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Police No Longer Treating Duer Death as Homicide
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(11/2214)

Roswell police are now treating the death of local businessman and real estate agent David Duer as a suspicious death , but no longer a homicide. In a press release issued mid-afternoon Friday , police said “any suspicious death is handled as a potential homicide to ensure a thorough and complete investigation is done.”

Medics were called to Duer’s home just before five Friday morning where Duer was found inside his house before being transferred to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police do not have a cause of death yet, but do not believe a firearm was involved.

Officers are still looking for 27-year-old Justin Tyler Mendenhall whose last known address was on Mark Road, but who was evicted a week ago. He is described as being 5”7”, weighing about 165 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and a scar on his forehead. Police say it has been determined he was at Duer’s house last night at an “after-party.”

Anyone with potential information regarding Mendenhall’s whereabouts is asked to immediately call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477)

Duer Service Scheduled for Today

(11/25/14)

 

A service to celebrate the life of local businessman and real estate agent David Duer will be held this afternoon at Grace Community Church at 935 West Mescalero Road.  Duer passed away Friday at the age of 42.  Online condolences can be left at lagronefuneralchapel.com.

 

Hobbs Police Arrest Subject After Foot Chase and Fist Fight

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/25/14)

 

Hobbs Police report the arrest of a 25-year-old man on charges of aggravated assalt on an officer and resisting, evading, and obstructing an officer.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports 25-year-old Efrain Gonzales was arrested Sunday after leading officers on a brief foot chase which ended in a physical altercation with an officer.

 

Carlsbad Team Places Well in Recent Challenge

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/25/14)

 

The Carlsbad Argus reports that the Carlsbad Fire Department Combat Challege Team recently placed 11th in the world in an international competition.

 

Competing teams included those from New Zealand, Russia, Canada, and Poland.

The competition took place at the International Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

The Carlsbad team was the only one from New Mexico to qualify for the event.

 

Berrendo Teacher One of Four New Mexicans Honored By Governor

Press Release from Governors Office

(11/25/14)

 

Albuquerque— Today, Governor Susana Martinez acknowledged the selfless acts of four New Mexicans who have gone above and beyond in making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family. These four New Mexico True Heroes, credited for their bravery, dedication, kindness, and compassion, are the inaugural group of citizens receiving recognition from the State of New Mexico and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

“The quality we seek in a hero, first and foremost, is courage,” said Governor Martinez. “From convincing a student to drop his gun, to standing by a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, these four individuals have demonstrated that they have the courage to stand up and do what is necessary to be good friends, neighbors, and citizens.”

Recognized today were: John Masterson of Roswell for his bravery in stopping a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School, Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses, Chuck Howe of Angel Fire for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations.

“In New Mexico we have a lot to be proud of; our culture, our landscape, and most importantly, our people,” Governor Martinez continued. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the four of you for lending your time and talents in making our communities safer, healthier, and more enjoyable.”

John Masterson of Roswell is being honored for his bravery in stopping a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in early 2014. Masterson is a married father of three who teaches social studies and coaches track and soccer. His selfless act has inspired students in Roswell to speak up when they witness bullying or if they notice another student with trouble coping. “The difference John has made is giving the people of Roswell the comfort of knowing that their teachers are willing and able to provide safety for their children, whenever the need may arise,” said Masterson’s sister, Deb Stephens.

Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque is being honored for her work as Director of Special Spaces, a non-profit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. DeMaggio founded the Albuquerque chapter of this nationwide group in 2011 and is motivated by the moment a child walks into their new bedroom and forgets that they are sick. “The children that we work with through Special Spaces live a life of fear, trauma, and needles outside,” said DeMaggio. “Everything we do is about making them smile, and when they walk in to their new bedroom they forget, for a moment, that they’re sick.”

Chuck Howe, Angel Fire, is being recognized for his work as a veterans advocate and in aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A veteran himself, Howe is the force behind the creation of the National Veteran’s Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire and serves on the board of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation. When asked what is the most impactful thing about working with veterans suffering from PTSD, Howe said, “Watching veterans heal. We don’t use the word ‘cure;’ we use the word ‘heal.’”

Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque is being honored for the work he and his group, Guardians of the Children - Rio Grande Chapter, do as advocates and protectors of children put in abusive situations. Stogsdill is a Marine Corps veteran and avid motorcycle enthusiast that uses his biker image to provide strength and stability for families in crisis. When asked about his dedication to protecting children that are suffering from abuse, Stogsdill explained that there is heartache but they do what’s necessary. “Somebody has to stand up for the children.”

