Archives for August 2020

Eddy County Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office releasing new details on the capture of a local man on August 11th. A statement from Sheriff Mark Cage says that the Eddy County Violent Crime Suppression Task Force was assisted by the FBI in executing a search warrant in the 1000 block of West Missouri Avenue. 20 year-old Jeremiah Saiz is now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and tampering with evidence. Saiz remains jailed in Eddy County.

American Airlines Suspends Service To/From Roswell

AMerican Airliens announcing it will suspend passenger air service to Roswell from October 7th through November 3rd. The city issuing a statement saying it is extremely disappointed in the action. The city says it hopes the move is only temporary and flights will resume in early October. American AIrlines said the move was made as part of a reduction of service to 15 airports due to low demand in travel because of the pandemic. The city says it’s exploring other options for passenger air service to and from Roswell.

Work Begins Near West 19th & West COuntry Club In Roswell

A traffic alert in Roswell. COnstruction of fiber optic infrastructure improvements will take place on a portion of North Washington Avenue beginning today. The anticipated two-week project being done by Plateau Communications between West 19th Street and West Country Club Road will require lane closures on North Washington as work progresses in 600-foot segments. Flag personnel will be present to direct traffic to stop and go. Motorists are asked to use caution in this project area.

Big Drug Bust In Carlsbad

New ifnormation on a search warrant that went down in Carlsbad Friday. SHeriff Mark Cage says deputies seized more than 190 grams of methamphetamine, 11 grams of heroin, 154 grams of marijuana, 22 fentanyl pills and multiple illegal guns. The bust went down in the 2400 block of Western Way in Carlsbad and Cage says three young children were also found in the home and have now been placed in protective care. Meanwhile, 54 year-old Mike Ortiz, 51 year-old Kelli Smith, and 27 year-old Lyndsi Lesnick were arrested and charged with child abuse and other crimes. 27 year-old Ryan Saiz was arrested for drug trafficking.

Eddy County Deputies Investigate Possible Homicide

A developing story involving a homicide in Eddy COunty. According to a statement from Sheriff Mark Cage, deputies responded last night at about 7:30 to a remote area off County Road 206, or Illinois Camp. Someone called dispatchers reporting they heard gunshots. As deputies looked around, they found a body. While the statement from the sheriff says no suspects are thought to be at large at this time, it did not say whether anyobody has been arrested. It’s possible that CR206 between Lake Road and Netherlin is closed.

SENM School Principal Indicted In Fraud Case

From The Associated Press:

A southeastern New Mexico school principal has been charged in a fraud case linked to his previous role as a superintendent.

Lovington Sixth Grade Academy principal Steve Barron was indicted last month in connection with an investigation into spending at Dora Schools, the Hobbs News-Sun reported.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office said Barron was involved in a scheme with a cleaning company. Two others were charged in connection to the embezzlement.

Barron is charged with making or permitting false public vouchers.

Matt Baca, senior counsel at New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, said the charge stems from a contract signed in July 2016 for cleaning supplies totaling $8,403.

Barron’s attorney, Daniel R. Lindsey, said his client is innocent.

“I’ve been a lawyer for 30-years and it’s pretty rare when you get somebody with absolute innocence,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey told the News-Sun that Barron was never arrested but was issued a summons for the charges.

“Just because he was the superintendent that signed off on it, he was indicted,” said Lindsey. “When you get indicted, you get arrested. … In this case that didn’t happen. He will not be arrested, because they understand that he just signed the paperwork here. It’s like a technical violation.”

If convicted, Barron could spend up to 18 months in jail and pay a fine of $5,000, according to Lindsey.

According to court documents, Barron has been the principal of Lovington Sixth Grade Academy for the last three years. He has been employed in New Mexico schools for more than 20 years.

The documents said Barron has no criminal history.

Man Arrested For 8/4 Shooting To Face Att. Murder Charge

A local man currently being held with no bond in connection to the August 4th situation near Oak and Avenue A in Artesia has had his charges upgraded. According to a statement from Sheriff Mark Cage, depouties were sent to that area for the report of a shooting in progress. A man by the name of Benjamin Valenzuela was eventually arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, and being a feloni in possession of a firearm. Now, Cage confirms that Valenzuela’s charge has been upgraded to attempted first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

RPD Asks For Help In Locating Hit & Run Driver

Roswell Poclie are asking for help in identifying the driver of a pikcup truck that fled the scene after striking a pedestrian on August 6th. The crash happened on north Ohio Avenue near West Second in Roswell. The pedestrian who was struck is recovering and has been released from a hospital, but the driver has not been caught. You can see a picture of the truck and ther actual driver on the Roswell Police Facebook page. If you know anything, call 575-624-6770.

WIPP Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases At The Plant

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant says five more workers there have now tested positive for COVID-19. That means the total case count at WIPP stands at 19, which is more than double what was reported a little more than a week ago. WIPP says the newest cases involve employees of a contractor hired to oversee the facility. One is also a worker for regulatory environmental services who came into cvontact with the contractors.

Roswell Virtual Forum To Focus On Wards 3, 4, & 5

The City of Roswell will continue its series of virtual public forums with an open–topic forum focusing on city Wards 3, 4 and 5. Although this is a specific opportunity for citizens of those wards – which cover, but are not limited to, a large portion of west and south Roswell – to ask about their concerns, the forum is open to questions and
input from residents throughout the city. The forum is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, at 5:30 p.m. It will be livestreamed on the city website and on the online service GoToMeeting.