Archives for June 2016

Man accused of breaking into Roswell home

Roswell Police have accused a man of targeting an elderly man.

They say 20-year-old Dominic Chavez impersonated an officer to do this.

Police believe he broke into his home early Wednesday morning.

The man claimed to wake up finding Chavez holding his computer.

KRQE-TV reports Chavez could not explain why he came to the home.

He dropped the computer and ran, but police arrested him a short time later.

Task force arrests two in Artesia

The Pecos Valley Drug Task Force has made a couple arrests in Artesia.

It says this follows an investigation into meth trafficking at one place on 14th Street and two more on 2nd Street.

The task force says it has taken 26-year-old Kyla Salmon and 53-year-old Robert Huerta into custody on outstanding warrants.

It has recovered meth, paraphernalia, and a semi-automatic handgun while searching three addresses.

The investigation has targeted Mike Romero and Antoinette Salas. They have felony charges pending.

Anyone with any information should call the task force or provide information on its Facebook page.

Museum selling antiques to help raise money for operations

The Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico sells some antiques tomorrow.

It hopes the sales take care of some basic operational costs.

It all happens tomorrow morning from 7 to 11 at the museum’s archive building on North Lea Avenue.

The building itself represents a large part of Roswell’s history. When New Mexico entered statehood in 1912, James Phelps White and his wife moved in this building.

In 1976, the Whites’ granddaughter Mary Lou Glass donated the building to the Historical Society so it could use it as a museum.

The society depends solely on private donations and memberships to pay for its operations, renovations and maintenance, as well as its educational programs and archives.

Man uses truck to mow down storage facility gate in Carlsbad

Carlsbad Police learned of a suspicious person Wednesday afternoon at Canyon St. Storage.

They say this person plowed down the locked gate while making an escape.

Sgt. Eddie Duarte tells the Current-Argus that officers had just spent two or three minutes at the facility when a man in a Chevy pickup make a break for it.

They last saw him heading north on Canyon Street.

Duarte could not offer a description of the suspect.

Officers could not explain what the person allegedly did there or why he fled.

Search continues for suspect in north Roswell home invasion

Police keep looking for the man who forced his way into a north Roswell home yesterday afternoon.

They believe the suspect bound an 83-year-old woman with duct tape and stole cash and jewelry from her.

Investigators think he may have driven away on West Bay Meadows Drive in a tan Porsche.

He wore a ski mask at the time, but the woman describes him as a Hispanic man with a gray shirt and a medium build.

A hospital treated the woman for minor injuries.

Anyone with any information should contact Roswell Police.

Recovery planning begins for Dog Head Fire

The governor has asked homeland security and emergency management to work with other state agencies to respond to the Dog Head Fire.

This includes developing a recovery plan to help clean up and make repairs from the wildfire.

The DOT, the state police, and federal partners join local organizations and the business community in evaluating what everyone needs after the fire.

Planning elements include restoring damaged land and watersheds, as well as infrastructure needs like energy and utilities.

Meanwhile, the state awaits the federal government’s response to the governor’s request for help, damage assessments, and recovery planning data from federal partners.

New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium to Open next Friday

The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium in Alamogordo opens on Friday next week.

The former Tombaugh Theater features the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium projection system.

The theater shows one new giant screen film, two digital planetarium shows, and a daily live star show.

Xcel Energy planning new $400M power line

Xcel Energy has announced a major addition to the power system.

It comes as part of its Power for the Plains initiative to deliver more reliable and abundant electricity to New Mexico and Texas.

The company has asked for route approvals in both states. This transmission line would connect a substation near Abernathy, Tex. to one in southern Eddy County.

A similar project happened two years ago.

When all the segments finish by 2020, a line stretches 400 miles from western Oklahoma to southeastern New Mexico.

Dog head fire

Some residents who have been forced to evacuate their homes due to the Dog Head Fire will be allowed back to their homes beginning at 8 this morning, as crews were able to bring the fire to 46 percent containment by just after nightfall. The Sheriff’s Department made the announcement Monday evening at a community meeting. Officials noted that there were no lives lost or serious injuries sustained in the fire, which drew a massive applause from the crowd.

Roswell crash

A Dexter man was killed in a single-car crash Monday morning northeast of Roswell.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. near mile marker 351 on US 70. New Mexico State Police say 33-year-old Jeremy L. Deason, of Dexter, was driving westbound on the highway. At some point, he drove off the roadway and rolled the vehicle several times. Deason was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, state police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.