The New Mexico True Heroes program was developed by the New Mexico Tourism Department in partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Nominations were submitted from friends, family members, students, and co-workers answering the questions “what makes the person you’re nominating a New Mexico True Hero” and “what have this person’s actions done to make their community a better place?”

“We see some of the best of what New Mexico has to offer in telling the world about our beautiful state,” said Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson, “but there’s more to New Mexico than breathtaking scenery and unparalleled adventure. New Mexico has heart, and we’re so excited to tell that story through these four New Mexico True Heroes.”

The New Mexico True Heroes will also be recognized during the festivities for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, December 20th, following the 2014 NCAA football season.

“The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is very excited to be associated with the New Mexico True Heroes program,” said Jeff Siembieda, executive director of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. “There are truly magnificent people with amazing stories in the Land of Enchantment. We look forward to honoring and recognizing more of New Mexico’s extraordinary residents each year during our state’s premier annual sporting event.”

  

 

 

Carlsbad Police Trying to Solve Crime of the Week
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(11/21/14)

Carlsbad police are asking for the public’s help in solving an Aggravated Burglary/Larceny and Criminal Damage to property that occurred during the 3 PM hour November 6th.

Authorities believe a suspect or suspects entered the residence by breaking the front window.

The suspects were still reportedly .inside when the owner got home. He described them as two Hispanic males with bald heads who took off running through the front.

Firearms are missing, totaling about $3,050 in value.
Call Crime stoppers at 575-887-1888 if you have information that may lead to the solving of the crime.

Voter ID Election Coming Up in

Hobbs

Duer Service Scheduled for Today

(11/25/14)

 

A service to celebrate the life of local businessman and real estate agent David Duer will be held this afternoon at Grace Community Church at 935 West Mescalero Road.  Duer passed away Friday at the age of 42.  Online condolences can be left at lagronefuneralchapel.com.

 

Hobbs Police Arrest Subject After Foot Chase and Fist Fight

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/25/14)

 

Hobbs Police report the arrest of a 25-year-old man on charges of aggravated assalt on an officer and resisting, evading, and obstructing an officer.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports 25-year-old Efrain Gonzales was arrested Sunday after leading officers on a brief foot chase which ended in a physical altercation with an officer.

 

Carlsbad Team Places Well in Recent Challenge

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/25/14)

 

The Carlsbad Argus reports that the Carlsbad Fire Department Combat Challege Team recently placed 11th in the world in an international competition.

 

Competing teams included those from New Zealand, Russia, Canada, and Poland.

The competition took place at the International Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

The Carlsbad team was the only one from New Mexico to qualify for the event.

 

Berrendo Teacher One of Four New Mexicans Honored By Governor

Press Release from Governors Office

(11/25/14)

 

Albuquerque— Today, Governor Susana Martinez acknowledged the selfless acts of four New Mexicans who have gone above and beyond in making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family. These four New Mexico True Heroes, credited for their bravery, dedication, kindness, and compassion, are the inaugural group of citizens receiving recognition from the State of New Mexico and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

“The quality we seek in a hero, first and foremost, is courage,” said Governor Martinez. “From convincing a student to drop his gun, to standing by a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, these four individuals have demonstrated that they have the courage to stand up and do what is necessary to be good friends, neighbors, and citizens.”

Recognized today were: John Masterson of Roswell for his bravery in stopping a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School, Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses, Chuck Howe of Angel Fire for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations.

“In New Mexico we have a lot to be proud of; our culture, our landscape, and most importantly, our people,” Governor Martinez continued. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the four of you for lending your time and talents in making our communities safer, healthier, and more enjoyable.”

John Masterson of Roswell is being honored for his bravery in stopping a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in early 2014. Masterson is a married father of three who teaches social studies and coaches track and soccer. His selfless act has inspired students in Roswell to speak up when they witness bullying or if they notice another student with trouble coping. “The difference John has made is giving the people of Roswell the comfort of knowing that their teachers are willing and able to provide safety for their children, whenever the need may arise,” said Masterson’s sister, Deb Stephens.

Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque is being honored for her work as Director of Special Spaces, a non-profit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. DeMaggio founded the Albuquerque chapter of this nationwide group in 2011 and is motivated by the moment a child walks into their new bedroom and forgets that they are sick. “The children that we work with through Special Spaces live a life of fear, trauma, and needles outside,” said DeMaggio. “Everything we do is about making them smile, and when they walk in to their new bedroom they forget, for a moment, that they’re sick.”

