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Task Force Investigation Results in Drug Seizure and Arrest 

Hobbs Police Investigating Fatal Shooting
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/18/14)

Hobbs Police are treating the death of Chad Simpson and serious injury to his wife, Sandra, as an attempted murder-suicide. The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that the Midland Police Sgt was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife is reportedly in a Midland Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Even though employed with the Midland Police Department, Simpson and his wife did have ties to the city of Hobbs.

 

 

Carlsbad Officers Justified in Fatal Shooting
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/18/14)

Fifth Judicial District Attorney Janetta Hicks has officially said the two Carlsbad police officers who shot 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick to death were justified in their actions. The Carlsbad Argus says the DA’s report made mention of the findings of a New Mexico State Police Department investigation which indicated that Kirkpatrick had made a weapon out of a van he had stolen when he became cornered after a brief pursuit. Eight-year police veteran Sgt. Edward Duarte and Officer David DeSantiago shot Kirkpatrick after he allegedly escaped from an Eddy County Detention Center Officer’s custody.

 

 

Riggs Talks of Paying It Forward at Republican Women’s Luncheon
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/18/14)

New Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Kea Riggs says there are people in her life who inspired her and shaped her career and she has tried to do the same in large and small ways throughout her childhood and adult years. The first female to hold a judicial post in the Fifth District says she was inspired by another history-making female leader.
“My first boss was a prosecutor in Las Cruces who was extremely passionate about being professional, being prepared and being compassionate,” the Judge said. “Although I am not surprised, at the time I certainly did not think that that woman would become the first female Governor of the State of New Mexico.”

Riggs emphasized what she referred to as her three f-words, faith, family, and friends and her pet peeves, people who say “ it is not my job, not my responsibility and not my fault.”

Economic Spotlight Shining On

Hobbs

By

Richard

Morris

KBIM

Radio News

(12/19/14)

 

The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that Hobbs has surpassed Santa Fe in becoming the second largest economy in the State of New Mexico, beating Santa Fe by half a million in gross receipt tax returns.

 

The article reports that Hobbs currently leads this region in gross receipt tax returns with $8.7 million dollars.  Figures for Carlsbad were 3.9, Roswell 2.6 and Clovis 2.3 million.

 

Officials attribute the jump to the second place position to increased oil and gas activity.

 

 

Ruidoso Police Officer Files Suit against

Village

By

Richard

Morris

KBIM

Radio News

(12/19/14)

 

Ruidoso Police Officer Lance Ledford has filed a lawsuit against the village of Ruidoso, which specifically names Ruidoso Police Chief Joe Magill and Village Manager Debi Lee as defendants.  The Ruidoso news reports that Ledford claims retaliation and violation of the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act.

 

Proposal Would Ban Alcohol Purchases for Interlock

Licenses

 

Provided

by Statewide News Service

(12/19/14)

 

A proposed house bill would ban people with interlock licenses from purchasing alcohol at all.  Representative Brian Egolf, a Democrat from Santa Fe, introduced the bill this week.  It also proposed that the Motor Vehicle Department place a “no alchohol sales” sticker on the licenses.  A similar bill died in Senate last year.

 

Breaking

News

Major

Accident in Artesia

Area

By

Richard

Morris

KBIM

Radio News

(12/19/14)

 

We have received unofficial reports of an accident near Artesia on 285.  While we do not have an exact location to share with you, please drive with caution if you are driving in that area.  More on this story as it becomes available.

 

 

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

 

(12/19/2014)

 

ChavezCounty-On Thursday, December 18, 2014 at approximately 6:37 p.m., officers from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Department responded to the scene of an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle and a pickup.  This accident occurred at the intersection of State Road 483 and US 62/180, west of Hobbs, New Mexico. 

 

The initial investigation revealed that a commercial motor vehicle driven by Mayela Chihuahua (35) from Lovington, NM was turning left onto northbound State Road 483 from eastbound US 62/180 when a pickup that was westbound on US 62/180 stuck the rear portion of the trailer that Mrs. Chihuahua was pulling. 

 

The driver of the pickup was identified as Samuel Bruton (23) from Monument, NM.  Mr. Bruton sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

 

The driver of the commercial motor vehicle Mrs. Chihuahua was uninjured. 

 

This accident is still under investigation.   

 

Economic Spotlight Shining On Hobbs

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/19/14)

 

The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that Hobbs has surpassed Santa Fe in becoming the second largest economy in the State of New Mexico, beating Santa Fe by half a million in gross receipt tax returns.

 

The article reports that Hobbs currently leads this region in gross receipt tax returns with $8.7 million dollars.  Figures for Carlsbad were 3.9, Roswell 2.6 and Clovis 2.3 million.

 

Officials attribute the jump to the second place position to increased oil and gas activity.

 

 

Ruidoso Police Officer Files Suit against Village

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/19/14)

 

Ruidoso Police Officer Lance Ledford has filed a lawsuit against the village of Ruidoso, which specifically names Ruidoso Police Chief Joe Magill and Village Manager Debi Lee as defendants.  The Ruidoso news reports that Ledford claims retaliation and violation of the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act.

 

Proposal Would Ban Alcohol Purchases for Interlock Licenses

 

Provided by Statewide News Service

(12/19/14)

 

A proposed house bill would ban people with interlock licenses from purchasing alcohol at all.  Representative Brian Egolf, a Democrat from Santa Fe, introduced the bill this week.  It also proposed that the Motor Vehicle Department place a “no alchohol sales” sticker on the licenses.  A similar bill died in Senate last year.

 

Breaking News

Major Accident in Artesia Area

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/19/14)

 

We have received unofficial reports of an accident near Artesia on 285.  While we do not have an exact location to share with you, please drive with caution if you are driving in that area.  More on this story as it becomes available.

 

 

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

 

(12/19/2014)

 

ChavezCounty-On Thursday, December 18, 2014 at approximately 6:37 p.m., officers from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Department responded to the scene of an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle and a pickup.  This accident occurred at the intersection of State Road 483 and US 62/180, west of Hobbs, New Mexico. 

 

The initial investigation revealed that a commercial motor vehicle driven by Mayela Chihuahua (35) from Lovington, NM was turning left onto northbound State Road 483 from eastbound US 62/180 when a pickup that was westbound on US 62/180 stuck the rear portion of the trailer that Mrs. Chihuahua was pulling. 

 

The driver of the pickup was identified as Samuel Bruton (23) from Monument, NM.  Mr. Bruton sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

 

The driver of the commercial motor vehicle Mrs. Chihuahua was uninjured. 

 

This accident is still under investigation.   

