Sheriff finishes training with FBI Academy

By Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker was one of 266 law enforcement officers to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program last month. Hooker, who returned from training just before Christmas, said he is ready to put into action what he learned while at the academy in Quantico, Va. “The [...]

Roosevelt County sheriff selected to attend FBI National Academy

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is to be one of two New Mexico law enforcement officials to attend a 10-week training course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in October. The course is geared towards higher-ranking law enforcement officials at the city, county, state and national levels. “I’m very excited for [...]

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for work of FBI

Thankful for work of FBI I have lost all faith in the New Mexico state criminal justice system. Donald Taylor only served about 4 1/2 years in prison for the attempted armed robbery of Wal-Mart in Portales and the parole board released him. Within two months, he shot my father, Bo Chunn. We heard Donald [...]

Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on

Five still at large from escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement believes at least some of the escapees are still in the Clovis area, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Federal agencies including the [...]

Editorial: FBI should focus on real threats

The mistrial last week in the case of the “Liberty City Seven” highlights the foolishness of some of the government’s tactics in trying to track down domestic terrorists. The defendants were a group of ne’er-do-wells in a poor neighborhood of Miami who talked foolishly, were infiltrated by the FBI and then were charged with being [...]

Checks-and-balances system effective in guarding against overzealous government

Editorial U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally misused the [...]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released [...]

Raid on Congressman’s office questionable but not unconstitutional

Editorial A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit overwrought. [...]

We hope FBI did its work in California terrorist case

Freedom Newspapers I f it all pans out, it looks as if federal authorities are doing it right in Lodi, Calif. FBI agents arrested Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father Umer Hayat, and detained three other Pakistani-Americans suspected of having a link to al-Qaida or some terrorist organization. On the basis of preliminary news reports, [...]