Chuck Howe, Angel Fire, is being recognized for his work as a veterans advocate and in aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A veteran himself, Howe is the force behind the creation of the National Veteran’s Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire and serves on the board of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation. When asked what is the most impactful thing about working with veterans suffering from PTSD, Howe said, “Watching veterans heal. We don’t use the word ‘cure;’ we use the word ‘heal.’”

Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque is being honored for the work he and his group, Guardians of the Children - Rio Grande Chapter, do as advocates and protectors of children put in abusive situations. Stogsdill is a Marine Corps veteran and avid motorcycle enthusiast that uses his biker image to provide strength and stability for families in crisis. When asked about his dedication to protecting children that are suffering from abuse, Stogsdill explained that there is heartache but they do what’s necessary. “Somebody has to stand up for the children.”

The New Mexico True Heroes program was developed by the New Mexico Tourism Department in partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Nominations were submitted from friends, family members, students, and co-workers answering the questions “what makes the person you’re nominating a New Mexico True Hero” and “what have this person’s actions done to make their community a better place?”

“We see some of the best of what New Mexico has to offer in telling the world about our beautiful state,” said Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson, “but there’s more to New Mexico than breathtaking scenery and unparalleled adventure. New Mexico has heart, and we’re so excited to tell that story through these four New Mexico True Heroes.”

The New Mexico True Heroes will also be recognized during the festivities for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, December 20th, following the 2014 NCAA football season.

“The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is very excited to be associated with the New Mexico True Heroes program,” said Jeff Siembieda, executive director of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. “There are truly magnificent people with amazing stories in the Land of Enchantment. We look forward to honoring and recognizing more of New Mexico’s extraordinary residents each year during our state’s premier annual sporting event.”

  

 

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Another Subject Charged in Connection with Hobbs Fatality
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(11/222014)

One more individual has been charged with delinquency of a minor in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Jose Salcido of Hobbs. Nineteen-year-old Rey Ortega becomes one of five individuals charged with the fourth degree felony. The Daily Sun reports no arrests in connection with the actual fatal shooting have been made.

 

Mixed Reaction from Area Politicians on Obama Executive Order

By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(11/22/14)

Congressman Steve Pearce is calling President Obama’s executive order outlining expanded relief for undocumented immigrants in the United States a “gross abuse of power”. Those are the exact words he used in a press release issued following last night’s presidential address,

“The President is choosing to ignore the bounds of his Constitutional powers and by pass Congress. Very simply, these actions are illegal and unlike those taken by any other President. This is not just my view, this is the view of many,” Pearce said.

The address drew praise from US Senator Tom Udall. In a press release issued by his office, he said the country needs to focus “limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers , gang members and potential terrorists..”

“It has been 511 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive reform bill. Because the house will not act, the president is justified in taking commonsense steps to fix our broken immigration system under existing law.,” he said.

 

 

Eddy County Sherriff’s Deputy Resigns After Being Arrested

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/22/14)

 

The Carlsbad Argus reports that a third Eddy County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned following his arrest for allegedly driving drunk.  32-year-old Jeffrey Clinton submitted his resignation yesterday morning after being placed on administrative leave.  He was arrested by the Carlsbad Police Department.

 

Ninety Turn Out for Candlelight Vigil in Front of FLETC

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/22/14)

 

The Artesia News reports that ninety people held a candlelight vigil Thursday night in front of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  Somos Un Pueblo Unido coordinated the demonstration after it was announced that the Immigration and Customers Enforcement detention center located at FLETC would be closing at the end of the year. 


 

 

Don’t let Halloween fun turn truly frightening

RPD offers safety tips for trick-or-treaters

Roswell— While children are expected to have some “frightful” fun on Halloween next week, going out to trick-or-treat shouldn’t be “scary” when it comes to safety. The Roswell Police Department reminds parents, and drivers, to take steps to ensure the safety of the young ones as they head out on their quests for candy.

u Trick-or-treaters should try to make their rounds in a group if possible. All younger children, whether in a group or individually, should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older teenager.

u If it’s going to be dark at any time while trick-or-treating, equip yourself and/or your kids with flashlights. Also, avoid approaching any houses that don’t have lights on by the door to welcome trick-or-treaters.

u Remind your children that, if possible, try to move around the neighborhood on sidewalks rather than walking in the street. Everyone needs to be mindful of vehicle traffic, remembering to look at all possible directions of travel for vehicles before crossing or entering a street. No pedestrian should enter a street by walking between two parked vehicles along the curb. Drivers may not be able to see that person soon enough to safely stop, depending on how tall the parked vehicles and the person are. Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means the traffic could be extra heavy as people are out beginning their weekend activities. Make sure the kids return home at a reasonable hour.