 

 

New Chaves County Republican Woman Installed
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/18/14)

The 2015 officers of the Chaves County Republican Women have officially been installed. New Mexico Federation of Republican Women President Krista E...dwards swore them in yesterday at the monthly luncheon of the organization.

Returning to office will be President Joan Boue and Vice-President Jean Snyder and being sworn in for the first time were Secretary Del Davis and Treasurer Helen Black.

 

 

Correction
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/18/14)

In our recent story on the police officers who assisted a young man in purchasing baby formula for his son, we neglected to mention that Roswell Police Officer Chris Bradley was also involved in the decision to help the individual .We regret the error. 
 

 

Local Officers Choose to Help Needy Dad Instead of Arresting Him

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News  

(12/17/14)

 

The decision to help a young unemployed single father provide for his infant child instead of putting him in jail for shoplifting is a situation Roswell Patrol Officer Anthony Armijo had yet to run into in his short three-year career in law enforcement, but it is something he, fellow officer Joe Mason and New Mexico State Police Officer Arturo Alverado did not hesitate to do after responding to a call from the local Albertsons Sunday about a shoplifting incident.  When officers arrived, they discovered the item lifted was infant formula, something shoplifters do not usually go after.  They pitched in and helped him get what he needed for his 11-month-old son.

 

“When you see a person like that that is down on their luck and all they are trying to do is feed their child, you realize that this person was not trying to do something for his own personal gain, but that it was all for somebody else,” Armijo said.

 

Officers talked the store out of filing charges against the young man and settling on an advisement of criminal trespass, meaning he will not be able to go back into that store again.

 

Armijo is hoping people will view this as a positive reflection on law enforcement in the midst of negative publicity police all over the country are receiving.

 

“I hate that people are giving police departments a bad image.  All they are wanting to do is help people,”the officer said.  “Me, personally , I am not out to take people to jail , but am all about talking someone out of going to jail so I can better  help them.”, he said.

 

 

Police Work Auto-Cyclist Accident

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/17/14)

 

Roswell police confirm an auto-cyclist accident just after 6 last night.  Police reports say a Tandem bicycle carrying two riders was headed north on South Lea and going through the West Hobbs intersection as a pickup was heading west on Hobbs.  The pickup slowed for a red light and then proceeded into the intersection.  Police say the driver saw the bike and applied his brakes but was unable to stop in time, striking the bike and knocking both riders off of it.  Police had no specifics available on the injuries, other than to say there were no visible ones.  EMS evaluated the riders who refused transport to the hospital. 

 

“The bike riders were wearing dark clothes and the bike had no lights,” said Roswell Police Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth, who says the bicyclists could be cited for not meeting equipment requirements for the bike.  No citations were issued against the truck driver. 

 

Roswell Woman Dies in One-Vehicle Rollover 

Three Hobbs Men Arrested Following New Mexico-Texas Pursuit
(Information from KOB and a Chaves County Sheriff’s Press Release)

(12/15/14)

KOB is reporting that three Hobbs residents have been arrested and Hobbs Police are looking for one more after they are all alleged to have stolen a car in Lovington last Tuesday, traveling to Roswell, where they reportedly carjacked someone driving a pickup truck and robbed Allsup’s Convenience Store in Southeast Roswell Wednesday evening. . The TV report says the suspects then robbed Beall’s Department Store in Lovington Thursday and three of them were eventually apprehended after exchanging gunfire with border patrol agents and Hudspeth County Sheriff’s officials in El Paso. Arrested were 28-year-old Enrique Quiroga, 28-year-old Maritza Mota and 28-year-old Sayra Baeza. 19-year-old Johathan Eric Thompson is still on the loose. Quiroga is reported to have sustained injuries during the gunfire exchange in El Paso.

 

 

Fifty-Four-Year-Old Man Injured in Weekend Incident
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/15/14)

Roswell police say a local 54-year-old man was injured after being involved in an auto-pedestrian incident Friday evening on Wells Street. Police quote witnesses and the victim as saying David Peek was walking his dog in his front yard when a Honda Civic Came very fast down the street. The victim reportedly walked into the street and yelled for the vehicle to slow down , but the vehicle swerved and struck the man, sending him flying into the air and then to the ground, where he remained conscious.

Police Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth says a witness pointed police to an alley where the vehicle was seen going to. Police reportedly found an apparent matching vehicle and questioned 28-yearold Isai Isidro Castrejon of California who told police he had been driving home at the time of the accident and believed he had struck a tree branch. He would later be arrested for leaving the scene of an accident involving death or great bodily injury, duty to give information and render aid, no proof of insurance and reckless driving.

Peek, a Roswell High School Automotive teacher, reportedly suffered some broken bones in his legs and some scrapes or cuts on his face and was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. An updated condition report was not available.

 

 

 

State Supreme Court Upholds Roswell Hearings on Dairy Rules

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/16/14)

 

The New Mexico State Supreme Court has upheld a decision that will keep the upcoming Dairy Rule Hearings in Roswell.

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission earlier this year decided to hold the hearings in Roswell, but the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit last fall arguing that the hearings should be held in Santa Fe.  A Judicial District Court ruled against them and the Sierra Club appealed that decision to the Supreme Court.

Proponents of having the hearings in Roswell say Southeast New Mexico is most impacted by the regulation.  A press release from the Environment Department says that approximately 90 percent of the dairies in the state are located in this region.

 

OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY, STABILITY FOR NM BUSINESSES

(Press Release from Congressman Pearce’s Office

Dec 12, 2014

Washington, DC (Dec. 12, 2014)  Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of the FY 2015 CR-Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Passage of the $1.013 Trillion spending bill will protect American jobs, fund national security priorities, reduce wasteful spending and provide for veterans.

“Passing the spending bill as our last order of business this year was critical, as it will provide certainty and stability for New Mexico businesses through the next fiscal year,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “Compelling points and arguments existed on both sides of the issues, and I found there were reasons to vote for and against the bill. The bill provides several provisions to protect jobs and restrict crippling federal regulation and overreach, including protecting farmers and ranchers from new grazing fees on BLM and Forest Service lands. The legislation also reduces federal bureaucracy. It reduces funding for the IRS by $346 million. The bill restricts overreach of the federal government, including a provision to prevent the EPA from passing a rule to regulate lead content in ammunition, and it prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from requiring Clean Water Act permits for agricultural ponds and ditches.”

“We have increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and provided $45.2 billion for VA medical services, including $7 billion for mental health care, $133 million for suicide prevention and $7 billion for homeless veterans’ assistance.”

