trol Station, where 2 of the subjects' bio- metric records revealed alerts. S. BORDER rAi RO! LordsbuL 3tation The first sub- ject, 31 year old Mario Solorzano Granados, was found to have an extensive immigration and criminal history, includ- ing a 2013 con- viction in Washington State for As- sault with Sexual Moti- vation. The other alert re- turned for 36 year old Jesus Rios Herrera, who currently has a warrant for his arrest out of Maricopa County, Ari-. zona for felony violations of Money Laun- dering, Dan- more than $150,000 in child support Submitted by GOV. SUSANA forcement Division (CSED) the New MARTINEZ'S OFFICEISanta Fe Mexico State Police (NMSP) and local For the fourth year in a row, Gover- law enforcement partners across the state nor Susana Martinez announced the suc- acted on more than 550 child support cess of New Mexico's annual child sup- warrants during this year's round up. port bench warrant round up. This year's During Fiscal Year 2015, CSED set program collected more than $150,000 yet another record in child support col- in unpaid child support, lections with a total of $140.1 million. "The bench warrant round up is an Each of the past four fiscal years, New invaluable tool in standing up for New Mexico has broken state records for child Mexico's children," said Governor support collections, with CSED collect- Martinez. "The round up delivers real, ing $137.1 million in FY 2014, $132.2 meaningful results for children and fami- million in FY 2013, and $129.6 million lies, and it sends a clear message that if in FY 2012. Thanks to programs like the parents don't fulfill their financial obli- bench warrant amnesty and round up gations to their kids, law enforcement period, New Mexico was recognized by will hold them accountable." the National Child Support Enforcement This year's bench warrant round up Association in 2012 as the nation's most led to 110 arrests, with a total of improved.. $76,809.47 collected so far. The bench In conjunction with the bench war- warrant amnesty period led to the col- rant amnesty and round up period, Gov- lection of $73,474.90 from 183 non-cus- ernor Martinez proclaimed August 2015 todial parents. The total amount of child to be Child Support Awareness Month support collected from the round up so to recognize New Mexico parents who far, combined with collections from the support their children, and encourage all amnesty period, is more than parents to take responsibility for improv- $150,284.37. ing the economic and social well-being The New Mexico Human Services of their children. Department's (HSD) Child Support En- New Mexico State Police Officers, be- gan to follow the footprints leading away from the backpacks, and after several hours, located five subjects who all ad- mitted to being from Mexico illegally in the United States. The subjects, later identified as 25-year old Luis Rodriguez Castruita, 29-Year old Guillermo Castorena Lucero, 18-Year old Jonathan Cuevas Baesa, 38-Year old Humberto Valles Pina, and 19-Year old Sergio Vazquez Sanchez all admitted to having carded the backpacks containing a total of 292 pounds of marijuana across the international border. The marijuana and subjects were all turned over to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's offce to await prosecution. The following day, Lordsburg Agents conducted an immigration stop on a vehicle on Highway 80 that was gerous Drug and Criminal Enterprise. Solorzano will be charged with a rein- statement of his prior order of removal from 2015, and was placed at the Luna County Detention Center pending the outcome of his case. Rios will als0 be charged with a reinstatement of a prior removal. Upon arrival, agents took all sub- jects into custody and seized over 460 pounds of marijuana. Due to the fact that the subjects were apprehended on the Arizona side of the border, all sub- jects were turned over to the Tucson Sec- tor to await prosecution. On the early morning hours of Au- gust 31, Border Patrol Agents from the Clint Station detected the entry of 6 in- dividuals using their acquired sign track- ing skills. Agents followed the footprints which led them to four subjects. The NM part of multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTH/break. Santa Fe In New Mexico, the 15 cases came half ton of marijuana The New Mexico Department of from seven residents of Bernalillo Health is investigating 15 confirmed County, two residents of Dofia Ana agents were able to detain four sub- cases of Salmonella Poona infection in County, two residents of Sandoval New Mexico that appear to be linked to County, and one resident from McKinley, jects and recover five burlap sacks con- taining 375.5 pounds of marijuana, eating garden variety cucumbers grown Santa Fe, and Valencia counties, respec- in Mexico. The department is working tively, with one case of unknown resi- Two other subjects were able to run with the Centers for