u Drivers should be extra careful that night, remembering there will be a much greater number of young pedestrians out and about. Take it slow, especially in residential neighborhoods where trick-or-treaters are more likely to be found. Be alert for youngsters who may be distracted and not paying adequate attention to safety.

u It is best if trick-or-treaters stay away from houses they are unfamiliar with and where don’t know the residents. Try to stick to houses where trusted friends and neighbors live. Don’t go inside houses unless they are those of family or friends.

u Dress children in costumes that have bright colors and perhaps reflective pieces. Make sure masks have eyeholes that are big enough to properly see out of. Costumes should fit properly, without pieces dragging around children’s feet creating the hazard of a potential trip and fall. Avoid costumes that include any pieces or accessories that are too sharp or otherwise could be an injury risk.

u Parents should inspect all treats the children collect before any of it is eaten. If children are out on their own, instruct them not to eat any of it before they return home and an adult checks it out. Any candy or other items that are unwrapped or not in their original wrapper or appear to be homemade should be discarded unless the parent has firsthand knowledge of the source and absolutely trusts that person.

u Unfortunately, there are sex offenders in most communities, and ours is no different. Citizens can find out where convicted offenders are living near them by visiting the OffenderWatch website at www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54896. That information can be used to take appropriate steps when planning the trick-or-treating route.

Fewer Migrant Children Are Crossing The U.S.-Mexico Border

(Undated)  --  The number of migrants crossing the U.S-Mexico border is down significantly.  Customs and Border Protection says since the beginning of this year, the number of people arrested at the border in September reached its lowest level.  Government authorities and human-rights groups attribute the drop to hotter weather, tighter law enforcement and aggressive public-relations efforts.  Although the number has been going down since June, the total number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended is still at a three-year high. 

 

Some Turn Out to Protest RV Park

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(10/22/14)

 

A number of residents turned out at a Hobbs Planning Board meeting yesterday to protest plans to build an RV park on a little over five acres in the 1800 block of North Jefferson.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that Jaw Yue , who owns Pacific Rim Restaurant wants to build an RV Park for top of the line RVs that he hopes to make into a resort location.  Some residents at the meeting were quoted as expressing concerns that the resort would become a trailer park if the RV effort failed.   

Family of Fatal Accident Victim Planning on Filing Suit

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

 

The family of a man killed in what some called a freak accident has announced they will be filing a lawsuit in connection with the accident, but have not specified yet who they will be filing suit against.  Freddy Gonzalez’s family’s attorney tells the Hobbs Daily Sun that he has reason to believe he knows who the company was that lost the brake drum that  came crashing through the windshield of the truck Gonzales was driving in the October 2nd tragedy.  The attorney says he does not want to slander the company until he is sure they ware the ones responsible, but he says he will be asking the court to enter some order of protection to keep the company from destroying evidence.

 

       

 

 

Some Carlsbad Homes and Police Department Headquarters Evacuated Due to Potentially Explosive Chemical

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

New Mexico State Police say an explosive acid which caused the Carlsbad police department to evacuate their own building earlier this week did not pose a serious threat.

A Carlsbad resident found a box of 20 smaller boxes containing gauze soaked with picric acid which officials say can become a high-powered explosive when dehydrated.  He took the box to the police department.

Police say that not only the department, but also nearby homes were  evacuated while the EOD investigated the incident.  All of the substance was taken to Roswell where it was destroyed.

 Water Conservation Ordinance Voted Down

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

Artesia City Councilmembers voted Tuesday night not to pass an ordinance which would have been the basis for a potential Water Conservation Plan.  The Artesia News reports the vote was 4-3 in favor of passage, but it fell one vote short of a majority of the council.  One councilperson was not present at the meeting.

 

 

Great Coyote Hunt Attracts Statewide Media Coverage

 By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

 

Larry’s Gun Shop of Roswell will be holding it’s third annual Great Coyote Hunt this weekend.  The event has gotten the attention and criticism of animal rights advocates who spoke with TV Station KOAT in Albuquerque in a recent televised story, one of whom called it a “thrill-killing contest. 

State Representative Candace Spence Ezzell says the animal rights advocate should be concentrating their efforts on asking people in urban areas if their dogs or cats are missing.  She says if so, it could be due to a coyote or similar predator. 

Ezzell says the ranching and farming community has suffered, due to livestock losses related to coyotes.  “We have seen what has happened to the sheep industry in the state of New Mexico because of Coyotes and other predators , such as the mountain lion , wolf and bobcat,” she said.