“I commend Chairman Calvert and Chairman Rogers for putting forth legislation that includes vital provisions that will help Western communities grow and prosper,” said Pearce.  “The bill increases funding for hazardous fuels reduction to help Western communities prevent catastrophic wildfires. It also prevents the administration from implementing new fees on oil and gas producers who create jobs and ensure stable energy prices for middle-class families. The bill cuts full-time employees at the EPA to the lowest level in 25 years, and rejects $66 million requested by the President to implement even more economically devastating regulations. The bill will give statewide conservation efforts a chance to succeed by preventing a listing of the sage grouse, which would have severe economic consequences for many Western communities.”

“Last, but not least, the bill fully funds the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT) that so many Western communities rely on for their everyday needs. The provisions in this bill are essential in providing certainty and the potential for economic growth in the West.”

Highlights of the FY CR-Omnibus Appropriations Bill:

·         $45.2 billion for VA medical services, including $7 billion for mental health care, $133 million for suicide prevention and $7 billion for homeless veterans’ assistance

·         $209 million to assist with VA Veterans Choice Program

·         Prevents federal regulations on farm ponds, irrigation ditches

·         Prohibits proposed new grazing fees on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands

·         Since 2010, overall spending has decreases $10.91 Trillion to $1.013 Trillion ($80 billion). The IRS budget has been reduced more than $1.2 billion since 2010 and is currently funded below 2008 levels.

·         Since 2010, the EPA budget has been reduced by more than $2 billion.

·         EPA employee levels are at the lowest since 1989.

·         Budget rejects new EPA regulatory programs.

·         Defunds $4.3 billion “Race to the Top,” the program, and the Common Core State Standards.

 

 

SPRING REGISTRATION OPEN AT ENMU-ROSWELL

 

                Registration for the spring 2015 semester at ENMU-Roswell is open online and on campus. The spring semester begins January 20, 2015. Students can register online at www.roswell.enmu.edu or on campus any time during regular business hours. Students can also apply for admission online.

 

Students are encouraged to register as early as possible because classes fill quickly. The ENMU-Roswell campus is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. To make an appointment to meet with an advisor, call the Advising and Retention Center at (575) 624-7294. For registration information, call (575) 624-7308.

    

 

 

If you go to the Douglas McBride Cemetery in Roswell, you will see wreaths laid at the flagpoles of each branch of the military. The laying of those wreaths was a part of the annual Wreaths across America Ceremony held at the same time throughout the United States and around the world at veteran’s cemeteries to remember the fallen during the holiday season.

The ceremony began with a parade from the Pioneer Plaza, which included the Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Post 28 Legion Riders and the Vietnam Veterans of America.  Other veterans also participated.

  

 

 

Police Seeking Public’s Help in Finding Fugitive

By Richard Morris (information from Roswell PD Press Release

KBIM Radio News

(12/12/14)

 

Roswell police are asking for your help in finding Nickolaus Paul Gottlieb, who they say is wanted ton a pair of felony warrants, one for felon in possession of a firearm and the other for violating conditions of probation.  The firearm-related warrant stems from a June traffic stop in Roswell when a handgun was found in the vehicle with Gottlieb, who had two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance. 

 

The 22-year-old Gottlieb is 5’10” inches tall, weighs about 235 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.  He has been known to use the name Nickolaus Molina.

 

Call the Roswell PD if you have any information at 575-624-6770.  You can also call Chaves County Crimes toppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.

 

   

 

 

 

Serrano faces life imprisonment with eligibility for parole in 30 years.  The article says that sentence could be mitigated because Serrano was a teen at the time of the shooting.

Roswell Woman Dies in One-Vehicle

Rollover

By

 

(12/9/14)

 

Roswell police recently made two arrests of felons who were each in possession of a firearm, including one man who was out of jail pending a court date in an earlier case regarding a separate instance of the same criminal charge.

 

Twenty-eight-year-old Ernest Paul Lisenbee Jr of Roswell was arrested this past Saturday afternoon after officers initiated a traffic stop on Hendricks Street near Union Avenue.  The arresting officer obtained consent to search Lisenbee’s vehicle and discovered a handgun.  He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon for the second time after being arrested for an earlier incident on a warrant November 1st

 

Three days earlier, police arrested 30-year-old Kenneth Miller of Alamogordo after a traffic stop on Main and First.  The officer, again in this case, got permission to search Miller’s vehicle which had as passengers his girlfriend and her one-year-old son.  Officers found a sawed-off shotgun that had been disassembled into two pieces.  He was charged with possession as well.

 

 

Serrano Trial Underway

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/09/14)

 

The trial of Santana Serrano began this week in Lovington in Fifth Judicial District Court.  Serrano is the one who allegedly held the gun her boyfriend DeAndre Gonzales used to fatally shoot a teenage boy in the head during a fist fight.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports Serrano cheered her boyfriend as he fought with the victim, 16-year-old Daniel Garcia outside the Shop on East Maryland in Hobbs.  She is being charged with first degree murder and Gonzales’s trial has yet to be scheduled.

 

  

 

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)

Hobbs Voters Approve Voter ID Ordinance

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

Voters in Hobbs have approved a requirement of presenting a photo ID before voting.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports the new ordinance carried with 1.1018 voting in favor and 292 voting against.  Less than 10 percent of Hobbs voters went to the polls.  The Hobbs City Commission will canvass the votes before they are made official. 

 

Olivia Stanford’s sister also addressed the board saying that she had been part of a school district where administrators, teachers and parents were involved in certain policy-making, using policies related to electronic devices s as an example.  She encouraged the board to consider that process.

 

The item came up during the portion of the meeting where members of the audience address the board, but are told not to expect an immediate response.  Such as the case last night, although board members said parents were involved in some school-district related decisions during other items of discussion on last night’s agenda. 

 

 

Board Renews Superintendant’s Contract

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

The Roswell Independent School District Board has approved the contract of Superintendant Tom Burris by vote of 4-1 with Eloy Ortega casting the one dissenting vote, because he was not provided with a copy of the contract at last night’s meeting.  Board President Pauline Ponce said the only change to the existing contract was the addition of one year to it, meaning it now expires in the year 2017.  Ponce says last night’s action follows an evaluation of the Superintendant at the last meeting , which she described as an excellent evaluation.  

 

Roswell Police Looking for Wanted Man

By Richard Morris

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Several local area bachelor’s degree candidates from ENMU in Portales will also participate, in addition to a group of New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets receiving Certificates of Employability. Youth ChalleNGe cadets will also serve as the Color Guard and the ENMU-Roswell Community Band will provide the music. The National Anthem will be sung by Joan Arnold.  The featured speaker will be Melissa Juarez a Presidential Scholar and candidate for graduation, who will receive Associate of Arts degrees in in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies.

