The big story today, an Artesia Poclie Officer – killed while off duty after crashing into a semi truck. New Mexico State Police confirm the victim, 42 year-old Thomas Wade Frazier, was driving his personal truck north on US 285 when he rear-ended the semi. State Poclie say the semi was slowing down in order to make a turn into the Creek Side Dairy. Frazier died as a result of the crash. The semi driver was not injured.
Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage is reporting deputies are investigating a stabbing near Loving. On Thursday, deputies responded to the report that a man has been stabbed and was unconscious and bleeding profusely. 48 year-old Jorge Trevizo, of El Paso, Texas, was discovered wounded. He was taken to Carlsbad Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries. The suspect, 43 year-old Jon Bowels Williams, of Loving, was arrested and charged with murder and tampering with evidence. Anyone with information about either man is being urged to call 575-887-7551.
Several City of Roswell facilities will be expanding the hours they are open to the public as the city works to increase the opportunities people have to enjoy its services and amenities. The Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center (1402 W. College Blvd.) will open its outdoor pool Saturday, May 22. It will be open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., for the next two weekends and then will expand its hours June 7, when it will be open seven days a week, noon to 6 p.m. The indoor pool will be open for lap swimming only (Monday-Friday, 6-9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon; Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon). Outdoor and indoor pool hours are subject to change based on staffing availability.
The “recreation” side (non-aquatic activities) of the center will be staying open later in the evening beginning June 7. The expanded hours will be Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
The Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center will be the site this weekend of the swimming portion of the 2021 USA Pentathlon Multisport National Championships organized by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
In order to accommodate this competition, the indoor pool will be closed to the public Friday, May 21, until 10 a.m. The Recreation and Aquatic Center is scheduled to host the swimming event each morning Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 21-23), but the pool is scheduled to open to the public at its usual time Saturday (10 a.m.) and Sunday (noon). As part of COVID-19 precautions, no spectators are allowed at the swimming competition.
The streets of Roswell will be the focus of this month’s City of Roswell virtual public forum, which will take place at a time different than that of the previous forums. The forum on Thursday, May 20, will take place at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon time was scheduled since a special City Council meeting is planned for that evening. The recorded version of the forum can be viewed anytime after its initial presentation. The monthly forums are accessible on the city’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, and can also be viewed later on the “City Manager” page of the city website and the city’s YouTube channel.
New Mexico is now administering the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 to children ages 12 to 15, as state health officials pushed Thursday for more people to get vaccinated.
The move by the state Health Department follows authorizations this week by the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state is encouraging families to register children on its vaccine website.
The trial of a New Mexico man accused of murdering his wife and four daughters in 2016 began Tuesday.
Juan David Villegas-Hernandez, 40, faces five counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, 34-year-old Cynthia Villegas, and their four daughters: Yamilen, 14; Cynthia Janeth, 11; Abby, 7; and Ida, 3.
The trial began after a day and a half of jury selection at the Chaves County Courthouse in Roswell.
The prosecutor, RoxAnne Esquibel, said Villegas-Hernandez committed the murders after discovering Cynthia Villegas planned to divorce him.
Local residents and organizations have the opportunity to help spruce up
Roswell’s parks by participating in a “Park Community Cleanup” organized by the City of
Roswell’s Keep Roswell Beautiful program. The event on Saturday, May 22, will take place
from 9 to 11 a.m.
Individual and group volunteers can select which city park they would like to clean.
Registration for the event is open at surveymonkey.com/r/parkcleanup. On the day of the
event, volunteers will check in at Pioneer Plaza downtown to confirm the park they want to
clean and to pick up supplies, which will be provided to all volunteers.
The first 100 registered volunteers will receive a free meal from El Toro Bravo restaurant,
one of the sponsors of the event. The other sponsors are Keep Roswell Beautiful, the
Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and the state Tourism Department’s Keep New
Mexico True litter-reduction/prevention campaign.
For more information about the “Park Community Cleanup,” call Keep Roswell Beautiful
Coordinator Thalia Pantoja-Gruis at (575) 637-6238.
Roswell Poclie are asking for the public’s help in finding a person of interest in connection to a stabbing death that happened Tuesday. Poclie are trying to find 29 year-old John Eric Lerma, of Roswell. They’re seeking Lerma as part of the investigation into the death of 20 year-old Mario Zion Olivas Jr, who was from Dexter, but had been staying in Roswell. The two began fighting in the 200 block of West Mathews Street when Olivas was stabbed.
New Mexico officials have released the names of dozens of people who are vying to be appointed to the state’s new Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee.
The list of 161 people was posted online Friday, with state officials saying they’re committed to ensuring a transparent process as the state prepares for recreational marijuana sales.
Under state law, the advisory committee must be established no later than Sept. 1. The panel will be charged with advising the Cannabis Control Division on the development of rules covering best practices, public health and safety, and the promotion of economic and cultural diversity when it comes to licensing and employment opportunities.