Wylie Maloney with Larry’s Gun Shop says the situation has affected him as well.

“We have a family ranch that has been in our family for 30+ years and we used to be a sheep ranch, but we can no longer  raise sheep because we were losing 20 % of our crop every year due to coyotes.  We now have a cattle ranch and are still affected by coyotes,” he said.

Registration at the store is from three to six this afternoon at 2708 ½ North Main.  The hunt will be on Saturday and Sunday.  Participants will have to be back at the Roswell store at 3 on Sunday to weigh the coyotes.   

 

RoswellSchoolSuperintendant Gets Contract Extension

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

Roswell School Board members have voted 4-1 to extend School Superintendant Tom Burris’s contract through the 2016-2017 school year.  The decision was discussed in executive session Tuesday evening  before the board briefly reconvened in open session and approved the contract.  Board members Peggy Brewer, Mackenzie Hunt, Pauline Ponce, and James Waldrip voted in favor of the contract extension.  Board member Eloy Ortega, Jr  cast the one dissenting vote.

RPD Makes Presentation at Job Corps

RoswellPD Press Release and Photo

(11/13/14)

 

Roswell Police Department Officer Lisa Brackeen spoke to students in the Protective Services program at the Roswell Job Corps Center Wednesday, Nov. 12, She informed the students – who are being educated for potential careers in security or perhaps police work – about the wide variety of situations local police officers encounter daily in their jobs and how an officer must be ready to perform his or her duties at any time, even when off-duty. Officer Brackeen encouraged the students to have integrity and honesty, make good choices when faced with everyday life decisions, and take seriously the education and training they are receiving now and will receive in the future.

 

Job Corps is a federally funded national program that offers young people ages 16 to 24 the opportunity to complete academic and vocational training. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the nationwide network of Job Corps campuses, including the Roswell site at 57 G St., is free to eligible young people. For more information, the Roswell Job Corps Center can be contacted at 347-7400. Information is also available online at www.roswell.jobcorps.gov.

  

 

       

 

 

Espinosa, who served in the army in Iraq, has accepted a job with Baker Hughes in Odessa where he will be working as an electrical mechanical engineer, an offer he said was too good to pass up.

Pearce Constituent Representative Gloria Salas says Espinosa’s services to local and area veterans has included helping get medals to those who had not received them, in spite of earning them over 40 years ago.  “There was a particular veteran and he was entitled to his awards. He had never received them and was entitled to them 45 years ago,” she said.  Salas says Espinosa was able to eventually obtain those awards and present them to the veteran.

  

Pearce spokesperson Jill McLaughlin says services to veterans will continue after Espinosa leaves and she welcomes all to continue calling the local office with any concerns they have. . 

 

Amid the fun of costumed kids collecting candy and comparing outfits with friends, children of all ages may not be thinking about staying safe and secure while wandering about. Parents and other family adults should take the time to make sure children are well-instructed and well-prepared for an enjoyable and safe time out trick-or-treating. 

Area Murder Trial to BeginBy Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The trial of 25-year-old Miguel Rodriguez has gotten underway in Judge Mark Sanchez’s Fifth District Court in Lea County.  Rodriguez and 22-year-old Armando Espinosa are charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing death of 17-year-old Oscar Mediano.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports Espinoza will stand trial in January.

 

Police Looking For Suspected Vandals in Golf Course Investigation

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for causing thousands of dollars of damage at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River.  A security guard reported that two subjects, who appeared to be teen-agers fled on foot early Saturday morning after they had been spotted by the guard. Police say seven golf carts were damaged form being crashed and raced around the course.  Police say there was also some slight damage to greens on the course.  Call the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770 or the Chaves County Crimestoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS. 

 

 

 

 

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

Roswell police officials confirm the arrest of a robbery suspect on Friday evening.  Police picked up Albert Vallejos in the 900 block of Hickory street.

 

He is suspected in a September 12th robbery in the 100 block of West First Street .

 

Detectives from the Criminal Investigative Division would like to thank the public for their assistance in capturing Mr. Vallejos.

 

 

Eddy County Sheriffs Office Seeking Public’s Help In Solving Crime of the Week

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The Eddy County Sheriff’s office is asking for your help in solving a commercial burglary that occurred at the Carlsbad Irrigation District in the 5100 block of Ghandi Road between 5:30 PM September 8th and 5:30 AM September 9th .  A suspect or suspects reportedly entered the property by damaging a bathroom window on the south side of the building.  Once inside, they are believed to have removed $6200 worth of equipment. 

