Archives for July 2015

Roswell native dies from burn injuries at Lincoln Co. festival

A Roswell native died Sunday from her injuries at a festival.

The Ruidoso News reports the death of 71-year-old Viola Montes.

This follows a fire at the Smokey Bear Stampede in Captian.

Montes had burns on 57 percent of her body.

The fire during the Fourth of July weekend stemmed from an apparent propane leak.

This supposedly started a fire in her family’s concession stand during the annual rodeo event.

Montes lived in Chaves and Lincoln counties.

The funeral takes place Friday.

Governor announces statewide vaccination program

The governor has announced a statewide vaccination program.

This makes it easier for children to receive shots before they had back to school.

“Got Shots? Protect Tots!” offers clinics statewide for little or no cost.

Eddy County leading the way on NM energy

A study from the Carlsbad Department of Development identifies Eddy County as the Permian Basin’s top producer of oil and gas.

This study notes healthy growing oil production in the area despite low oil prices.

However, the county’s growth has come with some growing pains.

The Census Bureau shows it as the fastest-growing community in the state, but the county has shortages pertaining to housing and available workers.

Thieves taking things from storage units; suspect vehicle alien U-Haul

Law enforcement continues looking for stolen things from storage units.

The suspects appear to drive a U-Haul truck with an alien on it.

Chaves County deputies tell KOB-TV that they believe these people have stolen thousands of dollars of property from several units over the course of a week.

The deputies think the suspects have cut the locks and replaced them with their own, and then returned with the alien U-Haul truck to take what they want.

Investigation into Dexter police chief over, DA’s office has findings

State police have finished investigating Dexter’s police chief.

They have forwarded their findings to the district attorney.

Several residents say Mario Contreras has sexually harassed women all over town.

The speculation has prompted the mayor to put Contreras on administrative leave during the investigation.

KRQE-TV reports it remains unclear how long it takes the district attorney’s office to review the findings.

Carlsbad man identified following shooting involving officers

State police have identified the man law enforcement shot last week in Eddy County.

They say 20-year-old Zachary Gordon of Carlsbad remains in stable condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

The state police say Gordon fled from police officers and sheriff’s deputies after they tried stopping him.

An arrest warrant lists several charges against him, including assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer.

The chase ended on County Road 41 near Artesia.

State police say a gun turned up near Gordon at the scene.

One officer and three deputies remain on paid administrative leave.

Two wounded during shooting at flag football game in Roswell

The search continues for the man who opened fire during a children’s flag football game in Roswell.

It happened Saturday night as the kids played at Stiles Field.

The shooting injured two people.

A police spokesmman says witnesses reported seeing a man in a black shirt running with a rilfe and shooting at a couple in a vehicle.

A man and a woman have injuries, but not life-threatening.

Police keep looking for a black GMC or Chevy pickup, possibly “lifted.”

Investigators have not determined a motive.

Pickens to address energy summit

The Southeastern New Mexico Energy Summit has a special guest this year.

Carlsbad’s mayor has announced Boone Pickens intends to participate in the event at the civic center.

Pickens built Mesa Petroleum, one of the nation’s largest independent oil companies.

He later reinvented himself in the 1970s as a successful investment fund operator.

Pickens launched the Pickens Plan seven years ago. This grassroots campaign sought to reduce the country’s dependence on OPEC oil.

The summit happens Sept. 14.

Brothers to be tried together

A Carlsbad court has ordered the consolidation of cases against two brothers.

Authorities suspect Juan and Manuel Saiz of selling shares in a fake company to an elderly couple.

The Regulation and Licensing Department believes the couple handed over $15,000 to the brothers’ company four years ago.

Juan Saiz used to work as assistant superintendent in Artesia’s school district.

The criminal complaint alleges he may have illegally sold these securities out of his district office.

Officer-involved shooting in Eddy Co.

State police continue investigating a shooting from yesterday in Eddy County.

Officials say officers shot a suspect following a police chase.

They claim it all started when a man refused to pull over for an oficer.

Sheriff’s deputies and Carlsbad police officers participated in all this.

It all ended on County Road 41 off of Highway 285.

Law enforcement also found a firearm near the suspect.