Compiles by Denise Ortega

SEPTEMBER 11, 1973

New ambulance

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT new ambulance was acquired last week. The department has been negotiating for federal funds to finance the needed vehicle for over one year and a half. There was much paperwork to be done but “we finally go it!” Fire Marshall Ernest Trujillo proudly stated. He said that Rumaldo Chavez had put in many hours of work, too, assisting Marshall Trujillo with the applications to the Traffic Safety Commission. $8,000 in federal funds was received toward the cost of the ambulance.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1973

Lena Bell

MRS. LENA BELL was honored on the occasion of her 80th birthday anniversary on Saturday, September 18, 1973, at the Val Verde Hotel given for her by her friends. One table held a lovely golden money tree; another table held wrapped gifts for the honoree and a bouquet of white mums. Two sheet cakes were served at the hostess table, one white, with green leaves and white roses with the inscription in green, “Happy Birthday, Lena” and the second one, white with green décor around the edges that said, “80 years young” in green lettering. All the tables held candy for the guests to enjoy. A gift from friends was a “money” corsage holding eight dollars for each ten years of her life. The birthday reception was attended by one hundred and ten people wishing Lena a very happy birthday.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1998

FREEDOM LASTED for only a few hours for a local man who escaped from custody. The man, 20, of Socorro escaped from custody of a transport officer employed by Socorro County Detention Center Wednesday. He was returned to custody by Socorro Police Wednesday night. The man was being transported from the detention center to Magistrate Court to face forgery charges. Jail administrator Richard Sanchez said the man was transported to court in a chain gang with four other inmates. Sanchez said the man was uncuffed from the chain gang and taken to an office to meet with a public defender. While in the office, Sanchez said Padilla claimed he was thirsty and wanted a drink of water. The transport officer escorted the man to the drinking fountain where he broke free from the officer and ran. The escape occurred at 4:15 p.m. The Socorro police Department found the man later that day and returned the fugitive back to the custody of the detention center 11:30 p.m. No other details were immediately available.


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SEPTEMBER 12, 2013

A SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLLOVER accident that happened Sept. 1 on U.S. Highway 60 has claimed six lives, according to the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department. SCSD Undersheriff Les Torres said a 2-year-old and a 20-year-old died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the accident, in addition to the four people already reported deceased. The crash, near mile marker 123 approximately 10 miles west of Socorro, involved a Dodge pickup truck. New Mexico State Police and SCSD deputies responded to the accident about 7:23 a.m. Sept. 1. Initial investigation conducted by NMSP determined the vehicle, traveling westbound, had crossed onto the eastbound lane of traffic then struck a culvert on the shoulder of the roadway, causing to roll once. The driver may have fallen asleep, and alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor.

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