 

If you have information relating to these crimes, call the Eddy County Sheriffs’ Department at 575-887-7551 or Eddy County Crimestoppers at 575-887-1888.

 

 

Hobbs School District Looking At Ways to Address Teacher Shortage

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The Hobbs Municipal School District is seeking to add more teachers to their payroll by combining forces with their local university.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that the district has signed an agreement with the University of the Southwest where paraprofessionals will be allowed to earn their teaching degrees while continuing to work for the school district.

 

 

 

 

Albert Vallejos, 36, is 6’0” tall and weighs about 140 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos. He was last seen driving a 2006 maroon Acura 4-door car. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The armed robbery occurred the afternoon of Sept. 12 in the 100 block of West First Street. Investigators obtained sufficient evidence to secure an arrest warrant for Vallejos.

Anyone with potential information regarding the whereabouts of Vallejos is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at 624-6770 or Chaves County Crimestoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477).

 

 

LovingtonSchool Board Names Administration BuildingAfter Long-Time Coach and Educator

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The Lovington School Board has voted to name the administration building after  long-time educator and coach   Ross Black.  Black began his teaching career at Lovington in 1955 and retired 46 years later, having worked as coach, educator, principal and superintendent.   He died at the age of 83 last year.  The Hobbs Daily Sun quotes his wife Cherill as calling the renaming pretty awesome.  She says he has done a lot for the school systems.

 

 

Duer Service Scheduled for Today

(11/25/14)

 

A service to celebrate the life of local businessman and real estate agent David Duer will be held this afternoon at Grace Community Church at 935 West Mescalero Road.  Duer passed away Friday at the age of 42.  Online condolences can be left at lagronefuneralchapel.com.

 

Hobbs Police Arrest Subject After Foot Chase and Fist Fight

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/25/14)

 

Hobbs Police report the arrest of a 25-year-old man on charges of aggravated assalt on an officer and resisting, evading, and obstructing an officer.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports 25-year-old Efrain Gonzales was arrested Sunday after leading officers on a brief foot chase which ended in a physical altercation with an officer.

 

Carlsbad Team Places Well in Recent Challenge

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/25/14)

 

The Carlsbad Argus reports that the Carlsbad Fire Department Combat Challege Team recently placed 11th in the world in an international competition.

 

Competing teams included those from New Zealand, Russia, Canada, and Poland.

The competition took place at the International Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

The Carlsbad team was the only one from New Mexico to qualify for the event.

 

Berrendo Teacher One of Four New Mexicans Honored By Governor

Press Release from Governors Office

(11/25/14)

 

Albuquerque— Today, Governor Susana Martinez acknowledged the selfless acts of four New Mexicans who have gone above and beyond in making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family. These four New Mexico True Heroes, credited for their bravery, dedication, kindness, and compassion, are the inaugural group of citizens receiving recognition from the State of New Mexico and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

“The quality we seek in a hero, first and foremost, is courage,” said Governor Martinez. “From convincing a student to drop his gun, to standing by a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, these four individuals have demonstrated that they have the courage to stand up and do what is necessary to be good friends, neighbors, and citizens.”

Recognized today were: John Masterson of Roswell for his bravery in stopping a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School, Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses, Chuck Howe of Angel Fire for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations.

“In New Mexico we have a lot to be proud of; our culture, our landscape, and most importantly, our people,” Governor Martinez continued. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the four of you for lending your time and talents in making our communities safer, healthier, and more enjoyable.”

John Masterson of Roswell is being honored for his bravery in stopping a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in early 2014. Masterson is a married father of three who teaches social studies and coaches track and soccer. His selfless act has inspired students in Roswell to speak up when they witness bullying or if they notice another student with trouble coping. “The difference John has made is giving the people of Roswell the comfort of knowing that their teachers are willing and able to provide safety for their children, whenever the need may arise,” said Masterson’s sister, Deb Stephens.

Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque is being honored for her work as Director of Special Spaces, a non-profit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. DeMaggio founded the Albuquerque chapter of this nationwide group in 2011 and is motivated by the moment a child walks into their new bedroom and forgets that they are sick. “The children that we work with through Special Spaces live a life of fear, trauma, and needles outside,” said DeMaggio. “Everything we do is about making them smile, and when they walk in to their new bedroom they forget, for a moment, that they’re sick.”

Chuck Howe, Angel Fire, is being recognized for his work as a veterans advocate and in aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A veteran himself, Howe is the force behind the creation of the National Veteran’s Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire and serves on the board of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation. When asked what is the most impactful thing about working with veterans suffering from PTSD, Howe said, “Watching veterans heal. We don’t use the word ‘cure;’ we use the word ‘heal.’”

Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque is being honored for the work he and his group, Guardians of the Children - Rio Grande Chapter, do as advocates and protectors of children put in abusive situations. Stogsdill is a Marine Corps veteran and avid motorcycle enthusiast that uses his biker image to provide strength and stability for families in crisis. When asked about his dedication to protecting children that are suffering from abuse, Stogsdill explained that there is heartache but they do what’s necessary. “Somebody has to stand up for the children.”

The New Mexico True Heroes program was developed by the New Mexico Tourism Department in partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Nominations were submitted from friends, family members, students, and co-workers answering the questions “what makes the person you’re nominating a New Mexico True Hero” and “what have this person’s actions done to make their community a better place?”

“We see some of the best of what New Mexico has to offer in telling the world about our beautiful state,” said Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson, “but there’s more to New Mexico than breathtaking scenery and unparalleled adventure. New Mexico has heart, and we’re so excited to tell that story through these four New Mexico True Heroes.”

The New Mexico True Heroes will also be recognized during the festivities for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, December 20th, following the 2014 NCAA football season.

“The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is very excited to be associated with the New Mexico True Heroes program,” said Jeff Siembieda, executive director of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. “There are truly magnificent people with amazing stories in the Land of Enchantment. We look forward to honoring and recognizing more of New Mexico’s extraordinary residents each year during our state’s premier annual sporting event.”

  

 

Scientists Concerned About Carlsbad I and W Brine Well

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

Area scientists are predicting the Carlsbad I and W Brine well will collapse in 10 to 25 years.  These findings were presented at a recent meeting of the New Mexico Legislature Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting in Carlsbad.   John Lommler says this is good news and bad news.  He is a principal geotechnical engineer for AMEC Environment and Infrastructure.  He tells the Carlsbad Argus that the good news is they have some time to get in there and do something. The bad news is that they do not have forever.  The well sits underneath a feed store, church, trailer park, the Carlsbad Irrigation District Canal and Highway 285.

  

 

 

 

 

 

NM Poverty Rates Climb In 2013

(Albuquerque, NM)  --  Poverty rates in New Mexico are on the rise.  In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau released a new report and found only one other state is poorer than New Mexico.  Last year there were more than 20-thousand-people who slipped below the poverty level compared to 2012.  Mississippi leads the list for most impoverished state.

>>Former ABQ Attorney Facing Embezzlement Charges

(Albuquerque, NM)  --  A Duke City attorney is facing embezzlement charges.  Cody Kelley was arrested yesterday after being on the run for nearly three weeks.  He is accused of pocketing a 130-thousand-dollar settlement meant for a client.  Investigators discovered Kelley had deposited the check into his own account.  

 

 

 

 

The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that Eunice police are investigating the shooting of a 14-year-old which has left him in critical condition.  The incident occurred yesterday in the 900 block of 17th Street around 2 in the afternoon.  The victim was found inside a residence at that location.  He was treated by emergency personnel and airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

 

Dexter Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Leading Officers on High-Speed Chase

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

Chaves County Sheriff’s officials have confirmed the arrest of a 37-year-old Dexter man on charges of Reckless Driving, Possession of Marijuana , Consumption or Possession of Alcohol from an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Yield to An Emergency Vehicle after that subject led deputies and police on a high speed chase Saturday afternoon . 

Deputy James Seely says he was sitting in the old base gate Allsup’s Parking lot at 6111 South Main when he  observed the individual traveling north at a high rate of speed .  He says he was over 100 miles per hour and barely catching up to the vehicle during the chase.  He says Luis V. Rios did not yield until he was near Glen Road when he finally pulled over. 

Deputies found 6.1 grams of marijuana in his vehicle.

 

 

Martinez Kicks Off Southeastern New Mexico Campaign In Carlsbad

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

Governor Susanna Martinez has officially kicked off her campaign in Southeast New Mexico by opening her campaign headquarters in Carlsbad.  The Argus reports that the headquarters will be located 213 South Mesa Street.

 

 

Investigators Find Plane Got Wrong Fuel Before Crashing

(Las Cruces, NM)  --  Investigators say a small plane crash in Las Cruces was likely triggered after pumping the wrong fuel.  Four people aboard the air ambulance were killed after filling up with jet fuel instead of aviation gas at the Las Cruces airport last month.  An initial report was released earlier this week, but city officials aren't commenting on the findings.  Three crew members and one patient died on the plane which was headed to Arizona.

