Archives for July 2016

Case involving son of Roswell police chief goes to DA’s office

A district attorney will decide whether or not Roswell police officers gave the chief’s son a break.

They investigated Phillip Smith over an apparent domestic disturbance.

Investigators say neighbors called police when they heard Smith arguing with his girlfriend.

A police spokesman says they did not have enough evidence to arrest him.

The case has now gone to the DA’s office.

Texas radioactive waste company wants site in Eunice

A West Texas company that treats and disposes of radioactive waste may have nudged ahead of southeastern New Mexico in landing a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports The Waste Control Specialists want such a facility five miles east of Eunice.

A spokesman says the company has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to begin environmental review immediately.

This proposal has surfaced as Eddy and Lea counties have partnered with Holtec on another possible facility to present to the NRC.

Mary Skeen remembered

A memorial service took place Friday at Grace Community Church in Roswell for Mary Skeen.

Skeen died a week earlier at age 89.

Her husband Joe held a seat in Congress for 22 years.

When Avon Wilson died in 2006, then-Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Mary Skeen to fill her seat in the state Senate.

Woman charged with murder in White’s City

Authorities have accused a woman of killing a man last year in White’s City.

The sheriff’s office says it has arrested Adrianna Elizondo following the death of Keith Riley.

It believes Elizondo shot Riley in a room at the Cavern City Inn after the two of them fought for three days.

Detectives told the Current-Argus at the time that they suspected foul play.

Elizondo remains at the detention center on a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

Authorities have charged her with second-degree murder.

Roswell’s city council to discuss aquatic center today

Roswell’s city council today decides whether or not to move forward with a recreation and aquatic center.

Taxpayer-backed bonds may fund this $16 million project.

Officials have already decided that such a facility would form at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

The city council’s infrastructure committee has already given it initial approval.

Some people have fought for months to save Cahoon Park Pool, which the city council decided in April to close.

Today’s special meeting begins at 5:30 in the city council conference room.

Lane closures on Atkinson Avenue Monday

Lane closure planned for South Atkinson Avenue in Roswell. Beginning Monday, July 25, the southbound lane of South Atkinson Avenue from McGaffey Avenue to Hobbs Street will be closed for approximately five days, barring unforeseen delays in the project.
The closure is required to repair roadway failure around a sewer manhole which may be hazardous to motorists and their vehicles. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes. Crews will work expeditiously in hopes of shortening the duration of closure.
I’m Rich Hancock

South Atkinson lane closures

Lane closures are planned for South Atkinson Avenue in Roswell beginning today.
The southbound lane of South Atkinson Avenue, from McGaffey Avenue to Hobbs Street, is scheduled to be closed until Friday of this week, barring unforeseen delays which might extend the closure.
This project is required to repair roadway failure around a sewer manhole, which is a potential hazard for motorists and their vehicles. Folks are asked to seek alternate routes. Crews will work expeditiously in hopes of shortening the duration of closure.
I’m Rich Hancock

Demonstration at Eddy Co. courthouse focuses on constitution

A rally on the lawn at the Eddy County Courthouse on Saturday focused on protecting the constitution.

Drivers on Canal Street honked horns at people holding signs that read “Save our Constitution” and “United We Stand.”

Tina Kincaid from the county Republican Party said the rally also sought to highlight constitutional matters important to ranchers, farmers, and federal agencies.

She accused federal agencies of stripping freedom away from ranchers and farmers and taking away their land.

The Current-Argus identified the sponsor of the rally as Stand by Me for Liberty.

City and county reimbursing American Airlines for low ridership

Roswell and Chaves County have to reimburse American Airlines for low ridership.

Since the first flight to Phoenix in March, numbers have started to drop.

KOB-TV reports just 50 to 60 percent of flights have filled to capacity.

Scott Stark at the air center says the flight to Phoenix provides convenience, but it must make money.

The air center must fill 80 percent of capacity or cover the cost of the empty seats.


Did the Roswell Police Chief’s son get special treatment? Rich Hancock reports…

Roswell police are investigating whether chief Phil Smith’s son got special treatment during a domestic violence call.
Officers responded to a disturbance on Sunday night, where neighbors say they saw a naked man, running after a woman outside. One witness saw the man grab her by the neck and pull her hair. Lapel camera video shows the chief’s son mention his father. He appears angry at neighbors for calling the cops.
Phil Smith III admits he was drinking and arguing with his girlfriend loudly.