 

Juarez, 19, started her college career when she was a sophomore at Hagerman High School. She took dual credit classes in addition to her high school classes, and when she graduated from HHS in the spring of 2013, she had already earned about 50 credits from ENMU-Roswell.  She received the Presidential Scholarship and enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2013.  This semester, Juarez is completing two online classes through ENMU-Roswell and two on-site classes at ENMU in Portales. 

Carlsbad Police Department Seeking Missing

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Juarez, 19, started her college career when she was a sophomore at Hagerman High School. She took dual credit classes in addition to her high school classes, and when she graduated from HHS in the spring of 2013, she had already earned about 50 credits from ENMU-Roswell.  She received the Presidential Scholarship and enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2013.  This semester, Juarez is completing two online classes through ENMU-Roswell and two on-site classes at ENMU in Portales. 

 

Juarezsaid it was a big advantage to take college classes while she was in high school because she is now so much further ahead in her college education. She worked as a proctor in the Instructional Technology Help Center on campus and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Mu Pi Chapter) honor society. The Presidential Scholarship covered all of her college expenses and she said she really enjoyed her year at ENMU-Roswell. Juarez plans to continue her education at ENMU and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is also considering a program to study in Spain next fall. Juarez thanks her family for their support. “My parents always pushed me and encouraged me. The only way I can think to repay them is to make them proud,” she said 

 

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 

Roswell Police Looking for Wanted Man

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/3/14)

 

Roswell police are looking for a local man wanted on several charges in connection to domestic violence that allegedly occurred in recent days.  An arrest warrant was issued Monday for 28-year-old Joe Anthony Gamboa in relation to alleged attacks on his wife from November 26th through November 30th.

 

The Roswell Police Department SWAT team and detectives attempted to serve the warrant yesterday morning at a house in the 600 block of West Matthews Street where the believed Gamboa might have been.  Police used a PA system to call for Gamboa to come out, but got no response.  They used tear gas and eventually entered the house, but found no one inside.  A photo of Gamboa is on our facebook page.  If you have information as to his whereabouts, call the Roswell PD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crimestoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.

 

Local True Hero Honored
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Officials with the New Mexico Tourism Department were on hand in Roswell yesterday afternoon to honor Middle School Teacher John Masterson as a New Mexico True Hero for his role in helping stop a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School. Masterson says many were heroes that day.

“It’s an honor and I’m starting to let that sink in a little,” he said. “The people that I work with at that school did a remarkable job that day. I just happened to be at the wrong place at the right time so I’m getting the accolades when in all honesty everyone was doing their job” he concluded.

Monique Jacobson is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Tourism Department. She says the council is always working to highlight what makes New Mexico special and she says one aspect of the state’s uniqueness is the people. “We started to talk about what makes a true hero. We talked about courage, we talked about making communities better and we worked with ESPN and the Geldan New Mexico bowl to honor the true heroes.”

Masterson was honored at the state capital late last month, along with 3 other true heroes from across the state.

 

State Official Challenging Vote Recount
Wire Report
(12/3/14)

Albuquerque, NM) -- New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell wants the state Supreme Court to temporarily halt the mandatory vote recount in the close race against challenger Aubrey Dunn. Powell is arguing that the process violates state law and election code. He trails Dunn by 704-votes out of the hundreds-of-thousands cast during the November 4th election

Benavidez Sentenced

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

John Benavidez will be spending the next nine years behind bars after receiving the sentence from a Fifth Judicial District Court.  The Carlsbad Argus says the local man pled guilty to armed robbery last month in connection with the robbery of the Roadrunner Express convenience store in February. He used a .38 caliber revolver and took $1,000 in cash.

 

Smoke Visible From Ruidoso Area

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

The Ruidoso News reports that smoke is visible in certain areas of Lincoln County.  There is no need to be alarmed if you see it for it is a controlled burn by the US Forest Service.  A spokesman says the smoke may be visible for the next few days as officials work to eliminate forest debris.

 

Carlsbad Police Investigating Accident Near City Airport

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

Carlsbad Police say a major accident tied up traffic near their city airport early yesterday morning.  Officers say a tractor-trailer was pulling out of Corrales and fixing to turn north on National Parks Road when an F-150 going south ran into the rear axle of the tractor trailer.  Police say the driver of the F-150 had to be extricated from the vehicle and transported to the hospital where he was in stable condition at last report.  The police officer we spoke with did not have names to release.

 

Interim Fire Chief Encourages Safety Measures During Holidays

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

As the winter approaches, Roswell Interim Fire Chief Devin Graham encourages residents to have their gas powered furnaces and heaters serviced and checked and make sure properly-charged carbon monoxide detectors are installed in your home.  He says carbon monoxide is a tasteless and odorless gas that one is usually not aware of until they are sick from it.  He encourages anyone to call 911 if they feel there may be a presence of carbon monoxide in their environment and to vacate that environment until the fire department can get to the house.  He stresses that all windows and doors need to remain closed once the house is vacated so the fire department can get an accurate assessment as to the presence of the gas.. 

 

 

Area Youth Recovering After Involvement in Fatal Accident
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

The sole survivor of the one fatal accident that occurred on New Mexico State Highways over the weekend is improving. The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that fourteen-year-old Louis Torres is in better condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after having gone through surgery yesterday. He is the only survivor in the car accident that took the lives of his parents and two siblings. Their vehicle was struck head on by 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi, who also died at the scene.

 

Former Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to DWI Charge
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Former Eddy County Sheriffs Deputy Jeffrey Clinton has plead not guilty to a charge of Aggravated DWI . The Carlsbad Argus reports he was arrested November 21st after allegedly being seen driving his pickup across lanes and over medians on Lea Street in Carlsbad.

 

 

ENMU-ROSWELL TO HOLD FALL COMMENCEMENT

    

            About 175 graduates are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Sixty-Second Commencement Convocation on Thursday, December 11 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the ENMU-Roswell Community College Board, ENMU Board of Regents and Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU President, will attend the ceremony.

 

Several local area bachelor’s degree candidates from ENMU in Portales will also participate, in addition to a group of New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets receiving Certificates of Employability. Youth ChalleNGe cadets will also serve as the Color Guard and the ENMU-Roswell Community Band will provide the music. The National Anthem will be sung by Joan Arnold.  The featured speaker will be Melissa Juarez a Presidential Scholar and candidate for graduation, who will receive Associate of Arts degrees in in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies.

 

Juarez, 19, started her college career when she was a sophomore at Hagerman High School. She took dual credit classes in addition to her high school classes, and when she graduated from HHS in the spring of 2013, she had already earned about 50 credits from ENMU-Roswell.  She received the Presidential Scholarship and enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2013.  This semester, Juarez is completing two online classes through ENMU-Roswell and two on-site classes at ENMU in Portales. 

