10/9 Local Briefs

Clovis man extradited from California
A Clovis man charged with first-degree murder was extradited Friday from a Los Angeles jail to Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to the district attorney’s office.

William Riley, 33, faces a jury trial Dec. 19 to 23 in connection with the death of Roshawn Pitts, 20, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Riley was being held in California on a charge of driving on a suspended license.

Pitts was shot three times in June 2004 on Axtell Street, according to police reports.

Riley was released June 14 from the detention center in Clovis on $10,000 cash bond. As part of the condition of his release, he could not leave the state.

Underground water meeting Tuesday
Office of the state engineer staff will be available to answer questions regarding the new Causey Lingo underground water basin and the extensions of the Lea County, Fort Sumner and Curry County underground water basins from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse County Commission Meeting Room.

On Sept. 23, the state engineer declared administration over six new underground basins and extended boundaries on nine existing basins.

Additional meetings are on Oct. 12 in Tatum and Roswell. A hearing on the declarations and extensions will be held Dec. 9 in Santa Fe. For information, contact Yvette Chavez at 827-4130.

Grant money to be used for ambulances
A $396,800 federal grant awarded recently to the Clovis Fire Department will be used to purchase three ambulances and a vehicle for the Emergency Medical Services director, according to Chief Ray Westerman.

The grant is from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The new ambulances will replace three older ones that have almost 200,000 miles on them, according to Westerman. The older ambulances will be used as backups, he said.

“We were waiting over a year for funding,” Westerman said.
He said ambulances last about five to six years.

— Staff reports