County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department [...]

Law enforcement addresses safety fears

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The case of a home invasion this past week in which an elderly woman was brutally beaten has many residents uneasy and remembering two other seemingly-recent high profile incidents of violence against senior citizens. Although three suspects were arrested on Tuesday for the assault and battery against an 82-year-old [...]

Recruitment tops varied list of law enforcement goals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Recruitment and retention, continued interagency collaboration, improved equipment and training, the fight against drugs, graffiti and truancy — These are but a few of the priorities law enforcement agencies have for the new year. As 2008 begins, area departments are outlining their objectives and evaluating obstacles they expect to [...]

Meth lab found at empty Melrose house

Freedom New Mexico Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are [...]

Clovis homicide still under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Sheriff’s investigator Sandy Loomis said he reviews J.C. Tucker’s homicide file frequently in hopes something will spark a new trail. Tucker, 67, was found shot to death Sept. 4, 2003, at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. 60-84 near Cannon Air Force Base. Loomis, lead investigator [...]

Anti-drug plan will cause more harm than good

Editorial President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing more resources [...]

Watchful citizens provide better protection than Patriot Act

Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it might [...]

Homicides in 9th Judicial District drop in 2006

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers For the second straight year, the number of area homicides dropped in 2006. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, chief law enforcement officer for Curry and Roosevelt counties, said three homicides occurred in the district in 2006 — down from six in 2005 and 12 in 2004. All three 2006 [...]

County launches investigation into jail events

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center officials, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action [...]

Gossett seeks re-election as sheriff

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Editor’s note: Tom Gossett is running against Darren Hooker for the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Sheriff in the June 6 primary. Tom Gossett Age: 61 Wife: Sue Background: Has been in law enforcement since 1968. Served in the Navy from 1961 to 1967. Served as a police officer for the Clovis Police Department from [...]