Bridges, buildings focus of city’s year

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For Clovis, it was a year of bridges and buildings, and how to restore them. At other times, there were questions of responsibility, animal cruelty, patriotism, partisan politics and religion — along with many issues that spilled over from 2008.

Judge: Tucumcari mayor innocent of animal cruelty charges

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico After seven hours of eyewitness and expert testimony, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett on Wednesday found Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca innocent of an animal-cruelty charge. “Thank God that justice prevailed and is well and alive in Tucumcari,” Apodaca said after Wednesday’s court appearance. Apodaca, 61, was accused of […]

Teen arrested for shooting cat

CNJ staff A teen was arrested Friday, charged with extreme cruelty to animals after he shot a cat, police said. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the 18-year-old male and two juveniles took a cat to Ned Houk Park, tied it up and shot it with a .22 rifle. Whitney said a report on the incident […]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in […]

Court acquits former chief

CNJ staff A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court Jury on one count of animal cruelty. A magistrate judge last week ordered the District Attorney’s office to dismiss the six other animal cruelty charges against Michael Trammell based on the fact that due process deadlines would expire before the court […]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his […]

2/22 Letters to the editor

Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities Whenever I read a news story in which a New Mexico sheriff is whining about lack of funding or support (“Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident,” Sunday CNJ), I have to laugh. I laugh because the sheriff either: (a) doesn’t understand the level of his or her authority (b) […]