 

Juarez said it was a big advantage to take college classes while she was in high school because she is now so much further ahead in her college education. She worked as a proctor in the Instructional Technology Help Center on campus and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Mu Pi Chapter) honor society. The Presidential Scholarship covered all of her college expenses and she said she really enjoyed her year at ENMU-Roswell. Juarez plans to continue her education at ENMU and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is also considering a program to study in Spain next fall. Juarez thanks her family for their support. “My parents always pushed me and encouraged me. The only way I can think to repay them is to make them proud,” she said

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)

Roswell Police Looking for Wanted Man

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/3/14)

 

Roswell police are looking for a local man wanted on several charges in connection to domestic violence that allegedly occurred in recent days.  An arrest warrant was issued Monday for 28-year-old Joe Anthony Gamboa in relation to alleged attacks on his wife from November 26th through November 30th.

 

 

 

  

 

 

The Roswell Police Department SWAT team and detectives attempted to serve the warrant yesterday morning at a house in the 600 block of West Matthews Street where the believed Gamboa might have been.  Police used a PA system to call for Gamboa to come out, but got no response.  They used tear gas and eventually entered the house, but found no one inside.  A photo of Gamboa is on our facebook page.  If you have information as to his whereabouts, call the Roswell PD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crimestoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.

 

Local True Hero Honored
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Officials with the New Mexico Tourism Department were on hand in Roswell yesterday afternoon to honor Middle School Teacher John Masterson as a New Mexico True Hero for his role in helping stop a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School. Masterson says many were heroes that day.

“It’s an honor and I’m starting to let that sink in a little,” he said. “The people that I work with at that school did a remarkable job that day. I just happened to be at the wrong place at the right time so I’m getting the accolades when in all honesty everyone was doing their job” he concluded.

Monique Jacobson is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Tourism Department. She says the council is always working to highlight what makes New Mexico special and she says one aspect of the state’s uniqueness is the people. “We started to talk about what makes a true hero. We talked about courage, we talked about making communities better and we worked with ESPN and the Geldan New Mexico bowl to honor the true heroes.”

Masterson was honored at the state capital late last month, along with 3 other true heroes from across the state.

 

State Official Challenging Vote Recount
Wire Report
(12/3/14)

Albuquerque, NM) -- New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell wants the state Supreme Court to temporarily halt the mandatory vote recount in the close race against challenger Aubrey Dunn. Powell is arguing that the process violates state law and election code. He trails Dunn by 704-votes out of the hundreds-of-thousands cast during the November 4th election

 

Area Youth Recovering After Involvement in Fatal Accident
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

The sole survivor of the one fatal accident that occurred on New Mexico State Highways over the weekend is improving. The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that fourteen-year-old Louis Torres is in better condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after having gone through surgery yesterday. He is the only survivor in the car accident that took the lives of his parents and two siblings. Their vehicle was struck head on by 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi, who also died at the scene.

 

Former Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to DWI Charge
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Former Eddy County Sheriffs Deputy Jeffrey Clinton has plead not guilty to a charge of Aggravated DWI . The Carlsbad Argus reports he was arrested November 21st after allegedly being seen driving his pickup across lanes and over medians on Lea Street in Carlsbad.

 

 

ENMU-ROSWELL TO HOLD FALL COMMENCEMENT

    

            About 175 graduates are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Sixty-Second Commencement Convocation on Thursday, December 11 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the ENMU-Roswell Community College Board, ENMU Board of Regents and Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU President, will attend the ceremony.

 

Several local area bachelor’s degree candidates from ENMU in Portales will also participate, in addition to a group of New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets receiving Certificates of Employability. Youth ChalleNGe cadets will also serve as the Color Guard and the ENMU-Roswell Community Band will provide the music. The National Anthem will be sung by Joan Arnold.  The featured speaker will be Melissa Juarez a Presidential Scholar and candidate for graduation, who will receive Associate of Arts degrees in in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies.

 

Juarez, 19, started her college career when she was a sophomore at Hagerman High School. She took dual credit classes in addition to her high school classes, and when she graduated from HHS in the spring of 2013, she had already earned about 50 credits from ENMU-Roswell.  She received the Presidential Scholarship and enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2013.  This semester, Juarez is completing two online classes through ENMU-Roswell and two on-site classes at ENMU in Portales. 

 

Juarez said it was a big advantage to take college classes while she was in high school because she is now so much further ahead in her college education. She worked as a proctor in the Instructional Technology Help Center on campus and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Mu Pi Chapter) honor society. The Presidential Scholarship covered all of her college expenses and she said she really enjoyed her year at ENMU-Roswell. Juarez plans to continue her education at ENMU and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is also considering a program to study in Spain next fall. Juarez thanks her family for their support. “My parents always pushed me and encouraged me. The only way I can think to repay them is to make them proud,” she said.

 

 

 

National Park and Corrales tractor trailer putlling out of corrales and carrying front end loader was going tot urn north on Canal f-150 going south on national parks highway

Crashed into rear axle of tractor trailer was on inside lane driver of f 150 had to be extracated transported to hospital in stable condition early this morning

Had to temporarily close down raod      

 

 

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)

Information on Accidents Being Compiled

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

Roswell Police Looking for Wanted Man

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/3/14)

 

Roswell police are looking for a local man wanted on several charges in connection to domestic violence that allegedly occurred in recent days.  An arrest warrant was issued Monday for 28-year-old Joe Anthony Gamboa in relation to alleged attacks on his wife from November 26th through November 30th.

 

The Roswell Police Department SWAT team and detectives attempted to serve the warrant yesterday morning at a house in the 600 block of West Matthews Street where the believed Gamboa might have been.  Police used a PA system to call for Gamboa to come out, but got no response.  They used tear gas and eventually entered the house, but found no one inside.  A photo of Gamboa is on our facebook page.  If you have information as to his whereabouts, call the Roswell PD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crimestoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.

 

Local True Hero Honored
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Officials with the New Mexico Tourism Department were on hand in Roswell yesterday afternoon to honor Middle School Teacher John Masterson as a New Mexico True Hero for his role in helping stop a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School. Masterson says many were heroes that day.

“It’s an honor and I’m starting to let that sink in a little,” he said. “The people that I work with at that school did a remarkable job that day. I just happened to be at the wrong place at the right time so I’m getting the accolades when in all honesty everyone was doing their job” he concluded.