Disease Control and dence at this time. Sixty-three percent of back into Mexico as the agents ap- Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug the New Mexico cases were hospitalized, proached the area. The subjects, later Administration (FDA), the New Mexico ranged in age from 1 to 65 years of age, identified as 18-year old Edgar Cruz Environment Department, the Albuquer- and approximately 60 percent are female. Zavala, 18-Year old Jesus Reyes que Environmental Health Department, Illness onset ranged from July 30~ to late Chavez, 49-Year old Refugio Manuel and multiple state health departments as August. Romero Sanchez, and 22-Year old a part of an ongoing investigation of 285 The New Mexico Department of Manuel Romero Esquivel, all fromconfirmed cases nationally from 27 Health recommends that New Mexicans Mexico, admitted to carrying the back- states. The cucumbers were sent to gro- not buy, sell, eat, or serve cucumbers packs of marijuana across the interna- cery stores and restaurants in New grown commercially in Mexico until tional border. The four subjects along Mexico and other states through a non- additional information is available from with the marijuana were turned over New Mexico produce distributer,the CDC and FDA. If you have any con- to the DEA in E1 Paso, Texas for fur- Garden variety cucumbers are the cerns we recommend that you ask your ther investigation, thick-skinned unwrapped cucumbers retail grocer where the cucumbers you These incidents demonstrate how and do not include the long thin wrapped purchased were grown. When in doubt cucumbers (English cucumbers) or the as to their origin, do not eat them, and cooperation between the U.S. Border small pickle-shaped cucumbers (Persian throw them out. Patrol and other law enforcement en- cucumbers). Cucumbers grown locally People who are at high risk for Sal- titles continually protect the country in New Mexico are not part of this out- from all threats. See SALMONELLA on Page 2 LHS Cheer spiriting on the MaVericks With the Lordsburg High School volleyball and football seasons well underway, the LHS Cheer Squad has been busy rooting them along the way while riling up the crowds.To see the girls in action, the next home football game will be Friday, September 18, 2015 when the Mavs take on the Hot SpringsTigers with kickoff at 7 p.m. Photo by JAMIE DIAZlLordsburg UPCOM NG EVENTS HCSO driving tests The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office will be conducting driving tests on Fri- days only, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To schedule a test, contact the HCSO at 575- 542-3833. Farmer's Market Friday The Hidalgo Farmer's Market & Mercado will be held this Friday, Sep- tember 11, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Western Bank drives thru on Main Street. Stop in for a variety of fresh vegetables, baked goods, fresh eggs, pecans, tortillas and more! Bring the kids for a fun craft. For more information contact Chalia Gomez 575- 590-1063 or Colleen Miller 575-313- 5472. HMS parenting class HMS and NMGRADS is offering a "Parenting with Love and Logic" pro- gram, which is presented to give practi- cal, easy-to-use techniques that work to promote positive changes in your child's behavior. The classes will be held from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm beginning September 15~h and concluding in Octo- ber. Join us at the HMS Conference Room. Free lunch will be served. To reg- ister call 542-2341. to join in fellowship and to bring your Emergency Food favorite salad. For more information con- Fall Free For All tact Lucy at 575'-534-5292 or Eileen at Emergency food is available at the The Assembly of God will be giv- 575-313-6528. Recovery Management Center, 618 Pyra- ing away gently used clothes, shoes, and Women's Bible Study mid Street in Lordsburg, Monday-Thurs- some misc household items from 10 AM day from 9 AM till noon. For more infor- to 2 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2015 Terrific opportunity to grow inmation call 575-542-8447. at the Assembly of God Church, 701 God's Word! There will be a women's C0mm0dityDistributi0n Animas Street. Bible study on the book of James, nar- Women's Salad Luncheon rated by Beth Moore in an 8-week video RRFB Mobile Food Pantry will dis- series. The study will begin on Septem- tribute commodities every third Monday The Lordsburg Assembly of God ber 2 at 4:00 pm at the Church of Christ of the month at Special Events Center, G.A.L.S. will host a Salad Luncheon for on 5th and Pyramid. All women are wel- t0 AM to 2 PM. Recipients must self women of all ages on Monday, Septem- come! Please call Lindy Kerr at 575-538- declare need. The next distribution is ber 21, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 8446 to register so we can get enough September 21, 2015. at 701 Animas Street. Women are invited books. There is no cost for the study. Continued on Page 3