 

 

Dona Ana County Restricts Immigration Laws

(Dona Ana Co., NM)  --  Authorities in Dona Ana County are no longer questioning people's immigration status.  County commissioners voted yesterday to make the area a "safe county" and restrict authorities from enforcing immigration laws.  The move comes after a petition with thousands of signatures made its way to commissioners earlier this year demanding the change.

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Family of Fatal Accident Victim Planning on Filing Suit

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

 

The family of a man killed in what some called a freak accident has announced they will be filing a lawsuit in connection with the accident, but have not specified yet who they will be filing suit against.  Freddy Gonzalez’s family’s attorney tells the Hobbs Daily Sun that he has reason to believe he knows who the company was that lost the brake drum that  came crashing through the windshield of the truck Gonzales was driving in the October 2nd tragedy.  The attorney says he does not want to slander the company until he is sure they ware the ones responsible, but he says he will be asking the court to enter some order of protection to keep the company from destroying evidence.

 

       

 

 

Some Carlsbad Homes and Police Department Headquarters Evacuated Due to Potentially Explosive Chemical

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

New Mexico State Police say an explosive acid which caused the Carlsbad police department to evacuate their own building earlier this week did not pose a serious threat.

A Carlsbad resident found a box of 20 smaller boxes containing gauze soaked with picric acid which officials say can become a high-powered explosive when dehydrated.  He took the box to the police department.

Police say that not only the department, but also nearby homes were  evacuated while the EOD investigated the incident.  All of the substance was taken to Roswell where it was destroyed.

 Water Conservation Ordinance Voted Down

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

Artesia City Councilmembers voted Tuesday night not to pass an ordinance which would have been the basis for a potential Water Conservation Plan.  The Artesia News reports the vote was 4-3 in favor of passage, but it fell one vote short of a majority of the council.  One councilperson was not present at the meeting.

 

 

Great Coyote Hunt Attracts Statewide Media Coverage

 By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(11/13/14)

 

Larry’s Gun Shop of Roswell will be holding it’s third annual Great Coyote Hunt this weekend.  The event has gotten the attention and criticism of animal rights advocates who spoke with TV Station KOAT in Albuquerque in a recent televised story, one of whom called it a “thrill-killing contest. 

State Representative Candace Spence Ezzell says the animal rights advocate should be concentrating their efforts on asking people in urban areas if their dogs or cats are missing.  She says if so, it could be due to a coyote or similar predator. 

Ezzell says the ranching and farming community has suffered, due to livestock losses related to coyotes.  “We have seen what has happened to the sheep industry in the state of New Mexico because of Coyotes and other predators , such as the mountain lion , wolf and bobcat,” she said.

Wylie Maloney with Larry’s Gun Shop says the situation has affected him as well.

“We have a family ranch that has been in our family for 30+ years and we used to be a sheep ranch, but we can no longer  raise sheep because we were losing 20 % of our crop every year due to coyotes.  We now have a cattle ranch and are still affected by coyotes,” he said.

Registration at the store is from three to six this afternoon at 2708 ½ North Main.  The hunt will be on Saturday and Sunday.  Participants will have to be back at the Roswell store at 3 on Sunday to weigh the coyotes.   

 

RoswellSchoolSuperintendant Gets Contract Extension

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

Roswell School Board members have voted 4-1 to extend School Superintendant Tom Burris’s contract through the 2016-2017 school year.  The decision was discussed in executive session Tuesday evening  before the board briefly reconvened in open session and approved the contract.  Board members Peggy Brewer, Mackenzie Hunt, Pauline Ponce, and James Waldrip voted in favor of the contract extension.  Board member Eloy Ortega, Jr  cast the one dissenting vote.

RPD Makes Presentation at Job Corps

RoswellPD Press Release and Photo

(11/13/14)

 

Roswell Police Department Officer Lisa Brackeen spoke to students in the Protective Services program at the Roswell Job Corps Center Wednesday, Nov. 12, She informed the students – who are being educated for potential careers in security or perhaps police work – about the wide variety of situations local police officers encounter daily in their jobs and how an officer must be ready to perform his or her duties at any time, even when off-duty. Officer Brackeen encouraged the students to have integrity and honesty, make good choices when faced with everyday life decisions, and take seriously the education and training they are receiving now and will receive in the future.

 

Job Corps is a federally funded national program that offers young people ages 16 to 24 the opportunity to complete academic and vocational training. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the nationwide network of Job Corps campuses, including the Roswell site at 57 G St., is free to eligible young people. For more information, the Roswell Job Corps Center can be contacted at 347-7400. Information is also available online at www.roswell.jobcorps.gov.

  

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