Monique Jacobson is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Tourism Department. She says the council is always working to highlight what makes New Mexico special and she says one aspect of the state’s uniqueness is the people. “We started to talk about what makes a true hero. We talked about courage, we talked about making communities better and we worked with ESPN and the Geldan New Mexico bowl to honor the true heroes.”

Masterson was honored at the state capital late last month, along with 3 other true heroes from across the state.

 

State Official Challenging Vote Recount
Wire Report
(12/3/14)

Albuquerque, NM) -- New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell wants the state Supreme Court to temporarily halt the mandatory vote recount in the close race against challenger Aubrey Dunn. Powell is arguing that the process violates state law and election code. He trails Dunn by 704-votes out of the hundreds-of-thousands cast during the November 4th election

 

Area Youth Recovering After Involvement in Fatal Accident
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

The sole survivor of the one fatal accident that occurred on New Mexico State Highways over the weekend is improving. The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that fourteen-year-old Louis Torres is in better condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after having gone through surgery yesterday. He is the only survivor in the car accident that took the lives of his parents and two siblings. Their vehicle was struck head on by 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi, who also died at the scene.

 

Former Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to DWI Charge
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Former Eddy County Sheriffs Deputy Jeffrey Clinton has plead not guilty to a charge of Aggravated DWI . The Carlsbad Argus reports he was arrested November 21st after allegedly being seen driving his pickup across lanes and over medians on Lea Street in Carlsbad.

 

 

ENMU-ROSWELL TO HOLD FALL COMMENCEMENT

    

            About 175 graduates are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Sixty-Second Commencement Convocation on Thursday, December 11 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the ENMU-Roswell Community College Board, ENMU Board of Regents and Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU President, will attend the ceremony.

 

Several local area bachelor’s degree candidates from ENMU in Portales will also participate, in addition to a group of New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets receiving Certificates of Employability. Youth ChalleNGe cadets will also serve as the Color Guard and the ENMU-Roswell Community Band will provide the music. The National Anthem will be sung by Joan Arnold.  The featured speaker will be Melissa Juarez a Presidential Scholar and candidate for graduation, who will receive Associate of Arts degrees in in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies.

 

Juarez, 19, started her college career when she was a sophomore at Hagerman High School. She took dual credit classes in addition to her high school classes, and when she graduated from HHS in the spring of 2013, she had already earned about 50 credits from ENMU-Roswell.  She received the Presidential Scholarship and enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2013.  This semester, Juarez is completing two online classes through ENMU-Roswell and two on-site classes at ENMU in Portales. 

 

Juarez said it was a big advantage to take college classes while she was in high school because she is now so much further ahead in her college education. She worked as a proctor in the Instructional Technology Help Center on campus and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Mu Pi Chapter) honor society. The Presidential Scholarship covered all of her college expenses and she said she really enjoyed her year at ENMU-Roswell. Juarez plans to continue her education at ENMU and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is also considering a program to study in Spain next fall. Juarez thanks her family for their support. “My parents always pushed me and encouraged me. The only way I can think to repay them is to make them proud,” she said.

 

 

 

National Park and Corrales tractor trailer putlling out of corrales and carrying front end loader was going tot urn north on Canal f-150 going south on national parks highway

Crashed into rear axle of tractor trailer was on inside lane driver of f 150 had to be extracated transported to hospital in stable condition early this morning

Had to temporarily close down raod      

 

 

Roswell Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth says it was a quiet Thanksgiving

 weekend in Roswell as far as vehicular accidents were concerned, but we have received unofficial word of at least one accident in Chaves County yesterday.  New Mexico State Police have informed us they will be releasing information about all the accidents in the area late today.   We will share that information with you as it becomes available to us.

 

 

Chaves County Sheriff Investigating Homicide

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Chaves County Sheriffs officials are investigating a homicide that was first reported to them during the five am hour today off of 285 near the intersection of Phoenix and no name road.  Lt. Mike Herrington says a Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years of age was found shot to death at the scene.  As of late this morning, Roswell Police were assisting deputies with special laser photography and deputies will not be able to identify the subject until that process is complete.  More on this story as details develop.

 

 

 

 

Lea County Commission Approves Grant Agreement to Benefit Emergency Responders

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Lea County Commissioners have unanimously approved a sub grant agreement with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  The Hobbs Daily Sun quotes Lea County Emergency Management Director Lorenzo Velasquez as saying the county was approved for over $61,000 in federal grant funds.  He says with the money awarded, Lea County will purchase body cameras for the Lovington Police Department and hydraulic tools, air bags, and heavy rigging equipment for various fire departments and extrication equipment for the Lovington Fire Department.

 

 

Man Sentenced in Connection with McDonalds Homicide

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Twelfth District Judge Karen Parson has sentenced 42-year-old Kenneth Kauley to 41-and-a-half years in prison after he plead guilty to first degree kidnapping, second-degree attempting to commit first degree murder, second degree armed robbery, and fourth degree aggravated stalking.  The Ruidoso News says if Kauley ever is released, he will be on supervised probation for 5 to 20 years and would be required to register as a sex offender.  Kauley pled guilty in connection with the assault of a Ruidoso McDonalds employee back in 2012.

 

 

Allumbaugh to Return to Carlsbad for Murder Charges

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

KOB and the Carlsbad Argus report that Steven Allumbaugh will be returned to Carlsbad to face charges of second degree murder in connection with the 2012 killing of his father, whose dismembered body was found buried in his back yard.  Allumbaugh is being returned after serving time and probation for theft of government property in Las Cruces, after allegedly stealing almost $20,000 in his father’s social security benefits for almost a year.    

 

 

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)

Information on Accidents Being Compiled

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Roswell Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth says it was a quiet Thanksgiving

 weekend in Roswell as far as vehicular accidents were concerned, but we have received unofficial word of at least one accident in Chaves County yesterday.  New Mexico State Police have informed us they will be releasing information about all the accidents in the area late today.   We will share that information with you as it becomes available to us.

 

 

Chaves County Sheriff Investigating Homicide

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Chaves County Sheriffs officials are investigating a homicide that was first reported to them during the five am hour today off of 285 near the intersection of Phoenix and no name road.  Lt. Mike Herrington says a Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years of age was found shot to death at the scene.  As of late this morning, Roswell Police were assisting deputies with special laser photography and deputies will not be able to identify the subject until that process is complete.  More on this story as details develop.

 

 

Lea County Commission Approves Grant Agreement to Benefit Emergency Responders

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Lea County Commissioners have unanimously approved a sub grant agreement with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  The Hobbs Daily Sun quotes Lea County Emergency Management Director Lorenzo Velasquez as saying the county was approved for over $61,000 in federal grant funds.  He says with the money awarded, Lea County will purchase body cameras for the Lovington Police Department and hydraulic tools, air bags, and heavy rigging equipment for various fire departments and extrication equipment for the Lovington Fire Department.

