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Country Singer Lynn Anderson Accused of Lifting DVD

By Martin Salazar
Journal Northern Bureau
    TAOS— Grammy winner Lynn Anderson, perhaps best known for her 1970s hit "Rose Garden," was arrested for allegedly shoplifting a Harry Potter DVD at a supermarket and then punching a police officer outside the store.
    Taos Police Chief Neil Curran said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. Monday when security at Smith's Food & Drug Center called to allege that a woman had taken an item from the video department and attempted to leave without paying for it.
    Police arrived and placed Anderson under arrest.
    When Anderson was put into the police car, "she reached around and hit one of the officers," Curran said.
    Curran said she was detained in a holding cell at police headquarters while being booked and was offered the option to receive a written citation, but "she refused to sign it."
    He said Taos County Magistrate Betty Martinez was called to set bail, and ordered Anderson released on her own recognizance.
    An arraignment is scheduled for later this week.
    "We can confirm that Ms. Anderson was detained for suspected shoplifting, and that the police were called, although we won't share details," said spokeswoman Marsha Gilford from the Smith's corporate office in Salt Lake City.
    Gilford said Smith's typically presses charges against shoplifters.
    "Generally we think prosecution of shoplifters is a deterrent," she said.
    The Journal was unable to reach Anderson for comment. No one answered calls made to a number listed for Lynn Anderson in the Taos telephone directory.
    Anderson walked away with a Grammy in 1970 for best female country vocal performance.
    In December, Anderson's album "The Bluegrass Sessions" was nominated for a Grammy for best bluegrass album.
    Anderson, 57, has been a Taos resident for a number of years.
   
Freelancer Kathryn Holzka contributed to this story.