Police chief investigation conclusion expected next week

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The investigation into the Tucumcari police chief’s use of a Taser on a 14-year-old girl has not been completed. City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday the investigation firm handling the case requested additional documentation Thursday and she anticipates a conclusion next week. Chief Roger Hatcher remains on paid administrative [...]

ATF aiding egg farm fire investigation

Freedom New Mexico The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of a fire last week at a Farwell egg farm causing an estimated $20 million in damage and killing nearly a million chickens. According to a press release from the ATF in Lubbock, a national response team along with [...]

Investigation ends in reprimand, policy change

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An internal investigation into the mistaken release of a prisoner from Curry County’s jail has ended with a reprimand and a major change in jail policy. A report of the investigation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was released Friday. The internal investigation centers on the release last [...]

Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce Secretary but refused to answer questions about a federal investigation into how his political donors landed lucrative transportation contracts. Richardson read from a prepared statement and answered a few questions [...]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” [...]

Portales man convicted of trafficking cocaine

PNT Staff Report Genaro Solis-Cordoba, 31, of Portales has been convicted of trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, and given the maximum sentence of nine years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, according to Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker. Solis-Cordoba was tried, convicted and sentenced Tuesday on charges stemming from an investigation on [...]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February [...]

EPCOG subject of investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee [...]

Home invasion investigation continues

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Five Clovis males have been arrested in connection with the most recent in a string of home invasions spanning the last two weeks. Police said they believe there are more suspects at large who were involved in the recent home invasions and advised residents to remain vigilant and cautious [...]

Officials say Clovis death was suicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Clovis man found hanging from a utility pole on Monday committed suicide, according to preliminary autopsy results. Family members said they do not believe Isaac Zarate intentionally killed himself, but may have suffered a concussion that contributed to his death. Zarate had been missing since Thursday morning [...]