 

 

Man Sentenced in Connection with McDonalds Homicide

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Twelfth District Judge Karen Parson has sentenced 42-year-old Kenneth Kauley to 41-and-a-half years in prison after he plead guilty to first degree kidnapping, second-degree attempting to commit first degree murder, second degree armed robbery, and fourth degree aggravated stalking.  The Ruidoso News says if Kauley ever is released, he will be on supervised probation for 5 to 20 years and would be required to register as a sex offender.  Kauley pled guilty in connection with the assault of a Ruidoso McDonalds employee back in 2012.

 

 

Allumbaugh to Return to Carlsbad for Murder Charges

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

KOB and the Carlsbad Argus report that Steven Allumbaugh will be returned to Carlsbad to face charges of second degree murder in connection with the 2012 killing of his father, whose dismembered body was found buried in his back yard.  Allumbaugh is being returned after serving time and probation for theft of government property in Las Cruces, after allegedly stealing almost $20,000 in his father’s social security benefits for almost a year.    

 

 

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.

 


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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.

 

 

 

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.

Information on Accidents Being Compiled

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Roswell Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth says it was a quiet Thanksgiving

 weekend in Roswell as far as vehicular accidents were concerned, but we have received unofficial word of at least one accident in Chaves County yesterday.  New Mexico State Police have informed us they will be releasing information about all the accidents in the area late today.   We will share that information with you as it becomes available to us.

 

 

Chaves County Sheriff Investigating Homicide

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Chaves County Sheriffs officials are investigating a homicide that was first reported to them during the five am hour today off of 285 near the intersection of Phoenix and no name road.  Lt. Mike Herrington says a Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years of age was found shot to death at the scene.  As of late this morning, Roswell Police were assisting deputies with special laser photography and deputies will not be able to identify the subject until that process is complete.  More on this story as details develop.

Hobbs Voters Approve Voter ID Ordinance

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

Voters in Hobbs have approved a requirement of presenting a photo ID before voting.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports the new ordinance carried with 1.1018 voting in favor and 292 voting against.  Less than 10 percent of Hobbs voters went to the polls.  The Hobbs City Commission will canvass the votes before they are made official. 

 

Carlsbad Police Work Hit and Run

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

The Carlsbad Argus reports that a fifteen-year-old Carlsbad boy is recovering after apparently being struck by a vehicle Monday night around 8.  He had been treated for head trauma and a laceration in the lower left leg.  It is believed he was the victim of a hit-and-run.

 

Lawsuit Filed in Death of Artesia Man

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

KOB and the Associated Press are reporting that the widow of an Artesia man has filed a wrongful death suit against TriState Care Flight Helicoptors.  The suit accuses the helicopter service of not realizing they were low on oxygen as they transported 64-year-old Michael Campbell to the hospital in January.  He had reportedly been suffering from a fever with difficulty breathing.  His family claims he went into cardiac arrest and died as a result of negligence.

 

Parents of a Roswell School District Student Want to See Change in Electronic Device Policy

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

A Roswell School District parent says she does not have a problem with students receiving some type of consequence for violating the school district’s electronic device policy, but she does not feel that the district ought to hold  on to student’s cell phones until the end of the year if a cell phone is confiscated for the third time.  Olivia Stanford told the school board last night she came to a local middle school, which she did not name during the meeting , to pick up her daughter’s phone after it had been picked up for the second time.  She said she was told she would only get the phone if she agreed to sign a paper, indicating she understood that the campus or the district would hold on to the phone for the remainder of the year if there was a third such incident.

 

She says she refused to sign the paper and told the Vice-Principal the same thing after he got involved. “I don’t agree with the policy,” she said. “He had the cell phone in his hand, I went to go reach for it and he yanked it out of my hand. At that point, I became angry. “She referred to the policy as “extremely extreme”.

 

She says the Principal then entered the room and told her to come to her office because she was disrupting students.  Stanford said she refused to go to her office as she had a class she had to be at.  She said the Vice-Principal eventually handed her the phone and that the Principal told staff to get her off the campus after she commented that she only gave her the phone a month after the shooting.

 

Her husband, Aaron Stanford, told the board that his daughter did not use the phone in class and that a district employee had followed her into the restroom to pick up the phone. He said the policy needs to be changed and that several other school districts in the country are using such electronic devices for instructional purposes and that students can benefit from using them

 

Olivia Stanford’s sister also addressed the board saying that she had been part of a school district where administrators, teachers and parents were involved in certain policy-making, using policies related to electronic devices s as an example.  She encouraged the board to consider that process.

 

The item came up during the portion of the meeting where members of the audience address the board, but are told not to expect an immediate response.  Such as the case last night, although board members said parents were involved in some school-district related decisions during other items of discussion on last night’s agenda. 

 

 

Board Renews Superintendant’s Contract

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/10/14)

 

The Roswell Independent School District Board has approved the contract of Superintendant Tom Burris by vote of 4-1 with Eloy Ortega casting the one dissenting vote, because he was not provided with a copy of the contract at last night’s meeting.  Board President Pauline Ponce said the only change to the existing contract was the addition of one year to it, meaning it now expires in the year 2017.  Ponce says last night’s action follows an evaluation of the Superintendant at the last meeting , which she described as an excellent evaluation.  

 

 

 

Lea County Commission Approves Grant Agreement to Benefit Emergency Responders

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Lea County Commissioners have unanimously approved a sub grant agreement with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  The Hobbs Daily Sun quotes Lea County Emergency Management Director Lorenzo Velasquez as saying the county was approved for over $61,000 in federal grant funds.  He says with the money awarded, Lea County will purchase body cameras for the Lovington Police Department and hydraulic tools, air bags, and heavy rigging equipment for various fire departments and extrication equipment for the Lovington Fire Department.

 

 

Man Sentenced in Connection with McDonalds Homicide

By Richard Morris

Roswell Police Looking for Wanted Man

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/3/14)

 

Roswell police are looking for a local man wanted on several charges in connection to domestic violence that allegedly occurred in recent days.  An arrest warrant was issued Monday for 28-year-old Joe Anthony Gamboa in relation to alleged attacks on his wife from November 26th through November 30th.

 

The Roswell Police Department SWAT team and detectives attempted to serve the warrant yesterday morning at a house in the 600 block of West Matthews Street where the believed Gamboa might have been.  Police used a PA system to call for Gamboa to come out, but got no response.  They used tear gas and eventually entered the house, but found no one inside.  A photo of Gamboa is on our facebook page.  If you have information as to his whereabouts, call the Roswell PD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crimestoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.

 

Local True Hero Honored
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Officials with the New Mexico Tourism Department were on hand in Roswell yesterday afternoon to honor Middle School Teacher John Masterson as a New Mexico True Hero for his role in helping stop a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School. Masterson says many were heroes that day.

“It’s an honor and I’m starting to let that sink in a little,” he said. “The people that I work with at that school did a remarkable job that day. I just happened to be at the wrong place at the right time so I’m getting the accolades when in all honesty everyone was doing their job” he concluded.

Monique Jacobson is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Tourism Department. She says the council is always working to highlight what makes New Mexico special and she says one aspect of the state’s uniqueness is the people. “We started to talk about what makes a true hero. We talked about courage, we talked about making communities better and we worked with ESPN and the Geldan New Mexico bowl to honor the true heroes.”

Masterson was honored at the state capital late last month, along with 3 other true heroes from across the state.

 

State Official Challenging Vote Recount
Wire Report
(12/3/14)

Albuquerque, NM) -- New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell wants the state Supreme Court to temporarily halt the mandatory vote recount in the close race against challenger Aubrey Dunn. Powell is arguing that the process violates state law and election code. He trails Dunn by 704-votes out of the hundreds-of-thousands cast during the November 4th election

 

Area Youth Recovering After Involvement in Fatal Accident
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

The sole survivor of the one fatal accident that occurred on New Mexico State Highways over the weekend is improving. The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that fourteen-year-old Louis Torres is in better condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after having gone through surgery yesterday. He is the only survivor in the car accident that took the lives of his parents and two siblings. Their vehicle was struck head on by 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi, who also died at the scene.

 

Former Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to DWI Charge
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News
(12/3/14)

Former Eddy County Sheriffs Deputy Jeffrey Clinton has plead not guilty to a charge of Aggravated DWI . The Carlsbad Argus reports he was arrested November 21st after allegedly being seen driving his pickup across lanes and over medians on Lea Street in Carlsbad.

 

 

ENMU-ROSWELL TO HOLD FALL COMMENCEMENT

    

            About 175 graduates are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Sixty-Second Commencement Convocation on Thursday, December 11 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the ENMU-Roswell Community College Board, ENMU Board of Regents and Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU President, will attend the ceremony.

 

Several local area bachelor’s degree candidates from ENMU in Portales will also participate, in addition to a group of New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets receiving Certificates of Employability. Youth ChalleNGe cadets will also serve as the Color Guard and the ENMU-Roswell Community Band will provide the music. The National Anthem will be sung by Joan Arnold.  The featured speaker will be Melissa Juarez a Presidential Scholar and candidate for graduation, who will receive Associate of Arts degrees in in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies.

 

Juarez, 19, started her college career when she was a sophomore at Hagerman High School. She took dual credit classes in addition to her high school classes, and when she graduated from HHS in the spring of 2013, she had already earned about 50 credits from ENMU-Roswell.  She received the Presidential Scholarship and enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2013.  This semester, Juarez is completing two online classes through ENMU-Roswell and two on-site classes at ENMU in Portales. 

 

Juarez said it was a big advantage to take college classes while she was in high school because she is now so much further ahead in her college education. She worked as a proctor in the Instructional Technology Help Center on campus and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Mu Pi Chapter) honor society. The Presidential Scholarship covered all of her college expenses and she said she really enjoyed her year at ENMU-Roswell. Juarez plans to continue her education at ENMU and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is also considering a program to study in Spain next fall. Juarez thanks her family for their support. “My parents always pushed me and encouraged me. The only way I can think to repay them is to make them proud,” she said.

 

 

 

National Park and Corrales tractor trailer putlling out of corrales and carrying front end loader was going tot urn north on Canal f-150 going south on national parks highway

Crashed into rear axle of tractor trailer was on inside lane driver of f 150 had to be extracated transported to hospital in stable condition early this morning

Had to temporarily close down raod      

 

KBIM Radio News

(12/1/14)

 

Twelfth District Judge Karen Parson has sentenced 42-year-old Kenneth Kauley to 41-and-a-half years in prison after he plead guilty to first degree kidnapping, second-degree attempting to commit first degree murder, second degree armed robbery, and fourth degree aggravated stalking.  The Ruidoso News says if Kauley ever is released, he will be on supervised probation for 5 to 20 years and would be required to register as a sex offender.  Kauley pled guilty in connection with the assault of a Ruidoso McDonalds employee back in 2012.

 

 

Allumbaugh to Return to Carlsbad for Murder Charges

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

Benavidez Sentenced

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

John Benavidez will be spending the next nine years behind bars after receiving the sentence from a Fifth Judicial District Court.  The Carlsbad Argus says the local man pled guilty to armed robbery last month in connection with the robbery of the Roadrunner Express convenience store in February. He used a .38 caliber revolver and took $1,000 in cash.

 

Smoke Visible From Ruidoso Area

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

The Ruidoso News reports that smoke is visible in certain areas of Lincoln County.  There is no need to be alarmed if you see it for it is a controlled burn by the US Forest Service.  A spokesman says the smoke may be visible for the next few days as officials work to eliminate forest debris.

 

Carlsbad Police Investigating Accident Near City Airport

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

Carlsbad Police say a major accident tied up traffic near their city airport early yesterday morning.  Officers say a tractor-trailer was pulling out of Corrales and fixing to turn north on National Parks Road when an F-150 going south ran into the rear axle of the tractor trailer.  Police say the driver of the F-150 had to be extricated from the vehicle and transported to the hospital where he was in stable condition at last report.  The police officer we spoke with did not have names to release.

 

Interim Fire Chief Encourages Safety Measures During Holidays

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

(12/4/14)

 

As the winter approaches, Roswell Interim Fire Chief Devin Graham encourages residents to have their gas powered furnaces and heaters serviced and checked and make sure properly-charged carbon monoxide detectors are installed in your home.  He says carbon monoxide is a tasteless and odorless gas that one is usually not aware of until they are sick from it.  He encourages anyone to call 911 if they feel there may be a presence of carbon monoxide in their environment and to vacate that environment until the fire department can get to the house.  He stresses that all windows and doors need to remain closed once the house is vacated so the fire department can get an accurate assessment as to the presence of the gas.. 

 

(12/1/14)

 

KOB and the Carlsbad Argus report that Steven Allumbaugh will be returned to Carlsbad to face charges of second degree murder in connection with the 2012 killing of his father, whose dismembered body was found buried in his back yard.  Allumbaugh is being returned after serving time and probation for theft of government property in Las Cruces, after allegedly stealing almost $20,000 in his father’s social security benefits for almost a year.    

 

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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